A HELL WITHIN
Sheriff Carl Price and mercenary turned private eye Wade Griffin combat a series of killings committed by a demon summoned by a madman. Griffin asks their ally, occult expert Carter Decamp, if Kharrn’s weapons can stop a demon, and if this has anything to do with the Moon-Eyes or the Old Ones. Carl and Griffin are aided by psychometrist Cindy Kane, whose father is also a medium. Decamp gives Griffin a demon-detecting compass once belonging to Thomas Carnacki. Decamp and his apprentice Charon, Griffin’s girlfriend, have brunch at a waffle house recommended to Decamp by an associate, Deacon Chalk. Browsing Decamp’s library, Cindy recognizes a lot of volumes that her father and Decamp’s mutual friend Adam has in his own collection, including Kirowan’s Myths of the Little People. Decamp possesses a silver-edged sword that once belonged to another occult investigator. Carl is attacked by Hellhounds, which are described as “the Black Dogs, Old Shuck, and the great beasts of the Baskervilles.”
Novel by James A. Moore and Charles R. Rutledge, 2018. Kharrn is an immortal barbarian featured in several of Rutledge’s works. The Great Old Ones are from the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. Carl and Griffin encountered one of the Great Old Ones, Shub-Niggurath, in their first appearance, Blind Shadows. Cindy Kane’s father is Elliot Kane, a medium and friend of Dr. Adam Spektor in Donald F. Glut’s comic book The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor. Thomas Carnacki is from William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder. “Occult bounty hunter” Deacon Chalk is the protagonist of a series of novels by James R. Tuck. Kirowan is Robert E. Howard’s occult detective John Kirowan, who encountered the Little People in “The Children of the Night.” Blind Shadows implied Decamp’s sword was the same one once wielded by Manly Wade Wellman’s character Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant. The great beasts of the Baskervilles are a reference to Doyle and Watson’s Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.
This crossover writeup is one of hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, to be published by Meteor House! As with the first two, this volume is an official and AUTHORIZED companion to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!
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