Sunday, June 2, 2024

Crossover of the Week

July 1977


Adventuress Nefertiti Bronze battles the Esoteric Order of Dagon, who killed her voodoo bocor ex-husband. Montresor Mountmain’s Chapel of Satan in Hell’s Kitchen is the base of one of the rival cults that falls victim to the worshippers of the Esoteric Order. Joseph Curwen, in his current body of Walker Phillip Ward, can turn up unannounced at Sbirro’s, though the restaurant is officially booked solid for years ahead. Curwen is interviewed by Whitney Gauge of the FBI’s Human Protection League, aka the Unnamables. Nefertiti’s grandmother was a seven-foot-tall Waziri princess named Ashanti. Curwen puts out a contract on Nefertiti, but the major assassins all fail, and Don Corrado Prizzi decides to sit things out. Curwen pores over photos of Nefertiti with famous people, including Derek Flint. 

Short story by Kim Newman in The Lovecraft Squad: Dreaming, Pegasus Books, 2018. The Esoteric Order of Dagon is from H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth.” Montresor Mountmain is a member of the Mountmain family seen in Newman’s “Seven Stars.” Joseph Curwen is from Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Sbirro’s is from Stanley Ellin’s “The Specialty of the House.” Whitney Gauge first appeared in Newman’s Diogenes Club story “Moon Moon Moon.” The Unnamables first appeared in Newman’s “The Big Fish”; it is revealed here that they are synonymous with the Human Protection League (HPL), the branch of the FBI featured in The Lovecraft Squad books. The Waziri tribe is from the Tarzan novels. Don Corrado Prizzi is from Richard Condon’s series of novels, beginning with Prizzi’s Honor. Derek Flint is from the movies Our Man Flint and In Like Flint

This crossover writeup is one of over a thousand appearing 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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