Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Wicker Man

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THE WICKER MAN (FILM)
Release Date: December 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: The Wicker Man
The Story: A police officer is investigating a missing girl case that leads him to the Scottish Isle of Summerisle, where he falls into something much bigger than he expected.

Notes: Later, in THE EUGENICS WARS, it’s revealed that Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln are secretly involved in these events. This film is followed by the Wicker Tree in 2011 and the upcoming The Wrath of the Gods due 2015. There was also a remake in 2006. The film has been referenced as fictional many times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed on Brass Eye.

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THE EUGENICS WARS: THE RISE AND FALL OF KHAN NOONIEN SINGH, VOLUME TWO (NOVEL BY GREG COX)
Release Date: 2002 (Setting is June 14, 1992 to February 2, 1996)
Series: Star Trek
Horror Crosses: The Wicker Man; Children of the Shroud
Non-Horror Crosses: Johnny Quest; Black Panther; Fantastic Four; Team Knight Rider
The Story: Khan begins his plan for world conquest, and only Seven and Lincoln can stop him.

Notes: This story serves as a prequel to the Star Trek episode Space Seed. Seven and Lincoln claim to have been involved in the events of the film The Wicker Man. References to other attempts at genetic cloning include a reference to the events of Children of the Shroud. The book features an appearance of an Indian delegate whose description would match that of an adult Hadji from the cartoon Johnny Quest. Since Johnny Quest was a 1960s cartoon, the timing seems right. There is also a submarine made out of Vibranium, a material only found in the African nation of Wakanda. Wakanda is a fictional nation ruled by the Black Panther, who first appeared in the pages of Fantastic Four. Scientist Jackson Roykirk appears. Roykirk was first mentioned in a Star Trek episode, but also figured in an episode of Team Knight Rider. This is the second part of a two novel series. The first novel is brought in via crosses with Frankenstein and others. This second novel is brought in on the basis that its the second part of a story already brought in. And on that basis, this second half brings in The Wicker Man and Children of the Shroud as horror series to the Horror Universe. Knight Rider was already brought in with the first part of this story. The Fantastic Four have also already been brought in via crosses with Marvel horror characters. Johnny Quest is brought in via this story.

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THE UNNATURAL INQUIRER (NOVEL BY SIMON R. GREEN)
Release Date: December 30, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; War of the Worlds (novel); Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; Elvira; Doctor Strange; Doctor Druid; The Wicker Man; The Addams Family; The Mummy (Universal)
Non-Horror Crosses: 2001: A Space Odyssey; Lassie; Doctor Who; Get Smart; James Bond; The Avengers (TV); Shadows Fall; Maltese Falcon; Star Trek
The Story: A man claims to have proof of the afterlife on DVD, and the Nightside’s top rag hires John Taylor to find him and the DVD.
Notes: It’s not unusual for the Nightside stories to have Lovecraft references, and this one has at least five that my Nightside researcher John D. Lindsey Jr. has found. The character Harry Fabulous has access to the drug Martian Red Weed from War of the Worlds. He also has a version of the Hyde formula. This wouldn’t be the first story to see the Hyde formula as a street drug. In an old issue of the Inquirer is a story of Jacqueline Hyde, one of Henry’s descendants, who was in love with her male alter ego of Mister Hyde. In an interesting twist, the film Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde features a male descendant of Jekyll who transforms into a beautiful but evil female Hyde. A personal ad in the Inquirer reads “Desperately Seeking Elvira”. Seen gathered in conference are the Travelling Doctor (Doctor Who), the Strange Doctor (Doctor Strange) and the Druid Doctor (Doctor Druid). “The Collector” has “the Wicker Man” with dead police officer inside. At the bar is a living active disembodied hand, most likely Thing from the Addams Family. A drink at the bar is Mummy’s Favorite, with tanna leaves as the main ingredient. Another old Inquirer article mentions the monoliths on the moon (from 2001: A Space Odyssey). The newspaper has a personal ad that reads “Lassie come home, or the kid gets it”. At a bar, Taylor compares a jukebox to the TARDIS. Three secret agents matching the descriptions of Maxwell Smart (Get Smart), James Bond, and John Steed (The Avengers) are seen comparing gadgets. There is a train that goes to Shadows Fall. Reporter Betty Devine wonders if “the Collector” has the Maltese Falcon. Also at the bar is what appears to be a tribble from Star Trek.

