Sunday, December 31, 2023

Crossover of the Week

Winter 2019


Author Derrick Ferguson interviews his “character” Dillon. Asked what living person he most admires, Dillon names Dr. Harry Wolper, who he studied under at the Northfield Institute for Advanced Research in California. He also mentions the North African country of Khusra. Dillon’s most treasured possession is a portrait of his mother that formerly hung in the New York branch of the Baltimore Gun Club, which he saw when he was there looking for Jim Anthony. When Ferguson asks Dillon his favorite writers, he responds with a long list: Jackson Bentley, Henry Chinaski, Jessica Fletcher, Jason King, Garth Marenghi, Robin Masters, Thom E. Gemcity, Kilgore Trout, and Nathan Zuckerman. 

Metafictional interview included in the introduction to Derrick Ferguson’s book Dillon Annual Collection 2019, Pro Se Productions, 2019. Dr. Harry Wolper is from the movie Creator. Besides Dillon’s adventures, Khusra also appears in the stories of Ferguson’s 1930s adventurer Fortune McCall. The Baltimore Gun Club is from Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon. Jim Anthony appeared in the pulp magazine Super-Detective. A young Dillon met Anthony at the New York branch of the Gun Club in Ferguson and Josh Reynolds’ The Vril Agenda. Jackson Bentley is from the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Henry Chinaski is author Charles Bukowski’s fictional alter ego. Jessica Fletcher is from the television series Murder, She Wrote. Jason King is from the TV series Department S and Jason King. Garth Marenghi is from the TV show Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Robin Masters is from the TV series Magnum, P.I. “Thom E. Gemcity” is the anagrammatic penname of Special Agent Timothy McGee on the TV series NCIS. Wold Newton Family member Kilgore Trout is a recurring character in Kurt Vonnegut’s novels. Nathan Zuckerman is a frequent protagonist of Philip Roth’s novels. 

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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