The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: The Quantum Archangel

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THE QUANTUM ARCHANGEL (NOVEL BY CRAIG HINTON)

Release Date: January 1, 2001 (Setting is 2003 and between Trial of a Timelord and Time and the Rani)

Series: Doctor Who

Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

Non-Horror Crosses: Green Lantern; X-Men

The Story: The Sixth Doctor and Mel are caught between the villains Kronos and the Master.

Notes: The Master has a copy of the Necronomicon on his TARDIS. This book reveals that as a result of the events of Logopolis, the planet Oa was destroyed along with one third of the Shi’ar Empire. Though this wouldn’t work as canon for the DC and Marvel Universes, it works just fine for the Horror Universe.

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The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole

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NEW DIMENSIONS 7 “BLACK AS THE PIT, FROM POLE TO POLE” (SHORT STORY BY STEVEN UTLEY AND HOWARD WALDROP)

Release Date: 1977 (Setting is circa 1800 to 1819)

Series: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

Non-Horror Crosses: Arthur Gordon Pym; Moby Dick; Journey to the Centre of the Earth; Pellucidar

The Story: Following the events of Frankenstein, the monster finds a hole in the Arctic that leads him on a journey to many inner worlds, before ending up in the Antarctic at the Mountains of Madness.

Notes: This monster is the original from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that was created by Victor Frankenstein, as opposed to the Universal film monster created by Henry Frankenstein. Once again, Lovecraft’s work is invoked to create a Horror Universe crossover. The non-horror crosses listed do not get used to pull in more crosses, but we should consider that their original stories and their works listed in this book are in the Horror Universe.

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The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: Bloodstalk

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BLOODSTALK (NOVEL BY RON GOULART)

Release Date: 1975 (Setting is Summer 1969)

Series: Vampirella

Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel)

The Story: Vampirella comes to Earth, the last survivor of the planet Drakulon. She manages to survive by finding a space probe from Earth on her world which then returns to Earth. First, she is found by a scientist who has created a blood substitute that he promises to give her in exchange for sex. However, she escapes from being his sex slave, and finds herself in conflict with an immortal warlock all while she is hunted by Conrad Van Helsing.

Notes: This is the first Vampirella novel. It is based upon the story from Vampirella # 8 – 11, as well as her origin story from the first issue. This novel and those issues can be considered the same events told from different perspectives. Note that in this version, the origin was slightly tweaked. Instead of a manned spaceship from Earth in 1969, we now have an unmanned space probe, which makes a little bit more sense for the sake of the realism of Earth technology where the space program is involved in 1969. Of course, see the entry for Vampirella # 1 on how none of that origin really matters. At the library in this tale, Vampirella is looking for an occult book called the Crimson Chronicles, and the librarian also suggests the Book of Ebion, De Vermis Mysteriis, and the Necronomicon, all of which come from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Some villains in the tale refer to Conrad Van Helsing as being part of the same family that fought a certain Count in the previous century. This is clearly a reference to Abraham Van Helsing and Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: House of Mystery #227

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HOUSE OF MYSTERY # 227 “DEMONS ARE MADE…NOT BORN” (DC COMICS)

Release Date: October – November 1974 (Setting is 1896)

Series: House of Mystery

Horror Crosses: The Vampyre; Donald F. Glut’s Interconnected Stories

The Story: An occult bookstore owner gets a copy of a Satanic book in order to summon a demon to command. His partner kills him for the book, and casts the spell himself, and that always works out well, right?

Notes: Regarding House of Mystery: This book wasn’t always a horror anthology, and we should consider the period when it was a horror anthology a separate series on its own. As a horror anthology, each story was introduced by Cain, under the implication that he is referring to stories that may have happened within his world in reality, or in nightmares, or perhaps even in alternate worlds. Because of that, we can’t bring in all the stories from House of Mystery into the Horror Universe. Based on the crossovers here, we can place this story in the Horror Universe, but whether Cain is also in the Horror Universe or another reality is unknown. Considering Cain’s role in the Dreaming, whose Endless appear in multiple realities, it could be that Cain’s house is a dimension outside all realities, and yet existing in all realities. Within the bookstore we can see copies of the Ruthvenian and the Demonomicon. As I’ve said elsewhere in this book, the Ruthvenian’s existence implies the real existence of Lord Ruthven from the Vampyre. The Demonomicon is a book that appears in many of Donald F. Glut’s works. Donald F. Glut places all his works in the same reality, and ties them together with things like the Demonomicon and the Dark Gods. This story is written by Donald F. Glut.