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A HARD DAY’S KNIGHT (NOVEL BY SIMON R. GREEN)
Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Contemporary Setting, immediately after the Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Creature from the Black Lagoon; King in Yellow; Hawk & Fisher; 1408; Frankenstein (all of them); The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy; The Wicker Man
Non-Horror Crosses: Secret Histories; Shadows Fall; The Door in the Wall; The Teletubbies (no, you didn’t misread); Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser; Alice in Wonderland; Doctor Who
The Story: John Taylor receives the legendary Excalibur in the mail and decides to deliver it to the descendants of the original Knights of the Round Table who reside in London. Along the way, Taylor finds himself in a dark mirror universe where England is called Albion and Merlin chose a different path and became the Anti-Christ.
Notes: Like most of the Nightside stories, this one is loaded with numerous Lovecraft references. Taylor passes a sushi stall run by “something from a black lagoon”. There is graffiti in the Nightside that includes the Yellow Sign from the King in Yellow. The train runs to Haven from Green’s Hawk & Fisher series. Hawk and Fisher themselves also appear in the story. In the mirror reality, King Arthur hides in room 1408 of the castle. At a bazaar, there is tattooing using Frankenstein blood. I’m not sure if this means the blood of a Frankenstein or a Frankenstein monster. Previous Nightside stories have confirmed that many of the Frankenstein family have created numerous monsters, thus confirming one of the major crossover connection rules of the Horror Universe. In the mirror reality of Albion, the streets are lined with Wicker Men filled with dead men. Green again makes numerous references to his Secret Histories series. The Nightside train also runs to Shadows Fall, as also seen in previous Nightside stories. Shadows Fall is another Green series. The only entrance to the castle of the knights is a green door, which may be a reference to H.G. Wells’ The Door in the Wall, in which a green door is a portal to a magical garden. At the bar called Strangefellows, there are four fuzzy little creatures with working televisions implanted in the stomachs. These would be the Teletubbies. They are said to be post-nuclear apocalypse mutants. Thus, we may assume that the Teletubbies exists in one possible alternate timeline of the Horror Universe. The Nightside exists outside of time and space, so it’s easy for visitors from other time periods to show up. John and his partner Suzie pass the Bazaar of the Bizarre from the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series. John and Suzie visit the dormouse. The dormouse has several doors that work as portals to other places, including Shadows Fall and Carcosa. Carcosa is a city that once existed. It is mentioned in the King in Yellow, though it’s first literary appearance was in Ambrose Bierce’s 1891 “An Inhabitant of Carcosa”. The fictional city may have been inspired by a real city, Carcassonne (Carcaso in Latin), that was in medieval France. There is also a door to Scytha-Pannonia-Transbalkania from Avram Davidson’s The Enquiries of Dr. Eszterhazy. Taylor mentions that his portable timeslip only works in time and space but not dimension. He adds that it’s not a TARDIS.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kolchak the Night Stalker

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I feel as if I've already covered this one, but a search of my past blog posts shows I have not.  I guess I've just covered the character and series so much in other posts and the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia over the years that it just seemed so familiar.  So, now, long overdue, here is Carl Kolchak, and the series that inspired the X-Files.

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ARMY OF DARKNESS (FILM)
Release Date: 1992 (Setting follows the events of Evil Dead 2, but due to time travel, the main story takes place in the year 1300)
Series: Evil Dead
The Story: At the end of his battle with the Deadites in the cabin in the woods, Ash is pulled back in time to the year 1300 where he must face a Deadite army and retrieve the Necronomicon ex Mortis if he wants to return to his own time period.

Notes: Pardon my lack of objectiveness, but this is a great movie. It is the third film in the Evil Dead series. In the Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles, it’s revealed that the Necronomicon ex Mortis is the same Necronomicon from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Some writers get the two books confused and conflate them accidentally, so it’s nice to know there’s an in-story explanation for it. They are the same book. However, for the purposes of this reference guide, if it’s called the Necronomicon, the cross goes to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, and when it’s called the Necronomicon ex Mortis it goes to Evil Dead. Note that the Demonicon, though similar in purpose and name, is not the same book. That book, which comes from the interconnected works of Donald F. Glut, has appeared with the Necronomicon in numerous stories, demonstrating that they are not the same book. This film follows Evil Dead II and is followed by the Evil Dead: Hail to the King video game. This film has been referenced as fictional, paid homage to, and spoofed numerous times in other films and on television.

