Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Crossover Cover: Pickman's Other Model (1929)
This anthology includes the story “Pickman's Other Model (1929)” by Caitlín R. Kiernan. The narrator, a Mr. Blackman, says of actress Vera Endecott, who modeled nude for Richard Upton Pickman, “Later, I would come to recognize some commonality between her face and those of such movie ‘vamps’ and femme fatales as Theda Bara, Eva Galli, Musidora, and, in particular, Pola Negri.” Eva Galli is from Peter Straub’s novel Ghost Story. Much of Straub's work is connected. For instance Straub and Stephen King's novel Black House, which also has connections to King's other works, mentions the town of Arden, WI from Straub's If You Could See Me Now, as well as Don Wanderley (or Wanderly), a character from Ghost Story.