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Ootheca: Pedro Iniguez, Thoroughly Interviewed

If you recognize the name, you just might know Pedro from Welcome to the Future, Sanitarium #32, and our own Those Who Live Long Forgotten. To the best of my knowledge, he’s the only author to have written stories about both space marines (of a sort) and Arabian ghouls.

We’ve invited him over to tell us about his new, stand-alone short story, Death’s Café: Ootheca.

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James:  Today, Ootheca found its way to publication. It’s incredibly exciting. What do you most want people to know about your book? What was your favorite part to write, too?

Pedro: Thank you James. It was an idea I’d had for a while, and one that drew on inspiration from stories like Alien, The Thing, and The Mist. Stories where fear of “the other” is as scary as the people you might be next to. That was what I loved writing the most, and really, a message about all of our fears and insecurities in everyday life.  Misunderstanding really is one of the biggest driving forces in the terrors that plague our world today. You can find “the other” blasted all over the news every day: Immigrants, terrorists, opposing political parties coming to change your way of life. It drives people mad and that paranoia can lead to some interesting results.

James: Xenobiology has always been one of my pet fascinations. What inspired the aliens in the story, and did you base their biology on any specific creatures?

Pedro: The creatures had to be something that could withstand the harshness of space and the dangerous terrain of comets and asteroids while looking scary and alien.  I thought about the deep ocean and animals like lobsters, crabs, and mollusks. Their shells could withstand extreme pressures and cold. That was the basis for the creatures in Ootheca. I also added cocoon-making elements to their biology like that of a butterfly or a mantis in order to keep their eggs safe in hostile environments. Plus, it’s always fun thinking up new monsters and getting to play with them. I think we’ve all been doing that since childhood.

James: One of my favorite things is how well you combined horror and science fiction, without it feeling like an Alien retread. What was the key in bringing them together?

Pedro: Science-Fiction has always been a genre that easily teeters on the edge of Horror. Just a few minor detail changes and a Sci-Fi story ends up being a Horror tale. Again, it really all comes down to fear of the unknown; fear of what we might encounter during space exploration, for example is one of the elements in the story. I think both genres really compliment each other and pave the way for interesting story telling.

James: What inspired the connection between the aliens and the crew’s dreams? I’ve never seen peaceful, benevolent dreams used in such a way.

Pedro: I always found it funny how in fiction aliens were either intelligent, English-speaking beings, or just hissing monstrosities. I tried to imagine a new form of language, something perhaps we haven’t fathomed yet as humans. That’s where the dreams came in. And without revealing too much, they do play an important part in the story. In a way, our dreams are messages to ourselves that even we might not have thought about.

James: What advice do you have for other writers? And, to close, where can our readers find you online?

Pedro: The best advice I can give to writers is what everyone has said all along: keep writing. Sure, there are certain rules like punctuation, and proper grammar, but besides that there is no right or wrong way to tell a story. Everything you read about is all just tools in the toolbox at your disposal. You get to dictate the story you want to tell and the only way to get comfortable doing that is to continue doing it. They say practice makes perfect, and while there really is no such thing as perfect in the world of literature, you can sure as hell write an entertaining story.

People can find me on Facebook and my Amazon author page.

The story can be found on 5/15/15 at http://mochamemoirspress.com/, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: The Heir of Dracula

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HARRY DICKSON # 81 “THE HEIR OF DRACULA” (STORY BY JEAN RAY)

Release Date: January 1933 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Harry Dickson

Horror Crosses: Dracula (novel)

The Story: Famed detective Harry Dickson tracks a vampire who claims to be a descendant of Dracula.

Notes: Because this story was later translated and collected by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier, I feel we can consider this Dracula to be related to the Dracula from Tales of the Shadowmen, who is the original from Bram Stoker’s novel. This vampire likely isn’t an actual genetic descendant of Dracula, but likely a soul clone, or a vampire sired by Dracula, such as Alucard from Son of Dracula.

