Monday, November 14, 2016

Les Vampires




L'autre jour, j'ai posté une chronologie Judex. Une autre série française de cette même époque qui a donné naissance à de nombreux croisements est le sujet du post d'aujourd'hui, Les Vampires. J'ai découvert beaucoup de ces croisements, dont beaucoup découlent de Contes de Black Coat du Shadowmen, tout en écrivant mon Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.

Thanks again to Win Scott Eckert, Jess Nevins, and Jean-Marc Lofficier, for bringing Les Vampires into my world.

1808 to 1810--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 9: LA VIE EN NOIR--"Gods of the Underworld"--Rick Lai presents a crossover heavy story. Crossovers include: BLACK COATS, PHILIP JOSE FARMER'S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, TARZAN, JAMES BOND, DOCTOR LEME, THE HUMAN COMEDY, JUDEX (of course), ARSENE LUPIN, SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE MOHICANS OF PARIS, LES VAMPIRES (the subject of my next blog post), AVEROIGNLE, LE BOSSU, FU MANCHU, UNCLE BERNAC, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS.



October 1885--PROFESSOR MORIARTY: THE HOUND OF THE D'URBERVILLES--"The Hound of the d'Urbervilles"--Moriarty and Moran are hired to bust a spectral hound. Crossovers include: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES, THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, THE WORKS OF THOMAS HARDY, TWO ON A TOWER, THE MAYOR OF CASTORBRIDGE, THE WOODLANDERS, SHERLOCK HOLMES, DESPERATE DAN, NICK CARTER, DR. NIKOLA, FU MANCHU, LES VAMPIRES, THE LOST WORLD, THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE.

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ANNO DRACULA (SERIES BY KIM NEWMAN)
Release Date: 1992 - 2013 (so far) [Setting is 1888 -1991 (so far)]
Series: Anno Dracula
Horror Crosses: Dracula (novel); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Invisible Man (novel); The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Vampyre; Varney the Vampire; The Soft Whisper of the Dead; They Thirst; Hotel Transylvania; The Black Castle; The Vampire Tapestry; Stephen King Universe; Carmilla; Good Lady Ducayne; The Tomb of Sarah; Ken’s Mystery; The Mysterious Stranger (story); The True Story of a Vampire; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Black Sabbath; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice Vampire Lestat series); The Werewolves of London (Brian Stableford); Count Yorga; The Fearless Vampire Killers; Brides of Dracula; Vampire Circus; Dracula (Universal); Dark Shadows; El Vampiro; Black Sunday; Martin (George A. Romero film); Kolchak the Night Stalker; Blacula; Nosferatu; Kiss of the Vampire; Mr. Vampire; Blood of the Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Dracula (Hammer); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Averoigne; Grave of the Vampire/Seed of Terror; Hellraiser; Alraune; The Black Cat (film); Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural; The Vampire Thrills; Faustine; Near Dark; Forever Knight; Fright Night; The House of Dracula (novel by R. Chetwynd-Hayes); Anak Pontianak; Necroscope; Revelations in Black; The Dragon Waiting; The Bloody Pit of Horror/The Crimson Executioner; The Playgirls and the Vampire; The Niece of the Vampire/Fangs of the Vampire; The Phantom of the Opera; Incense for the Damned/Bloodsuckers; Addams Family (television); Frankenstein (Universal); The Monkey’s Paw; Three Mothers trilogy; Toby Dammit; The Exorcist; Cave of the Living Dead; The Golem (1920 film); The Old Dark House; Cat People; Black Magic (film); Spirits of the Dead; Les Vampires; The Awful Doctor Orloff; A Bucket of Blood; Those Who Hunt By Night/Immortal Blood/Traveling with the Dead; The Hunger; Fevre Dream; Empire of Fear; Dr. Blood’s Coffin; The Vampire’s Ghost; The Horrible Sexy Vampire; Mark of the Vampire; Vampire (1979); Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Gray; El Hombre Lobo; Curse of the Undead; Circus of Horrors; The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus; Twice Bitten/Vampire Hookers; The Lost Boys; Deathmaster; Velvet Vampire; I, Vampire; Nancy Baker’s Vampire Stories; Sunglasses After Dark; Vamps (Vertigo Comics); Blade; Scooby-Doo; Hellboy; Nocturna; Rosemary’s Baby; American Psycho; Lost Souls; Elvira; Rosemary’s Baby; The Films of Tarantino and Rodriguez; Light at the End; Andy Warhol’s Dracula/Blood for Dracula; Geek Maggot Bingo; Daughter of Darkness; Nightmare in Blood; Madhouse; Vampire Junction/Vanitas; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Shadowman; Werewolf of London; Little Shop of Horrors; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Howling; Gremlins; Suckers: Bleeding London Dry; Desire the Vampire/I Desire; The Creature Commandos; The Vampire (1957); The Vampire (Sydney Horler)
Non-Horror Crosses: Too numerous to list.
The Story: In 1888, during the events of Bram Stoker’s novel, events diverge and Dracula marries Queen Victoria, causing a major alteration in the socio-political world for the next 125 years and beyond.

