The Evil in Pemberley House, an addition to Philip José Farmers Wold Newton cycle, plays with the Gothic horror tradition. Patricia Wildman, the daughter of the world-renowned adventurer and crimefighter of the 1930s and 40s, Dr. James Clarke Doc Wildman, is all alone in the world when she inherits the family estate in Derbyshire, Englandold, dark, and supposedly haunted.
But Farmer, characteristically, turns convention on its ear. Is the ghost real, or a clever sham? In Patricia Wildman, Farmer creates an introspective character who struggles to reconcile the supernatural with her rational scientific upbringing, while also attempting to work through unresolved feelings about her late parents. He sets the action at Pemberley from Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice and ingrains the various mysteries in the Canon of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The Evil in Pemberley House, by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert, is a darkly erotic novel with broad appeal to readers of pulp and popular literature, particularly followers of Doc Savage, Sherlockians, and fans of Farmers own celebrated Wold Newton Family.
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AN OVERVIEW OF KEY EVENTS IN THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE APPEARS IN BLACK TEXT - not intended as an all-inclusive history - for complete information refer to:
Philip José Farmer's Tarzan Alive, Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, and The Other Log of Phileas Fogg
William S. Baring-Gould's Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street and Nero Wolfe of West 35th Street
Professor H.W. Starr's articles A Submersible Subterfuge, or, Proof Impositive and A Case of Identity, or, The Adventure of the Seven Claytons (both articles included as addenda to Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg and Tarzan Alive, respectively)
Rick Lai's article The Secret History of Captain Nemo, Pulp Vault number 11, Tattered Pages Press
Peter Cannon's The Chronology Out of Time: Dates in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, Necronomicon Press, 1997
Daniel Harms' The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, 2nd ed., Chaosium Books, 1998 (including the Timeline of the Cthulhu Mythos by Shannon Appel)
Chris Jarocha-Ernst's A Cthulhu Mythos Bibliography & Concordance, Armitage House, 1999
other works cited on these pages
c. 491,000 BCE - The time of Thongor, a barbarian warrior of the ancient continent of Lemuria. The saga of Thongor was told by Lin Carter in a series of novels: Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria, Thongor and the Dragon City, Thongor Against the Gods, Thongor in the City of Magicians, Thongor at the End of Time, and Thongor Fights the Pirates of Tarakus. There are also two short tales of Thongor contained in Carter's volume Lost Worlds: Thieves of Zangabal and Keeper of the Emerald Flame. Thongor is associated with the Cthulhu Mythos, and therefore is part of the Wold Newton Universe.
c. 400,000 BCE - In the wake of the Fall of Lemuria, many surviving Lemurians found the first empire of Atlantis. The Lemurians are joined by other refugees from a crash of a Barsoomian spaceship, including La, daughter of Tario. More on the fate of La is revealed here. The first empire of Atlantis eventually falls, giving rise to a second empire.
c. 24,000 BCE - Time of the fall of the second empire of Atlantis, as told in The Black Star by Lin Carter. Much of Atlantis sinks.
c. 18,000 BCE - Robert E. Howard's tales of Kull of Valusia. The remnants of the great civilization of Atlantis have deteriorated to barbarism, and Kull is a barbarian warrior from this ancient land. He goes on to become King Kull of Valusia. Most of Howard's tales of ancient warriors, including Kull, are connected with the Cthulhu Mythos, and hence are essential components of the history of the Wold Newton Universe. The Kull stories are collected in King Kull, Lancer Books, 1967, and include several fragments which were completed by Lin Carter.
c. 18,000 BCE - The Great Cataclysm, a disaster which destroys much of the old world, signals the beginning of the Hyborian Age. See Robert E. Howard's The Hyborian Age.
In 1981, a wounded Spider-Man is tended by Dr. Strange. However, the only cure for Spidey's injury lies in the distant past, in the time of King Kull (c. 18,000 BCE). Strange sends Spider-Man's astral body back in time, where Spidey is able to possess bodies for a short time. He saves Kull's life, and thus winning the King's favor, Kull helps Spidey in his quest. Brule the Spear-Slayer and the ageless druid Tu also appear, as does Dr. Strange's servant, Wong.
