Monday, February 29, 2016

Lovecraft Crossovers in Television and Film

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Every Thursday-ish, I post excerpts from the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia related to television and film.  I was working on a King thing, but other crew members had a lot of suggestions, and so I decided to leave the draft in their capable hands to finish.

So this will be a quick one.  I'm not covering adaptations.  I'm not covering literary Lovecraft.  Only TV and film crossovers with Lovecraft, in keeping with the theme.  

For a really, really comprehensive look at many, many more Lovecraft crossovers, check out the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, written by Robert E. Wronski, Jr., published by 18thWall Productions, available at


Release Date: May 2, 2000 (Setting takes place over several time periods from Ancient Egypt to the 21st century)

Series: Seven Stars

Horror Crosses: Anno Dracula (See Notes); Mummy (Universal); Dracula (Bram Stoker); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Carnacki the Ghost Finder; Gees; Lucius Leffing; Dr. Silence; Jules de Grandin; Jewel of the Seven Stars

Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Howard’s End; Philip Marlowe; John Thunstone; Judge Pursuivant; Indiana Jones

The Story: A mystery gets handed down over the generations, spanning from ancient Egypt to the near future.

Notes: Characters that originate from Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula appear, but Anno Dracula is a divergent timeline to the Horror Universe. These are the Horror Universe counterparts of those characters. The character Whemple here is from the family of Whemples originating from the Mummy films from Universal. Kate Reed is a character appearing here who was meant to be in Dracula but ended up having her appearance cut. Al-Hazred is mentioned, known to have written the Necronomicon of the Cthulhu Mythos of Lovecraft. Carnacki is also mentioned. The book ties into Bram Stoker’s novel Jewel of the Seven Stars. Holmes and his supporting cast figure in this tale, as does a character from the novel Howard’s End. Philip Marlowe is another famed literary detective. Gees and Leffing are more literary occult detectives, who appear in Episode Three. A reference to the Lost Ark of the Covenant in Episode Three brings Indiana Jones into the Horror Universe, and appropriately so.


Release Date: November 8, 1999 (Setting is the time of Hercules)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Evil Dead
The Story: When Queen Nefertiti of Egypt wants to make peace with Greece, her son Ramses tries to foil things with the use of the Egyptian book of the dead, the Necronomicon.
Notes: According to the Lovecraft mythos, the Necronomicon was created by an Arab, but much later than this story occurs. But this isn’t the first story to portray the book’s earlier existence. Additionally, the book is used in this story by using the famed words “Klaatu Barada Nikto”. Those words actually apply to the Necronomicon ex Mortis from the Evil Dead series (and the words to shut down a giant killer robot in the Day the Earth Stood Still!) Other stories have also conflated the two books. It may well be that there have been many versions of this book, created by mad men possessed, and the more infamous Mad Arab was only inspired to create another copy.

Release Date: December 1997 (Setting is January 41 A.D.)
Series: Simon of Gitta; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Horror Crosses: Mummy (Universal)
Non-Horror Crosses: Red Sonja
The Story: Simon Magus, immortal hero, pursues the Book of Thoth, aka the Scroll of Thoth-Amon.
Notes: This story brings Simon of Gitta into the Horror Universe using the rules for non-horror series. The Scroll of Thoth originates from the original Universal Mummy film, in which it plays a vital part in the plot. This story also features some bad guys from Red Sonja, bringing her into the Horror Universe as well, applying the same rules for non horror series.

Release Date: March 1, 1998 (Setting is 1692 and 1997, during Season 1 of the television series)
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a cult tried to raise the Despised One but were defeated by the Slayer, Samantha Kane. In modern times, the Master is able to have Buffy’s friends become possessed by those cult members in order to perform the ritual again.
Notes: Buffy has several crosses that tie her to the Horror Universe, but you can’t get any more solid than a Lovecraft link. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television series, in in the Horror Universe. This means that Angel is as well. Though Buffy and Angel are separate series, with Angel being a spinoff of Buffy, I will not list them as crossovers of each other. The characters from both appear on each others’ shows too much to list every connection between the two series. The inclusion of Buffy and Angel in the Horror Universe includes the televison shows, the novels, and the comics. It even includes Season 8, where vampires are exposed to the world and Los Angeles is sent to Hell, but only as a divergent timeline. Thus, the crosses in Season 8 (and 9) count, but they are part of an offshoot timeline and not the main Horror Universe. The film that preceded the television series does not count, technically, but the comic book called Buffy: the Origin, does retell the movie events in a manner that fits it into the television series, and so that is the version that is in the Horror Universe. The Lovecraft connection comes from a mention of the Book of Ebion, which comes from the Mythos.

Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1775)
Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Captain Clegg (film)
The Story: A pirate ship encounters a spawn of Cthulhu
Notes: Captain Clegg is mentioned in this story, thus at least the 1962 film is in the Horror Universe.

Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1790)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (film); Vampire City (Paul Feval); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Nosferatu; The Vampyre
Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor Omega; Telzey Amberdon, Solomon Kane, Maciste (Silent Film Series); Maciste (Revival Sword and Sandal Film Series); Baron Munchhausen; Shadow Warriors; Doctor Who; Northwest Smth; Star or Psi Cassiopeia; The Black Stone
The Story: Doctor Omega and his companion Telzey Amberdon team up with Captain Kronos, Doctor Grost, Solomon Kane, and Maciste against an army of vampires in Selene, the infamous Vampire City.
Notes: Another great horror crossover tale from Black Coat’s Tales of the Shadowmen and author Matthew Baugh. Captain Kronos is from the cult classic 70s film. Vampire City is from author Paul Feval, a French novel reprinted and translated to English by Black Coat Press. Of course, the Lovecraft Mythos are the glue that binds the Horror Universe. Nosferatu is a classic film that was a very loose adaptation of Dracula (loose enough to be considered a separate story.) The Vampyre is one of the earliest vampire works in literature. Doctor Omega is a French novel that has been conflated in recent times in literature with the Doctor from Doctor Who. Since it’s been published, I consider the theory to be canon. Telzey Amberdon is from her own sci-fi series but here she is the Doctor’s companion. Solomon Kane is an immortal hero of literature, while Maciste is an immortal sword and sorcery hero from films. Originally he was featured in silent films, then decades later was revived in several Italian sword and sorcery films. Though separate series, the two versions are conflated here, so I consider both the same character. Shadow Warriors is a Japanese television series. All the horror crosses here are considered fully part of the Horror Universe, with all of their works as canon. As for the non-horror crosses, we can consider that their appearances listed in this book are canon, and perhaps their original appearances by their original authors or production companies, but that’s it. Non-horror crosses do not count as crossover connectors to expand the Horror Universe.

Release Date: November 2, 2010 (setting is just after the events of Huckleberry Finn)
Series: Tom Sawyer
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Song of the South
The Story: Huck and Jim come upon an island where the animals from the stories of Uncle Remus are trying to raise the Great Old Ones with the Necronomicon.
Notes: Brer Rabbit and the others were just stories invented by Uncle Remus. With the involvement of the Necronomicon, this may support my theory using the film Evil Toons that imaginary characters, like the Looney Tunes, can brought to life by the Necronomicon.

Release Date: 1993 (Setting is October 31, 1886 -- Full moon on Halloween)
Horror Crosses: Dracula (Roger Zelazny); Wolf Man (Universal); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Frankenstein (Roger Zelazny)
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Three Stooges
The Story: On Halloween, the barriers between realities weaken, and two forces gather. One wishes to open the portals and reign Hell on Earth, while the other are there to oppose the first.
Notes: The Dracula present is likely a soul clone. Though this Wolf Man is too early to be Larry Talbot, the story identifies him as thus. There are many sources that indicated that Talbot may have already had lycanthropy in his bloodline before being attacked by Bela the gypsy, and so this Larry Talbot may be kin. Some, including those at MONSTAAH and monster hunter “Crazy” Ivan Ronald Schabloski, believe the Wolf Man of this story is that of the 2010 remake despite this story being published 17 years prior to the remake film. That film takes place in 1886 and also, as in this story, claims that the Ripper murders have already happened, which is historically inaccurate. Though I really like this theory, and have no problem using it for my Television Crossover Universe website, the evidence isn’t strong enough to include it here in this book. The Frankenstein and Creature of this story are only referred to as the Good Doctor and the Experiment Man. There’s no reason to believe this to be Victor and his creation, but he could still be part of the infamous family and one of his creations. Jack the Ripper is also involved as previously mentioned. That means that in the Horror Universe his murder spree began a year earlier than in the real world, but this is a necessary stretch to keep this story on a Halloween with a full moon. Of course, in fiction, there are many different beings who have been attributed as the Ripper. Several of these stories are connected to the Horror Universe. So this Ripper is but one of those. Almost all of the characters of this story die in the end, but don’t they always die at the end of most stories, only to return anyways? Also, the Three Stooges appear, which we can assume to be the characters and not the actors. The Stooges have also met a Doctor Jekyll and encountered Mystery, Inc. twice. They may have also been the henchmen of the gangster in the Invisible Woman. But this appearance, which is a clear reference to the Stooges, predates their births. That is, if we presume they were the same ages as the actors who portrayed them. Over at my Television Crossover Universe blog, I have an entire post devoted to the trio, in which I speculate that they are immortals, and then back up that hypothesis with a proposed detailed chronology of their misadventures. The theory was originally presented by Dennis E. Power on his Secret History website. I took the liberty of expanding on it. While it could be this is Moe Sr, Larry Sr. and Curly Sr., as with Abbott and Costello, I find the immortality angle works better for the Stooges.

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.

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.

Release Date: 2005 (Setting is March 1890 to June 1898)
Series: Diogenes Club
Horror Crosses: Dracula (Bram Stoker); Anno Dracula (see Notes); Carnacki, Ghost Finder; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Richard Riddle, Boy Detective; Assault (film); The Ravine (novel); Town on Trial (film); A Drug on the Market (Kim Newman story)
The Story: Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club works with reporter Kate Reed to investigate the disappearance of a brother and sister.

Notes: The Diogenes Club originated in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, but Kim Newman created a spin off series for the club. Kim Newman is one of those authors that likes to have all his stories in the same reality. (That’s the type of author I love.) And so his works are interconnected, and characters and settings from previous works will often reappear. We can assume that all of Newman’s work is in the Horror Universe with the exception of the Anno Dracula series. In Newman’s Anno Dracula, a world exists where history was altered about halfway through the events of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, leading to a world where vampires are commonly known of and accepted. Thus, it can’t be the Horror Universe, but an alternate timeline. However, characters that originated in the Anno Dracula Universe also exist in the Horror Universe. They are not the same characters, but alternate reality doppelgangers.

Release Date: 2009 (Setting is October 31,1892 - April 30, 1895)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Dracula (Bram Stoker); The Vampires (novel by Louis Feuillade); The Bloody Vampires (film series); Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (film); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (Peter Tremayne); The Vampire Countess (novel by Paul Feval); The Family of a Vourdalak (short story by Alexis Tolstoy); Black Sabbath (film); Carnacki the Ghost Finder; MONSTAAH
Non-Horror Crosses: Too numerous to list.
The Story: Dracula finds a mate, who then goes about finding three brides of her own.

Notes: Rick Lai does an excellent job of explaining why different vampire stories seem to have different rules regarding the abilities and weaknesses of vampires. He also shows how those who worship Dracula are part of the Cult of the Undead, which has its roots in the Lovecraft mythos. His inner circle is called “the Stepsons of the Dragon.” This title backs up my theory as to the origins of Dracula and its name, especially that each member of the inner circle uses the name of Dracula. Lai conflates the Dracula originally created by Stoker with the Dracula of the Tales of the Shadowmen books, which I accept. He also conflates him with Peter Tremayne’s Dracula. However, I can’t accept that since that Dracula was Egyptian. I still can accept a connection via the cult ties. Though the story brings in MONSTAAH, the creation of Chuck Loridans, which is actually a fictional group founded on a website, I only accept the fictional stories regarding MONSTAAH and its members to be in the Horror Universe, but not their essays and timelines, unless they work their way into a story.

Release Date: March 1999 to September 2000 (Setting is 1898, with the ending leading directly into War of the Worlds)
Series: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Horror Crosses: Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; Invisible Man (novel); Dracula (novel); War of the Worlds (novel); the Picture of Dorian Gray; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Varney the Vampire; Some Words With a Mummy
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes.
The Story: Five unique individuals (Allan Quatermain, Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Mina Murray) are gathered together by British Intelligence and find themselves caught in a war between Professor Moriarty and Fu Manchu.
Notes: Boy oh boy. Where to start? This tale brings in War of the Worlds (yes, I consider it horror), Dorian Gray, Dr. Caligari, Varney, and Poe’s Mummy. Additionally, for all the crossovers listed above, dozens of non-horror crosses appear as well. I suggest if you are curious, first, read the book. I doubt you’ll find them all, but it’s more fun to read it first. Then, refer to Jess Nevins’ Heroes and Monsters: the Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Release Date: February 15, 1995 (Setting is 19th Century)
Series: Sherlock Holmes
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Indiana Jones (see Notes)
The Story: Another case involving the Cthulhu Mythos!
Notes: There is a moment where the bloated corpse of an archaeologist named Jones is found in the jungle. Surely this is meant to invoke Indiana Jones, but since this story takes place before Jones was even born, and since we know his father didn’t die in the 19th century either, we can’t count this as a real crossover but it’s worth mentioning due to the implied crossover. The Lovecraft crossover however is very solid. I guess there must be more than one archaeologist named Jones in the world.

Release Date: 2006 (Setting is 19th century)
Horror Crosses: Island of Doctor Moreau; Frankenstein (Octavio Aragao); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; A Woman of Thirty; Journey to the Centre of the Earth; Tarzan; From the Earth to the Moon; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Man From Atlantis; Conan the Barbarian
The Story: Jules Verne becomes the first president of France, and the city of Paris becomes a mecca for the greatest scientists.
Notes: This story takes place in an alternate universe, but because it does feature Moreau and the mythos, it must be in the Horror Multiverse. When it comes to worldview issues, it’s a fine line. But Verne as President of France would have a huge historical impact, as is demonstrated in this story, that would alter the present day Horror Universe.

Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 19th and 20th centuries)
Series: Becky Sharp
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; King Kong
Non-Horror Crosses: Vanity Fair; Moby Dick; She; Cement Surroundings; Tarzan; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse; Dr. Syn; Song of the South; Rip Van Winkle; Sherlock Holmes; Gone With the Wind; The Sun Also Rises
The Story: The villainous Becky Sharp serves the interests of the Great Race of Yith and crosses paths with many notable figures in her exploits.
Notes: Becky Sharp is originally from Vanity Fair and this is both a sequel to Vanity Fair and to Micah S. Harris’ story “The Ape Gigans” from Tales of the Shadowmen volume 3: Danse Macabre. The Great Race of Yith is from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and there are also plenty of other references. Along the way of her adventures, Harris has Sharp interact with characters from all of the above listed crosses.

Release Date: 2005 (Setting is late 19th century)
Series: League of Heroes
Horror Crosses: The Mummy (Universal); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Island of Doctor Moreau; Sweeney Todd
Non-Horror Crosses: Around the World in 80 Days; Sherlock Holmes; Tarzan; The First Men in the Moon; Peter Pan; Kid Colt; Le Baron Stromboli; Charlie Chan; Sinbad; Fantomas; Richard Hannay; Doc Ardan; The Coming Race; Lost Horizon; She; Wild Wild West; The Thinking Machine; Judex; Miss Mousqueterr; The Air Pirate and His Steerable Airship; At Bertram’s Hotel; The Mind of J.G. Reeder; The Nyctalope; Sexton Blake; The Lost World; James Bond; Poirot; Edgar Rice Burrough’s Moon series; From the Earth to the Moon; The Prisoner
The Story: Several heroes are gathered by Phileas Fogg to form the League of Heroes, protectors of Albion, against the evil forces of Peter Pan and others.
Notes: I could accept Peter Pan as a villain. I could accept England being called Albion. However, the appearance of Imhotep as one of the villains conflicts with the Universal film, so this must be a divergent timeline.