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ALL-CONSUMING FIRE (NOVEL BY ANDY LANE)
Release Date: 1994 (Setting is February to April 1887 though the Doctor himself is a time traveller whose original time period is unknown, but assumed to be contemporary.)
Series: Doctor Who
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Anno Dracula (see Notes); Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Lost World, Fu Manchu; Inspector Cribb; T.S. Ellliot’s The Waste Land
The Story: The seventh Doctor meets Holmes and Watson and together they defeat an Old One called Azathoth.
Notes: Elsewhere in this book I’ve discussed both Anno Dracula and Holmes in the Horror Universe. This story brings in two TV series to the Horror Universe: Doctor Who and Kolchak the Night Stalker.

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ANNO DRACULA (SERIES BY KIM NEWMAN)
Release Date: 1992 - 2013 (so far) [Setting is 1888 -1991 (so far)]
Series: Anno Dracula
Horror Crosses: Dracula (novel); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Invisible Man (novel); The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Vampyre; Varney the Vampire; The Soft Whisper of the Dead; They Thirst; Hotel Transylvania; The Black Castle; The Vampire Tapestry; Stephen King Universe; Carmilla; Good Lady Ducayne; The Tomb of Sarah; Ken’s Mystery; The Mysterious Stranger (story); The True Story of a Vampire; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Black Sabbath; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice Vampire Lestat series); The Werewolves of London (Brian Stableford); Count Yorga; The Fearless Vampire Killers; Brides of Dracula; Vampire Circus; Dracula (Universal); Dark Shadows; El Vampiro; Black Sunday; Martin (George A. Romero film); Kolchak the Night Stalker; Blacula; Nosferatu; Kiss of the Vampire; Mr. Vampire; Blood of the Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Dracula (Hammer); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Averoigne; Grave of the Vampire/Seed of Terror; Hellraiser; Alraune; The Black Cat (film); Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural; The Vampire Thrills; Faustine; Near Dark; Forever Knight; Fright Night; The House of Dracula (novel by R. Chetwynd-Hayes); Anak Pontianak; Necroscope; Revelations in Black; The Dragon Waiting; The Bloody Pit of Horror/The Crimson Executioner; The Playgirls and the Vampire; The Niece of the Vampire/Fangs of the Vampire; The Phantom of the Opera; Incense for the Damned/Bloodsuckers; Addams Family (television); Frankenstein (Universal); The Monkey’s Paw; Three Mothers trilogy; Toby Dammit; The Exorcist; Cave of the Living Dead; The Golem (1920 film); The Old Dark House; Cat People; Black Magic (film); Spirits of the Dead; Les Vampires; The Awful Doctor Orloff; A Bucket of Blood; Those Who Hunt By Night/Immortal Blood/Traveling with the Dead; The Hunger; Fevre Dream; Empire of Fear; Dr. Blood’s Coffin; The Vampire’s Ghost; The Horrible Sexy Vampire; Mark of the Vampire; Vampire (1979); Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Gray; El Hombre Lobo; Curse of the Undead; Circus of Horrors; The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus; Twice Bitten/Vampire Hookers; The Lost Boys; Deathmaster; Velvet Vampire; I, Vampire; Nancy Baker’s Vampire Stories; Sunglasses After Dark; Vamps (Vertigo Comics); Blade; Scooby-Doo; Hellboy; Nocturna; Rosemary’s Baby; American Psycho; Lost Souls; Elvira; Rosemary’s Baby; The Films of Tarantino and Rodriguez; Light at the End; Andy Warhol’s Dracula/Blood for Dracula; Geek Maggot Bingo; Daughter of Darkness; Nightmare in Blood; Madhouse; Vampire Junction/Vanitas; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Shadowman; Werewolf of London; Little Shop of Horrors; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Howling; Gremlins; Suckers: Bleeding London Dry; Desire the Vampire/I Desire; The Creature Commandos; The Vampire (1957); The Vampire (Sydney Horler)
Non-Horror Crosses: Too numerous to list.
The Story: In 1888, during the events of Bram Stoker’s novel, events diverge and Dracula marries Queen Victoria, causing a major alteration in the socio-political world for the next 125 years and beyond.
Notes: This is a divergent timeline, but not a parallel universe. In my theory, a parallel universe is created at the dawn of time at the same time as the main universe and other parallel universes. They may evolve similarly, but they are separate. Meanwhile, each universe has a main timeline, and at each moment, there are an infinite number of divergent timelines created off of the main timeline. When thinking of divergent timelines, try picturing a fork in the road. Both paths lead in different directions, but they both start at the same point, and once were the same road. The Anno Dracula timeline has shown to be an alternate timeline of the main Horror Universe in several other entries in this reference guide. Because it’s a divergent timeline, the above horror crosses, though depicted in an alternate manner, should still count for inclusions in the Horror Universe. Some of the above crossed series are already in, and the others are brought in via this crossover series despite being an alternate timeline series. For the record, the complete Anno Dracula series (thus far) consists of Anno Dracula, the Bloody Red Baron: Anno Dracula 1918, Judgement of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (aka Dracula Cha Cha Cha), Coppola’s Dracula (from the Mammoth Book of Dracula), Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977, Andy Warhol’s Dracula: Anno Dracula 1978 - 1979 (from the Mammoth Book of Vampires), Who Dares Wins: Anno Dracula 1980, The Other Side of Midnight (from Vampire Sextette), You are the Wind Beneath My Wings: Anno Dracula 1984) and Johnny Alucard.

