Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Crossover Cover: An Evil Guest

A novel set in an alternate future with Cthulhu Mythos overtones. Appearing or mentioned are Vincent Palma and Tabbi Merce (from Wolfe’s story “Memorare”), a mountain whose wife washes clothes (from Cory Doctorow’s story “Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town”), Rusterman’s restaurant (from Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe novels), a man named Cranston who could turn invisible (the Shadow), and Hanga the Shark God (from Wolfe’s story “The Tree is My Hat.”)

1 comment:

  1. Also, the Sea God at the end is obviously Cthulhu, though I imagine you knew that. Otherwise you wouldn't have mentioned the "Cthulhu Mythos" overtones.

    This novel is interesting in that most of it is told through dialogue kind of like a play. Wolfe's work always relies on a lot on implication rather than out right statement. Because of this what can seem confusing can on a second read give a whole new meaning to the story.

    Back at the old yahoo site I wrote a few posts about Wolfe and his connections to the CU. Not all or even most would really fit in with Crossovers because most of them aren't actually crossovers between two series. There are exceptions like his Cthulhu Mythos story "Lord of the Land" whose main character appeared in few previous short stories.