Release Date: 2010 (Setting is early 20th century)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Becky Sharp; Vanity Fair; What is to be Done?; Les Miserables; Auguste Dupin; Black Coats; Bob Morane; Lost Horizon; Hurricane John; The Adventures of Captain Marvel; Rappaccini’s Daughter; Nine Unknown; Master of the World; Light of Other Days; Miracleman; Ice Sphinx; John Carter; A Wrinkle in Time; Solomon Kane; The Golden Scorpion; Aleph
The Story: Becky Sharp’s adventures continue.
Notes: This is a sequel to the Eldritch New Adventures of Becky Sharp.

Release Date: 2005 (setting is 1900)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Chamber of Horrors; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dark Intruder; La Residencia; Les Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes
The Story: An auction of rare and valuable weapons is held, with many notable figures of fiction from the era in attendance.
Notes: Chamber of Horrors, Dark Intruder, and La Residencia are all horror films brought into the Horror Universe with this story. Les Vampires likewise is a silent film serial brought in by this story. There are also numerous crossovers not horror related. Far too numerous for me to care to catalogue.

Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 1900)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Anno Dracula (see Notes); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Legend of Hell House; Phantom of the Opera (novel); The Reptile; the Witch of Prague
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes
The Story: Sequel to Angels of Music, a series within a series in which Erik the Opera Ghost employs women as agents to carry out missions for him, as a precursor to the later “Charlie’s Angels”.
Notes: The character Genevieve Dieudonne is one of the angels. She originates from Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula, a world where vampires are public in the 20th century, thus an alternate reality. However, Newman, author of this tale, uses the character in many stories outside the Anno Dracula Universe as well, so she clearly has a solid counterpart in the Horror Universe. This story brings in the film, Legend of Hell House, but not necessarily the film it’s based on and certainly not the later film remake. The Reptile is a Hammer horror film brought in by this story. The Witch of Prague is a novel about a witch named Unorma, who is an angel here, thus bringing in that book. So many other crosses are present here as well. Note the connection to Charlie’s Angels is thematic or perhaps parodic. There is no implication that Charlie’s Angels is in the Horror Universe. However, if it were, this wouldn’t necessarily be a contradiction, as Charles Townsend may have gotten the idea for his agency from the legends of a certain other group of angels sent out by a mysterious man behind the scenes.

Release Date: 2002 - 2003 (Setting is 1901)
Series: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Horror Crosses: Dracula (novel); Carnacki Ghost Finder; Phantom of the Opera (novel); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; The Witches of Eastwick; Stephen King Universe
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes.
The Story: Mina Murray writes of her travels around the world.
Notes: Mina of course is the heroine from Dracula. This has way too many crossovers that aren’t horror related to bring up here, so once again I refer you to Jess Nevins’ A Blazing World: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II.

Release Date: 2005 (Setting is 1911)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Shadowmancer; Cat People; Horror Express; Werewolf of Paris; The Catman of Paris; Phantom of the Opera (novel); The Wolf in the Garden; Nanny and the Professor; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Sar Dubnotal
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes
The Story: Famed detective Harry Dickson shares a story of one of his earliest cases when he was still an assistant to Sexton Blake and Sherlock Holmes. In this tale, Dickson finds himself being assigned to a security detail for a conference, but gets himself involved in dealing with a supernatural menace, something he strongly disbelieves even as he is experiencing it. And even then, things are never quite what they seem.
Notes: This is an excellent tale full of crossovers, and with so many surprises and twists to keep the reader captivated.

Release Date: 2002 (Setting is between 1925 and 1928 -- the dates of the events of the Abominable Dr. Phibes and its sequel)
Series: Anton Zarnak
Horror Crosses: Dr. Phibes; Burn, Witch, Burn; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Hands of Orlac
Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor in the House
The Story: Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to obtain a copy of this story or find someone to help me out with the plot for this story, but I was at least able to find out what the crossovers were in this story. Zarnak receives a psychic message from Dr. Phibes. Zarnak is said to have trained with Dr. Spratt at St. Swithen’s (Swithin’s). Zarnak sends telegrams to a New York neurologist and occultists in New Orleans and New Hampshire. Additionally, the Orlac case is mentioned.
Notes: Dr. Phibes is from the films The Abominable Dr. Phibes and its sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again. The neurologist in this story is Dr. Lowell from the films Burn, Witch, Burn and Creep, Shadow, Creep. The occultist from New Orleans is Etienne de Marginy from Lovecraft’s and Price’s “Through the Gates of the Silver Key”. I’m not sure who the New Hampshire occultist is. The Orlac case refers to the film The Hands of Orlac. Finally, the Dr. Spratt is from Richard Gordon’s Doctor in the House series.

Release Date: November 2005 (Setting is 1930, prior to the events of the film King Kong)
Series: King Kong (2005 remake)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: This prequel to the 2005 version of the film features three separate stories, showing the events before the film’s story, from the point of views of filmmaker Carl Denham, actress Ann Darrow, and former Navy Diver Sam Kelly.
Notes: Denham and Darrow will end up in the film. Kelly is the discoverer of the island who creates the map that ends up in Denham’s hands. I actually put a lot of thought as to whether King Kong was of the horror genre, and eventually decided it was, as it is a classic monster movie for sure. Of course, this crossover story brings in the 2005 remake from Peter Jackson. However, the original version is also in. The two versions are the same story, so we can consider them to be the same tale from different perspectives. As for the crossover, a native girl of Skull Island mentions R’lyeh (though spelled ry-leh) when dying. R’lyeh is the underwater city associated with the elder god Cthulhu. So it seems there’s a connection between Skull Island and Lovecraftian lore.

Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1930)
Series: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Carnacki Ghost Finder
Non-Horror Crosses: Jeeves and Wooster; Allan Quatermain; Orlando (Virginia Woolf); Orlando Furioso; Orlando Innamorato; Orlando the Marmalade Cat; The Story of O; The Prisoner; 1984
The Story: Once again, Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves find themselves mixed up with Lovecraftian horrors, but this time the 1930 incarnation of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comes to the rescue.
Notes: Jeeves and Wooster are from a series of comedic books and later a television series. The League at this time consists of Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain Jr., Orlando, and Carnacki. Mina is the heroine of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Allan Quatermain Jr. is an original character created by Alan Moore for LEOG, and is the son of Allan Quatermain, star of such novels as King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard. Orlando is a character creation of Moore that conflates the Orlando from Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Orlando Furioso, Orlando Innamorato, and Orlando the Marmalade Cat, as well as the Story of O, and Bion from Greek mythology and Sir Roland from Arthurian legend. Carnacki is the Ghost Finder already pulled into the Horror Universe. Note that all the original sources of these characters are in the Horror Universe. Additionally, the first two volumes of League are in the Horror Universe. However, though this story is in, after the first two volumes, I cannot accept the main body of the League Universe because it diverges too much. For instance, there is no Adolf Hitler in that timeline, and the events of Orwell’s 1984 took place in England of the late 1940s.

Release Date: April 2008 (Setting is 1933)
Series: Diogenes Club
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Carnacki Ghost Finder; Chandu the Magician; The Magician; Rosemary’s Baby; A Visit to Anselm Oakes; The Black Cat; Casting the Runes; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Varney the Vampyre; Pandora and the Flying Dutchman; The Department of Queer Complaints; Green Tea; Carmilla; The Vampyre; Dr. Silence; The Dream Detective; The Secrets of Dr. Taverner; Some Ghost Stories
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Fu Manchu; Fantomas; Arsene Lupin; Kim Newman’s works; Decline and Fall/Return of the Native; Dr. Nikola; Doctor Who; The Man Who Would Be King; Blandings Castle Saga; Henry Merrivale; Bulldog Drummond; The Green Archer; The Saint; Sexton Blake; Jeeves and Wooster; Hercule Poirot; Rebecca; Lord Peter Wimsey; Philo Vance; Miss Marple; The Hands of Mr. Ottermole; The Drones Club; The Duc de Richelieu; Harry Dickson
The Story: Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club becomes involved in a wizard war.
Notes: All the crosses above have characters or things that either appear or are referenced in this story. As usual, Kim Newman packs another story chock full of crossover goodness. By now, I don’t think I need to explain Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos or Dracula. Carnacki is the famed Ghost Finder. Chandu is the main character of a 1930s radio series and two film serials. Both the films and the radio series are considered different perspectives of the same series, so the Chandu of this tale is the character from both radio and film. The Magician is a 1908 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is a story loosely based on true life occultist Aleister Crowley. Rosemary’s Baby is a classic movie about a woman impregnated by the devil. A Visit to Anselm Oakes is another story featuring a character based on Crowley, this time written by Christopher Isherwood. The Black Cat is another classic horror film. Casting the Runes is a collection of ghost stories by Montague Rhodes James. The Picture of Dorian Gray is the classic tale of the man who was immortal, while his picture aged. Varney the Vampire aka the Feast of Blood is one of the earliest vampire tales. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a tale of of woman named Pandora (who isn’t the one with the box), who becomes involved in events involving the legendary ghost. The Department of Queer Complaints from Carter Dickson is a secret group that solves cases that are unusual and unexplained. Green Tea is a story by J. Sheridan le Fanu, the author of Carmilla. And speaking of which, Carmilla is of course one of the first vampire books to have survived to today. The Vampyre is the book which features Lord Ruthven, who not only likely wrote the Ruthvenian (the vampire bible) but may also have been Angelus aka Angel (real name Liam) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Dr. Silence is Algernon Blackwood’s occult detective. The Dream Detective is Sax Rohmer’s occult detective Morris Klaw. The Secrets of Dr. Taverner are the adventures of “the occult Sherlock Holmes”. And I wasn’t being funny with Some Ghost Stories. This is a reference to a collection of stories from Alfred McLelland Burrage. As for the non-horror crosses, there’s no way I’m going into all of those as well. Suffice to say, all of those series, like the horror crosses, are in the Horror Universe.

Release Date: 2010 (Setting is 1936)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Willard; The Rats; The Salem Horror
Non-Horror Crosses: Pied Piper; Sherlock Holmes; Ratatouille
The Story: A Mr. Piper is interviewed for a job as an exterminator and goes over his past experience.
Notes: Mr. Piper is in fact the Pied Piper. His past experiences involve ridding the world of some rats from some famous stories, such as Lovecraft’s “The Rats in the Walls”. Another of the cases is that of the film Willard, which is a problem. Willard was a 1971 film that had a contemporary setting, but this story takes place in 1936. Either there was another Willard Stiles who had an incident with rats or perhaps it’s the father of the character from the film and the ability to communicate with rats is hereditary. Or the Piper (whose original story is from 1842) is a magical time traveler. Either way, the author intended the reference to be a crossover with Willard, so I will use this story to bring in Willard. Another of his cases involves the events of the 1974 novel The Rats. This one too had a contemporary setting, so my comments regarding Willard apply here as well. The Salem Horror featured Carson Primm, who is the interviewer here. Though that story came out in 1937, we can assume that it is happening concurrently with this tale. Another one of the Piper’s past cases regarded the Giant Rat of Sumatra mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes tale “The Sussex Vampire”. And finally, the story concludes with the Piper going to the restaurant from the animated film Ratatouille. This film from 2007 was also contemporary, so the Piper must once more be traveling in time. Either that, or the same restaurant 70 years earlier had a chef/owner with the same name (again, father or grandfather?) and they had another rat problem in the 1930s.

Release Date: 2013 - Ongoing at time of writing (Setting is 1938 thus far)
Series: Five Ghosts
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Othello; Lost Horizon; Indiana Jones; A Thousand and One Nights; The Tempest; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Sandman (Vertigo)
The Story: Treasure hunter Fabian Gray finds the Dreamstone which causes him to share his body with the ghosts of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Merlin, Robin Hood, and Miyamoto Musashi. At the same time, his sister’s soul is taken by the Old Gods. Using the abilities of those whose souls he possesses, he must quest to retrieve his sister’s soul. In his opposition are agents of the Old Ones, including Iago the Betrayer.
Notes: At this writing, the series has had 12 issues and is still going. It has completed two story arcs. Sherlock Holmes is not dead at this time, based on the bulk of Holmes stories that currently exist as canon with the Horror Universe. However, this doesn’t mean we have to place this in a divergent reality. Based on the research of my colleague James Bojaciuk, there seems to be some evidence that there was a tulpa who embodied the characteristics of Sherlock Holmes, and perhaps that tulpa is the ghost of this story. The Dracula of this story probably is the original from Bram Stoker’s novel, and yet I’m still going to apply the soul clone theory here. Part of the theory is that while Dracula rests in the soil of his home, he astrally projects himself out to control his clones. It could be that the Dreamstone intercepted Dracula’s astral form. Miyamoto Musashi is a real historical figure who lived from 1584 to 1645. Robin Hood and Merlin were legendary figures possibly based on real figures. These three do not count as crossovers. Iago is from Shakespeare’s Othello. The first story arc concludes in Shangra-La from Lost Horizon. Besides having the Old Ones as the main bad guys, Lovecraft himself appears to assist the nameless, villainous conspiracy. Lovecraft has a notebook which has notes about Dunwich, the Necronomicon, and Cthulhu. Lovecraft died a year before this story takes place. Either he died later in the Horror Universe, or he somehow was resurrected. This isn’t the first story to portray Lovecraft as being more involved in the actual mythos that he wrote about. In the second arc, Fabian has a Sankara Stone shipped to his house. The Sankara Stones are from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Fabian meets a female pirate who is possessed by the ghost of Sinbad. One of Fabian’s foes is possessed by Caliban. The story conflates the island from the Tempest with Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island. The witch who rules the island fears the island will sink back into the Dreaming.


Release Date: October 5, 2010 (Setting is World War II)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The origin of Captain America is retold, modified to fit into the canon of this new animated series.
Notes: The Red Skull, Zemo, and Strucker use the Necronomicon to open a portal to Asgard. And speaking of series on Disney that cross with Lovecraft, in an episode of Phineas and Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz has a copy of the Necronomicon on his bookcase. I saw this episode a few years ago and cannot recall the episode. Since it’s such a minor cross, I chose not to devote hours to watching every episode again until I found it. Nevertheless, the cross is still there and valid, and it brings Phineas and Ferb into the Horror Multiverse. Because of the problem of animated characters not aging, I must assume it‘s not in the main timeline but in a divergent one or some pocket dimension.

Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 1945)
Series: The Avenger
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Indiana Jones
The Story: Late war-time story involving the Manhattan Project and espionage.
Notes: One of the scientists on the Manhattan Project is from Miskatonic University, famous from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Two agents that appear are meant to be the same agents who secured the Ark at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Release Date: 2006 (Setting is June - July 1946)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Films of Tarantino and Rodriguez; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: So, so many.
The Story: Trapped in Oran during a plague quarantine, Shrinking Violet Holmes and her friend Adelaide Johnston find themselves being stalked by the evil Doctor Natas.
Notes: There is an inclusion of Red Apple Cigarettes, which is a common item found in the films of Quentin Tarantino. In this story, Dr. Natas seeks the Eye of Oran, also called the Eye of Dagon, so he can control an army of fish men. Dagon and the fishmen are elements of Lovecraftian lore.