Notes: This is a divergent timeline, but not a parallel universe. In my theory, a parallel universe is created at the dawn of time at the same time as the main universe and other parallel universes. They may evolve similarly, but they are separate. Meanwhile, each universe has a main timeline, and at each moment, there are an infinite number of divergent timelines created off of the main timeline. When thinking of divergent timelines, try picturing a fork in the road. Both paths lead in different directions, but they both start at the same point, and once were the same road. The Anno Dracula timeline has shown to be an alternate timeline of the main Horror Universe in several other entries in this reference guide. Because it’s a divergent timeline, the above horror crosses, though depicted in an alternate manner, should still count for inclusions in the Horror Universe. Some of the above crossed series are already in, and the others are brought in via this crossover series despite being an alternate timeline series. For the record, the complete Anno Dracula series (thus far) consists of Anno Dracula, the Bloody Red Baron: Anno Dracula 1918, Judgement of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 (aka Dracula Cha Cha Cha), Coppola’s Dracula (from the Mammoth Book of Dracula), Castle in the Desert: Anno Dracula 1977, Andy Warhol’s Dracula: Anno Dracula 1978 - 1979 (from the Mammoth Book of Vampires), Who Dares Wins: Anno Dracula 1980, The Other Side of Midnight (from Vampire Sextette), You are the Wind Beneath My Wings: Anno Dracula 1984) and Johnny Alucard.

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Fall 1888--GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES--"The Adventure of the Maledictions"--Moriarty and Moran are hired to protect someone from the mi-go. Crossovers include: SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE GREEN EYE OF THE LITTLE YELLOW GOD, LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS, THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU LTD, FU MANCHU, THE MOONSTONE, A NIGHT AT AN INN, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, DOCTOR STRANGE, X-MEN, PINK PANTHER, LUKUNDOO, PREY, POLLOCK AND THE PORROH MAN, GAS LIGHT, A.J. RAFFLES, THE CASE OF THE MIRROR OF PORTUGAL, FROM HELL IT CAME, NIGEL MOLESWORTH, SWEENEY TODD, MALTESE FALCON, CASPER GUTMAN, THE JEWELS OF THE MADONNA, THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS, SIMON CARNE, LES VAMPIRES, DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE, TINTIN, SEVEN STARS, MALVOISIN'S MIRROR, THE MONKEY'S PAW, TREASURE ISLAND, THE DOOR, HORROR FROM THE TOMB, CRIBB, HOWARDS END, HAGAR OF THE PAWN-SHOP, THE GREEN MAMBA, THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM.

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Early January 1891--PROFESSOR MORIARTY: THE HOUND OF THE D'URBERVILLES--"The Greek Invertebrate"--A story by Kim Newman that makes canon the three Moriarty brothers theory. Crossovers include: SHERLOCK HOLMES, SUPERNATURAL (not the Winchesters, but a 1970s British TV series), TALES FROM THE MAUSOLEUM CLUB, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE GHOST TRAIN, BILLY BUNTER, THE LOST WORLD, LES VAMPIRES, AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS, TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN, DR. MABUSE, PLANTAGENET PALLISER, WAR OF THE WORLDS, FU MANCHU, SANDERS OF THE RIVER, LIEUTENANT BONES, CARNACKI THE GHOST FINDER, CURSITOR DOOM, MYSTERIOUS MISTER SABIN, FLAXMAN LOW, THE JEWELS OF THE MADONNA, LADY SNOWBLOOD, THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS, DR. SYN, AN AFRICAN MILLIONAIRE,

