Thursday, April 7, 2016

Crossover Cover: Hungry Heart

This anthology contains a Nightside story by Simon R. Green. John Taylor is hired by a witch to recover her heart, which has been stolen by her ex-boyfriend. Appearing or mentioned are: one of Dracula’s coffins, complete with original grave dirt and a certificate of authenticity; the mummified head of Alfredo Garcia, smelling strongly of Mexican spices; the mirror of Dorian Gray; and a phial of heart’s blood from Varney the Vampyre. Dracula’s coffin is from Bram Stoker’s novel, of course. The mummified head of Alfredo Garcia is from the film Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. The mirror of Dorian Gray is a reference to Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Varney the Vampyre is the title character of James Malcolm Rymer’s penny dreadful serial.


  1. It does not a count as a crossover, but Hungry Heart's plot and characters are based on The Maltese Falcon.

    The Maltese Falcon, of course, is mentioned in several Nightside stories. I once at a message board where someone ask what this Maltese Falcon that kept appearing was. Errr!