Sunday, July 7, 2024

Crossover of the Week

Early Autumn 1926 


Noticing parallels between his current case and a previous affair, Charles St. Cyprian asks Inspector Moxley if he was acquainted with Inspector Quennell. Not long after solving that case, Quennell turned over his notes to St. Cyprian’s predecessor, Carnacki. Quennell’s main suspect was Dr. Mallinger. The Voyagers Club resides on Dover Street, alongside others of its ilk, such as the Albermarle, the Drones, and the Diogenes. The late Geoffrey Botkin was one of the few who has been to Maple White Land, a few years after the Challenger expedition, with Lord John Roxton in 1913. According to a newspaperman named Malone, Botkin was almost eaten by a giant spider. The Voyagers’ bar has a bust of Quatermain over the door. St. Cyprian discusses an alchemist and member of the Order of the Cosmic Ram who engaged in experiments like Mallinger’s with another member of the Order, who also belongs to the Bollinger Club. St. Cyprian’s friend Bertie lives on Berkley Street. 

Short story by Josh Reynolds on the website Curious Fictions. Inspector Quennell and Dr. Carl Mallinger are from the movie The Blood Beast Terror. Thomas Carnacki is from William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder. The Drones Club is from the works of P. G. Wodehouse. Bertie is Bertie Wooster. The Diogenes Club is from Doyle and Watson’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Maple White Land, Professor George Edward Challenger, Lord John Roxton, and Edward D. Malone are from Doyle’s The Lost World. Allan Quatermain is from H. Rider Haggard’s novels and stories. The Bollinger Club is from Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall

This crossover writeup is one of over a thousand included 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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