Early January to May 4, 1891--PROFESSOR MORIARTY: THE HOUND OF THE D'URBERVILLES--"The Problem of the Final Adventure"--Colonel Moran recounts Moriarty's story leading up to Reichenbach Falls. Crossovers include: SHERLOCK HOLMES, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, DRACULA, ANNO DRACULA, CRIBB, A.J. RAFFLES, A PRINCE OF SWINDLERS, THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, FU MANCHU, THE GHOST TRAIN, LES VAMPIRES, TINTIN, CARNACKI THE GHOST FINDER, THAT'S YOUR FUNERAL, TONO-BUNGAY, A ROOM WITH A VIEW, DOCTOR NIKOLA, THE SORCERESS OF THE STRAND, THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS, DOCTOR MABUSE, ALRAUNE, ARSENE LUPIN, NICK CARTER, THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, DR. SYN, CHRONICLES OF BARSETSHIRE, THE FORSYTE SAGA, AN AFRICAN MILLIONAIRE, RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE, THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, JAGO, SEVEN STARS, DIOGENES CLUB, JAMES BOND, RICHARD JEPERSON.


TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 5: THE VAMPIRES OF PARIS “ALL PREDATORS GREAT AND SMALL” (SHORT STORY BY RICK LAI)
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.

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December 1896--SISTERS OF THE SHADOWS: THE CAGLIOSTRO CURSE--"Cut the Branch"--Another major crossover, including: THE BLACK COATS, THE MYSTERIES OF LONDON, ARSENE LUPIN, THE POWER-HOUSE, DR. NIKOLA, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE SEVEN KINGS, NORMAN HEAD, THE SORCERESS OF THE STRAND, UNCLE JEREMY'S HOUSEHOLD, A.J. RAFFLES, SHERLOCK HOLMES, LA RESIDENCIA, TOTO CHUPIN, PHILIP JOSE FARMER'S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, DOC SAVAGE, LUPIN III, THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY, THE MAN CALLED NOON, TODAY IT'S ME... TOMORROW YOU!, THE FIGHTING FISTS OF SHANGHAI JOE, BLACK KILLER, ROULETABILLE, ARIZONA COLT, A STRANGER IN TOWN, THE THREE HOSTAGES, MATHIAS SANDORF, DJANGO, THE BIG GUNDOWN, CEMETARY WITHOUT CROSSES, FACE TO FACE, RINGO AND HIS GOLDEN PISTOL, A TASTE FOR KILLING, YANKEE, DAY OF ANGER, LES VAMPIRES, WOMAN OF KALI, ROYAL FLASH, SANDOKAN, TARZAN, DRACULA.

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1899--NIGHT OF THE NYCTALOPE--"First Steps"--Leo Saint-Clair begins debunking mediums. Crossovers include: NYCTALOPE, LES VAMPIRES, INDIANA JONES, LOVEDAY BROOKE, LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS, SAR DUBNOTAL, BAAL, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 1: THE MODERN BABYLON “THE LAST VENDETTA” (SHORT STORY BY JEAN-MARC AND RANDY LOFFICIER)
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.

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME III: DANSE MACABRE “A DANCE OF NIGHT AND DEATH” (SHORT STORY BY TRAVIS HILTZ)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1909, just prior to the events of Les Vampires)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Les Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Fantomas; Arsene Lupin
The Story: Fantomas takes on Irma Vep, new member of the Vampires gang.
Notes: Les Vampires is a film serial already brought into the Horror Universe in TOTSM Volume 1.

1911--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 11: FORCE MAJEURE--"The Legacy of Arsene Lupin"--Lupin regales a story about a coveted sword. Crossovers include: ARSENE LUPIN, BULLDOG DRUMMOND, WARPED IN THE MAKING: CRIMES OF LOVE AND HATE, TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN, FANTOMAS, PHILIP JOSE FARMER'S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, PICAROON, THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS, BLACK COATS, ROCAMBOLE, A.J. RAFFLES, FU MANCHU, DOC SAVAGE, ROULETTEBILLE, LECOQ, SMILER BUNN, THE SAINT, THE GRAY SEAL, LES VAMPIRES, JAMES BOND, and HAMILTON CLEEK.

