Sunday, May 21, 2023

Crossover of the Week

November-December 4, 1804


Jean-Pierre Séverin, the director of the Paris Morgue, and exorcist Franz von Karnstein are recruited by Napoleon Bonaparte to prevent the vampire Marquis de Saint-Evremonde and his army of werewolves from taking his life before he can be crowned Emperor. Appearing or mentioned are a harridan knitting as people were guillotined, Kronos, Grost, Vicomte de Meilcour, Countess Mircalla of Styria, Baron Vordenburg, the Scholomance, the Deep School, the Rue Morgue, Estaminet de l’Epi-Scié, Châteaupers, a man named Thénardier and his wife, the Dark Academy, the Brotherhood of the Ram, the Necronomicon, Bertrand des Amis, the Vicomte de Valmont. Geof, Cabot, the legendary Monsieur de Bergerac, the Marquis de la Tour d’Azyr, Father Sandor, a being in a pale robe of indeterminate color and a yellow mask, Saint-Evremonde's descendant, the Domdaniel, Dr. Patou, and the Countess Marcian Gregoryi. 

Novel by Frank Schildiner, Black Coat Press, 2017. Jean-Pierre Séverin, Dr. Germain Patou, and Countess Marcian Gregoryi are from Paul Féval’s The Vampire Countess. The Estaminet de l’Epi-Scié is from Féval’s novels about the criminal conspiracy known as the Black Coats. The Karnstein family, including Countess Mircalla, and the Barons Vordenburg are from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla.” The knitting harridan (Madame Defarge) and the Marquis de Saint-Evremonde's descendant (Charles Darnay) are from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Captain Kronos and Professor Hieronymous Grost are from the movie Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. The Vicomte de Meilcour is from Crébillon fils’ novel Strayings of the Heart and Mind, or Memoirs of M. De Meilcour. The Scholomance and the Deep School are supposedly real schools of magic mentioned in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Manly Wade Wellman’s John Thunstone stories, respectively. The Rue Morgue is from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Captain Phoebus de Châteaupers is from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-dame. The Thénardiers are from Hugo’s Les Misérables. The Dark Academy is from the video game Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. The Brotherhood of the Ram is from Dennis Wheatley’s The Satanist. The Necronomicon is the most infamous tome of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Bertrand des Amis and the Marquis de la Tour d’Azyr are from Rafael Sabatini’s Scaramouche. The Vicomte de Valmont is from Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ novel Dangerous Liaisons. “Cabot” is French for “Mutt,” making Cabot and Geof the title characters of Bud Fisher’s comic strip Mutt and Jeff. For an explanation of the duo’s longevity, see Dennis E. Power’s article “Immortal Befuddled,” found on the Wold Newton Universe: A Secret History website. Geof’s relative is the Vicomte de Valvert from Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac. Father Sandor is from the Hammer film Dracula: Prince of Darkness. Presumably the nineteenth century Sandor is a descendant of the eighteenth-century priest. The being in the pale robe and yellow mask is the King in Yellow, from Robert W. Chambers’ collection of the same name. The Domdaniel is from “Dom Chaves” (Denis Chavis) and Jacques Cazotte’s Arabian Tales; or, A Continuation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments

This crossover writeup is just one of the hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! Much like its predecessors, this book is an AUTHORIZED companion to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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