Marvel Team-Up number 112, December 1981, by J.M. Dematteis, Herb Trimpe, Mike Esposito, and Marie Severin. Since Robert E. Howard's legendary hero, King Kull, is in the Wold Newton Universe, an "Elseworlds" version of Spider-Man also exists in the Newtonverse. However, this is not the Spider-Man of the Marvel Comics Universe, which has a significantly different history and continuity than that of the Wold Newton Universe. Therefore, the references to the superhero team, "The Defenders," are fictional, although the Wold Newton Universe version of Namor was active in the in the 1940s. (See the crossover rules for superheroes.) Dr. Stephen Strange has also been mentioned in a Dr. Zarnak story, so it seems fairly conclusive that a version of Strange exists in the Wold Newton Universe. See also Marvelous, Fantastic Tales in the Wold Newton Universe.
c. 12,000 BCE - Tarzan arrives from the year 2070 (Time's Last Gift).
|c. 10,000 BCE - Coincident with the end of the Hyborian Age is the time of Conan, a barbarian warrior from Cimmeria. In tales related by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, Roy Thomas, and many others, it has been told that Conan had many great adventures, eventually becoming King of Aquilonia.|
Nineteen-year-old Conan is captured by a shaman who reveals the secrets of the past and the future. Among the visions revealed is that of King Kull of Valusia.
Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian issue 1, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. The cross-references to Kull are so numerous throughout the Conan series, it would be redundant to list them all, so only selected references will be listed.
The Ape-Men who capture young Conan and keep humans for slave labor all have Mangani names, perhaps pointing to the distant origin of the tribes which survived to live in 19th Century Africa.
Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian issue 2, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith.
Maldiz, the finest blacksmith and goldsmith in Shadizar, tells Conan that the gold piece he forges for Conan is "not quite up to a falcon I once forged."
Clearly, the origin of the fabled object known in the present day as the Maltese Falcon goes much farther back into ancient history than once was thought. Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian issue 6, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith.
Young Conan fights along side a warrior from another dimension called Elric of Melniboné.
Issues 14 and 15 of Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian, by Roy Thomas, Michael Moorcock, James Cawthorn, and Barry Windsor-Smith. The immortal warrior Kane would also meet Elric, proving that that the various dimensions in which the Eternal Champion stories occur are alternate universes to the Newtonverse.
|c. 10,000 BCE - Red Sonja's exploits also take place during this time period. Her adventures are chronicled in Marvel comic books, as well as in six novels by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney: The Ring of Ikribu, Demon Night, When Hell Laughs, Endothors Daughter, Against the Prince of Hell, and Star of Doom.|
c. 10,000 BCE
While trapped during a siege in the city of Makkalet, Conan meets the amazing Red Sonja for the first time.
Issues 23 of Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith, freely adapted from the story by Robert E. Howard. Conan and Red Sonja would go on to meet and fight together many times. Only a few of those meetings will be chronicled here.
Conan is traveling through Kush on his way north following the death of Belit when he falls prey to the sorceries of the city of Negari. He is transported to the distant past when Negari was a city of Atlantis, where he has an adventure with Solomon Kane, who has also been transported to the past.
This tale in Marvel Comics' Savage Sword of Conan issues 219-220, by Roy Thomas and Colin MacNeil, is a sequel to R.E. Howard's Solomon Kane story The Moon of Skulls.
Conan of Cimmeria and Red Sonja of Hyrkania are transported back in time, where they meet King Kull and fight against the ageless, evil wizard Rotath. Gonar and Brule the Spear-slayer also appear in this adventure.
Marvel Comics graphic novel published in 1992.
Hadon is a warrior of the ancient city Opar, the ruins of which will be discovered in Africa by Tarzan in 1909.
More adventures of the ancient warrior, Hadon of Opar.
