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Michael R. Brown
- Published on Amazon.com
[a preliminary review until I can write something more detailed. Read this when it came out]
Tales of the Shadowmen v8 is the latest volume of this ecectic anthology series from Black Coat Press. It makes use of a concept of Philip Jose Farmer that has various fictional characters set in the same 'universe', thus able to met and interact.
What can be daunting is that this series uses characters of popular literary culture (mainly written, but sometimes film and tv), and not 'high brow' characters. And the characters are taken from American, British, French, and other countries, so often if you're not familiar with those characters, it can be confusing. OR, it could lead you to start reading the original stories of these characters, which BCP does (such as Fantomas, Nyctalop, the Black Coats, Belphegor, Judex, and many more).
The stories in this collection are:
Matthew Baugh: "Don Camillo and the Secret Weapon"- starring Don Camillo, James Bond, Eva Kant.
Nicholas Boving: "The Elfberg Red"- starring Rudolf Rassendyll, Raffles, Countess Cagliostro.
Matthew Dennion: "The Most Dreadful Monster" has Madame Atomos (a vengeful Japanese scientist out for revenge against the US because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, whose stories Black Coat Press is reprinting) making the mistake of kidnapping a certain American scientist named Bruce Banner.
Win Scott Eckert: "Marguerite's Tears"- starring Sir Percy Blakeney, The Black Coats.
John Gallagher: The Books of Shadows (illustrated portfolio)- covers for a series of imaginary books using several of the characters used in this series.
Martin Gately: Leviathan Creek starring Rouletabille, Kapitan Mors.
Micah Harris: Slouching Towards Camulodunum starring Becky Sharp, Sâr Dubnotal.
Travis Hiltz: In the Caves of the Serpent starring El Borak, Orlando, The Wandering Jew.
Paul Hugli: Sleep No More starring Harry Dickson, The Spider, Dr. Skull.
Rick Lai: Vampire Renaissance starring The Vampire Countess, Dracula
Joseph Lamere: Satan's Signature starring Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Jekyll.
Olivier Legrand: Lost in Averoigne starring Jules de Grandin, Jirel of Joiry.
J.-M. & Randy Lofficier: The Affair of the Necklace Revisited starring The Avenger, Judex.
David McDonald: Catspaw starring Flashman's son, The Nyctalope's father, Dr. Moreau.
Chris Nigro: Patricide starring The Phantom of the Opera, The Frankenstein Monster.
John Peel: More Imaginative Sins starring Carnacki, Palmyre.
Dennis E. Power: Passing through the Hands of Steel starring Passepartout, Johnny Brainerd, Winnetou.
Pete Rawlik: Before the War, Five Dragons Roar starring Charlie Chan, Mr. Moto, Madame Atomos.
Joshua Reynolds: The Carolingian Stone starring Jim Anthony, Belphegor, Jan Mayen.
Frank Schildiner: The Death Bird starring Jean Kariven, Albert Campion.
Michel Stéphan: With the Compliments of Nestor Burma! starring Nestor Burma, Madame Atomos.
Michel Vannereux: The Warlord of Vaha starring John Carter, Cal.
At the end of the volume is information on the characters used and who created them, tho this may not help point you to wear they are from. (Wikipedia is most useful here!! as is Black Coat Press's site on French Wold Newton characters used)