Release Date: 2007 (Setting is August 1946)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The films of Tarantino and Rodriguez; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; The Thing; Invisible Man (Universal); Little Shop of Horrors; Daughters of Darkness
Non-Horror Crosses: So full of crossovers
The Story: Doc Ardan gathers a team to retrieve the Eye of Oran from the evil Madame Elisabeth.
Notes: Again, author uses Red Apple Cigarettes from the films of Quentin Tarantino. The Eye of Oran was last seen in the story of the same name from Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 2, where it was explained to be linked to Dagon and the fish men from Lovecraft’s tales. Doc Ardan is another name for Doc Savage. In this tale, Doc recalls having been involved in the events from “Who Goes There?”, later made into the film The Thing. Doc’s involvement in that story comes from Philip Jose Farmer’s Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Madame Elizabeth owns a chain of brothels, with its headquarters on the site of the events of the film Invisible Ray. Even though Invisible Ray has no actual connection to the Universal Invisible Man series, I consider it part of a series of loosely connected Universal “invisible” film series. In this story,the Eye of Oran is used to explain the creation of the Audrey Junior from Little Shop of Horrors. The main villain of this tale is actually Countess Elizabeth Bathory. She was a real historical figure, who often gets portrayed in fiction as a vampire. I don’t count her as a horror cross because of her historical status in reality. However, here I do count that this version of Bathory is the same one from the film Daughters of Darkness.

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.


Release Date: January 1, 1989 (Setting is contemporary to when it was originally written by Carter, circa 1952 - 1953. The book was never published until 1989, and has since been reprinted in a few anthologies.)

Series: Anton Zarnak

Horror Crosses: Dracula (Novel); Frankenstein (Universal); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Mummy (Universal)

Non-Horror Crosses: Simon of Gitta
The Story: Zarnak must face a risen mummy with supernatural powers.
Notes: Zarnak has a copy of Abraham Van Helsing’s The Vampire, thus a reference to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He also possesses Dr. Pretorius’ Homunculi, a reference to the Universal film Bride of Frankenstein. The villain of this story, Khotep, seems to be intended to be the same character from three other stories. He may be Kephren from Lovecraft’s “Haunter of the Dark”, Kephren from Lovecraft’s “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs”, and Khephren from Richard Tierney’s story “Treasure of Horemkhu”. The latter features Simon of Gitta. There are also references to “tannah” leaves (as in tana leaves from Universal’s Mummy series.) In fact, this story seems to be Carter’s attempt to rewrite the Mummy as a Zarnak story.

Release Date: June 27, 1966 - April 2, 1971 (Contemporary Setting with flashbacks and time travel thrown in)
Series: Dark Shadows
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Soap opera with several dark, supernatural storylines, the most popular involving the vampire Barnabas Collins.
Notes: Starting in the fall of 1969, and running through 1970, there was a storyline involving the Leviathans, an alien snake like race meant to be connected to the Old Ones of the Lovecraft Mythos. This series was followed by two movies: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows. This series was remade in 1991 as a new series, in 2005 as a TV Movie, and in 2012 as a theater released film. Due to its popularity, it’s been “non-cross” referenced numerous times in film and on television.
Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 1969 and 2021 A.D.)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Captain Future; Madame Atomos; Future Times Three; John Carter; Erik John Stark; Northwest Smith; Venus stories of C.L. Moore; Callisto; The Door to Saturn; The Insects from Shaggai; The Family Tree of the Gods; Outlaw World; the Nyctalope; Flash Gordon; Carson of Venus; The Seven Space Stones; Hawk Carse; From the Earth to the Moon; The First Men in the Moon; Lost Paradise; Lancelot Biggs; The Plutonian Drug; The Interplanetary Huntress; Vulthoom; Doctor Omega; Black Thirst; Doctor Who
The Story: In 1969, Madame Atomos, the extreme super-villainess, sets up a booby trap device on the moon, which is discovered by a time traveller who then travels to 2021 to warn them. However, he arrives in a divergent timeline.

Notes: The divergence was likely caused by his own interference in 1969 events. The future he travels to is a 2021 that is extremely advanced. Earth has regular interplanetary travel and contact with other species. All the planets of our solar system are inhabited, and all the tropes of early science fiction and its predictions of the 21st century are in play. Author Matthew Baugh links many sci-fi stories here and places them in this Sci-Fi Universe. The one link that maintains that the 1969 events must have been in the Horror Universe and the alternate 2021 a divergent timeline is that Pluto is called Yuggoth in this alternate timeline, which is from the Cthulhu Mythos of Lovecraft. As for all those other crossovers, you should buy the Tales of the Shadowmen volume and read the story.


Release Date: Summer 2009 (Setting is July 16 - 19, 1969)
Series: Diogenes Club
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Anno Dracula; Department of Queer Complaints
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Kim Newman’s works;The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; The Avengers; The First Men in the Moon; Alice in Wonderland; The Chronicles of Narnia; Cordwainer Bird
The Story: Was there some sort of occult connection to the Apollo 11 moon landing? Richard Jeperson of the Diogenes Club will work with the FBI’s Unnameables Section to find out.
Notes: The Diogenes Club originates from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, but has more recently had a “spin-off” series created by Kim Newman. One member of the club is the Bishop of Brichester. Brichester is from Ramsey Campbell’s continuation of the Cthulhu Mythos. Kate Reed is another member of the club. She was a character who was created by Bram Stoker for Dracula but her scene was later removed before publication. Edwin Winthrop and Genevieve Dieudonne are also members. Reed, Winthrop and Dieudonne all appeared in Newman’s Anno Dracula series, which is an alternate universe where the timeline diverged during the events of Dracula. Anno Dracula must be a divergent timeline of the Horror Universe, and these three appearing in this story are the counterparts of this main Horror Universe timeline. The Department of Queer Complaints is mentioned, which is from the series of the same name by Carter Dickson. Besides the Diogenes Club and the members who have counterparts in the Anno Dracula Universe, there are several other crossovers scattered within the story that connect this story to other Newman stories, which is typical of a Newman story. One character in the story is referred to as the “girl from A.U.N.T.I.E”, which at the very least is meant to be a sarcastic reference to the agency U.N.C.L.E. and the spin-off of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. called The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Additionally, there was an episode of the Avengers entitled The Girl from A.U.N.T.I.E. where A.U.N.T.I.E. was meant to actually be U.N.C.L.E. but changed to avoid real world copyright infringement. Thus, in this story, A.U.N.T.I.E. may actually mean U.N.C.L.E. as a nod to the Avengers. During the tale, Cavorite is mentioned as a possible alternative to rocketry for visiting the moon, a reference that makes the events of H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon as real for the Horror Universe. A magic portal to the moon is compared to other real portals to Wonderland and Narnia. That would mean that the Earth events of Alice in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia were the Earth of the Horror Universe, and Wonderland and Narnia are magical pocket dimensions connected to the Horror Universe. Also mentioned is Count Cagliostro, who is not counted as a crossover. He is a fictionalized version of a real people. Of course, Cagliostro is a vampire in the Horror Universe. Cordwainer Bird is the alias used by author Harlan Ellison. This fictionalized version of Ellson was featured in Ellison’s The New York Review of Bird.


Release Date: February 2, 2013 (Setting is the era of the second Doctor)
Series: Doctor Who
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The Second Doctor faces the Master! Jamie buys an old German book as a present for the Doctor. The aliens of this story are the Archons, the last of the Old Ones.
Notes: The book is the Necronomicon and must be the 15th century German copy Lovecraft mentioned in “The History of the Necronomicon”. The title of this novel is also the title of the Lovecraft story that first introduced the Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred. This story also comes with the revelation that the TARDIS are cloned Old Ones!


Release Date: January 1, 1973 (No date setting as it’s a biography)
Series: Doc Savage
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; King Kong (original); Frankenstein (novel); Dracula (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: See Notes
The Story: Philip Jose Farmer, after research, investigation, and interviews, puts forth the real biography of the man most famously known as Doc Savage.

Notes: Tarzan Alive! introduced the Farmer Universe, and this book expands and clarifies. One of my favorites. As for the crossover inclusion, Farmer states that the character identified in H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, Professor Dyer, is actually Professor William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, one of Doc’s five assistants. And we know that everything written by Lovecraft is also in the Horror Universe. Another cross that is horror related is that the events of King Kong end on the Empire State Building, which is Doc’s headquarters. Though he was out of town, he returns just as the events ended and was instrumental in the creation of the film based on the events. In the notes in the appendix laying out the family tree, it’s mentioned that Hendrick Van Helsing alleges in his book Dark Places that Sir Patrick Clark Wildman had the notes of Victor Frankenstein and attempted to duplicate his work.


Release Date: 2009 (Setting is Spring 1973)
Series: Patricia Wildman
Horror Crosses: The Thing; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Young Frankenstein; The Vampyre; The Picture of Dorian Gray
Non-Horror Crosses: Too Numerous to List (See Notes)
The Story: Patricia Wildman is the daughter of the late Doctor Clark Wildman, better known to the world as Doc Savage. After the death of her husband, Patricia learns that she is heir to the estate in England known as Pemberly House, the very same house made famous from the novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. She travels there to claim her inheritance and finds herself being attacked by thugs and dealing with a legendary ghost, as well as strange distant relatives who all seem to have shady motives.
Notes: This book is part of a series of stories featuring Patricia Wildman, the daughter of Doc Savage. In the book, Patricia refers to her father’s adventure on an Antarctic expedition, a reference to the story Who Goes There, later made into the movie The Thing. She also speaks of one of his colleague’s Antarctic expeditions, as told in Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Also, in the Pemberly Library is a copy of the book De Vermis Mysteriis from the Lovecraft mythos. Another book is “How I Did It” by Victor Frankenstein, originally from the film Young Frankenstein. And another is the Ruthvenian, named for Lord Ruthven, from the Vampyre. Pemberly House also has a painting by Basil Hallward, from the Picture of Dorian Gray.


Release Date: 1975 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: The Illuminatus! Trilogy
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Beatles; Conan the Barbarian; Kull; Lord of the Rings
Notes: The trilogy is loaded with ties to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The main character travels in a Yellow Submarine. The history of the Illuminati includes Conan, Kull, Frodo, and Sauron.
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1976)
Series: Diogenes Club
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Anno Dracula
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Doctor Who (see Notes); Kim Newman’s Works; She; Sir Henry Merrivale
The Story: An extreme cold spell of Ice Age proportions threatens England and so the Diogenes Club is on the case.
Notes: The Diogenes Club is a spin-off of Sherlock Holmes, who appear in their own series of stories by Kim Newman. There are a few references to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos in the story. Carnacki and Sir Henry Merrivale are said to have attended the funeral of Mycroft Holmes, brother of Sherlock. One character in the story is able to see alternate realities, including the Anno Dracula Universe. There is also a reference to a Doctor Who story by Newman, in which the Doctor was from an alternate reality from that of the main Newman Universe (which is for our purposes the Horror Universe). This raises a problem, as there has been lots of evidence provided elsewhere in this reference guide that the Doctor is part of the Horror Universe. I love Doctor Who, but for the purposes of this book, since DW is not horror, I don’t care either way. But since I am the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia author and researcher, I suppose I have to try to reconcile for my Whovian fans. Doctor Who crossovers have always been a bit wibbly wobbly, whether official or unofficial. And even officially authorized stories outside the show don’t always get considered canon within the show. There are plenty of contrary Doctor Who stories that are cancelled out by later television episodes. Which means there must be several alternate but similar Doctor Who timelines. So the Doctor may exist in the Horror Universe, but the Doctor from the Newman story was not the main Doctor but an alternate reality doppelganger. This story references a massive amount of other Newman stories. The eternal blue flame from the lost city of Kor is mentioned, which is from the novel She.

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.

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.


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.

Release Date: January 1, 1980 [expanded in 1999] (Setting is 1980 and 1999 in expansion)
Horror Crosses: King Kong; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; The Siege of the Red House; The Stepford Wives; The Masque of the Red Death; Shadow: A Parable; Silence: A Parable; Jurassic Park; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: The book has 730 entries, all crossovers. Buy the book.
The Story: This is a reference guide to places that people who live within this shared fictional reality could visit.
Notes: This list of fictional settings is written under the premise that they are all real places that people could visit. Considering the above crosses, it clearly fits in the Horror Universe. Note that this brings J. Sheridan le Fanu’s The Siege of the Red House, and three works of Poe (The Masque of the Red Death, Shadow: A Parable and Silence: A Parable) into the Horror Universe.

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Release Date: March 13, 1987 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Evil Dead

Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

The Story: Ashley Williams and his new girlfriend go to another cabin in the woods, and find the Necronomicon ex Mortis again and more recordings which get played and summon an evil force, that possesses the girlfriend. The daughter of the archaeologist who finds the book and did the chants and her colleague show up and the three battle against the evil force.

Notes: This is a sequel to Evil Dead and is followed by Army of Darkness. In the cabin is one of Freddy Krueger’s gloves with the knife claws. It’s been postulated by Chuck Loridans of MONSTAAH that perhaps Freddy had once hid out at this cabin before he was killed. Freddy has been a child killer and used those claws for quite a while before he was caught and burned to death. Of course, another explanation comes from the film Cabin in the Woods. In that film, a cabin exactly like the Evil Dead cabin is used by a secret organization to lure teenagers who are meant to become sacrifices. In the basement, are several objects, so that the youngsters have to choose their own demise, by which object they accidentally use to summon a monster. It could be that the glove was placed there, and if it had been chosen, instead of deadites, Freddy would have been summoned up to kill Ash and his friends in their dreams. This is the first time the book from the Evil Dead series is named the Necronomicon ex Mortis. It was clearly named after the book from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, the Necronomicon. Later, stories will demonstrate that they are indeed different versions of the same book. However, after this point, I will include appearances of the Necronomicon ex Mortis as an Evil Dead cross only, and appearances of the proper Necronomicon as Lovecraft crosses only. A Claymation version of this film was made in 2012. This film has been referenced as fiction, paid homage to, and spoofed numerous times in other films and on television.


Release Date: October 27, 1987 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

The Story: The New York Public Library puts on display a copy of the Necronomicon, which cultists steal to raise Cthulhu. The Ghostbusters work with Dr. Alice Derleth of Miskatonic University to use an old Lovecraft story to defeat Cthulhu.

Notes: Since Lovecraft’s mythos are the glue of the Horror Universe, this crossover brings in The Real Ghostbusters, including the films that inspired the animated series. Dr. Derleth is clearly related to August Derleth, the heir to the Mythos stories. This story, like many others, demonstrates that Lovecraft’s stories were published just as in the real world, but that in the Horror Universe, they were non-fiction.

Release Date: November 23, 2010 (Set prior to the original 1988 Splatterhouse game)
Series: Splatterhouse
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Soul Calibur
The Story: A heroic slasher named Rick fights various monsters.
Notes: This game includes a Dr. Henry West, Professor of Necrobiology at Miskatonic University. Clearly Henry must be a relation to Herbert West, Re-Animator. There is also an appearance of the Terror Mask from Soul Calibur. This game, the fourth of the Splatterhouse series, brings both Splatterhouse and Soul Calibur into the Horror Universe.




Release Date: October 8 - 29, 1988 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The Turtles and Shredder battle over fragments of the Eye of Sarnoth. The Eye is an ancient crystal of unimaginable power which Shredder wishes to use to open a portal to Dimension X.
Notes: In H.P. Lovecraft’s The Doom That Came To Sarnath, the men of Sarnath steal an idol that pays tribute to the Old Ones. On the Television Crossover Universe website, James Bojaciuk notes the similar spelling and postulates that the Eye is one of the eyes from the idol. Considering that the Turtles cartoon is already in the Horror Multiverse through other crossovers, this theory seems extremely likely.



Release Date: October 27, 1990 (Contemporary Setting)

Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

The Story: The Ghostbusters travel to Russia to stop a cult from using the Necronomicon from raising the Old One known as Cyaega.

