Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World, Volumes 1 and 2 by Win Scott Eckert

"A few words to writers who might be tempted to add to this game -- it's not enough to cover pages with flow-charts, family trees, and speculation to establish an extended kinship...  If you use a pre-existing fictional character, you are under the same obligation a writer of historical fiction is in using a real … Continue reading Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World, Volumes 1 and 2 by Win Scott Eckert

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow by Will Murray (as Kenneth Robeson)

Fate intervened in such a way as to ensure that it would take nearly three months of agonizingly hanging on nearly each and every chapter-ending cliffhanger to get to the end of this book.  If I didn't know better, I'd swear that was pre-ordained.  But as they say, it's not the destination, it's the journey. … Continue reading Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow by Will Murray (as Kenneth Robeson)

Myths for the Modern Age: Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe edited by Win Scott Eckert

The Wold Newton Universe is truly the mother of all crossover fiction, and after more than a decade of wading through it (and after spending most of my life immersing myself in its source literature), I discovered this little gem. Wait, you don't know about the WNU? Imagine if you will, the greats of classic … Continue reading Myths for the Modern Age: Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe edited by Win Scott Eckert