Sunday, March 10, 2024

Crossover of the Week

Summer 1966


Werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky is unable to make a date with Princess Dala. He is attacked by what appears to be Gouroull, the creation of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, whom he has encountered once before, but it turns out to be a human dressed up as the monster. Meanwhile, Pete Dumond plays chess with Dr. Génessier. Génessier once stole the faces of pretty girls for his daughter Christiane. Daninsky is attacked by more seeming monsters: a female vampire wielding a scythe, an enormous lump of rock and moss covered in fur, an extraterrestrial with an enlarged brain and insect-like arms ending in pincers, and a group of scarred warrior-monks. Now able to control his transformations, Daninsky appears in a horror film directed by an Italian named Guido. 

Short story by Nathan Cabaniss in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 12: Carte Blanche, Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, eds., Black Coat Press, 2015; reprinted in French in Les Compagnons de l’Ombre (Tome 23), Jean-Marc Lofficier, ed., Rivière Blanche, 2018. Waldemar Daninsky was played by Paul Naschy in a long-running series of Spanish horror films. Daninsky must have lost control of his lycanthropy again after the events of this story, as he has no power over it in films made after the time in which this story occurs. Princess Dala is from the movie The Pink Panther. Gouroull is the name given to Frankenstein’s monster in novels by Jean-Claude Carrière. Pete Dumond is from the movie How to Make a Monster. Dr. Génessier and his daughter Christiane are from Jean Redon’s Les Yeux Sans Visage and its film adaptation by Georges Franju. The scythe-wielding vampire is Eva from Jean Rollin’s film Fascination. The rock-and-moss creature is the titular alien from the movie Night of the Blood Beast. The insect-like alien is the Metaluna Mutant from the movie This Island Earth. The warrior-monks are the Blind Dead from a series of Spanish horror movies. Since Gouroull is real within the context of this story, the other monsters probably are as well, and This Island Earth and the Blind Dead films have already been established as taking place in the CU. Guido Anselmi is from Federico Fellini's film 8 1/2

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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