Sunday, July 26, 2015
Crossover of the Week
Thomas Carnacki encounters Charles St. Cyprian and three of his friends, Florence, Bobbie, and Boko. Bobbie refers to “one of Runcible’s tedious old parties,” and asks if Carnacki is the fellow who went to Switzerland and fell over a waterfall. Carnacki corrects her, saying that that was Sherlock Holmes.
Short story by Josh Reynolds in Carnacki: The New Adventures, Sam Gafford, ed., Ulthar Press, 2013. Occult detective Thomas Carnacki was created by William Hope Hodgson. Charles St. Cyprian is the protagonist of Reynolds’ Royal Occultist stories. St. Cyprian will become Carnacki’s apprentice soon after this tale, and replace him as Royal Occultist in 1918. St. Cyprian’s friends are Lady Florence Craye, Roberta “Bobbie” Wickham, and George “Boko” Fittleworth from P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves books. Runcible is Agatha Runcible from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies. Sherlock Holmes is self-explanatory.