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The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: The Whisperer in Darkness

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WEIRD TALES “THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS” (SHORT STORY BY H.P. LOVECRAFT)

Release Date: August 1931 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

Horror Crosses: The King in Yellow; Bethmoora

Non-Horror Crosses: Bran Mak Morn; Skull-Face; The Maker of Moons

The Story: A professor at Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, investigates the disappearances of people after recent flood. Locals attribute it to legends of creatures that live in the wooded mountains and abduct people, but the professor remains skeptical. However, the more involved in the investigation he becomes, the more he is harassed by human agents who belong to a Cthulhu cult.

Notes: At one point, the narrator (the professor) states “I found myself faced by names and terms that I had heard elsewhere in the most hideous of connections — Yuggoth, Great Cthulhu, Tsathoggua, Yog-Sothoth, R’lyeh, Nyarlathotep, Azathoth, Hastur, Yian, Leng, the Lake of Hali, Bethmoora, the Yellow Sign, L’mur-Kathulos, Bran, and the Magnum Innominandum . . .” That one paragraph links all the crossovers listed above.

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The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: Atomic Robo #2

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ATOMIC ROBO # 2 “PEST CONTROL” (RED 5 COMICS)

Release Date: November 1, 2007 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Atomic Robo

Horror Crosses: Them!

The Story: Atomic Robo heads to Nevada to deal with ants turned giant by radiation.

Notes: Of course, this is a recurrence of the incident from the film Them!

 

ATOMIC ROBO # 2 “ATOMIC ROBO VS. RASPUTIN” (RED 5 COMICS)

Release Date: November 1, 2007 (Setting is 1924)

Series: Atomic Robo

Horror Crosses: Hellboy (comics)

The Story: Thomas Edison uses his psychophone to summon the ghost of Rasputin in order to send him after Atomic Robo.

Notes: Though Rasputin is based on a real historical figure who has also become part of folklore, this is the particular version of Rasputin who fought Hellboy. Thomas Edison has been portrayed in fiction both within and outside the Horror Universe as a hero and a villain. Perhaps he suffered from multiple personality disorder.

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The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: The Fellowship

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The Fellowship

THE FELLOWSHIP (NOVEL BY MARY AND ADEN ROMINE)

Release Date: September 1, 1984 (Contemporary Setting and several past dates)

Series: The Fellowship

Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Non-Horror Crosses: Doc Savage; The Works of Philip Jose Farmer; Tarzan

The Story: A tale of a different breed of psychic vampires whose roots come from ancient Egypt.

Notes: This story uses a cult of psychic vampires who come from Egypt. Both Peter Tremayne and Anne Rice also give their vampires roots in Egypt. There are all kinds of different vampires in the Horror Universe. Vampire is actually a general term for several species who generally shared the characteristics of feeding on humans and being undead. This story purports that the events of Bram Stoker’s Dracula were a highly fictionalized version of real events and that the characters of his novel are not real. I can accept that the folks in this story might think that to be true, and perhaps the real events as they claim may have also happened; but we certainly know that in the Horror Universe, the events of Stoker’s novel certainly happened, and many folks still don’t believe it to be anything but fiction. The authors of this novel use Philip Jose Farmer’s created connection between Doc Savage’s assistant Johnny and Lovecraft’s Miskatonic University. In this story, one of the suitors of Elizabeth Wakefield (the Lucy of the story) is Sir William Clayton, who will later assume the title of Lord Greystoke. Another of the suitors is Doctor Henry Jekyll. The third is Judd Hacker, a cowboy with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

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State of the Wall (4/12/15)

Long-standing issues with Amazon payments have been resolved. From this moment out, all authors should receive payments in a timely fashion.

Related to that news, now that matters have resolved themselves, our publishing hiatus is over. New books will begin seeing publication~simultaneously in print and digital~this July.

Authors awaiting signed contracts for Just So Stories and The Dragon Lord’s Library will receive them in early May, with their edited stories to follow.

During this hiatus, we’ve hired a small staff of editorial professionals. Most have already been assigned; some signed authors, however, will soon meet their new editor or developmental editor.

Things are going very well at 18thWall, and we’re enjoying every step of this journey. Thank you for being here!

 

 

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