My contributor copies of Tales of the Shadowmen 6: Grand Guignol arrived yesterday and I'm mightily pleased. My tale features Sir Percy Blakeney, better known as The Scarlet Pimpernel, and takes place in France and England in November 1795... just one month before he was present at the small East Yorkshire village of Wold Newton when a meteor fell there.
What could have been in Sir Percy's head to cause him (and several other notables) to trudge up to an out-of-the-way place such as Wold Newton in the middle of December?
Table of contents, followed by a description from the publisher. As my fellow author Christopher Paul Carey notes, the cover is meant to be Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius, who appears in Jean-Marc Lofficier's story, "J. C. in Alphaville":
US$22.95/GBP 14.99 - 6x9 tpb, 312 p.
Christopher Paul Carey: Caesar's Children
Win Scott Eckert: Is He in Hell?
Emmanuel Gorlier: Out of Time
Matthew Baugh & Micah Harris: The Scorpion and the Fox
Travis Hiltz: The Treasure of the Ubasti
Rick Lai: Incident in the Boer War
Roman Leary: The Children of Heracles
Jean-Marc Lofficier: J.C. in Alphaville
Randy Lofficier: The Spear of Destiny
Xavier Mauméjean: The Man for the Job
William P. Maynard: Yes, Virginia, There is a Fantômas
John Peel: The Biggest Guns
Neil Penswick: The Vampire Murders
Dennis E. Power: No Good Deed...
Frank Schildiner: Laurels for the Toff
Bradley H. Sinor: Where the Shadows Began...
Michel Stéphan: The Red Silk Scarf
David L. Vineyard: The Children's Crusade
Brian Stableford: Where Zombies Armies Clash by Night (Part IV of The Empire of the Necromancers)
This sixth volume of Tales of the Shadowmen is dedicated to simpler horrors and theatrical villainy. Tremble as you face the terror of Fantômas, the villainy of Madame Atomos, the sorcery of Leonox, the unspeakable King in Yellow and the insanity of Alphaville!
Fortunately for us, and for the world, there are always stalwart heroes rising up to stem the tides of darkness and restore peace and order to the world. Chevalier Dupin! Harry Dickson! Mowgli! Arsène Lupin! The Scarlet Pimpernel! Raffles and mamy more are there, to confront crazy sorcerers and ravening zombies, mad scientists and giant rats, evil computers and Hindu death cults, Martians and monsters!
Long live the Shadowmen!