Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Creative Mythographers On the Move

TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN, VOLUME 1: THE MODERN BABYLON edited by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier. Black Coat Press, 2005.

This anthology features short stories inspired by French pulp fiction, written by several Wold Newton "creative mythographers," including Matthew Baugh, Win Scott Eckert, Greg Gick, and Rick Lai, as well as wll-known names such as Brian Stableford, Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier, John Peel, Terrance Dicks, Chris Roberson, and Robert Sheckley, among others. Nor are the stories limited to only French characters... Wold Newton Family members such as Doc Savage (aka "Doc Ardan," appearing in Win Scott Eckert's "The Vanishing Devil"), Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, and The Shadow, all make appearances in the anthology (albeit some of them appear in disguise), as do perennial French Wold Newton Family members C. Auguste Dupin and Arsène Lupin. Several of the stories refer to or utilize Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Family theories and concepts. For fans of the monster corner of the Wold Newton Universe, there are stories featuring Frankenstein's Creature, the Cthulhu Mythos, and Erik (Phantom of the Opera).

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