These two novels of Hadon of Opar are by Philip José Farmer and were published by DAW Books in 1974 and 1976, respectively. Opar is the locale for several Tarzan books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It should also be noted that the character of the Gray-Eyed God, Sahhindar, god of plants, of bronze, and of time, is in actuality Tarzan, who has traveled back in time (see the entry for Time's Last Gift, year 2070). Please follow the Allan and the Ice-Gods link to read Mr. Farmer's thoughts on the relationship between Opar and the lost cities of H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain.
c. 9,960 BCE - After a great catastrophe, the son of Hadon of Opar emigrates to the south and founds the city of Kôr (see H. Rider Haggard's She, 1884). He carries with him a huge axe made of meteorite iron, which will eventually be passed down to Umslopogass, the great Zulu hero, who will shatter it in the city of Zu-Vendis (Haggard's Allan Quatermain, 1886). Please click here for more information. Rick Lai adds: "In Haggard's She and Allan, Ayesha battled a fellow immortal, a giant called Rezu. This immortal took his name from a ancient sun god worshipped in Kôr. In Farmer's Hadon novels, the cult of Rezu (the spelling is changed to Resu) is identified with Opar's cult of the Flaming God from the Tarzan novels. The physical description of Rezu in Haggard's novel fits Hadon's cousin, Kwasin. Haggard's Rezu is either meant to be Kwasin or the son of Hadon who founded Kôr."
c. 9,550 BCE - The Final Cataclysm destroys the remnants of the Hyborian world in a great deluge, and the modern world begins to take shape.
c. 3,400 BCE - Events of the feature film The Scorpion King.
At the time of Exodus, Pai-net'em, a councilor and Pharaoh's scribe to Meneptah, meets his fate.
Seven Stars, by Kim Newman, consists of this prologue and seven chapters, all of which take place at different times throughout history, and involve different characters. This prologue takes place during the reign of Meneptah II (which was c. 1200s BCE, according to this Biblical Chronology; there is also valuable information available at Digging Up the Past). Pai-net'em was a real historical figure whose mummy was discovered in 1881. Although I avoid using real historical figures to place stories within the Wold Newton Universe, subsequent chapters of Seven Stars involve established Wold Newton personages, as well as incorporate some new characters. Seven Stars (which can be found in Dark Detectives, edited by Stephen Jones, Fedogan & Bremer, 1999) also incorporates characters and the jewel from Bram Stoker's The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903).
The action picks up again in June 1897 with Seven Stars Episode One: The Mummy's Heart, available on the Crossover Chronology, Part V.
c. 380-335 BCE - The events of Ayesha's autobiographical tale, entitled Wisdom's Daughter by its editor, H. Rider Haggard. The final chapter carries Ayesha's story through the year 1902. Further entries in the saga are She and Allan, She, Ayesha: The Return of She, and The Vengeance of She (by Peter Tremayne).
c. 200 BCE - The events of Miles Gloriosus, Pseudolus, and Mostellaria by Plautus, collectively retold as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
27-50 - Exploits of Simon of Gitta, as told by Richard L. Tierney in tales collected in the volume Scroll of Thoth. These adventures are associated with the Cthulhu Mythos, and therefore with the Wold Newton Universe.
Simon of Gitta meets Kane, the immortal slayer.
Short story by Richard L. Tierney, in the volume Scroll of Thoth, bringing Karl Edward Wagner's Kane into the Wold Newton Universe. For more on Kane, read Mark Brown's article.
This Simon of Gitta tale mentions "the sword of the Aquilonian king" and also refers to the phantom sage Epimetrius.
Short story by Richard L. Tierney, in the volume Scroll of Thoth. The first reference is to the Conan tale, The Phoenix on the Sword. Epimetrius also comes from the Conan stories of Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, and Lin Carter.
This Simon of Gitta tale refers to the Ring of Set.
The Ring of Set appeared in R.E. Howard's Conan tale, The Phoenix on the Sword. Short story by Richard L. Tierney, in the Scroll of Thoth. The Ring would surface again in 1934, as seen in Howard's John Kirowan tale, The Haunter of the Ring.
Simon pursues the Book of Thoth, the scroll of Thoth-Amon, who was Conan's old adversary. There are also references to Pain Lords, whom Red Sonja encountered 12,000 years ago.
Short story by Richard L. Tierney, in the collection Scroll of Thoth.
