Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Crossover Cover: Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju


Today is my birthday, so to celebrate, I’m doing something special, by posting an excerpt from Appendix 1 of the new book, “The Anno Dracula Universe and Character Guide.” Enjoy!

Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju (Titan Books, 2019)

Richard Jeperson is from Newman’s The Man from the Diogenes Club

Christina Light (Roderick Hudson and The Princess Casamassima by Henry James)

Cham-Cham and Mima are from the movie Perfect Blue

Sprünt is from the TV series Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge

Yōkai (monsters from Japanese legend)

Hyakume (yōkai)

Triffids (The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham)

Voltan (Jack Palance, Hawk the Slayer)

The Chatsubo Bar (Neuromancer by William Gibson)

Dr. Jogoro Komoda (Tatsumi Hijikata, Horrors of Malformed Men)

Merkwerdichliebe (Dr. Merkwürdigliebe, aka Dr. Strangelove; Peter Sellers, Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

Kate Reed

Geneviève Dieudonné

The Macedonia (The Sea-Wolf by Jack London)

Sunway Systems is from the movie Cypher 

Syrie Van Epp (Elizabeth Shepherd, The Corridor People)

Wings Over the World is from the movie Things to Come

Groover’s is from the movie Au Pair Girls 

Millarca is the title character of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla”

The Daikaiju Building is in the shape of Gojira, aka Godzilla 

The Monk (vampire and early foe of Batman)

Taguchi (Kenji Mizuhashi, Pulse)

Ishikawa (Shutaro Ishikawa; Ken Ogata, My Soul Is Slashed)

Karl the Chiropterid is meant to be Karl Fei-Ong from the anime Blood+

John Blaylock (David Bowie, The Hunger)

Mycroft Holmes

Caleb Croft (Michael Pataki, Grave of the Vampire)

Lord Ruthven (“The Vampyre” by John Polidori)

Drearcliff Grange is from Newman's Drearcliff Grange School series

Yuki-Onna (yōkai; also played by Keiko Kishi in the movie Kwaidan)

Detective Yoshitaka Azuma is a combination of Detective Azuma from Violent Cop with Detective Yoshitaka Nishi from Hana-Bi, both played by Takeshi Kitano

Jiiji the Pimp (Shinya Tsukamoto, Ichi the Killer)

Captain Takeda (Shun Sugata, Confessions of a Dog)

Tenjo Kudari (yōkai)

Officer Kamikura (Ichigo Kamikura; Osamu Mukai, S: The Last Policeman)

The Sakis are from the Sukeban Deka film series

Urufu Inugami (Akira Inugami; Wolf Guy by Kazumasa Hirai and Hisashi Sakaguchi)

Big Thinks is from Newman’s Diogenes Club story “Tomorrow Town”

WOTAN is from the Doctor Who serial “The War Machines”

The General is from The Prisoner episode of the same name

REMAK is from The Avengers episode “Killer”

Gargantuabots are from Newman’s story “Gargantuabots vs. the Nice Mice”

Erzulie Bronze is the daughter of Nefertiti Bronze from Newman’s contributions to The Lovecraft Squad mosaic novel series

The Trenchcoat Twosome (the Trenchcoat Twins, played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley video series)

The Bowmans is from the titular Hancock episode

Six-tentacled octopus by the Golden Gate Bridge (It Came from Beneath the Sea)

Giant ape above the Bullring (King Kong)

Flimsy-winged reptile tethered in the Tivoli Gardens (Reptilicus)

The vampire killed by electricity in the Arctic Circle in 1951 is a reference to the movie The Thing from Another World 

Lefty is the titular appendage from The Outer Limits episode “Demon with a Glass Hand,” written by Harlan Ellison

The Starship Protector, Dr. Lazarus, and Galaxy Quest are from the movie Galaxy Quest

The Eyeheads are from Naoki Urasawa’s manga 20th Century Boys 

Unwin-Fujikawa Chemicals is derived from Unwin Chemicals in Newman’s novel Bad Dreams 

Mr. Horowitz, aka Mr. Horror and Iron Mouth (Jaws; Richard Kiel, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker; the character was based on Sol “Horror” Horowitz from Ian Fleming's original novel The Spy Who Loved Me)

Dr. Kiyokazu Akiba (Kōichi Satō, Infection)

General Gokemidoro is from the movie Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

The Uchoten Hotel is from the movie of the same name, as are Tokiko (Keiko Toda) and Zenbu (Toshiyuki Nishida)

Colonel Golgotha is the title character of Takao Saito's manga Golgo 13

Derek (Peter Jackson, Bad Taste)