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SCARLET TRACES: THE GREAT GAME # 1 - 4 (DARK HORSE COMICS)
Release Date: 2006 (Setting is early 20th century, four decades after the 1898 Martian invasion)
Series: War of the Worlds (novel)
Horror Crosses: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: The Man Who Would Be King; First Men in the Moon; Dan Dare; Doctor Who; Fantastic Four; John Carter; Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra
The Story: The war between England and Mars continues.
Notes: This is a continuation of the divergent steampunk reality first introduced in Scarlet Traces.


TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 6: GRAND GUIGNOL “THE CHILDREN OF HERACLES” (STORY BY ROMAN LEARY)
Release Date: 2010 (Setting is 1949)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Behemoth the Sea Monster; the Magnetic Monster; Kolchak the Night Stalker; The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms; Night of the Living Dead; Phantoms; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; “The Stephen King Universe” (the works of Stephen King)
Non-Horror Crosses: Nyctalope; Andromeda Strain; Quatermass; Doctor Who; Big Bad John; Six Million Dollar Man
The Story: The heroic Nyctalope is in California teaming with Professor Quatermass against the evil Agent Lord.
Notes: There are appearances of characters from Behemoth the Sea Monster, the Magnetic Monster, Kolchak the Night Stalker, Big Bad John, and the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Behemoth the Sea Monster is a 1959 monster film. The Magnetic Monster is a 1953 monster movie. Kolchak the Night Stalker is a 1970s television series about a reporter who investigates the unknown, particularly the supernatural. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is another 1953 giant sea monster movie. Agent Lord is intended to be the time travelling Time Lord villain called the Master from the sci-fi series Doctor Who, using an alias. He refers to events from the future, from the Andromeda Strain, Night of the Living Dead, Phantoms, and Stephen King’s Desperation. He also refers to the Shoggoth from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The Nyctalope is of course the French vigilante from the early 20th century. Quatermass is the main character from the British television series of the same name. Big Bad John is the main character from the song of the same name from country singer Jimmy Dean. The OSI (Office of Scientific Investigation) is mentioned here, which is in the Magnetic Monster, but also from the novel Cyborg, which became the basis for the television series Six Million Dollar Man and the spin-off Bionic Woman. All of the above mentioned series, books, and films are all shown to co-exist in the Horror Universe, though of course only the horror crosses can be used to link and bring in further crossovers. And yes, once again, Doctor Who is in the Horror Universe!!! And see my notes elsewhere for how zombie movies fit into the Horror Universe.