206-210 - The adventures of Pict warrior Bran Mak Morn, as related in tales by Robert E. Howard, the novel Legion from the Shadows by Karl Edward Wagner, and the novel For the Witch of the Mists by David C. Smith and Richard L. Tierney.
Bran Mak Morn's quest for the mystical Black Stone leads him to the ghastly and foul half-human creatures of the underground, called the Worms of the Earth.
Worms of the Earth is by Robert E. Howard, and has been reprinted in: Bran Mak Morn, Baen Books, 1996; and Cthulhu: The Mythos and Kindred Horrors, Baen Books, 1987. It has been adapted into graphic format by Roy Thomas, Tim Conrad, and Barry Windsor-Smith, Cross Plains Comics, 2000. The creatures featured in this tale are the same beings seen in Howard's The Children of the Night and People of the Dark. The Black Stone is also featured in People of the Dark.
Bran Mak Morn summons Kull of Atlantis, king of Valusia. The ancient wizard Gonar (of England) also appears in this tale and communicates with his ancestor, Gonar (of Valusia). It is revealed that Bran Mak Morn is descended from Kull's compatriot Brule the Spear-slayer.
R.E. Howard links two of his creations, Kull and Bran Mak Morn, in this story, recently published in Bran Mak Morn, Baen Books, 1996. The King Kull stories were most recently published as Kull by Baen Books, 1995, sans the completed fragments by Lin Carter.
Bran Mak Morn again sees Kull, Brule, and Gonar in a vision. The Children of the Night (aka Worms of the Earth, aka the People of the Dark) and the Black Stone also appear.
Further evidence linking Bran Mak Morn and Kull, in this novel by K.E. Wagner, Baen Books, 1988. Takes place after Worms of the Earth.
470s-490s - Exploits of Cormac Mac Art, as originally told by Robert E. Howard, and expanded upon by Andrew J. Offutt, Keith Taylor, Richard L. Tierney, and David Drake.
Kull, Atlantis, and the Old Ones are mentioned in this Cormac Mac Art adventure.
By Robert E. Howard and Richard L. Tierney, in the volume Tigers of the Sea, Zebra Books, 1975. Links Cormac Mac Art, Kull, and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Cormac Mac Art encounters the ageless druid Tu, who was also an advisor to Kull, and it is revealed that Cormac is the reincarnation of Kull, as well as Conan. Cormac then battles Kull's ancient enemy, the mage Thulsa Doom.
Andrew J. Offutt's Cormac Mac Art novels link with Conan and King Kull. Both are linked to the Cthulhu Mythos, which in turn is part of the Wold Newton Universe. These are book numbers 6 and 7 in the Cormac Mac Art cycle, published by Zebra Books in the 1970s and reprinted by Ace Books in the 1980s. The other books in the series are: 1: The Mists of Doom by Offutt; 2: The Tower of Death by Offutt and Taylor; 3: When Death Birds Fly by Offutt and Taylor; 4: Tigers of the Sea by Howard and Tierney; and 5: Sword of the Gael by Offutt. The original R.E. Howard material has also been reprinted in Cormac Mac Art, Baen Books, 1995, with an original story and fragments of R.E. Howard's work completed by David Drake.
Late 1100s - The adventures of Robin Hood.
1194 - Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. Ivanhoe, the basis for Robin Hood's inclusion in the Wold Newton Universe, is mentioned in J.T. Edson's western novels, which also incorporate or relate to other members of Farmer's Wold Newton family.
c. 1240s-1250s - The events of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Outlaw of Torn. Philip José Farmer has postulated that Norman of Torn (aka John Caldwell, aka Richard Plantagenet) was later known as John Carter, Warlord of Mars (click here for an informative piece by Mr. Farmer).
1300 - The events of Emilio Salgari's I naviganti della Meloria (The Seamen of Meloria).
1327 - Brother William of Baskerville is embroiled in a series of murders and intrigue in The Name of the Rose, as related by Umberto Eco. William must be a member of that family which was brought to fame in the Sherlock Holmes case, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
1348 - The events of Sir Nigel, as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
1366 - Further adventures of Sir Nigel Loring and The White Company, by Doyle.
