Monday, December 25, 2023

Crossover Cover: The Return of the Hound


In this story by Josh Reynolds, Charles St. Cyprian reads in a newspaper about the robbery of Thurlingham Hall last month, whose perpetrator St. Cyprian’s assistant Ebe Gallowglass describes as “that albino with the funny name.” When she suggests they apprehend him themselves, St. Cyprian replies that they'll leave that sort of thing to Blake and Lee and the rest of that lot. Sgt. Robert Ogden and his squad had been seconded to Carnacki during the War. The Si-Fan lurks in every opium den in Limehouse not owned by the Sisterhood of the Rats. St. Cyprian describes his old foe Dr. Gottlieb Hochmuller as “a vivisectionist and member in bad standing of the Kaiser’s pet sorcerous cabal, along with the likes of Erwin Torre or charlatans like Professor ten Brinken.” The albino with the funny name is Zenith the Albino, the archenemy of private detective Sexton Blake. In the story “The Strange Case of the Thurlingham Hall Robbery,” Zenith went up against Blake’s friend and fellow detective Nelson Lee. Thomas Carnacki is from William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder. The Si-Fan is from Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels. Professor Jakob ten Brinken is from Hanns Heinz Ewers’ Alraune.

This crossover is one of hundreds covered 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!

Happy Holidays! 

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