Notes: There are also references to the events of the Collect Call of Cthulhu.


Release Date: 1991 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hellraiser; Nightbreed
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

The Story: The Cenobites and the Nightbreed wage war on each other.

Notes: If combining Clive Barker’s two great horror series weren’t enough, this story also ties into Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

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Release Date: 2004 (See Notes on Setting)
Series: Hellboy (film)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Devil’s Backbone; Shambler in the Stars; Ghostbusters; Constantine
Non-Horror Crosses: Pan’s Labyrinth; Pacific Rim
The Story: Hellboy takes on Rasputin.
Notes: De vermis Mysteriis appears, providing a link to Lovecraft and Robert Bloch’s The Shambler in the Stars. That brings in the Hellboy films, both the live action and animated. The film has a contemporary setting, but should be placed in the start of Hellboy’s story in the comics, which was in 1993. Though this crossover only brings in the films, the Hellboy comic book crosses with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, thus bringing in the Hellboy comic. Having both the films and comics in the same reality could be an issue, but I don’t think they are totally incompatible. Likely they are both adventures of the same Hellboy, and occasional inconsistencies could be overlooked with my often used scapegoat excuse about different perspectives. Rasputin was a real historical figure, who like Cagliostro, has been fictionalized to become a powerful evil sorcerer of the Horror Universe. The Jar Babies from the Devil’s Backbone are on display in the BPRD trophy room. The maze of blood that revives Rasputin is the same pattern as Pan’s Labyrinth. In the prologue, the nazis open a portal to the crystal prison of Ogdru Jahad. In Pacific Rim, when entering the other dimension, Gypsy Danger sees the crystal prison. Pacific Rim takes place in a divergent timeline of the Horror Universe. Sammael is identified as a Class Five Entity, based on a system from Ghostbusters. The Spear of Destiny seen in this film also appears in Constantine. The Hellblazer comics have established that the Constantine film takes place in an alternate reality. This film is followed by Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Hellboy 3 (in development at this writing). This film has been referenced as fictional and paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed in The Supermarket.


Release Date: July 1993 (Contemporary Setting, shortly after the events of the first Darkman film)
Series: Darkman
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Frankenstein (novel)
The Story: A mobster gets a corrupt doctor to resurrect Darkman’s foe Robert Durant.
Notes: The doctor is named Hermione West, and she chides at the request that her name is West, not Frankenstein, but then adds that it should be Frankenstein. Based on what she is being asked to do, her name, and the comments it’s clear to me that she is meant to be a relative of Dr. Herbert West from H.P. Lovecraft’s Reanimator. But based on her remarks, I also believe she is implying that the Wests are related to the Frankenstein family. Considering both Frankensteins and Wests are interested (or rather obsessed) with reanimating the dead, this seems highly likely. This crossover brings the Marvel Comics Darkman series, and of course the Darkman film series, into the Horror Universe. However, I don’t consider Darkman to be of the horror genre. He’s more of the grim and gritty super-hero genre of the time period.
Release Date: August 1995 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: X-Files
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: An archaeologist believes he has found the remains of the Biblical Eve, and ships them to Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, before dying mysteriously. At Miskatonic, more people die mysteriously, bringing in Agents Mulder and Scully of the FBI’s X-Files Division to investigate.
Notes: Of course, Miskatonic and Arkham are from Lovecraft’s mythos. This is the strongest link to place the X-Files television series, films, and comic books into the Horror Universe.
Release Date: 1996 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Frankenstein (Universal)
Horror Crosses: Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde (Universal); Island of Doctor Moreau; Frankenstein (novel); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Benighted
Non-Horror Crosses: She; Lost World; Sherlock Holmes
The Story: A tabloid reporter tracks down Dr. Pretorius, suspecting him of being a Nazi war criminal. He soon discovers that Pretorius is far more and very willing to tell about his centuries of life, assisting many infamous mad scientists in their evils.
Notes: Dr. Pretorius is from Bride of Frankenstein. He claims to have assisted Dr. Jekyll. This could have just as easily counted as a cross with the novel, but since Pretorius originated in the Universal films, I chose this to be a cross reference with the Universal version of Jekyll and Hyde. Not that it matters, since I believe both the novel and film to be the same events told from different perspectives. Pretorius also claims to have assisted Doctor Moreau, and in fact has his own Ani-Men. He also says he helped Victor Frankenstein. In Bride, he assisted Henry Frankenstein. So clearly he was behind the scenes in the events of the novel, prior to later appearing in Bride. He also mentions Herbert West, from Lovecraft’s Reanimator. Pretorius also claims to have used the alias of Horace Femm, who was a character in the novel Benighted by J.B. Priestley. Ayesha from She is also mentioned. Pretorius claims to have been on the expedition to the Lost World. Finally, he also mentions rejuvenation experiments using langur fluid, which comes from the Sherlock Holmes tale, The Adventure of the Creeping Man.
Release Date: 1998 (Contemporary Setting, on a Halloween with a full moon)
Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Horror Crosses: The Wolf Man (Universal); A Night in the Lonesome October
The Story: John Lawrence Talbot is in Innsmouth, trying to stop the end of the world while dealing with trying to not hurt people as a werewolf
Notes: John Lawrence Talbot is the son of Larry Talbot from the Wolf Man, and has inherited his father’s lycanthropy. John has at least one brother, Lawrence Talbot Junior. This story was written as both an homage and a sequel to A Night in the Lonesome October. Though the story was published in 1998, it was written in 1994.

Release Date: February 1999 - January 2000 (Contemporary Setting and flashbacks)
Series: The Undertaker
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (novel); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The origins of the Undertaker, Kane, Paul Bearer, and Mankind are told.
Notes: The origin for Paul Bearer reveals that in the 19th century, Bearer learned how to resurrect the dead from studying the work of both Victor Frankenstein and Herbert West. Wrestling of course is fake, and has at times had some really far out “storylines”. Some of them are too far out, so I’ve chosen not to include such things as appearances of Chucky on wrestling shows. But since this is a comic book, I was more willing to include this into the canon based on the crossovers without bringing in the regular wrestling programming.

Release Date: 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Gen13
Horror Crosses: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos
The Story: The team deals with an open Hellmouth in Vegas.
Notes: This cross brings more super-heroes into the Horror Universe, but with connections to Buffy (a Hellmouth) and Lovecraft (an appearance of the De Vermis Mysteriis), I have no choice. Crossoverist James Bojaciuk has pointed out to me that the team leader John Lynch is meant to be an aged Nick Fury. Interestingly, in the A-Team film (which is not in the Horror Universe), Lynch is a typical false identity used by CIA agents.

Release Date: 1995 (December 31, 1999 and the era of the Sixth Doctor and Mel)
Series: Doctor Who
Horror Crosses: Doctor Strange; Hellblazer; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes:
The Story: The Sixth Doctor and Mel arrive in London for the final New Year’s Eve Party of the century, but find the Great Intelligence has created a Y2K bug that will summon Yog-Sothoth and the Old Ones.
Notes: Several elements of the Cthulhu Mythos are major story elements. This story confirms the the Great Intelligence is Yog-Sothoth. There is a mention of two characters whose descriptions are meant to invoke Doctor Strange and John Constantine. There is also a reference to the All-Consuming Fire. Like Holmes, the Doctor is a man who does not believe in the supernatural, despite encountering it plenty of times. This crossover brings John Constantine, Hellblazer, into the Horror Universe.
Release Date: 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Victor Renquist
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Preacher; Dracula (novel); Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter
The Story: Rehnquist and his coven have migrated to Los Angeles where they stop a Cthulhu cult from destroying the world, because that would also kill all the vampires and their food supply.
Notes: There is a reference to the vampire Cassidy, who originated from the Preacher comic book series, and the events of the Cassidy: Blood & Whiskey one-shot. This story references Van Helsing as a real historical monster hunter, despite claiming Dracula to be fictional. However, with so many books and films about Dracula, it's easy for people to assume he is fictional. But there are plenty of Dracula stories in which even Dracula acknowledges the novel by Stoker and the various films about him. Kronos is also referenced as a real historical monster hunter. Renquist, the Cthulhu Mythos, Dracula, and Captain Kronos are all already in the Horror Universe, but this story does bring in Preacher to the Horror Universe.
Release Date: November 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: The Executioner
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; King Kong; Frankenstein (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Doc Savage; Crocodile Dundee; Blue Thunder; Terminator
The Story: A group of K’tulu worshipping Nazis create a super soldier.
Notes: K’tulu surely is Cthulhu and the link to Lovecraft brings the Executioner into the Horror Universe. The super-soldier is compared to King Kong, the Frankenstein Monster, the Riddler, Doc Savage, Crocodile Dundee, and the T1000 Terminator. Those could be pop culture references, comparing him to fictional characters. However, since the Lovecraft element places this in the Horror Universe already, and some of those compared to are also already in the Horror Universe, then we should just assume these are all references to real people. Thus, the reference to Crocodile Dundee brings his film series into the Horror Universe. Likewise, a reference to the Blue Thunder helicopter in this book also brings in that film and television series. Terminator is also brought in, but a few things should be noted. First, the ever changing Terminator future timelines should present solid evidence that the future is not set, so many different future stories can all be part of the future of the Horror Universe. Also, one may wonder why I didn’t include Terminator as a horror series, even though I did for Predator and Alien. I’ve also wondered this. But I guess it just comes down to the elements. Sure, the Terminator is a scary monster stalking its prey, but most of the plot is about stopping a post-apocalyptic future from coming about and it’s just much more sci-fi and very little actual horror. If you disagree, feel free to write a book of your own book.
Release Date: March 31, 1998 (Setting is 2001)
Series: Godzilla
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: At the South Pole, science students find the awakening of an ancient people, who are appalled by the humans who now populate their world, and create cybernetic monsters which they set loose. They devastate South America, Russia, and China, before arriving in Japan where they face Godzilla.
Notes: These ancient ones are the Old Ones from Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. This is part of a series of novels, which has to take place in a divergent timeline. I do place the original films in the Horror Universe, but here in this story, for example, a huge portion of the world is devastated, which would really alter the rest of the Horror Universe and its views. Additionally, the socio-political structure of the world in this story is not like the real world. Therefore we must assume this to be a divergent timeline. This story is preceded by Godzilla 2000 and followed by Godzilla vs. the Robot Monsters.
Release Date: 2001 - 2002 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Bloodstone
Horror Crosses: The Frankenstein Monster (Marvel); the Living Mummy (Marvel); Tomb of Dracula; Nosferatu; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Elsa Bloodstone is following in her father Ulysses’ footsteps. Aided by Adam (the Frankenstein Monster) and N’Kantu the Living Mummy, she first battles Dracula, then works with him against a greater threat presented by an army of Nosferatu type vampires.
Notes: Ulysses Bloodstone was a monster hunter who first appeared in Strange Tales # 73 (February 1960). Elsa debuts with this mini-series. Though Marvel operates in “comic book time”, clearly the Bloodstone series characters aged in real time. The Frankenstein Monster here is Marvel’s version, who is likely not the original. N’Kantu is from another Marvel Monster series, the Living Mummy, and this cross finally brings in that series. The Dracula here then is naturally Marvel’s version as well, from Tomb of Dracula. Apparently Orlock is not the only one of his type of vampire, which bears out with further evidence of Orlock types in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Elsa has inherited some items from her father, including a set of Neolithic scrying stones from the Leng Plateau and a Micronesian votive idol possibly of Dagon. Both the Leng Plateau and Dagon come from Lovecraft.
BONEYARD # 1 - 28 (NBM)
Release Date: 2001 - 2009 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Boneyard
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (Boneyard); Creature from the Black Lagoon; The Raven; The Screwtape Letters; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dracula (novel); Evil Dead; Frankenstein (novel); The Wolf Man; Zatanna; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Friday the 13th; Hellboy (comics); King Ghidorah; Mothra; Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Non-Horror Crosses: The Tempest
The Story: Michael Paris inherits a graveyard inhabited by friendly monsters. Hilarity and adventure ensue.
Notes: One of the inhabitants is Brutus, who is a creature of the Frankenstein model. Brutus’ wife is a Gill-Woman named Nessie. Edgar is a raven who claims to have been the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s story. The Boneyard has its own elected official, Mayor Wormwood. Mayor Wormwood is supposed to be Satan, but this Satan is kind of an idiot. I’ve stated elsewhere in this guide that not all appearances of the devil are the same guy. The name carries weight, and so it seems that many lesser demons may pose as the top dog. In the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Wormwood is a poor excuse for a demon who is eaten by his uncle. But of course, what happens when a demon dies? They return to Hell. So this may be the same Wormwood. The vampire named Abby seems to be of the vampiric variety seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Remember that in the Horror Universe, there are several strains of the “vampire virus”, which create varying types of vampires with different traits, strengths and weaknesses. Abby refers to Michael as her “Renfield”. That could be a pop culture reference, but considering the number of other horror crosses, and that Dracula is real in the Horror Universe, I’m inclined to count it. There are “Xandorian” demons which I believe to be an intentional misspelling of Kandorian demons from the Evil Dead series. Somebody refers to the original Dr. Frankenstein. That same person makes a reference to that guy with the stick which may be Larry Talbot, whose cane is famous. At a bar is Zatanna Zatara and a Gill-Man. An Old One appears, who is friendly! His name is Haz’aroth, which may be an intentional misspelling of Azathoth, but I’m not sure Azathoth would be so nice. Perhaps he’s a nicer guy around other monsters. Abby is hired by the government to stop a slasher at a summer camp called Camp Waterlake. Though the slasher turns out to really be Lilith, she has taken the form of Jason Voorhees. This isn’t the first time Camp Crystal Lake has changed its name. In the film series, it did so to try to avoid the bad reputation it has gained. When Abby has to attend a banquet for supernatural beings, she takes Michael as her date. The waiter is Ariel from Shakespeare’s the Tempest. Hellboy is in attendance. So are King Ghidorah and Mothra. The Space Kook is also there. Though the Space Kook was just a man in a mask in Scooby Doo, Where Are You!, most of those villains took on the identities of figures from legends and folklore. So this must be the real Space Kook that inspired the man in the mask who was exposed by Mystery, Inc.

Release Date: August 2001 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Frankenstein (Donald F. Glut); Dracula (Hammer)
Horror Crosses: Dracula (novel); the Vampyre; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The monster finds his way to Dracula’s castle, where the vampire is revived and again renews his original London plans. Dr. Burt Winslow teams with Arnold Van Helsing to stop him.
Notes: This is the fourth of Glut’s New Adventures of Frankenstein. This is Glut’s version of Frankenstein, which he purports to be the original. I usually presume that Glut’s Dracula is the original, but not for this story, originally written in the 1970s. This Dracula is modelled after Christopher Lee, has never met the monster before, and wakes wanting to reenact the events of the Stoker novel. Lee played the Hammer horror soul clone Denrom and soul clones often wake to want to head to London. And Glut even thanks Lee in the start of the book. Thus I have to conclude that the Dracula of this book is the Denrom soul clone. The Van Helsing here is yet another of the many members of the famous vampire hunting family. Glut again uses the Ruthvenian, the vampire bible implied to have been written by Lord Ruthven from the Vampyre. The Necronomicon also appears, which of course originated in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and has become one of the most often used references to Lovecraftian lore.
Release Date: May 2001 (Setting is October 2001, just before the events of the video game Alone in the Dark IV: The New Nightmare, which is set on October 31, 2001)
Series: Alone in the Dark
Horror Crosses: Doctor Strange; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Bob Morane; Space Trilogy; Harry Dickson; She; Le Chant de Montsegur; The Elephant Sahib; The Eye of Zeitoon
The Story: A group of scientists and occult detectives seek the Crown of Genghis.
Notes: Alone in the Dark is a series of video games. This comic is by Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier. It was published in French by Semic and later in English by Image Comics. By now it should be evident that the Lofficier name appears often in this book. Most fans of crossover fiction are probably familiar with the name. The video games themselves make many references to Lovecraft’s work. As for this story, there are references tying in all of the above horror and non-horror crosses.