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KOLCHAK & HONEY WEST # 1 “HIGH HEELS & HEDONISM” (MOONSTONE)
Release Date: December 1, 2012 (Setting is mid to late 1960s)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker; Honey West
The Story: While still a cub reporter, Kolack meets and works with Honey West. At a gentlemen’s club, women are disappearing and becoming someone’s main course.
Notes: Honey West was a crime drama that aired for just one season, from 1965 - 1966. This story most likely takes place between episodes or shortly after the end of the series. Kolchak’s series ran from 1974 - 1975. Thus this is one of his earliest recorded adventures.

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THE NIGHT STALKER (NOVEL BY JEFF RICE)
Release Date: 1973 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; Ellery Queen; Sherlock Holmes
The Story: Kolchak is a Vegas reporter who gets assigned the police beat and soon finds himself investigating a series of murders that seems as if they were the work of a vampire.

Notes: This novel is the first appearance of Carl Kolchak that was later made into a TV movie that served as the pilot for the television series. Some books that are listed in this novel as being real are David McDaniel’s the Vampire Affair (as in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), W.S. Baring-Gould’s biography Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, The Whole Art of Detection (by Sherlock Holmes), and Ellery Queen’s A Study in Terror.

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FEVER PITCH (MOONSTONE COMICS)
Release Date: 2002 (See notes for setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes
The Story: For three nights in a row in Los Angeles, a man spontaneously combusts. Oddly, the witness of one night’s event is the victim the next night. And each night, a very different type of monster is spotted on the scene.
Notes: A police officer mentions that he plans to retire and raise bees just like Sherlock Holmes. Note that this is meant to be the same Kolchak from the television series of the 1970s, but it seems to occur in contemporary times (circa 2002) based on modern technology. I could place this in an alternate timeline where events of the series happened thirty years later, but I prefer to keep these series in the 1970s to fit with the original series. So I recommend ignoring the contemporary references, but I leave it up to each reader to decide for themselves.

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KOLCHAK: TALES OF THE NIGHT STALKER # 3 “THE CREATURES OF HABBIT” (MOONSTONE COMICS)
Release Date: 2004 (Setting is 1976)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Horror Crosses: Gremlins
The Story: Kolchak is in Habbit, Oregon where he and a real estate agent end up fighting Gremlins.
Notes: These are the same type of Gremlins from the film of the same name, thus bringing in that film and its sequel.


KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER CHRONICLES “INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE?” (SHORT STORY BY MARK DAWIDZIAK)
Release Date: 2005 (Setting is confusing so see notes)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Horror Crosses: Dark Shadows
The Story: Kolchak visit Collinsport Maine where he meets Barnabas Collins and his servant Willie Loomis.
Notes: Collins, Loomis, and Collinsport are from Dark Shadows. This story is set shortly after the final episode of Kolchak, which aired on March 28, 1975. And yet the story seems to take place in modern times with cell phones and laptops. It’s comic book and cartoon timeline logic, which doesn’t work for me in regards to the Horror Universe. I could of course place this in some divergent timeline where everything is time delayed by 30 years, but why take out a damn fine crossover like this from the main timeline? So I feel it’s best to include it in the main Horror Universe timeline and just ignore the contemporary references. But I leave it up to each reader to make their own call.

