Sunday, September 27, 2015
Crossover of the Week
A PROFESSIONAL MATTER
In 1902, Adam Adamant tells Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson the tale of how Inspector Ganimard recruited him to apprehend Arsène Lupin four years ago. A Collector received a note warning Lupin would rob him of his green paste idol of Princess Hermonthis. Adamant meets Inspector Ledoux at the scene of a murder. The victims are members of the Diogenes Club, in Paris on orders from Mycroft Holmes. The Collector gives a grimoire to Griffin, an invisible English scientist who is currently in league with a cult of Nyarlathotep worshippers. The grimoire was written by Charles le Sorcier, an alchemist and magician, the son of Michel Mauvais. Adamant heard about Nyarlathotep and his follower Pharaoh Nephren-Ka from the Curator at Miskatonic University. Adamant receives a letter from Lupin, revealing the thief had impersonated the real Ledoux, who died in 1879 while hunting the Phantom of the Opera.
Short story by Sam Shook in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 11: Force Majeure, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2014. Adam Adamant is from the 1960s BBC television series Adam Adamant Lives! Sherlock Holmes, his brother Mycroft, Dr. Watson, and the Diogenes Club are from Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. The Collector and the idol of Princess Hermonthis are from Théophile Gautier’s short story “The Mummy’s Foot.” Inspector Ledoux is from the 1925 film version of Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera. Griffin is from H. G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel The Invisible Man. After escaping Adamant and Lupin’s clutches in this story, Griffin returns to England, where he takes up residence in a private girl’s school, as seen in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume I. Nyarlathotep, Charles le Sorcier, Michel Mauvais, and Nephren-Ka are from the works of H. P. Lovecraft.