DIGIMON TAMERS – Episode 44, “The Mysterious Girl! The Bringer of Miracles, Dobermon”/”The Messenger”

Release Date: January 27, 2002 (Japan)/April 27, 2002 (United States) – Contemporary Setting

Series: Digimon Tamers

Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

The Story: Digital life forms are invading the real world, but in truth they are on the run from a deletion program gone rampant. Only a trio of children bonded to these beings stand against the 'D-Reaper' before it finds a way to delete organic life.

Notes: During the crisis of the D-Reaper, experts from Miskatonic University are brought in to help explain the bizarre phenomena. The crisis resolves by the end of the series, and the events end up being largely forgotten except by those closes to it thanks to a lack of recognition beyond the events occurrence, no memorials being raised for it, and general human self-centered-ness. The series ran from 2001 to 2002, and is considered the best of the franchise by many. Head Writer, Chiaki J. Konaka, is a fan of Lovecraft’s works and had done Lovecraftian references in the prior series, but none that amounted to a full crossover (more a dimensional bleed from a Lovecraftian Universe). He asked for the head writer position and used it to its fullest to explore the ideas of data-based life forms emerging in a modern society. The series ends with the “Digital World” and “real world” separated again.
Release Date: January 1, 2007 (Set in the summer, before the start of the Nightside series)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Evil Dead; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; War of the Worlds; Nightside; Hellraiser; Frankenstein (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Doctor Who; RUR; Alice in Wonderland; Thunderbirds; Area 52 (Image Comics); Allan Quatermain; The Coming Race; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Cave Carson; Moomin; Maltese Falcon; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Moby Dick
The Story: The Droods are a family that for a long time have been a force for good fighting supernatural evils. Edwin is one of the latest secret agent wizards, who finds himself cast out as a rogue and hunted by his own family.
Notes: The date setting is based on events from future novels and the Nightside series. Green connects all of his series within one larger mythology. One might wonder why I have Secret Histories listed in the Nightside entries as a non-horror cross but the Nightside series listed as a horror cross in the Secret Histories series. Edwin Drood is a wizard secret agent, and I don’t consider wizards as horror. They are more fantasy. Nightside exists in a pocket dimension cloaked in eternal darkness, where monsters walk around freely, so it’s more on the horror side. Both really straddle on the line of horror and non-horror, and I made a call. Having said all that, the Secret Histories series still has a large number of horror crosses, giving it a large presence in the Horror Universe nonetheless. This novel has three Lovecraft references. A patient at a hospital for supernatural conditions is the living embodiment of every mystical tome, including the Necronomicon. There is a rumor that the Old Ones are going to rise, to which Eddie’s friend Janissary Jane dismisses as a constant rumor that will never come to pass. The conspiracy against the Droods is linked to the Lurkers on the Threshold from the Lovecraft Mythos. One of Eddie’s enemies has a Kandarian possessing amulet. Kandarian demons are from the Evil Dead series. Eddie has a confrontation with someone who has taken the Hyde formula. Martian Red Weed is seen as a drug. This is from War of the Worlds. Eddie’s witch friend Molly Metcalf talks about the Arcadia Project that turns up again in the Nightside series. The Blue Fairy finds the puzzle box from the Hellraiser series. The Droods have a scalpel once owned by Baron Von Frankenstein. Based on its significance, I’m assuming they mean Victor and not another member of the Frankenstein family. Edwin’s name is a reference to Charles Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, with a implied family connection. At a hospital for supernatural conditions, there is a time agent whose latest regeneration had gone terribly wrong, turning him inside out. Time agents are from the Doctor Who series, and so are Time Lords who regenerate. However, typically, Time Lords are not time agents, and in fact, the two groups do not care for each other. Perhaps this was a rogue Time Lord who was recruited by the time agents. Eddie has a confrontation with an android from the 23rd century’s Rossum’s Unionised Robots. This is from the play RUR. Eddie’s grandmother suggests that Eddie court Allice Little, who “lives in a world of her own and only comes out for mealtimes. Lots of mealtimes.” This is meant to be Alice Liddel, from Alice In Wonderland, but of course can’t be the same Alice from the original story. It may still be one of the Alices who has been to Wonderland. Girls name Alice have been drawn to Wonderland for a long time. Another suggested match is Penelope Creighton, who may be related to the character named Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward from Thunderbirds. Eddie mentions a time when he broke into Area 52 in the antarctic. This seems to be a reference to the Image Comics series. The drug taduki is from the Allan Quatermain series. Vril Power, Inc. is behind the conspiracy against the Droods. Vril power is from the Coming Race. Eddie compares a trip through the sewers to the explorers who took the Journey to the Center of the Earth and to Cave Carson. The Blue Fairy also finds a stuffed Moomintroll and the Maltese Falcon. Eddie and Molly when choosing the form of their weapon, have the choice of the Holy Hand Grenade of St. Antioch. At Drood Hall is a scrimshaw carved apparently from Moby Dick.

Release Date: May 27, 2003 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Hawk & Fisher; Elvira
Non-Horror Crosses: Shadows Fall; Deathstalker; Doctor Who; Amber Chronicles; Thunderbirds; Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse
The Story: After five years living in mundane London, Private Investigator John Taylor takes a case that brings him back to the Nightside.
Notes: The Nightside is a place that exists outside time and space, and yet connects to many times and spaces. John arrives from London via underground tunnels and a train. It’s always 3 am in the Nightside and beings from all over time and space can appear there. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to see aliens and monsters walking around like it’s no big deal. This is the first of the Nightside books, though 2001’s Drinking Midnight Wine was Green’s precursor to the series. As Taylor is travelling to the Nightside, there is graffiti about Cthulhu on the wall. The train also goes to the Street of the Gods, Shadows Fall and Haceldama. The Street of the Gods is from Green’s Hawk & Fisher series, about a strange land mixed with modern ways and sword & sorcery. Shadows Fall is another Green series, where imaginary characters are real. Haceldama is a planet which is the setting of the far future series Deathstalker by Green. At a bar, there’s a calendar with sexy pictures of Elvira. Taylor says a jukebox is the size of a TARDIS. The Amber Prince from the Amber Chronicles is seen sitting alone, wondering how he got there. The Tracy brothers from Thunderbirds are present at the bar. Also seen are the Cornelius clan from Michael Moorcock’s multiverse, another indication that his multiverse is the Horror Multiverse.
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.

Release Date: August 2004 (Setting is after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq)
Series: Tomb Raider
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Creature from the Black Lagoon
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes
The Story: Lara Croft discovers the existence of the Deep Ones.
Notes: This Lovecraftian tale brings Lara Croft into the Horror Universe. The Deep Ones are the “fish men” of Innsmouth. The Deep Ones are said to be led by Uhluhtc. (Spell it backwards.) Lara also consults Von Junst’s Unaussprechlichen Kulten. Von Junst is likely a misspelling of Von Juntz. This book is also from Lovecraftian lore. The Deep Ones are said to resemble the Creature from the Black Lagoon. It’s possible that they are the same species or a closely related species. Lara also quotes from Sherlock Holmes. Since Holmes’ existence is concrete in the Horror Universe, she is clearly quoting a real historical figure, rather than a fictional character.
Release Date: 2004 (Setting begins on October 17, 2004)
Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Horror Crosses: Hellboy; Wolf Man
Non-Horror Crosses: Sandman Mystery Theatre
The Story: Group 13 agents Xavier Albert Wilmarth and Alison Engels investigate the Shan, who love to enslave people and torture them for sadistic pleasure.
Notes: The Shan come from the Cthulhu Mythos. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense is mentioned, which is who Hellboy works for. Lawrence Talbot is mentioned as a former agent of both Delta Green and G13. Larry Talbot is of course the Wolf Man. Wesley Dodds is also said to be a former G13 member. Wesley Dodds was the golden age hero called the Sandman from DC Comics, but considering the date and tone of this story, I am assuming that the version being referred to here is the Vertigo version from Sandman Mystery Theatre, which is more fitting for the Horror Universe.

Release Date: January 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Tomb Raider
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: James Bond; Day of the Triffids; Tarzan; Sherlock Holmes; Allan Quatermain; The Saint; The Destroyer
The Story: Lara Croft takes on a job for the Order of the Bronze to help with the delivery of an android that is thousands of years old.
Notes: Lara refers to the Pnakotic Manuscripts from Lovecraftian lore. Lara implies to have met James Bond. Lara also mentions a mutant soil that could only grow Triffids. Perhaps Day of the Triffids occurred in an alternate timeline to the Horror Universe, but Triffids still existed in the main timeline as well. Lara also recounts the legend behind the bronze palm that is a family heirloom, a story that involves implied ancestors of herself, James Bond, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain and Simon Templar (the Saint). There is also a reference to the Sacred Sword of Sinanju from the Destroyer series.

Release Date: February 22, 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (all of them); The Picture of Dorian Gray; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Evil Dead; Phantom of the Opera; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; The Mummy (Universal)
Non-Horror Crosses: Alice in Wonderland; Maltese Falcon; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Casablanca; The Tempest; The Office; Shadows Fall; The Wasteland; Isaac Asimov Universe; Doctor Who; Eaters of the Dead; Moonchild; Allan Quatermain; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Story: John Taylor is hired to investigate the origins of the Nightside.
Notes: Taylor and his secretary dine at a restaurant that serves exotic animals including some to be from Wonderland. Wonderland of course is one of the magical realms of the Horror Multiverse. The Nightside is a nexus of time and space. There is a club that caters to all the various creatures that have been created by the Frankenstein family over the years. An auction is selling Dorian Gray’s mirror. A later Nightside tale reveals it has the power to kill immortals. Taylor reveals that his mentor was Thomas Carnacki. Taylor says his phone was once possessed by Kandarian demons, which originate from Evil Dead. Below the city, a boat guide is Erik the Opera Ghost. As usual, there is Cthulhu cult graffiti on the walls of the Nightside. The Nightside uses tanna leaves as a drug. Tanna leaves were important in the Universal Mummy series. Three allegedly authentic Maltese Falcons are sold. It appears that Willy Wonka and Rick Blaine have opened establishments in the Nightside. There is a Prospero and Michael Scott Memorial Library. Prospero is from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Michael Scott is from the American version of The Office. Michael Scott is not dead by the way. Shadows Fall is mentioned as the possible new home of a god. Nightside’s homeless live in Rat’s Alley, a reference to T.S. Elliot's The Wasteland. Also living in Rat’s Alley are robots with positronic brains, a concept first proposed in the works of Isaac Asimov. Taylor says that he learned about fighting poisons with broccoli from the travelling doctor. He’s actually referring to the fifth Doctor. Later, a flashback to the 1960s features the second Doctor and his companions. Taylor is warned about the Eaters of the Dead, a reference to a Michael Crichton novel about a Muslim abducted by vikings. Taylor is called a Moonchild, a reference to an Aleister Crowley novel about a wizard war. Another drug of the Nightside is taduki, a favorite of Allan Quatermain. In the 1960s flashback, Orlando (of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is seen.

Release Date: June - September 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: The Magdalena; Dracula (Top Cow); Tomb Raider; Wolf Man; Witchblade; Frankenstein (Top Cow); The Darkness; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Eva, Daughter of Dracula
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Serving the Old Ones, Mr. Hyde gets split from Jekyll, and plans on creating an army of vampire Hydes using the soulless Frankenstein Monster as a conduit to communicate with his masters.
Notes: The Magdalena, Witchblade, and the Darkness have all had team-ups with Vampirella, thus their existence in the Horror Universe is already confirmed. Lara Croft has already had a Lovecraftian adventure. The Dracula here is likely the Top Cow soul clone, and likewise the Frankenstein Monster would be another creation. Though there’s no connection to Larry Talbot, the werewolves of this story are officially called Wolf-Men, implying a connection to the Universal film. Jekyll in this story is likely yet another of the descendents to have continued the curse. And Lovecraft. The glue of the Horror Universe. This story also marks the first appearance of Eva, Daughter of Dracula, who will spin off into her own series.

Release Date: 2005 - 2006 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Evil Dead
Horror Crosses: Re-Animator (Dynamite Entertainment); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Marvel Zombies
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Alice in Wonderland
The Story: Ash is locked up in Arkham Asylum, a mental hospital associated with Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts. His doctor is Herbert West!
Notes: These events follow the comic book series Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop. This crossover brings a version of Re-Animator that is different than the film version of Re-Animator and the Lovecraft story it was based upon. Horror expert Kevin Heim informs “This comic book version of Dr. Herbert West has a wildly different origin story than the one in the film series, revealed in RE-ANIMATOR #0 (2006). He is also much younger than the movie version, as opposed to the Herbert West that turns up in HACK SLASH, who IS the movie version.” The West from the Lovecraft tale, the West from the 80s films and the comic book version are not the same guy, but they could be related, perhaps even a direct family lineage. Other Lovecraftian elements in this tale include Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts and the invocation of Yog Sothoth. Note the uncanny coincidence in there being an Arkham Asylum, as that is a key setting in Batman’s Gotham City as well. Batman’s Arkham Asylum is also a home for the criminally insane, founded by the Arkham family, who seemed to be cursed with madness as well. It could be that the same family were the founders of Arkham, Massachusetts. The end of the tale leads into Marvel Zombies with a brief stopover in an alternate Wonderland infested with deadites.

Release Date: July 2005 - April 2013 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Princess Resurrection
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (Universal); Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Creature From the Black Lagoon; Invisible Man (Universal); Invasion of the Body Snatchers; The Fly; Evil Dead
Non-Horror Crosses: Day of the Triffids; Angry Red Planet; Back to the Future; Star Trek; It Conquered the World
The Story: In Japan, a young man is hit by a car. As he lay there dying, he is resurrected by the princess of the Monster Realm. Not only is he brought back from death, but he becomes nearly immortal, with great power, but must serve the princess as her warrior and protector.
Notes: The series has had many links to existing series, including the ones above. I admit there are probably more that I have missed. The “Monster Realm” is probably what the Watcher’s Council (from Buffy) would refer to as a Hell Dimension.

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.

Release Date: August 30, 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (one of them and all of them); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Shadows Fall; The Time Tunnel; Jack Kirby’s Fourth World; The Time Machine
The Story: Previously, John Taylor learned that the Nightside had been created by his mother, and that his mother was Lilith, from Jewish folklore. Now, John and his friends travel back in time to the 1960s to learn more about the Nightside’s origin and more about Lilith.
Notes: One of the Frankenstein creatures is at the bar, but is blown to bits by magic. The staff simply sweeps him into a pile, until one of the Frankenstein family can come to collect him. There are temples to Cthulhu in the Nightside. The group travels to the past with the aid of Father Time. This is the version of Father Time from Shadows Fall. The authorities of the Nightside were once in charge of a Time Tunnel. The Shadow Men are made of Anti-Life. The Anti-Life Equation is the most sought out item of Darkseid of Apokolips. Among groups of time displaced are Morlocks and Eloi from the Time Machine.