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THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU (NOVEL BY WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD)
Release Date: 2009 (Setting is 1913)
Series: Fu Manchu
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Yellow Claw; Fantomas
The Story: Once more, the insidious Devil Doctor Fu Manchu returns, and is challenged by Dr. Petrie and M. Gaston Max.
Notes: The Vampires, or rather Les Vampires, is a film serial.

December 1913--THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU--Fantomas is said to have also been on the Titanic when it sank.  Other crossovers include:  THE YELLOW  CLAW and LES VAMPIRES.

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1915--LES VAMPIRES--An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires.

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME III: DANSE MACABRE “TWO HUNTERS” (SHORT STORY BY ROBERT L. ROBINSON, JR.)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is 1915)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Tarzan; Opar; Judex
The Story: One of Tarzan’s foes plots to kidnap Jane and their child, prompting Tarzan and Judex to work together.
Notes: Tarzan’s Horror Universe canon is his original stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs and crossover stories mentioned in this book. Opar is also a creation of Burroughs and the same rules apply. Judex is from a film serial, as are the Vampires.

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 4: LORDS OF TERROR “NIGHT’S CHILDREN” (SHORT STORY BY STEVEN A. ROMAN)
Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 1915)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires; Nosferatu
The Story: Irma Vep runs afoul of Count Orlock while trying to steal a painting in Paris for her master, the Great Vampire.
Notes: Irma Vep is from the Vampires gang, from the serial Les Vampires. Count Orlock is the featured vampire of Nosferatu.

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 1: THE MODERN BABYLON “PENUMBRA” (SHORT STORY BY JEAN-MARC AND RANDY LOFFICIER)
Release Date: 2005 (Setting is 1916, during the events of Les Vampires)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Fantomas; Judex; Rouletabille; Nyctalope; the Shadow; Doctor Mystere; The Merry Widow
The Story: Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne are on honeymoon in Paris where they become targets of the infamous Vampires gang, and are aided by the vigilante hero Judex.
Notes: The Vampires are from the serial film Les Vampires. Batman’s inclusion here through his parents, based on the date of the setting, implies that this is the golden age version of Batman, and only his golden age tales, and other crossovers in this book, should be considered Horror Universe canon. Clearly there is a place for the Dark Knight Detective in this world, especially with some of his darker adventures. Fantomas is a pulp vigilante of the era, as is Rouletabille, the Nyctalope, the Shadow, and Doctor Mystere. Judex is a vigilante from the film serial of the same name. Interestingly, this story implies that the Shadow may be the true father of Batman. Though that wouldn’t fly as canon in the DC Comics Universe, it certainly may be true in the Horror Universe. The alias used by the Shadow of Col. Kentov is the same one used in Philip Jose Farmer’s Adventure of the Peerless Peer, thus I have an inclination to include that tale in Horror Universe canon as well despite its lack of horror crossovers. The Merry Widow is a film that is placed in canon due to references in this story.

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 2: GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT “LOST AND FOUND” (SHORT STORY BY JEAN-MARC LOFFICIER)
Release Date: 2006 (Setting is 1916)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Judex; Maltese Falcon
The Story: Judex tips off the Vampires gang to an incoming shipment of a certain infamous Falcon statue.
Notes: Thus bringing in the novel of the Maltese Falcon into the Horror Universe.

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TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 3: DANSE MACABRE “THE AFFAIR OF THE BASSIN LES HIVERS” (SHORT STORY BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK)
Release Date: 2007 (Setting is Unknown; See Notes)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Les Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse; Sexton Blake; Maigret; Gobseck; Vautrin
The Story: A tale of Michael Moorcock’s multiverse, featuring alternate universe counterparts of Horror Universe characters.
Notes: This story by Moorcock takes the familiar characters used in Tales of the Shadowmen and creates alternate reality doppelgangers. Moorcock’s multiverse is actually a subset of the Horror Multiverse, as revealed in the Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 6. And sadly, I don’t own this volume (# 3), and apparently, nobody I know does either. I spent an exhaustive three days searching the net for a time setting for this story, but to no avail. I can only assume based on the characters used that it takes place in the early 20th century, but I can’t confirm that.

