Sunday, October 25, 2015
Crossover of the Week
THE ARTIST AS WOLF
Charles St. Cyprian and Ebe Gallowglass attend a party where the art of Gabriel-Ernest Smythe is being displayed. St. Cyprian pronounces Smythe’s work “no worse than your average Pickman.” The party is hosted by Roberta “Bobbie” Wickham, who expresses surprise at St. Cyprian’s attendance, having thought he “would have gone into hiding with Bertie and the rest of the Drones.” St. Cyprian refers to Van Cheele and Toop.
Short story by Joshua Reynolds in Leather, Denim & Silver: Legends of the Monster Hunter, Miles Boothe, ed., Pill Hill Press, 2011. Gabriel-Ernest Smythe, Van Cheele, and Toop are from H .H. Munro’s werewolf story “Gabriel-Ernest.” Richard Upton Pickman is from H. P. Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model.” Bobbie Wickham appears in P. G. Wodehouse’s stories about Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves, and is also related to the author’s series character Mr. Mulliner. The Drones Club appears in the Jeeves and Wooster stories, as well as many of Wodehouse’s other interconnected works.