Friday, January 5, 2024

Crossover Cover: Decently and Quietly Dead


In this story by Matthew Baugh, Mysterious Dave Mather is forcibly recruited by Judge Parker to apprehend a cult leader called Jehoiakim. Mather was interrupted during a dalliance with a prostitute by two of Parker’s marshals, Dave Bliss and One-Eyed Cogburn. When Mather shows Sheriff Teague the silver bullets he intends to use on Jehoiakim, Teague says he has heard of a man who uses silver bullets, supposedly as a reminder of the cost of human life. Jehoiakim intends to summon Tawil-at-U’mr. Mysterious Dave Mather was a real lawman, gunfighter, and sometime criminal in the Old West. Baugh’s fiction portrays him as a fighter against supernatural evil, particularly the beings of the Cthulhu Mythos. Marshal Dave Bliss is from the movie Hang 'em High. One-Eyed Cogburn is Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn from Charles Portis’ True Grit. The man who uses silver bullets is the Lone Ranger. Tawil-at-U’mr is an avatar of Yog-Sothoth in H. P. Lovecraft and E. Hoffmann Price’s “Through the Gates of the Silver Key.”

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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