Monday, October 26, 2015

TELEVISION CROSSOVER UNIVERSE: WORLDS AND MYTHOLOGY VOLUME I -- now in paperback

You can buy it on Amazon here.  



Includes:

The Television Crossover Universe is a shared reality that is created based in interconnected crossovers. The center is I Love Lucy, so to be in the TVCU, you should be able to do a six degrees of Lucy. Television Crossover Universe: Worlds and Mythology is a combination of material originally appearing on the Television Crossover Universe and new material. This volume consists of three in-depth chronologies detailing some of the wilder theories that have been presented within the Television Crossover Universe's history. Flintstones Forever: The Bedrock Anomaly explains how two modern stone age families became the ancestors of comedic fat and thin duos, and eventually modern families of animation. The Doctor Who Universe explores the world created by crossover connections that lead back to the classic long running BBC series. A League of Their Own: Crisis of the Super Friends focuses of DC super-heroes, as depicted on the screen, attempting to explain the links that trace them back to the Television Crossover Universe. This book is for fans of the fictional crossover, those who obsess over the details of their favorite shows and like to image their favorite characters existing out there in the multiverse.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Psycho

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When I was interviews on Trick or Treat Radio, one of the listeners asked if there was mention of Alfred Hitchcock's films within the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  Though his films are not all crossover linked, a few of his films do make it in.

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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.

1940s and 1950s--PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING--Flashbacks occur during this time frame.

1950s--BATES MOTEL--Technically, Bates Motel is set in a contemporary time period, thus placing it in the TVCU-3. (The Vince Vaughn remake goes in TVCU-2.) However, a similar version of the events of the series could still have taken place in the 1950s in the main TVCU/Horror Universe timeline.

1960--PSYCHO--A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

1982--PSYCHO II--After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude... but the specters of his crimes -- and his mother -- continue to haunt him.

1982--PSYCHO III--Norman Bates is back again running his "quiet" little motel a month after the events in Psycho II. Norman meets three new people, one being a beautiful young nun with whom his budding relationship is beginning to make his "Mother" jealous. He also hires a young man in need of a job to take care of the motel. A snooping reporter is showing interest in Norman's case. What will these new friends do for Norman?

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KNIGHT RIDER (TELEVISION SERIES)
SEASON 1 EPISODE 15 “GIVE ME LIBERTY… OR GIVE ME DEATH”
Release Date: January 21, 1983 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Psycho
Non-Horror Crosses: Dukes of Hazzard
The Story: MIchael enters K.I.T.T. into an alternative fuel race when its suspected that the evil oil companies plan on sabotaging the event.
Notes: Among the other competitors are two good old boys who drive an orange Dodge Charger and run moonshine. They are the Prince boys. Clearly this is a legal infringement free crossover with the Dukes of Hazzard. During the race, they drive past the Bates Motel.

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KNIGHT RIDER (TELEVISION SERIES)
SEASON 3 EPISODE 5 “HALLOWEEN KNIGHT”
Release Date: October 28, 1984 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Psycho
The Story: Two nights before Halloween, Bonnie goes to complain to her neighbor about their noisy party, and witnesses a woman strangled to death by a person in a gorilla costume. Then she passes out. She calls in FLAG to investigate, but it appears as if she was just hallucinating due to a fever. But she is sure she is to be the next victim.
Notes: The murderer’s mother lives in the home formerly occupied by Norman Bates's mother!

1987--PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING--Norman Bates returns for this "prequel", once more having mommy trouble. This time around he is invited to share memories of mom with a radio talk show host, but the PYSCHO fears that he may kill again for his beloved is impregnated with his child and Norman cannot let another PYSCHO loose in the civilized world.

1990--BATES MOTEL--A mentally disturbed man, who roomed with the late Norman Bates at the state lunatic asylum, inherits the legendary Bates Motel after the death of Norman and tries to fix it up to make it a respectable business.  [Bates Motel was actually released in 1987 and Psycho IV in 1990, but in order to make it work for the timeline, I switched the dates.]

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RED, WHITE AND BLOOD (NOVEL BY CHRISTOPHER FARNSWORTH)
Release Date: November 27, 2012 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Nathaniel Cade
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Friday the 13th; Psycho
The Story: Nathaniel Cade is a vampire under the service of the U.S. President. During the 2012 campaign race, an old foe of Cade returns. He is the Boogeyman.
Notes: The Boogeyman claims to have had a behind the scenes influence on Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Norman Bates, the Zodiac Killer, and the Son of Sam. The first three are from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Psycho, respectively. The Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam are real life serial killers. This crossover brings Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire, into the Horror Universe. This crossover also brings in the Psycho films. The Boogeyman comes from folklore (and your closet), and thus does not count for crossovers. There are numerous versions of the legendary monster under your bed in the Horror Universe. Whether they are all just one creature or numerous is unknown.

Alternate Realities:

TVCU-2--Remake of the film with Vince Vaughn.

TVCU-3--"Bates Motel" is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film "Psycho," and gives a portrayal of how Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans discover the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly is.

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A note from Wikipedia on the inspiration for Psycho and many others:  
The story of Ed Gein has had a lasting effect on American popular culture as evidenced by its numerous appearances in film, music and literature. The tale first came to widespread public attention in the fictionalized version presented by Robert Bloch in his 1959 suspense novel Psycho. In addition to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film of Bloch's novel, Gein's story was loosely adapted into a number of movies, including Deranged (1974), In the Light of the Moon (2000) (released in the U.S. as Ed Gein (2001)), Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007), Hitchcock (2012), and the Rob Zombie movies House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel, The Devil's Rejects. Gein served as a model for several book and film characters, most notably such fictional serial killers as Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs) and Bloody Face (American Horror Story).[60]
American filmmaker Errol Morris and German filmmaker Werner Herzog attempted unsuccessfully to collaborate on a film project about Gein in 1975–76. Morris interviewed Gein several times and ended up spending almost a year in Plainfield interviewing dozens of locals. The pair planned secretly to exhume Gein's mother from her grave to test a theory, but never followed through on the scheme and eventually ended their collaboration. The aborted project was described in a 1989 New Yorker profile of Morris.[64]
At the time, the news reports of Gein's crimes spawned a subgenre of "black humor".[65] Since the 1950s, Gein has frequently been exploited by transgressive art or "shock rock", often without association with his life or crimes beyond the shock value of his name. Examples of this include the song titled "Dead Skin Mask" (1990) from the Slayer album Seasons in the Abyss, "Nothing To Gein" (2001) from Mudvayne's album L.D. 50, and "Ed Gein" (1992) from The Ziggens' album Rusty Never Sleeps.[66] Ed Gein's atrocities were also satirized in Blind Melon's "Skinned" off the 1995 album Soup which juxtaposed cheery instrumentation with semi-factual representations of Gein's crimes, arguably towards a comedic end.[67][68]
TVCU Notes:  Ed Gein exists in the Horror Universe, as do many of the characters inspired by Ed Gein.  Within the Horror Universe, the characters inspired by Ed Gein exist as separate entities, and are not conflated.