Release Date: October 21, 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Billy and his friend Erwin make a prank call using Grim’s cursed phone, and accidentally awaken Cthulhu.
Notes: Enough said?
Release Date: February 28, 2006 (Contemporary Setting, immediately after Paths Not Taken)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: The King in Yellow; Evil Dead; Alien; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Hawk & Fisher
Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor Who; The Water Babies; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Alice in Wonderland; Shadows Fall; An Inhabitant of Carcosa; Alf’s Button; Fables; Adam Adamant; Eaters of the Dead; Bran Mak Morn; The Virginian; The Prisoner
The Story: As John Taylor and his friends return to the present, they find that John’s mother, Lilith, is gathering a powerful army to take over the Nightside and return it to the way she meant it to be when she created it. Apparently that’s bad.
Notes: The Yellow Sign is on a bathroom wall. Taylor’s secretary is armed with a Kandarian punch dagger. Kandarian demons are from the Evil Dead series. Suzie Shooter fights using a Colonial Marine smart gun that she got from the future. At least it must be from one of the possible futures that contains the Alien film series. Lilith’s army is claimed to have wiped out the Elder Spawn (code for Old Ones), though this is not likely to be true. The train runs to the Street of the Gods, the setting if Green’s Hawk & Fisher series. There are three Doctor Who references in this one. A sonic screwdriver has been left behind the bar counter at Strangefellows. John mentions the Travelling Doctor as a potential ally and Father Time blames the Travelling Doctor for attire. It’s said that some drunk flower fairies plan on beating up some water babies. Water Babies is a story by Reverend Charles Kingsley. Taylor suggests nobody go into the basement of Strangefellows without the Holy Hand Grenade of St. Antioch. This is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (Shame on you if you didn’t know that.) Since the Nightside touches other realities, I don’t have to explain how this Monty Python fits in with the Horror Universe and Arthurian legend. But I’m going to anyways. Legend has it that Merlin himself was a temporal anomaly, aging backwards and living life in reverse, from future to past. Perhaps because of this, several divergent versions of Camelot and the Arthurian legend all existed in the same past of the Horror Universe timeline. This would explain how different versions are seen in so many past stories, flashbacks, time travel tales, and modern stories. This type of reasoning may offer the same types of reasoning for the heavily magical era of fairy tales. The dormouse appears, having doorways to many realms. He claims that there were more of his kind once, but they all went away. Shadows Fall is mentioned as one of the destinations of the dormouse's doors and a train destination. Father Time appears and is from Shadows Fall. Carcosa is mentioned as behind one of the doors and as a train destination. Carcosa is from “An Inhabitant of Carcosa”. The Nightside has a store called Alf’s Button Emporium. No, this is not a reference to the cute alien who eats cats. It’s actually based on a humorous 1920 novel. Julien Advent meets fairy tale characters expelled from their homes by the Adversary. These are the fairy tale characters from the Fables comic book, making that fairy tale realm part of the Horror Multiverse. (Sorry, Once Upon a Time. I know you have a Frankenstein, but who doesn’t? You never gave me a valid horror cross to pull you in.) This novel cements the idea that Julien Advent is Adam Adamant. The Eaters of the Dead (from the Michael Crichton novel) are said to have been wiped out by Lilith’s army. The same is said of the Worms of the Earth, who Bran Mak Morn once faced. John is attacked by a gun stolen from the grave of Dead Eye Dick, a character from the western television series The Virginian. The Collector is seen wearing the jacket of Number Six from the Prisoner. He says he also bought his car.
Release Date: December 26, 2006 (Contemporary Setting, some weeks after the Lilith War)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar; Dracula (maybe Love at First Bite); Godzilla; War of the Worlds (novel); Gravel
Non-Horror Crosses: Soylent Green; The Time Machine; Philip Marlowe; Shadows Fall; Maltese Falcon; Back to the Future; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Story: After war has left the Nightside without leadership, Jeremiah Griffin plots to fill the void. But when his granddaughter goes missing, he hires John Taylor to find her, using his special abilities. However, something is blocking those abilities.
Notes: John comments that the Griffin library probably has the Necronomicon. There is a brewery called Shoggoth’s Old and Very Peculiar. This is a reference to the Cthulhu Mythos and Neil Gaiman’s Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar. There is a mobster named Kid Cthulhu. There is a very drunk Dracula who has been driven out of his castle by the Communists and has to pay alimony to his brides. This might be a reference to Love at First Bite. Whether it is or not, I would propose this to be another soul clone. There is a reference to Godzilla, though not by name. In a bit of a parody, he is treated as a has-been monster. There is a drug called Martian Red Weed, a reference to War of the Worlds. One place that John visits in his investigation is guarded by combat magician Gravel. John mentions that since the war, a lot of the Nightside restaurants are serving Soylent Green. (Soylent Green is people.) There are some Morlocks at the Strangefellows bar. These are the creatures who exist in the far future in H.G. Wells’ Time Machine. There have been different origins for the Morlocks in the Horror Universe. The initial idea was that they were an evolutionary offshoot of humanity. Other stories have tied them to the Mi-Go of Lovecraft’s Mythos or the descendants of Moreau’s experiments. Whatever the case, these Morlocks are probably from the future, as the Nightside exists outside time and space. John remarks that if Philip Marlowe had had this case, he would have quit and become a plumber. Old Father Time is mentioned. He is a character from Shadows Fall. Also appearing are Bruin Bear and Sea Goat. They are characters from Shadows Fall as well. Their realm is a place where imaginary characters exist, and even real people reside there if they become legends. In many ways, this is similar to Imaginationland from South Park or the Land of Fiction seen in Hellblazer. They may be the same place. It may be that the animated beings brought to life such as the Looney Tunes characters may actually be pulled from this realm. Another character remarks that Griffin’s wife would buy the Maltese Falcon just so that nobody else could have it. A Delorean is spotted, “still spitting discharging tachyons”. Clearly this is the same time machine from Back to the Future. Two elves from A Midsummer’s Night Dream appear. One attendee at a party is Lady Orlando, whose description matches that of Orlando from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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.


Release Date: August 17, 2007 - ongoing at time of writing (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Phineas and Ferb
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; See Comments
The Story: There’s 104 days of summer, and each of those days genius stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb come up with ways to spend their days. Their older sister is constantly trying to expose their surreal activities to oblivious parents, and all are oblivious that their pet platypus is really a secret agent constantly battling a mad scientist.
Notes: I almost didn’t include this. In one episode of Phineas and Ferb, I saw the Necronomicon on the bookshelf of Dr. Doofenshmirtz. However, when researching for the book, I couldn’t find which episode it was, and was hesitant to include incomplete information. But in the end, I decided I couldn’t leave out any cartoon that crosses with Lovecraft. This cartoon has had many other crosses, but they are not relevant to this book. You can find them in my next book project, the Cartoon Crossover Encyclopaedia, or check out a preview at my Television Crossover Universe blog. This series is a usual cartoon in which nobody ages, so it must take place in a pocket reality of the Horror Multiverse.

Release Date: August 23, 1997 (Setting is ten years in the future, so around August 2007)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Ultraman vs. Gatanozoa.
Notes: Again from Salvatore Cucinotta, “Gatanozoa is a Japanese ‘mispronunciation’ of Ghatanothoa. Both names use the same Kanji so in Japanese, either pronunciation is correct. Also, the sunken city it rises with is R'lyeh. This is noted in the [Ultraman Tiga] wiki's trivia section [in the entry for Gatanozoa]. Ghatanothoa is the first born of Cthulhu.“


Release Date: July 11, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hellboy (film)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; At the Mountains of Madness (film); Bethmoora
Non-Horror Crosses: Pan’s Labyrinth; The King of Elfland’s Daughter; The Blue Lenses
The Story: From a mystical realm connected to our own comes a prince who wishes to incite a war.
Notes: The other realm has magical creatures that previously appeared in Pan’s Labyrinth. Some of the creatures seen in this film are planned to appear in the upcoming At the Mountains of Madness film by Del Toro, based on Lovecraft’s story. There may be other connections in that film to other Del Toro works, as the filmmaker is well known for linking his works. Bethmoora is mentioned. Glamours appear, from Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter. The Schufftein Glasses in this film come from The Blue Lenses by Daphne du Maurier. A theater marquee advertises “See You Next Wednesday”. This does not count as a crossover, just as “I’ll be back” does not link the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger. This film follows Hellboy and is followed by Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Zinco Epilogue. This film has been referenced as fictional and paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television.

Release Date: August - October 2008 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hack/Slash
Horror Crosses: Re-Animator (film); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Herbert West attempts to resurrect Cassie Hack’s slasher mother.
Notes: Horror expert (and editor of this book) Kevin Heim informs: This actually IS the Herbert West from the movies. Note that the logo for RE-ANIMATOR is identical to the one from the movies. Brian Yuzna, director of the 1st movie, endorsed this comic. The Necronomicon is quoted at the opening of the story.

Release Date: November 25, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Halflife Chronicles
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Anita Blake; True Blood
Non-Horror Crosses: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Dresden Files; The Weather Warden; Aisling Grey: Guardian
The Story: Another hurricane in New Orleans is just a precursor to the rising of Cthulhu.
Notes: This story brings the Halflife Chronicles into the Horror Universe. The Halflife Chronicles is about a heroic half-vampire and his misadventures with the paranormal. The main plot revolves around the rising of Cthulhu. An undead Captain Nemo and his Nautilus are also involved. There is also this reference: "There was a wizard in Chicago, a necromancer in St Louis, a waitress in Bon Temps, and a weather warden- who hasn't spent much time in any one place, lately. We also considered a guardian in London. It was not possible to make contact with them." The Wizard in Chicago is Harry Dresden of the Dresden Files. The Necromancer is Anita Blake. The waitress is Sookie from True Blood. The Weather Warden is Joanne Baldwin. And the Guardian is Aisling Grey. Dresden is already in the Horror Universe, but not considered a horror series. Both Anita Blake and True Blood take place in a divergent timeline where vampires are public knowledge, but this must be their main Horror Universe counterparts. This cross also brings in the Weather Warden and Aisling Grey: Guardian. The Weather Warden works for the United Nations monitoring the elementals, while Aisling Grey fights dragons who take human form.

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.

Release Date: June 2, 2009 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: Nightside; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (novel); Frankenstein (some of them, per Simon R. Green); Frankenstein (novel); Melmoth the Wanderer; Dracula (many of them); Faust; Bloody Mallory; Evil Dead
Non-Horror Crosses: The Coming Race; Shadows Fall; Eternals; Dr. Syn; Harvey; Deathstalker; First Men in the Moon; Pellucidar; Wild Wild West (film); Star Wars
The Story: Still recovering from the events of the previous novel, he Droods find themselves at war with soul eating demons trying to bring their masters into their reality.
Notes: The Droods have a mirror created by Merlin. This mirror has also appeared in the Nightside series. Harry Fabulous from the Nightside series appears. Jimmy Thunder from Drinking Midnight Wine appears. There is a reference to the many-angled ones. This was a creation of Grant Morrison that first appeared in the 2000 AD comic, and has been incorporated into the Cthulhu Mythos. The Droods’ time train once was used to travel back in time to prevent an Old One from rising, but in doing so, caused the Old One to rise. There is a bar called Cafe Night, that was formerly called Renfield’s. Presumedly, it was owned by a descendent of Dracula’s servant. Eddie destroys a couple of Baron Frankenstein’s creations. This works with Mark Brown’s theory that there have been many monsters created by the Frankensteins, explaining why there are so many different versions tied to the same shared reality. There is a monk claiming to be Melmoth the Wanderer, though Eddie doubts it, as he has met many who claimed to be Melmoth. Melmoth comes from the story of the same name about a scholar who sells his soul for an extra 150 years of life. Eddie also claims to have met many Draculas. This supports both Chuck Loridans’ soul clone theory and my own Sons of the Dragon theory. Additionally, he claims to have met many Fausts. Though it doesn’t support any theories, it does explain why Felix Faust , enemy of the Justice League of America, has two separate origins in DC canon. Originally, he was just a mortal man in the 1960s raising demons for power. Later, he claimed to be the original Faust. Eddie mentions having worked with a French demon hunter named Mallorie. This may be a reference to the film Bloody Mallory. This story gives an origin for the Kandarian demons from the Evil Dead series. Originally they were humans who allowed themselves to be possessed by demons to become unstoppable, but they then turned on each other. Vril Power, Inc. is mentioned as an enemy of the Droods. Leonard Ash from Shadows Fall appears. The Celestials are mentioned. They first appeared in the Eternals Marvel comic. A “rogue” Drood returns home via Dr. Syn’s Fly by Night Delivery Service. The delivery service is also transporting Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible giant rabbit friend, Harvey. Eddie travels to the future to recruit Giles Deathstalker as an ally. Giles is revealed to be a descendant of the Drood family. The Drood armory has an 1880s Moon Launch Canon, a reference to First Men in the Moon. They also have an oversized Moleship, a reference to Pellucidar. Another item in the armory is a giant mechanical spider created by a mad man in the wild west. This is the giant mechanical spider used by Dr. Lovelace in the feature film Wild, Wild West. This means that both the television series and the film are in the same shared reality. The time train used by Eddie to visit the future can do the Kessel run in under five centuries. The “Kessel Run” is located in the Star Wars galaxy.

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Release Date: 2009 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Wolf Man (Universal)
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (Universal); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Dracula (Universal); Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Story: A mad scientist invites five guests to his home to hold a contest to see who will inherit his estate by a process of deadly elimination.
Notes: This film was made as an homage to the classic Universal films and acts as a sequel to the series. The mad scientist is Dr. Bela Reinhardt, but that’s his assumed name. He is really Bela Frankenstein, the son of Peter Frankenstein (from Ghost of Frankenstein) and a gypsy girl who was sister to Bela Blasko, the werewolf who bit and turned Larry Talbot. Reinhardt possesses Larry Talbot’s famous wolf’s head cane. The poem that beings “Even a man who’s pure of heart…” is recited. A Frankenstein monster is released in the home during the contest, probably a new creation of Reinhardt based on family notes. The lab contains one of Dr. Pretorius’ homunculi from Bride of Frankenstein. The library contains a copy of Alhazred’s Alchemy of Transmutation. This may be a reference to the Mad Arab who also authored the Necronomicon. Dracula and his brides also show up. The lab also contains a fossilized hand of a gill-man.

Release Date: December 2, 2009 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hack/Slash
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Frankenstein (Mary Shelley); Hellboy; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Godzilla
Non-Horror Crosses: Archie (See Notes)
The Story: In her continuing quest to recreate reality, the entity known as Mary Shelley Lovecraft tries to alter the town of Haverhill, transforming it from the typical slice of Americana to a Lovecraftian horror story.
Notes: Mary Shelley Lovecraft is a recurring foe of Cassie. She is an otherworldly entity that sees everything as fictional and can traverse through alternate realities. She is obsessed with rewriting reality. Her name is chosen for the inference to Mary Shelley and H.P. Lovecraft. In this story, she turns Deep Ones (from Lovecraft’s Shadow over Innsmouth) into creatures like the original Frankenstein Monster. Mary mentions that with all the monster hunters running around, she is lucky not to have run into that red devil boy with the horns, a reference to Hellboy. She also compares Cassie to the more popular Summers girl, meaning Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mary also brags that she is Cthulhu, Frankenstein, and Godzilla all rolled into one. The town of Haverhill is a parody of Riverdale, and indeed the characters of the town are all parodies of Archie and his supporting cast. Cassie has been here in a previous story. However, since this is a parody, I’m choosing not to use this to bring in Archie. However, in reverse, Riverdale was actually based on the real town of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Since there are no indications that the comic book or cartoon versions of Archie exist in the Horror Universe, there’s no reason not to believe that this version from this story isn’t the Horror Universe counterpart of Archie and his gang.