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KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER CHRONICLES “WHAT EVERY COIN HAS” (SHORT STORY BY C.J. HENDERSON)
Release Date: 2005 (See Notes for Setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Evil Dead; The Salem Horror
Non-Horror Crosses: Incredible Hulk (TV)
The Story: Marvin Richards is the host of a show called Challenge of the Unknown, and wishes for Kolchak to be on the show. Richards uses the Necronomicon to summon the demon called Nyogtha
Notes: This is another in the recent series of Kolchak stories that seem to be set in the 1970s time period of the show and also in the modern 21st century. Even though this story has references to Oprah Winfrey, it also seems to be contemporary to the events of other shows like the Incredible Hulk. I could place this in some time delayed alternate timeline, but I prefer my Kolchak in his original setting. But I’ll let each reader decide for themselves. This book features the Necronomicon, which comes from Lovecraft’s mythos. Richards mentions that the book has other names. He references the real life fake Necronomicon of George Hays and Fred Pelton’s Sussex Manuscript, which makes the implication that those fake versions are very real versions of the Necronomicon in the Horror Universe (which is kind of cool, because I have the George Hays Necronomicon on my bookshelf). He also states another name for the book is the Necronomicon ex Mortis, which is the version of the book from the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness series, featuring the semi-heroic Ashley Williams. So that brings that series into the Horror Universe. The summoned demon Nyogtha comes from the book The Salem Horror, which is also brought in via Tales of the Shadowmen. Richards makes a reference to wishing he had hired that reporter who had been chasing the big green monster instead for the show. That’s McGee, from the 1970s television series The Incredible Hulk. There’s plenty of room for both versions (comics and TV) of the Hulk in the Horror Universe. The comic features Bruce Banner (technically Dr. Robert David Bruce Banner) while the show features Dr. David Banner. They both become green monsters called the Hulk, but the level of their powers and size are different. The origins behind becoming the Hulk and their struggles after are also very different. So both could be in independently. I had considered making the Hulk a horror cross. After all, he is a monster. The original four issue Hulk comic was much more of horror themed book as well, but once he resurfaced in the Avengers, his storyline followed a much more typical super-hero theme. And the show of course is considered a super-hero show for that reason, though it’s more in line with the wandering stranger shows of that era where someone goes from town to town, usually trying to hide and keep out of trouble, but ending up getting involved in the lives of people in the town in trouble and coming to their rescue. Marvin Richards has also appeared in other Henderson stories, All that Glitters and A Forty Share in Innsmouth, but he’s not so much a series lead as a recurring character used by the author in whatever theme he’s covering, in this case Lovecraft.

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KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER CHRONICLES “OPEN HOUSE” (SHORT STORY BY MAX ALLAN COLLINS)
Release Date: 2005 (Setting is 1976)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Horror Crosses: Return of the Living Dead; Night of the Living Dead
The Story: Kolchak is investigating a haunted house that kills real estate agents.
Notes: At one point in the story, Kolchak references a conspiracy theory about biological weapons causing a zombie outbreak in Pennsylvania. This is a reference to both Night of the Living Dead and the Return of the Dead series. That reference brings in those series of films. Return of the Dead was a sort of sequel to Night of the Living Dead, in that it states that Night of the Living Dead was a film based on true events, but in actuality, the outbreak was smaller and contained, which works better for the Horror Universe. Kolchak’s remarks towards it being a conspiracy that the government wants to hide from the government helps support a major premise of the Horror Universe regarding events depicted when cities are overrun by monsters or when alien invasions occur.

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THE LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR (MOONSTONE BOOKS)
Release Date: 2007 (See notes for setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Teddy London
Non-Horror Crosses: Turlogh O’Brien
The Story: Kolchak investigates an account of a strange sea creature.
Notes: Kolchak is the main character of a cult classic television series of the 1970s. This series seems to occur in the present as if the Kolchak series occurred 30 years later, but it’s better in context with the crossovers to consider this to be the Horror Universe Kolchak in the 1970s. The sea creature is a Deep One from Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth. One of Teddy London’s adventures is mentioned as having happened. This brings in C.J. Henderson’s Teddy London series. There are also winged creatures in the story connected to the tales of Turlogh O’Brien by Robert E. Howard and a Teddy London story. Henderson also includes other references to his works and Lovecraft’s. Marvin Richards and his show “Challenge of the Unknown” appear again, having been previously seen in the Kolchak story by C.J. Henderson titled “What Every Coin Has”. The story also references Shub-Niggurath, Cthulhu, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, and the Necronomicon, all from Lovecraft’s Mythos.

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CRY OF THUNDER (MOONSTONE)
Release Date: 2009 (Setting is 1905 and 1979)
Series: Sherlock Holmes; Kolchak the Night Stalker
The Story: Kolchak is asked to solve a decades old case, one originally worked on by Sherlock Holmes.
Notes: When working on the case, Kolchak is sent a manuscript for an unpublished Holmes story, with a handwritten note on the cover from Holmes requesting it be sent to Kolchak!!!

