Thursday, February 15, 2024

Crossover Covers: Dept. of Monsterology


Dunsany College’s Department of Cryptozoology, Mythological Studies, Parapsychology, and Fortean Phenomena, funded by the Hampton Foundation, has three field teams: Teams Challenger, Carnacki, and the long-lost Carter, whose members died on a space mission. The gold idol Indiana Jones lost in 1936 and the Lament Configuration are seen in Department head Professor Booker’s office. Team Challenger goes on an underwater expedition at 47°9’S 126°43’W, encountering fish men in the process, and recovering a squid-headed idol. Cryptogeographer Javier De Tovar says the markings on the idol are like those in the Ponape Manuscript. Meanwhile, Team Carnacki goes up against some jiangshi (Chinese vampires); a folk tradition from Szechuan suggests the hoofs of a black donkey as a weapon against the undead. Carnacki member Dominic Belasco is described as a “necronaut.” Miskatonic and “Kostabi’s people” are suggested among the parties who may have beat Carnacki to their next destination. In the Pacific, Challenger encounters a dinosaur, whose home De Tovar describes as late Pnakotic Era civilization ruins. A picture from Team Carter’s expedition to Yuggoth is seen. Dunsany’s first expedition to the Antarctic brought back a star-headed creature. The Department’s field teams are named after Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger, William Hope Hodgson’s Thomas Carnacki, and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ warlord of Mars, respectively. The gold idol is from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Lament Configuration is from the Hellraiser films. 47°9’S 126°43’W are the coordinates of R’lyeh according to H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu.” The fish men are the Deep Ones from Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth.” The squid-headed idol is of Cthulhu. The Ponape Manuscript is from Lin Carter’s Cthulhu Mythos stories. Miskatonic University is mentioned in several of Lovecraft’s stories, as is Yuggoth. The Pnakotic Era refers to Lovecraft’s Pnakotic Manuscripts. The star-headed creature is an Elder Thing from Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness.” The idea of black donkey hooves being used to fight jiangshi comes from Zhang Muye’s Ghost Blows Out the Light. Necronauts is a comic by Rennie and Frazer Irving. “Kostabi’s people” refers to Rennie and Dom Reardon’s comic Caballistics, Inc

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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