O-Ren Blake, aka Cottonmouth, is a conflation of O-Ren “Cottonmouth” Ishii from Kill Bill: Vol. 1 with Sadie Blake from Rise: Blood Hunter; Lucy Liu played both characters

Killer (Light “Kira” Yagami; Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata)

Furīman (Crying Freeman by Kazuo Koike and Ryoichi Ikegami)

Panty-Mask (Ryôhei Suzuki, Hentai Kamen and Hentai Kamen: The Abnormal Crisis)

Mikaeris, aka the Butler (Sebastian Michaelis; Black Butler by Yana Toboso)

Kurokawa, aka Caterpillar (“The Caterpillar” by Edogawa Rampo)

Mizuno, aka Astro-Man (Yoshio Tsuchiya, The Human Vapor)

Hanjuro, the Black Ninja (David Chung, Ninja III: The Domination)

Simon Molinar (Jason Carter, Demon Under Glass)

Brilliant-Smith (Dick Tracy by Chester Gould)

Dr. Septimus Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger, Bride of Frankenstein)

Henry Jekyll (Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson)

Senator John Blutarski (John Belushi, National Lampoon’s Animal House)

Don Sebastian de Villanueva (vampire in novels by Les Daniels)

Xochitl (Rosa Arenas, The Aztec Mummy, The Curse of the Aztec Mummy, and The Aztec Mummy Against the Humanoid Robot)

Mitsuru Fujiwara (Ghost Talker’s Daydream by Saki Okuse and Sankichi Meguro)

The Opera Ghost Agency is from Newman’s Angels of Music

The Unnameables are from Newman’s stories “The Big Fish” and “Moon Moon Moon”

Germany’s Lohmann Branch is named after Inspector Karl Lohmann, played by Otto Wernicke in M and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 

Russia’s Night Watch (World of Watches series by Sergei Lukyanenko)

Kogorō Akechi, the Boy Detectives Club, the Fiend with Twenty Faces, and the Black Lizard from Edogawa Rampo’s mystery novels

Giant vampire turtle (Gamera)

Kaname Kuran (Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino)

Subaru Sumiyagi (Subaru Sumeragi; Tokyo Babylon by Clamp)

Kyoichi Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda, Nightmare Detective and Nightmare Detective 2)

Professor Brian O’Blivion (Jack Creley, Videodrome)

Higo Yanagi (yōkai)

Albert “Smiler” Watson is a conflation of the title character of the Sergeant Cork episode “The Case of Albert Watson, V.C.” with Smiler Washington from the TV movie Chips with Everything, both played by Ronald Lacey

Kuchisake (yōkai)

Rider Kuuga (Joe Odagiri, Kamen Rider Kuuga)

Suzan Arashi is based on Susan Storm, aka the Invisible Girl, of the Marvel superteam the Fantastic Four

Commander Hamish Bond (James Bond)

Cousin Helen (Helen “Hallie” Takahama, aka Jolt, member of the Marvel superhero team the Thunderbolts)

Tsunako Shiki (Sunako Kirishiki; Shiki by Fuyumi Ono)

Cthulhu, Dagon, and Azathoth are from H. P. Lovecraft’s Mythos

Lady Asaji Washizu (Isuzu Yamada) and Spider Forest are from the movie Throne of Blood

Fray Sebastian and Kichijiro (Silence by Shūsaku Endō)

O-Same (yōkai)

Higanjima Island (Higanjima by Kōji Matsumoto)

Heike Ziss is from Newman’s Drearcliff Grange School books

Charlotte (Jennifer Ulrich, We Are the Night)

Callie (Callie Webb; Parker Posey, For Your Consideration)

Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey, Scream 3)

The movie The Hobbs End Horror is based on Sutter Cane’s novel of the same name in the movie In the Mouth of Madness

Derek Leech (recurring evil media mogul in Newman’s work)

The Broken Doll and Carleton Knowles are from The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School

Olof Carlsen (The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson)

Louise Teazle is from Newman’s novel An English Ghost Story

Anthony Peak is an alias for the title character of the manga Lupin the Third by Monkey Punch

Andrew A. Thomason is based on Thomas A. Anderson, aka Neo, Keanu Reeves’ character in the movie The Matrix and its sequels

The Niide Clinic is named after Dr. Kyojō Niide, Toshiro Mifune’s character in Red Beard

Tetch (Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter, one of Batman’s foes)

Middle-aged, sad-faced American actor and younger woman with pink-tinged hair (Bob Harris and Charlotte; Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation)

Takashi Kamata, aka DK (Brian Tee, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)

Kageyama (Akira Kageyama; Hayato Ichihara, Yakuza Apocalypse)

