Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Crossover Cover: Sargasso

The first issue of this magazine devoted to William Hope Hodgson contains two short stories with crossovers. In William Meikle's "The Blue Egg," Carnacki accompanies Captain Gault on a voyage to acquire a blue jewel that has a powerful pull on those who come in contact with it. Captain Gault, an unscrupulous seaman and smuggler, appeared in his own series of stories by Hodgson. This story takes place in autumn, "not long" after Carnacki and Gault’s first meeting in Meikle’s story "Carnacki: Captain Gault’s Nemesis." In Pierre V. Comtois' "A Question of Meaning," a
group of cultists travel to the Night Land, a future incarnation of the Dreamlands ruled by the Elder God Nodens. This tale connects Hodgson’s novel The Night Land (which represents one of many possible futures for the CU) to the Cthulhu Mythos.


  1. There are apparently a couple of anthologies which combine Night Land with Hodgson's other novel House on The Borderland


  2. If the House in the Birderland then that would bring Zelazny's novels Dilvish the Damned and The Changing Land which features a castle which is intended to be the House on the Borderland when it travelled into
    An alternate dimension following the events of Hodgson's original novel

    1. House on The Boarderland comes in hear


      I did not know it appeared in those two Zelazny novels. I remember hearing that those weren't really considered to be among Zelaany's best. I know that the Amber series, Roadmarks, and A Night In Lonesome October are all AUs.

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    3. The swine-things from The House on the Borderland also appear in Brian Keene's short story "Tequila's Sunrise," and are mentioned in his novel Ghoul. Like Stephen King, nearly all of Keene's horror fiction is connected, though some are AUs. There are also references to the Cthulhu Mythos in his work, and the novel Dark Hollow treats Manly Wade Wellman's Silver John as a real person.

    4. While not up to
      The Amber novels the Dilvish stories are quite good. The House only appears in the second book but Zelazny made it obvious that the castle was intended to be Hodgson's House

    5. I know that Zelazny's later novels were not considered as good as his early ones. I have to wonder though if it was simply that his early novels were so groundbreaking that his later ones only seem bad in comparison.