Monday, January 22, 2024

Crossover Cover: Castle Dark


Adventuress Frances West battles the vampire Drakkar alongside her friend and sometime lover Maxim Gunn. Drakkar controls creatures called diablosaurs. At the end, Drakkar relocates to Arkham, Massachusetts. Maxim Gunn appears in his own series of novels by Boving, which has several connections to the CU. The diablosaurs, created by Maurice Renard’s character Dr. Lerne, first appeared in Boving’s “Wings of Fear” (Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 9: La Vie en Noir, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2012). At the end of that story, the last surviving diablosaur escaped. Perhaps the diablosaurs seen here were the result of someone’s attempt to recreate Lerne’s experiment, since otherwise it’s unlikely the surviving one would have been able to reproduce. Arkham, Massachusetts is a recurring setting in H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos tales. 

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!

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