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PARTNERS IN CRIME (NOVEL BY C.J. HENDERSON AND JOE GENTILE)
Release Date: 2009 (See notes for setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: Mr. Moto; Blackshirt; C.J. Henderson’s other works; Pat Novak for Hire; Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
The Story: A group of investigators work together when a certain gem on display at a museum might very well endanger the world.
Notes: This is part of the group of modern Kolchak stories, set in the modern times. For the rest, I’ve chosen to ignore references that tie it to the present like technology and pop culture references in order to keep them in the main Horror Universe timeline with the original series, but this novel uses modern technology like Skype, the internet, and one character’s huge bank of computers as key plot points. Thus this must take place in the present or at least not too long ago. Which would mean Kolchak looks good of his age. Other characters involved in this story are Mr. Moto from the novels by John P. Marquand, Blackshirt from Moonstone Comics, some characters from other Henderson stories, Pat Novak from the 1940s radio show, and Mr. Keen from the very long running radio show.

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KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER AND DR. MOREAU # 1 (MOONSTONE)
Release Date: March 1, 2013 (See notes for setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker; Island of Doctor Moreau
Non-Horror Crosses: Time Machine
The Story: Scientists uncover the island where Moreau had conducted his experiments. They find that the Ani-Men have survived and multiplied, creating a colony. As always happens, they think it’s a great idea to bring the monsters back to civilization.
Notes: A man appears who seems to be the Time Traveller, wishing to destroy the Ani-Men, as they will allegedly evolve into the future Morlocks.

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KOLCHAK: NECRONOMICON (NOVEL BY C.J. HENDERSON)
Release Date: July 30, 2013 (see notes for setting)
Series: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Kolchak finds himself investigating a story that pulls him fully into the Lovecraftian mythology.
Notes: Henderson’s Kolchak stories are set in the present, but often have had elements and crossovers that argue that the story should take place in the 1970s. We could choose to place these stories in a divergent reality where Kolchak and several other people were born about 30 years later, or we could ignore the modern technology and pop culture references and read the stories as taking place during the original era of the Kolchak television series. I prefer the latter.


THE ROCKFORD FILES (TELEVISION SERIES)
SEASON 6 EPISODE 12 “DEADLOCK IN PARMA”
Release Date: January 10, 1980 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Kolchak the Night Stalker
The Story: Rockford leaves town for the country. When a town council member who enjoys fishing with Rockford is hospitalized with appendicitis, Rockford become his proxy, and finds himself pressured by the mob over an environmental issue.
Notes: Rockford gets help from a reporter from the Independent News Service. Carl Kolchak also worked for the Independent News Service, thus bringing the Rockford Files into the Horror Universe.


MARVEL TEAM-UP # 111 - 112 “OF SPIDERS AND SERPENTS” / “A KING COMES RIDING” (MARVEL COMICS)
Release Date: November - December 1981 (Contemporary Setting and circa 18,000 - 20,000 B.C.)
Series: Spider-Man; Devil-Slayer; Kull
Horror Crosses: Doctor Strange
Non-Horror Crosses: Defenders; Sub-Mariner; Hulk
The Story: Spider-Man rescues the Defenders from the Serpent Men. In the process, Spider-Man is poisoned, and the only cure can be found in the ancient past. Doctor Strange sends Spider-Man to the past where he meets Kull and gains his cure.
Notes: Two parter. The first featured Spider-Man and the Devil Salyer. Part two featured Spider-Man and Kull. Kull’s past has been firmly established to exist in the Horror Universe mainly due to Robert E. Howard’s tendency to include links to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos in his sword and sorcery stories. In the Horror Universe, I believe Spider-Man and other Marvel heroes did operate for a short time of about 25 years, from the 1960s to the mid 1980s. The Defenders team in this story is Doctor Strange, Sub-Mariner, Hulk, Devil-Slayer, Gargoyle, and Valkyrie. Doctor Strange has several crosses, most notably with Tomb of Dracula. The Sub-Mariner has crosses in both the golden age and the silver age. The Hulk here is the comics version, as opposed to the television series that was brought in via a reference in a Kolchak story. Since the comics version is Bruce and the television version is David, they could still both exist in the Horror Universe. The Devil-Slayer had his own series, which was a horror/super-hero type series. Gargoyle and Valkyrie are both original characters from the Defenders series.

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ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (ANIMATED SERIES)
SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 “TOMATOES FROM THE BLACK LAGOON”
Release Date: September 22, 1990 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Creature from the Black Lagoon
Non-Horror Crosses: Hulk (Comic)
The Story: This week’s adventure takes the heroes (and villains) to the Black Lagoon, and there is an encounter with the Hulk at the airport.
Notes: This cross with Creature from the Black Lagoon brings the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes films and cartoon into the Horror Universe. It also brings the comic book version of the Hulk in. The TV version is brought in via a crossover with Kolchak.