Release Date: December 29, 2009 (Contemporary Setting, likely just after The Unnatural Inquirer)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Frankenstein (see Notes); Frankenstein (all of them, every version); The Picture of Dorian Gray; Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar; Them!; Creature from the Black Lagoon; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde
Non-Horror Crosses: Doctor Who; Secret Histories; Doctor Syn; Solomon Kane; Deathstalker; Beowulf
The Story: The Walking Man is the embodiment of the wrath of God and he has come to the Nightside. Nightside’s new authorities hire John Taylor to stop him.
Notes: The Walking Man is shown to be so powerful that he can easily destroy a Lovecraftian horror while walking down the street without even slowing down. (I guess God trumps Cthulhu after all.) Shoggoth’s Old and Very Peculiar appears again. Zhang the Mystic, a member of the Adventurer’s Club, is said to have battled Elder Gods. John Taylor and Suzie Shooter fight an evil Victor Frankenstein from a mirror universe. This is not the same Victor Frankenstein from the main Horror Universe timeline. Taylor mentions that Frankenstein is a common name in the Nightside and that he has encountered many of Victor’s descendents and their creations. This supports my theory (adapted from the theories of Mark Brown and Chuck Loridians) that many of the Frankensteins and monsters seen in fiction are Victor’s family and their numerous monsters, rather than always being the same Victor Frankenstein and one single monster. The mirror Victor finds a way to control the citizens of the Nightside by learning that the actions of people in one reality dictates the actions of their doppelgangers. Taylor compares this to Dorian Gray’s picture, where Dorian’s actions are reflected within the portrait. The sewers of the Nightside have giant ants, like those from the film Them! The Adventurer’s Club has a stuffed Creature from the Black Lagoon. Jacqueline Hyde is at the Adventurer’s Club. In the previous Nightside novel, she was mentioned in the Unnatural Inquirer as being in love with her male Hyde alter ego. There is an old Victorian drinking song called “Dr. Jekyll’s Locum”. One of Suzie’s neighbors is Sarah Kingdom, a character who first appeared on Doctor Who during the first Doctor’s run. Janissary Jane, a character from Green’s Secret Histories, appears at the Adventurer’s Club. The Walking Man mentions the Drood family from Secret Histories. Past members of the Adventurer’s Club include Dr. Syn, Salvation Kane (likely meant to be Solomon Kane) and Owen Deathstalker from Green’s futuristic sci-fi Deathstalker series. At a gun shop is the Darkvoid Device, also from the Deathstalker series. (Remember that the Nightside exists outside normal time and space.) The Adventurer’s Club also has an arm of Grendel, who was slain by Beowulf.

Release Date: January 28, 2010 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: A teen dabbling in magic switches bodies with Sam.

Notes: The book used by the teenagers to perform magic and summon a demon strongly resembles the Necronomicon. Seeing as how there have been other Lovecraft crosses with Supernatural, it’s fairly safe to assume this was indeed a copy of the book. Plus, the teens live in Housatonic, Massachusetts. Nobody can convince me that isn’t meant to be a writer’s pseudonym for Arkham, Massachusetts, home of Miskatonic University.

Release Date: June 1, 2010 (Contemporary Setting, between Nightside novels Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth and Hell to Pay)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: Nightside; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; War of the Worlds (novel); Gravel; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; The Monkey’s Paw; Hellraiser; Frankenstein (many of them); Stephen King Universe (the works of Stephen King)
Non-Horror Crosses: The Coming Race; Excalibur (Marvel Comics); Wizard of Oz; Shadows Fall; I Dream of Jeannie; Doctor Who; Wolf of Kabul; Maltese Falcon; Doom Patrol; The Time Machine; Chronicles of Narnia; Lone Ranger; Area 52; The Men Who Stare at Goats; A Midsummer’s Night's Dream; The Avengers (television)
The Story: Many of the Drood agents compete in a competition where the prize is the knowledge of a legendary past agent.
Notes: There are numerous references to Green’s other series, the Nightside. Harry Fabulous appears, selling the Hyde drug and Martian Red Weed. Later, the agents battle a user of the Hyde drug. It’s mentioned that the War of the Worlds Martians once attempted to invade the Nightside. The Tower of London is guarded by SAS Combat Sorcerers, who come from the Gravel series. There is an appearance of two of Pickman’s paintings from Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model. There is a mummified Monkey’s Paw. A puzzle box (from the Hellraiser series) appears. There was a factory in Cuba using Frankenstein monsters as slave labor. Later, several of the monsters are seen doing karaoke in the Nightside. A representative of Vril Power, Inc. appears. There is also a representative from MI13. This agency comes from the Excalibur comic from Marvel Comics. Eddie Drood is familiar with the existence of Oz. Shadows Fall is mentioned and indicated to exist in the far future of the Green Universe. However, many Green stories also have Shadows Fall interacting with other realms in the present and Shadows Fall is a reality of characters who are imaginary in the “real world”. In fact, Shadows Fall may be the same realm also called the Land of Fiction and Imaginationland. Likely time is irrelevant in that realm and exists in all times at once in relation to the Horror Universe. One of the Droods mentions Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie. Jeannie’s cousin, from the animated Jeannie, has previously crossed with Scooby-Doo in the New Scooby-Doo Movies. The Travelling Doctor is mentioned. Doctor Who? The Wolf of Kabul is also mentioned. He is a character from a military themed comic of the same name. There’s another reference to Green’s favorite thing, the Maltese Falcon. There is an appearance of the Painting that Devoured Paris from Grant Morrison’s run on the Doom Patrol. A stuffed Morlock appears. Eddie is familiar with the talking beavers of Narnia. Eddie’s ally Honey wonders why the Lone Ranger really used silver bullets, implying that Tonto knew of their use against the supernatural. Area 52 is mentioned. There is a reference to a U.S. government project training soldiers to be psychics, including walking through walls and knocking over goats. This is a reference to the film The Men Who Stare at Goats. Eddie has a history with the elf Peaseblossom from A Midsummer’s Nights Dream. The Droods keep watch over Crouch End Towen from Stephen King’s Crouch End. The Nightside’s Walker uses a sword cane which he claims to be a British spy tradition. Of course he’s referring to John Steed of the Avengers.

Release Date: May 24, 2011 (Set between seasons 5 and 6 of the television series)
Series: Supernatural
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: After Sam went to Hell, Dean retired from hunting. But when he learns the Necronomicon might be able to raise Lucifer (with Sam as well), he convinces his girlfriend and her son to take a vacation in Salem, where a copy of the book is located. Meanwhile, Sam is actually back, and watching Dean from a distance.
Notes: Lovecraft connection solidifies Supernatural as part of the Horror Universe.


Release Date: October 18, 2010 (Contemporary Setting -- see series notes)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The gang has disbanded as a team, but still go together to check out a potential future college. The college is Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts. But while there, they end up investigating when Professor H.P. Hatecraft is attacked by a strange shrieking creature.
Notes: Scooby-Doo at Miskatonic. Any arguments you may have against including Scooby in the Horror Universe are now invalid. Incidentally, the story implies that Crystal Cove, California is near Arkham, which obviously can’t be true. My belief is that Crystal Cove (which in the main Horror Universe timeline is called Coolsville) may actually be in Massachusetts, not California. H.P. Hatecraft is meant to be Lovecraft of course. Another professor is Harlan Ellison. Harlan Ellison is a famed science fiction author, and the actor doing the voice for Ellison in this series is Harlan Ellison himself! The villain turns out to be Robert E. Howard. In real life, Howard was an author who was good friends with Lovecraft and incorporated the Cthulhu Mythos into his works. Note that in this timeline, all three authors are professors at Miskatonic and are approximately 40 years old.
Ivan Ronald Schablotski offers this correction:  The Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated episode THE SHRIEKING MADNESS takes place at Darrow University. I know the theory is that Darrow is just a stand-in for Miskatonic U, but since such a theory isn't presented, and the Darrow family (aka the Darrow Fellowship) are important background characters in this series, I think the distinction is worth noting. Also, the Robert E Howard character isn't a teacher and isn't named Robert E Howard; he's Howard E Roberts, a student of H P Hatecraft's at the University.***UPDATED*** Image result for SOUTH PARK (ANIMATED SERIES)  SEASON 14 EPISODE 11 - 13 “COON 2: HINDSIGHT/MYSTERION RISES/COON VS. COON AND FRIENDS”
Release Date: October 27 - November 10, 2010 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The super-heroic Coon forms a new team of heroes called Coon and Friends, but soon the Coon finds himself facing dissention in the ranks, a rival called Captain Hindsight, and Cthulhu, who has risen in reaction to the BP oil spill. Additionally, it is revealed that Mysterion (Kenny McCormick) has the ability to return to life each time he’s killed, with nobody remembering his death, because of his parents’ previous involvement in a Cthulhu cult.
Notes: Technically, the revelation explaining the long running gag regarding Kenny’s death in each episode only to return in the next makes the entire series a crossover with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Of course, any connection to Lovecraft brings a series in, but we must place South Park in the Horror Multiverse as an alternate reality, for the reasons stated in the series notes above. This storyline is referenced in the 2013 film Thou Gild’st the Even when one of the characters declares “I can’t die” as Kenny does.

Release Date: December 28, 2010 (Contemporary Setting, about a month after Just Another Judgement Day)
Series: Nightside
Horror Crosses: Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; War of the Worlds (novel); Twin Peaks; The Monkey’s Paw; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Ghost Finders; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Rocky Horror Picture Show!
Non-Horror Crosses: Deathstalker; Allan Quatermain; Shadows Fall; Secret Histories; Solomon Kane; Indiana Jones; The Mysterious Wu Fang; the Continental Op; The Coming Race; Captain America; Spider-Man
The Story: John Taylor is hired to escort an elf through the Nightside.
Notes: At a drug den, two users of the Hyde formula are fighting for sport. Previous Nightside stories have established the Hyde formula to now be a street drug, and other stories that take place in the Horror Universe outside the Nightside have also established this. Jacqueline Jekyll appears again. She has appeared or has been mentioned in previous Nightside stories. Another drug is Martian Red Weed (from War of the Worlds). This drug has been seen in other Nightside stories. There is some dialogue in the story that suggests that the Nightside exists in the same reality as Twin Peaks. There is “A Hand of Glory”, similar to The Monkey’s Paw. Another character mentions the Carnacki Institute, which is from Green’s Ghost Finders series, a spin-off of the Carnacki Ghost Finder stories. The Collector has stuffed giant albino penguins (as in Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness). He also has a grandfather clock with a cobweb covered skeleton inside, just as the one in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This story brings the Rocky Horror Picture Show into the Horror Universe. Likely, the musical demon known by some as Mr. Sweet, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Once More With Feeling”, must have been behind the scenes of those events. At the drug den, there is a street drug called Blood. This is a drug from the futuristic Deathwalker series also by Green. Another drug is taduku, which was used by Allan Quatermain. The elf’s destination is Shadows Fall. There are several references to Green’s Secret Histories. Green is one of the great crossover writers who likes to remind us that all of his series are in the same shared reality. Salvation Kane is mentioned again, clearly a pseudonym for Solomon Kane. Larry Oblivion states that he wants to be the Nightside’s Indiana Jones. Though this sounds like a pop culture reference, considering all the crossovers in the Nightside series, I’m assuming it to be a reference to a real person. There is a gambling den run by Wu Fang, once a famous villain of the pulps. This story features the family of Dash Oblivion, better known as the pulp hero called the Continental Op. He is said to have fought villains like Wu Fang, Vril Inc. (a reference to the Coming Race), and the Nazi Skull (likely meaning the Red Skull, foe of Captain America). The Collector mentions having regrown his leg much in the same way as Spider-Man’s foe, the Lizard. By now, I shouldn’t have to explain how comic book super-heroes work in the Horror Universe, but if you’re still not clear, go back to the first page and start over.

Release Date: February 16 - May 18, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Darkwing Duck
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Having just survived an infinite crisis of sorts, Darkwing Duck must now deal with the criminal organization F.O.W.L. and the rising of Duckthulu.
Notes: The Old Ones exist outside the universe and interact with all universes within the same multiverse. So in one universe, the intelligent beings who dominate the planet tend to be mostly ducks, dogs, and a few other animal species. And in that world, Cthulhu’s appearance and name are slightly altered, but it must still be him. I should note that one of the characters from Darkwing Duck is Launchpad McQuack, who was also an employee of Scrooge McDuck on Duck Tales. Duck Tales was a spin of the Uncle Scrooge comics, which were a spin-off of the Donald Duck animated shorts. Thus, this alternate reality is the universe of Disney “funny talking animals”, and perhaps other Disney works if House of Mouse is included. This reality would exist within the Horror Multiverse. Though it’s not included for our purposes, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? places the Looney Tunes and Disney characters in the same universe, but I still maintain that the appearances of Bugs Bunny and friends in Looney Tunes: Back in ACtion and the Earth Day Special are only fictional drawings brought to life by the Necronomicon.

Release Date: May 25 - November 2, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hack/Slash; Eva, Daughter of Dracula
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (Universal); Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Story: When Dr. Pretorius teams with Mary Shelley Lovecraft to destroy reality, monster hunters Cassie Hack and Eva must team-up.
Notes: Hack/Slash and Eva are already independently brought into the Horror Universe. Dr. Pretorius is from Universal’s Bride of Frankenstein. Pretorius has a Gill-Man contained in his lair. There is no indication that Mary Shelley Lovecraft has any real connection to Frankenstein or Lovecraft despite the connotation created by the name.

Release Date: June 5, 2011 (Contemporary Setting - -see series notes above)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; New Scooby-Doo Movies
Non-Horror Crosses: Johnny Quest; The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Story: The gang is attacked by a high tech assassin.
Notes: A recurring character who appears in this story is H.P. Hatecraft, this timeline’s counterpart to H.P. Lovecraft. Johnny Quest and his team/family appear in a flashback to the original version of Mystery, Inc. from the 1970s. Another character in this story, who is rival to Hatecraft and suspected to be the assassin is Regina Wentworth, author of the popular Dusk books. She is this timeline’s counterpart of Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight books. Mama Cass appears again, another homage to the New Scooby-Doo Movies. Hatecraft, allegedly to better understand girls, has several girls’ pictures on his wall, including Suzie Chan.

Release Date: June 7, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: War of the Worlds (novel); The Crystal Egg; Nightside; Suspiria; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Ghost Finders; Doctor Faustus; Evil Dead; Frankenstein (novel); Frankenstein (Universal); Frankenstein (and some others): Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: The Man from UNCLE; James Bond; Shadows Fall; Doctor Who; Indiana Jones; I Dream of Jeannie: Solomon Kane; Area 52
The Story: The Droods battle Doctor Delirium and the Immortals over the Apocalypse Door.
Notes: An auction is selling a Martian Tripod and a Crystal Egg. This novel has several references to Green’s Nightside series. An auction attendee is Aunt Sally Darque, who was banned from every coven in Europe after that nasty affair at the dance academy in the German Black Forest. This is a reference to the film Suspiria. The Carnacki Institute is mentioned. Doctor Faustus is former owner of the Apocalypse Door. Archie Leech’s Kandarian Amulet is mentioned. The immortals are residing in Castle Frankenstein. The Droods are assisted by the Bride of Frankenstein and several other Frankenstein Monsters in taking the castle. In the Antarctic, Eddie sees a bizarre alien city within a mountain. This is likely a reference to At the Mountains of Madness, considering Green’s habit of throwing in a Lovecraft reference in every story. The war is compared to the rivalry between UNCLE and THRUSH or between James Bond and SPECTRE. Green also references his other series, Shadows Fall, a few times. At Drood Hall, there are several 19th century family members still alive because their aging was slowed during the Time War. Yes, Whovians, it’s likely that Time War, considering that Green tends to throw in at least one Doctor Who reference in each of his stories. Isabella Metcalf is compared to Indiana Jones. Jeannie (of I Dream of…) is listed among the immortals. There is a dead dragon under Castle Frankenstein, perhaps a reference to the Solomon Kane adventure, The Dragon of Castle Frankenstein. Eddie and Molly travel to Area 52 to stop the villain.

