DWELLING IN THE DARK
Peyton Westlake, aka Darkman, meets with gangster Frank White disguised as his lawyer Joey Dalesio, who he diverted to another location after his meeting with Arty Clay. The vigilante is trying to find out who Robert Durant’s superior was. White and Durant are both members of the Black Coats, whose leader is Colonel Bozzo-Corona. Westlake spends the next several months traveling the country, clashing with Marsellus Wallace and posing as a fixer for Keyser Söze. He also gets valuable information on Gordon Gekko by posing as various employees of Jackson Steinem & Co., after two unsuccessful attempts to question him, first while impersonating FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast and later as reporter Carl Kolchak. Westlake comes face-to-face with the Colonel and his executioner, the Marchef. The Colonel mentions Westlake’s girlfriend, Julie Hastings, and says the last person who was able to hold his own against the Marchef was the Nyctalope.
Short story by Matthew Dennion in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 16: Voir Dire, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2019; reprinted in French in Les Compagnons de l’Ombre (Tome 27), Jean-Marc Lofficier, ed., Rivière Blanche, 2020. Darkman is from the titular movie and its sequels, as are Robert Durant and Julie Hastings. Frank White, Joey Dalesio, and Arty Clay are from the movie King of New York. The Black Coats, Colonel Bozzo-Corona, and the Marchef are from Paul Féval’s crime novels. Marsellus Wallace is from the film Pulp Fiction. Keyser Söze is from the movie The Usual Suspects. Gordon Gekko and Jackson Steinem & Co. are from the movie Wall Street. Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is the protagonist of a series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Carl Kolchak is from the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The Nyctalope is Jean de La Hire’s pulp hero.