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THE KATRINA PROTOCOL (NOVEL BY JEAN-MARC AND RANDY LOFFICIER)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is August 2005)
Series: Club Van Helsing
Horror Crosses: Dracula (Bram Stoker); White Zombie; Brother Voodoo; Child’s Play; Tales of the Zombie; Revolt of the Zombies; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; I Walked with a Zombie; Zombies on Broadway; Kolchak the Night Stalker; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Works of Stephen King; Charmed; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; The Lives of the Mayfair Witches; The Body Snatchers (novel); Carnacki Ghost Finder; The Exorcist (novel); the Thing
Non-Horror Crosses: Too Numerous to List.
The Story: During Hurricane Katrina, Hugo Van Helsing must fight zombies raised by a voodoo priest.
Notes: Hugo Van Helsing comes from the famous vampire hunting family, and his ancestors have met many famous figures of fiction, accounting for the large number of crossovers.

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MARVEL ZOMBIES VS. ARMY OF DARKNESS # 1 - 5 (MARVEL COMICS AND DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT)
Release Date: May - September 2007 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Marvel Zombies; Evil Dead
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: After he is apparently killed, Ash finds himself instead transported to an alternate reality that was once filled with super-heroes and villains but has since been overrun by a zombie virus.
Notes: The Marvel Zombies series takes place in an alternate version of the Marvel Comics Universe where everyone has become zombies. This story makes it clear that Ash is from a separate alternate universe that is not filled with lots of super-heroes. Officially (according to Marvel Comics), the Marvel Universe is designated Earth-616 by the Watchers. Marvel Zombies is set on Earth-2149. Marvel also says that the world that Ash comes from (which is the setting of the Dynamite Entertainment comics and the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness films) is Earth-818793. So if we are to believe Marvel’s staff and the Watchers, then Earth-818793 is the Horror Universe, and in fact, the Horror Multiverse and Marvel Multiverse are one and the same. Also of interest, in the story, Ash and some non-zombie heroes wish to obtain Doctor Doom’s copy of the Necronomicon. The Evil Dead/Army of Darkness series usually uses the Necronomicon ex Mortis, but a Kolchak story listed elsewhere in this guide reveals that the two are merely variations of the same book.


THE “SUPERNATURAL” BOOK OF MONSTERS, DEMONS, SPIRITS AND GHOULS (NOVEL BY ALEX IRVINE)
Release Date: September 4, 2007 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Supernatural
Horror Crosses: Kolchak the Night Stalker
The Story: A book that is written by the Winchesters talking about all the monsters they are familiar with.
Notes: Considering how much they value secrecy, I have to imagine this book is written only for their own reference in-story. In the entry for the Rakshasa, it is mentioned that journalist Carl Kolchak once encountered this creature.

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December 8, 2014--HORROR CROSSOVER ENCYCLOPEDIA--"Foreword by Ivan Ronald Schabloski"--This foreword is written to by someone who lives within the Horror Universe.  Ivan references Carl Kolchak.  "Sometimes people realize that there is truth in the stories that the world considers fiction, and sometimes those people try to get the word out to the masses. At one point it would have been considered ironic that these efforts are themselves considered to be fictional, but now it’s just cliche. Carl Kolchak knew, and he tried to tell the truth in a book titled THE NIGHT STALKER. The book sold well enough, but as a work of fiction."

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ASSIGNMENT: ETERNITY (NOVEL BY GREG COX)
Release Date: 1998 (Setting is 2269 A.D.)
Series: Star Trek
Horror Crosses: Kolchak the Night Stalker
Non-Horror Crosses: The Avengers (television); The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. The Questor Tapes; Mission Impossible; James Bond; The Prisoner; The Andromeda Strain
The Story: Gary Seven and his partner Roberta Lincoln travel from the year 1969 to the 23rd century and once more encounter the crew of the Enterprise, commanded by Captain James T. Kirk.

Notes: This novel is a sequel to the Star Trek episode Assignment Earth, which introduced Gary Seven in what was meant to be a pilot for his own series. Gary and his assistant mention having knowledge of the people or events from all of the above listed crosses.