Sergeant Kankichi (Ryotsu Kankichi; Kochikame by Osamu Akimoto)

Officer Ota (Isao Ota; Patlabor by Masami Yuki)

Officer Brenten and the puma girls (Charles Brenten, AnnaPuma, and UniPuma; Dominion by Masamune Shirow)

Officer Nakajima (Ken Nakajima; You’re Under Arrest by Kōsuke Fujishima)

Lady Oyotsu (yōkai)

Charles Strickland (The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham)

Asato Yamamura is a combination of Ai Asato from Kochikame with Sadako Yamamura from the Ring novel series by Koji Suzuki

Sophie Fukami is from the anime Kado: The Right Answer 

Dessert is from the movie Suicide Club 

The Bronx Warriors are from the movie 1990: The Bronx Warriors

The Baseball Furies are from the movie The Warriors

de Boscherville (Erik the Opera Ghost; The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux)

Anck-es-en-Amon (Zita Johann, The Mummy)

Petrox Oil is from the 1976 remake of King Kong 

The North Sea Jennifer disaster refers to the movie North Sea Hijack

Sonja Blaue (Sonja Blue, monster-hunting vampire in novels by Nancy A. Collins)

Oily Maniac Hair Tonic is named after the movie Oily Maniac 

The Moth (Mothra, Japanese movie monster)

The Pterror (Rodan, another cinematic monster)

The Tri-Kappa (King Ghidorah, still another Japanese cinema monster)

The Ferat automobile company is from the Czech film Ferat Vampire 

Rex Mifune is better known as Racer X from the anime Speed Racer 

Furano, the Frankenstein Girl (Keiko Furano; Eri Otoguro, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl)

Varanit Gorasu, the Indescribable Man, evokes the films Varan the Unbelievable and Gorath

Aki Nijūhachi-gō is the title character of Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga Akira 

Bokonism (Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut)

Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele, Black Sunday)

Herbert von Krolock (Iain Quarrier, Dance of the Vampires)

Lester Shortlion (Lestat de Lioncourt; The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice)

Angel de la Guardia (Ron Perlman, Cronos)

Georgia Rae Drumgo, a conflation of Georgia Rae Mahoney from the television series Homicide: Life on the Street and Evelda Drumgo from the movie Hannibal, both played by Hazellle Goodman 

Abura Sumashi (yōkai)

Kasa-obake (yōkai)

Perkin Murdleigh is based on Muttley from the cartoon Wacky Races 

Mr. Omochi (Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb)

Chesse Beru (Chesse Belle; Seraph of the End by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto)

Tsukamoto is meant to be the unnamed metal fetishist played by Shinya Tsukamoto in his film Tetsuo: The Iron Man

The predator vampire that permanently shapeshifted into a lift in Amsterdam in the 1980s is a reference to the Dutch film De Lift

Count Oblensky (Waldemar Wohlfahrt, The Horrible Sexy Vampire)

Kah Pai Mei is a conflation of Kah from the movie The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires with Pai Mei from Chinese legend and film

Sesshō Seki (yōkai)

General Ichimonji (Hidetora Ichimonji; Tatsuya Nakadai, Ran)

Mowgli of Seoni (The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling)

The Blue Water Pendant is from the anime Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water; the Nemo Collection refers to Captain Nemo, who besides being from Jules Verne’s novels also appears in that series

Munch’s Lady of the Shroud is named after Bram Stoker’s novel

The Mausoleum is from Newman’s “Sorcerer Conjurer Wizard Witch”

Wingman Paul Metcalf is better known as Captain Scarlet from the TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons; the Seraphs are based on the Angels from that series

Wing Navigator Hayata (Shin Hayata; Susumu Kurobe, Ultraman)

Dr. Devilers (Alain Delon, Shock Treatment [1973 film])

Drusilla Zark (Juliet Landau, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel; the surname is derived from Juliet’s father Martin Landau’s villain in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode “The Bat Cave Affair”) 

The Silver Sentinel is based on Klaatu’s flying saucer in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still 

The EvangeLions are named after the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion

Wing Captain Gardner (Grant Gardner, aka Captain America; Dick Purcell, Captain America [1943 serial])

The Loren Mansion is from the movie House on Haunted Hill 

Kostaki (“The Pale-Faced Lady” by Alexandre Dumas)

The Daughter of the Dragon (Fah Lo Suee, Dr. Fu Manchu’s daughter)

The Ska-tastics are from the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode “Dance of the Undead”

Skerra Island is from Newman’s Diogenes Club story “Swellhead”

An attractive archaeologist (Lara Croft, Tomb Raider)

This crossover writeup is one of hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert’s Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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