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 2: GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT “A JEST, TO PASS THE TIME” (STORY BY JESS NEVINS)
Release Date: 2006 (Setting is 1921)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Phantom of the Opera (novel); Carmilla; Belphegor; the Centenarian; the Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Too numerous to list (see Notes)
The Story: A mysterious person sends the world’s greatest thieves out to get the fabled Moonstone.
Notes: This story by Jess Nevins is packed full of subtle and overt crossovers. You could simply buy the book and read it yourself, but unless you are familiar with film and literature of the era, chances are you won’t catch them all yourself. As for the horror crosses, Phantom of the Opera is well established in the Horror Universe. Carmilla is one of the earliest known vampire novels. Belphegor, later known in film versions as the Phantom of the Louvre, is a 1927 novel of the occult. The Centenarian is another novel about a vampire. And Les Vampires is a film serial.

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 5: THE VAMPIRES OF PARIS “PERILS OVER PARIS” (SHORT STORY BY LOVERN KINDZIERSKI)
Release Date: 2009 (Setting is 1922)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: Fascinax; The Vampires
The Story: The occult investigator Fascinax encounters vampire thief Irma Vep.
Notes: Fascinax is an occult investigator from French pulps. Secretly, he is Dr. George Leicester. Irma Vep is the main character from the serial film Les Vampires, whose fate at the end of that film must have been misleading, as is often the case with our favorite “monsters”.

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Mid-February to October 1931--JIM ANTHONY: SUPER DETECTIVE VOLUME TWO--"The Hunters"--Jim investigates when his friend is attacked by a monster. Crossovers include: JIM ANTHONY, FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS, WEREWOLF OF LONDON, JEEVES AND WOOSTER, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN, LES VAMPIRES, FANTOMAS, IRONCASTLE, THE LOST WORLD, KI-GOR, AN INHABITANT OF CARCOSA, THE KING IN YELLOW, THE SPIRIT, ALLARDRAVITCH, KING KONG, DOC SAVAGE, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, BECKY SHARP, TARZAN, LORD OF THE RINGS,

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 2: GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT “EX CALCE LIBERATUS” (SHORT STORY BY MATTHEW BAUGH)
Release Date: 2006 (Setting is 1931)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Arsene Lupin; Akechi Kogoro; Fantomas; Fu Manchu; La Reine Margot; Three Musketeers; Le Bossu; The Sword Woman; Jirel of Joiry; The Grey Maiden; Scaramouche; Prince Valiant; Amber; Lupin III; Zatoichi; Yu’an He See Laughs; Doc Ardan
The Story: When famous swords go missing, famed thief Arsene Lupin is a suspect, so famed Japanese detective Kogoro Akechi must team with French police.
Notes: Les Vampires is the Paris set film serial whose characters appear frequently in Shadowmen tales. The rest of the crossovers are mostly series featuring sword wielding heroes. Sir Lancelot of Arthurian legend and historical figure Cyrano de Bergerac are also mentioned, but legends and historical figures do not count as crossovers.

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1939--THE DEATH'S HEAD CLOUD--Jim Anthony takes on a madman who has created a deadly fog.  Crossovers include:  FAR BELOW, LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS, ARSENE LUPIN, LES VAMPIRES, MICHAEL MOORCOCK'S MULTIVERSE, DR. DEATH, DR. SATAN, FU MANCHU, FANTOMAS, GREEN HORNET, DILLON, DOC SAVAGE, SPIDER-MAN, CITIZEN KANE, THE PHANTOM, THE BLACK BAT, THE KINGSCOTE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, ST. TRINIAN'S, A LITTLE PRINCESS, SUSPIRIA, THE SPIDER, THE DOMINO LADY, THE SHADOW, NERO WOLFE, THE LOST WORLD, THE GREEN LLAMA, RAVENWOOD, and TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.

ALTERNATE REALITIES:

TVCU-33 (AKA EARTH-PRIME):  A Chinese movie actress, in France to star in a remake of "Les Vampires", finds petty intrigues and clashing egos on the set, as seen in the 1996 film, IRMA VEP.

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