Monday, May 20, 2024

Crossover Cover: The House in the Witch Dreams


In this story by Charles R. Rutledge, occult expert Professor Carter Decamp helps college student Nancy Upton discover the source of dreams she’s been having about a witch and a house she senses is her own, though she’s never been in it before. Decamp shows Nancy a painting of a ghoul done by a rather infamous artist named Pickman in the 1920s and says the ghouls’ last recorded uprising was in that decade and was put down by a man named Kharrn. Decamp has a walking stick that conceals a blade. Carter Decamp is a recurring character in Rutledge’s fiction, including the Griffin and Price series, coauthored with James A. Moore. The immortal barbarian Kharrn is another of Rutledge’s recurring heroes. Pickman is from H. P. Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model.” The painter’s full name is Richard Upton Pickman, so he and Nancy Upton may be related. As established in Moore and Rutledge’s Blind Shadows, Decamp’s sword-cane is the same one that once belonged to Manly Wade Wellman’s occult detective Judge Pursuivant. Nancy says February 15 was last Sunday, suggesting the year is 2015.

This crossover is one of over a thousand covered in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, coming this summer from 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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