Release Date: 2011 - Ongoing at time of writing (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Witch Doctor
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Story: Dr. Vincent Morrow is a scientist who views the supernatural in scientific terms.
Notes: There are a lot of references to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, viewing them as natural and scientific, though perhaps alien and beyond known science. This is compatible with several stories that occur within the Horror Universe that view the supernatural in scientific terms. This is another story that conflates the Deep Ones of Lovecraft with the Gill-Men of Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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 Susie 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.

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Release Date: April 13, 2012 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Cabin in the Woods
Horror Crosses: Alien; Half-Life; Evil Dead; Poltergeist; Frankenstein (Universal); Child’s Play; Creature from the Black Lagoon; Corpse Bride; Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Stephen King Universe; Killjoy; Devil’s Rejects; Clownhouse; Drive Thru; Funhouse; Amusement; Circus of Fear; Clown Camp; Demonic Toys; Demons; Night of the Demons; Supernatural; Charmed; Gremlins; Ghoulies; Creeps; Troll; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Frankenstein (novel); Dr. Giggles; The Human Centipede; House on Haunted Hill; The Dead Pit; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Strangers; Underworld; Attack of the 50 Foot Woman; Troll Hunter; Anaconda; Python; Mega Snake; Snakes on a Plane; Resident Evil; Hellraiser; Cannibal Holocaust; Creepshow; Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns; Pumpkinhead; Frankenfish; The Mummy! Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century; The Mummy (Universal); The Hills Have Eyes; Wrong Turn; Chernobyl Diaries; 28 Days Later; Signal; the Works of Quentin Tarantino; Left 4 Dead; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Re-Animator (film); Siren; The Exorcist; The Exorcism of Emily Rose; Reptilicus; Jurassic Park; Abominable Bigfoot; The Legend of Boggy Creek; Ape Canyon; Curse of Bigfoot; Night of the Bloody Apes; Wendigo; Night Beasts; Night of the Scarecrow; Scarecrows; Husk; Scarecrow Gone Wild; The Scarecrows Walk at Midnight; The Town that Dreaded Sundown; The Craft; Witches of Eastwick; Hocus Pocus; Jack Frost; Hellboy (film); Rumplestiltskin; Leprechaun; Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters; Gingerbread Man; The Vampyre; Dracula (novel); Nosferatu; The Wolf Man; An American Werewolf in London; The Howling; Wolf; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Friday the 13th; Night of the Living Dead; Return of the Living Dead; F.E.A.R.; The Blob; Feast; Horrors of the Wendigo; Frostbiter; Ghost; Bram Stoker’s Dracula (film); The Cyclops; Cyclops Giant; Nightbreed; Leeches!; Attack of the Giant Leeches; Rows of Teeth; The Birds; Killing Birds; Birdemic: Shock and Terror; Silent Hill; Attack of the Killer Lane Gnomes; Alligator; Lake Placid; Them!; Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!; Ants; Empire of the Ants; King Kong; Centipede Horror; The Giant Claw; The Ring; Attack of the Giant Gila Monster; The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; Tarantula; Eight Legged Freaks; Jaws; Frogs; Lord of Darkness; House of the Dead; The Grudge; Chopping Mall; BlinkyTM; The Kraken; Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep; Octopus; The Beast; Deep Rising; It Came From Beneath the Sea; Tentacles; Eye of the Beast; Mega Shark; Giant Octopus; Castle Freak; Tokyo Gore Police; Septic; Mutants; Ogre; Blood Pool; Legend of the Ogre; Killing Floor; Little Shop of Horrors; The Breed; Hatchet; Phantasm; See No Evil; Thinner; Monster House; Attila; Dead Snow; Frankenstein’s Army; Manhunt; The Monster in the Closet; Killer Eyes; Demomata; CSP-682; Parasite Eve 2; Dead Space; Night of the Lepus; Creature from the Haunted Sea; Tremors; Hostel; The Collection; The Butcher; Dead Rising; My Bloody Valentine; The Exterminator; Willard; War of the Worlds; Signs; Lollipop Chainsaw; Ghost Ship; Curse of the Pirates; Jolly Roger; Lead Soldiers; Vampire Vikings; The Witch; Blair Witch Project; The Village; The Thing; Vampire Breath; Goosebumps; Angel; King Cobra
Non-Horror Crosses: Harry Potter; Wizard of Oz; Great Expectations; Batman; Labyrinth; Land of the Giants; The Wrath of Paul Bunyan; Dreamscape; Last of the Mohicans; Blood Meridian; Scalps; Savage Sam; Sin City; Kevin Spencer; We Need to Talk About Kevin; Jacob’s Ladder; Doctor Who; Black Swan; Pan’s Labyrinth; Nutcracker; Blade Hunter; The Chronicles of Narnia; Time Bandits; The Princess and the Frog; Pirates of the Caribbean; Futurama; The Incredible Shrinking Man; Pee-Wee’s Playhouse; Red Planet; Terminator; Zathura; Hardware; Robot Wars; Bacterial Contamination; Firefly; Clash of the Titans; Team Fortress; Man from Planet X; Starship Troopers; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Twisted Metal
The Story: A group of teens head out for a weekend in a cabin in the woods, not knowing that they have been chosen as sacrifices to an ancient deity in order to save the world from his wrath.
Notes: This film exposes the secret truth behind modern horror. Behind it all is a secret organization, chosen to sacrifice youth to ancient gods. All of the above named crossovers have been linked in this film, and revealed to be part of this secret conspiracy. Most of the crossovers above come from the monsters and artifacts contained in the facility. While some of the monsters and artifacts are clearly from certain films above, many are based on certain types of horror films, in which case I included the more well-known of these film types. I recommend the well-researched Cabin in the Woods Wiki for a more detailed listing of the monsters and their inspirations. Note that I included in the above crossovers some monsters that only appeared in the official novelization and the official Universal Theme Park attraction tie-in. With this film, I break one of my major rules of crossover connecting. Though some of the crosses are direct crosses, like Evil Dead and Left 4 Dead, most of them are only connected because the films represent the more well-known films of the trope from which a certain monster comes. Normally, I would not count something that is “like something from”, but there is dialogue within the film that makes me break my rule. In one scene, referring to the monsters, security officer Daniel Truman says “They’re like something from a nightmare.” Lin, a head scientist, responds, “No, they’re something nightmares are from.” She goes on to explain that these monsters are the creations of the Ancient Ones, having been around since the beginning, and different cultures have told stories that interpret them in different ways. Thus, in the instance of this film, “like” is enough because of the author’s intent. And thus my love/hate relationship with Joss Whedon, for expanding the Horror Universe dramatically but making me do a lot of work to write this entry. Note that this film ends with the start of an apocalypse, so the end must veer into a divergent timeline. We must presume in the main Horror Universe, the virgin shot the fool. And if you haven’t seen the movie, that last sentence probably seems very bizarre. This film has been referenced as fictional in South Park, The Cinema Snob, Scary Movie 5, and Doc of the Dead. It is also paid homage to in Red Dawn when Chris Hemsworth and his friends once more wind up in a cabin in the woods. The film has also been spoofed in Robot Chicken and Scary Movie 5.

Release Date: June 5, 2012 (Contemporary Setting, sometimes after the Good, the Bad and the Uncanny and just before Live and Let Drood)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: Nightside; Frankenstein (novel); Suspiria; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Ghost Finders; Monkey’s Paw; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Gravel
Non-Horror Crosses: Excalibur (Marvel); Indiana Jones; Area 52; The Steam Man on the Prairie; Harvey; Shadows Fall
The Story: A Satanic cult tries to bring Hell on Earth.
Notes: Every single series listed in the crosses above has already crossed with Secret Histories or Green’s other series, Nightside. Thus, it seems redundant to list them all again here.


Release Date: July 30, 2012
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The agents investigate when people begin hallucinating en masse.
Notes: The key artifact of this story is indeed a key. More specifically, it’s the silver key from H.P. Lovecraft’s story of the same name, “The Silver Key”.

Release Date: September 4, 2012 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Monster Hunter International
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Godzilla; Dracula (novel)
The Story: The MHI team must stop an ancient god from returning in Las Vegas.
Notes: All MHI books have Lovecraftian references. When referencing a monster, they compare it to ”Dracula riding Godzilla”. In the first MHI novel, Van Helsing and Godzilla are both referred to as real.

Release Date: June 4, 2013 (Contemporary Setting, set after the final Nightside novel)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: Nightside; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Ghost Finders; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde; Wolf & Fisher; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Shadows Fall; Doctor Who; Day of the Triffids; The Coming Race
The Story: Eddie is trying to bring down a bank that finances evil organizations.
Notes: All the crossover are the usual connections to Green’s works.


Release Date: July 13, 2013 - present at time of writing (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Beware the Batman
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: This series takes place early in Batman’s career, when he transitions from fighting organized crime to battling super-villains.
Notes: The previous animated series, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, demonstrated that all versions of Batman exist in the same multiverse. This would be another divergent timeline of the Horror Multiverse. An episode implies a strong connection between Arkham Asylum in Gotham and Lovecraft’s Arkham, Massachusetts. It’s stated that experiments done on Magpie to make her immune to pain were conducted at Miskatonic University.

Release Date: June 3, 2014 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Secret Histories
Horror Crosses: Nightside; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Frankenstein (novel); Frankenstein (Simon R. Green); Judge Pursuivant; Frankenstein (Universal); Creature from the Black Lagoon
Non-Horror Crosses: Nun Areala; Excalibur (Marvel); Alice in Wonderland; An Inhabitant of Carcosa; The Time Machine
The Story: Eddie searches for Lady Faire, an omnisexual creature who was one of the final creations of Victor Frankenstein.
Notes: Most of the crosses here are the same crosses already discussed from previous Nightside and Secret Histories novels by Green. Lady Faire is an original version of the Frankenstein monster created by Green. One character is a graduate of the Deep School, from the Judge Pursuivant story “The Letters of Cold Fire”. At the Vatican, Eddie is pursued by warrior nuns, which may be a reference to Nun Areala.

Release Date: July 1, 2014 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Monster Hunter International
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Werewolf of London
The Story: Agent Franks is a Frankenstein-like monster who works for the government, and in this instance, is dealing with a cult trying to raise an Old One.
Notes: There are several Lovecraftian references. Additionally, there is poison that can disable werewolves. It is a rare plant that only blooms in difficult to reach mountains under a full moon. This would be the Mariphasa plant from the Werewolf of London.

Release Date:  November 2016 (Contemporary Setting)
Series:  The Librarian
Horror Crosses:  Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos
Notes:  A last minute addition from Ivan Ronald Schablotski: "November 2015 we got an episode of the Librarians titled THE LIBRARIANS AND THE COST OF EDUCATION that took place at the fictional Wexler University, which is being attacked by an extradimensional tentacle monster. In the episode it is stated that Wexler inspired Lovecraft's fictional Miskatonic University."  That will have to wait for Volume II. The 2nd edition won't be including new entries. I've heard the Librarians has lots of crossovers. One of us should do a TVCU blog post about that series at some point.  Click here for more on this episode.  

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Release Date: November 20, 2007 - March 6, 2012 (Setting is 2183 - 2185)
Series: Mass Effect
Horror Crosses: Evil Dead; Dracula (novel); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: The Princess Bride; Jack Ryan; Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Berserker; A Clockwork Orange; Star Trek
The Story: Shepard and his crew must stop the Reapers, aliens who exist outside the known galaxy, from invading.
Notes: Mass Effect consists of three games and several tie in works of fiction thus far. One character is Ashley Williams who seems to be descended from Ash of the Evil Dead series, even having a fondness for the term “boomstick”. One of the ships seen is the Demeter, the same name as the ship seen in Dracula. As noted with Star Trek crossovers, ships tend to be named after real historical figures, places, etc, and thus I consider this a crossover. The Reapers of this story are the creation of the Old Ones of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The Reapers then gained sentience and became a threat on their own accord. Later, Shepard and his crew will encounter the real Old Ones, called Leviathans (as they have in other modern stories), sleeping under the seas of the planet 2181 Desponia. A reference to a character being only mostly dead is a link to the Princess Bride. The use of a maneuver called the Crazy Ivan is a link to The Hunt for Red October, part of the Jack Ryan series. The use of being dead as a tax dodge provides a link the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The name Qwib-Qwib is a reference to Fred Saberhagen’s Berserker series. The project from A Clockwork Orange is also referenced. Also the engineer Adams may be a Star Trek reference. This video game series takes place in the Horror Universe, but as with all stories set in the future, it takes place in one of an infinite number of possible alternate futures.

Release Date: 2001 (Setting is 2265 A.D.)
Series: Star Trek; Sherlock Holmes (See Notes)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
Non-Horror Crosses: Lord of the Rings; Lost World; Indiana Jones; A.J. Raffles; The Saint; Journey to the Centre of the Earth; Pink Panther
The Story: On the Amusement Park Planet, a construct is made of Professor Moriarty from the stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The construct embraces his character so much that he leaves to embark on a life of real crime. Spock makes the logical deduction that only constructs of Holmes and Watson can stop him.
Notes: This is an anthology of interconnected stories by the same author. The premise is used to imagine Holmes in the world of Star Trek. Though Holmes is thought of here as a fictional character within the world of Star Trek, in Star Trek VI, Spock will claim Holmes as his ancestor (on his human side). It’s certainly realistic for people to confuse the worlds of fiction and reality after some time has passed. Think of all the people today who think that Lovecraftian lore is real, for instance. (It’s not, by the way.) In real life, ships and places are often named after other real places or historical figures. Thus, when writers are being clever, we get crossovers. In one of the stories, there are ships named the O.C. Marsh, the Cthulhu, the Arkham, the Sothoth, and the Alhazred, and there is a reference (curse) to the three Hells of Rlyeh. Those Lovecraftian references bring this story into the Horror Universe, though Star Trek has had other links mentioned elsewhere in this guide to connect it to the Horror Universe. Star Trek, of course, is in one of many possible alternate futures of the Horror Universe. Holmes sets up shop on Memory Alpha and finds copies of The Origin of Tree Worship (from the Lord of the Rings) and The Ladder of Life by Challenger (from the Lost World). A looter of an archaeological dig on Indiana IV is named Jones. A jewel thief is compared to Raffles and Templar (the Saint). There is an asteroid named Lidenbrock Alpha. Lidenbrock led the Journey to the Centre of the Earth. And there is a safe model P1I3N7K Panther.

Release Date: 1987 (Setting is 2267 A.D.)
Series: Star Trek
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: The Federation and Klingons are competing in negotiations with a non-aligned planet for the rights to mine dilithium.
Notes: Princess Deedee is wearing a Miskatonic University sweatshirt, even though she’s never been to Earth. Likely she must have gotten it from a friend or relative who had been there.
Release Date: June 1993 (Setting is the third millennium, the early 20th century near the beginning of Word War I and the era of the Seventh Doctor with Ace and Bernice)
Series: Doctor Who
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Voodoo, zombies, German spies, death, and something else!
Notes: This story reveals that the Great Intelligence, a recurring foe of the Doctor, is Yog-Sothoth from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos!

Release Date: March 19, 2000 (Setting is 31st Century)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Leela, who believes herself to be the last of her kind, thinks she has met a man of her species, but he turns out to be a shapeshifter with multiple fake identities and multiple conned wives.
Notes: One of the shapeshifter’s wives is of the Great Race of Yith, from Lovecraft’s The Shadow Out of Time. Some of the characters introduced in this episode will reappear in Bender’s Big Score and Into the Wild Green Yonder.
I know I missed a whole bunch that are out there, so here's how you can help. As previously announced, I am working on a second volume to the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia, so if you know of one or many that I missed, please let me know.