1416 - Genevičve Dieudonné is born.
December 1476 - Undeath of Vlad Tepes, the Impaler.
1477 - The events of Dracula Undead (aka Bloodright: Memoirs of Mircea, Son to Dracula), as related by Peter Tremayne.
1492-1499 - Young Kit Walker serves as cabin boy to Christopher Columbus, then explores the New World and discovers the desert mesa which will be known as "Walker's Table."
Early 1500s - Raphael Hythloday's voyage to the New World land of Utopia, as told by Sir Thomas More.
1516 - Birth of Kit Walker's son, who will become the first Phantom.
1535 - Death of Captain Kit Walker in a pirate raid; his son, also named Kit, the sole survivor, washes up on a remote Bangala beach and is rescued by pygmies. Kit swears an oath on the skull of the pirate who killed his father that he and his descendants will fight pirates and evildoers all over the world. He becomes The Phantom. Wold Newton scholar Dennis Power adds: "When I was flipping through Addendum 3 (of Tarzan Alive), I noticed this little bit: 'Tarzan is descended from a number of huge and powerful men. Hrolf the Ganger, or Walker, was so called because no horse was big enough to carry his gigantic body.' Perhaps this may have been the originator of the Walker family, although his descendants were a bit smaller."
1549 - Solomon Kane is born to a prosperous Puritan family in Devonshire, England.
c. Mid-late 1500s - The events of Sir Walter Scott's Kenilworth.
c. 1566 - Solomon Kane embarks on his adventures, as related by Robert E. Howard.
Solomon Kane and Count Dracula appear together.
Mr. Farmer has already proposed that Kane was a distant ancestor of many Wold Newton family members. Kane's existence in the Wold Newton Universe is confirmed in this story found in issue 3 of Marvel's black and white Dracula Lives magazine (by Roy Thomas and Alan Weiss), which ran in the early 1970s. For information on Dracula's inclusion in the Newtonverse, see the Holmes-Dracula encounter of 1887. Although Marvel published this story, the Marvel comics universe is not part of the Wold Newton Universe; see notes under the entry for The Sting of the Green Hornet, 1942. The complete Solomon Kane stories by Robert E. Howard have been compiled in Solomon Kane, Baen Books, 1995.
Solomon Kane comes to Nieder-Beerbach where Castle Frankenstein sits on the northern edge of Magnet Mountain. The castle was erected in 1250 and houses the local baronial family, currently ruled by Baron Hans Von Frankenstein (implicitly an ancestor of the famous Victor Frankenstein).
Marvel Comics' Savage Sword of Conan issue 22 by Donald F. Glut and Sonny Trinidad. The 1531 date referenced in the story must be discounted in light of the chronology Solomon Kane's adventures.
Solomon Kane versus Count Dracula.
Issue number 24 of Marvel's black and white Dracula Lives magazine.
The 2nd Phantom participates in the events of Don Quixote.
Issue number 1037 of The Phantom, Frew Publications, Australia, bringing the events of Miguel de Cervantes' classic into the Wold Newton Universe.
c. Late 1500s - The Sea-Hawk, as told by Rafael Sabatini.
1599 - Birth of Percy Blake (aka the Laughing Cavalier), later known as Sir Percy Blakeney.
Solomon Kane is abducted from Devon by magical riders from Negari and taken to that city, now a part of Africa. He is transported to the distant past when Negari was a city of Atlantis, where he has an adventure with Conan, who has also been transported to the past.
This tale in Marvel Comics' Savage Sword of Conan issues 219-220, by Roy Thomas and Colin MacNeil, is a sequel to R.E. Howard's Solomon Kane story The Moon of Skulls.
January 1623 - The first Sir Percy Blakeney's first chronicled adventure, The Laughing Cavalier, as told by Baroness Orczy.
March 1624 - Events of The First Sir Percy, as related by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.
1625 - Events of The Three Musketeers, chronicling the adventures of Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan, as told by Alexandre Dumas.
c. 1630 - The events of Shogun, as related by James Clavell. Other novels in Clavell's "Asian Saga" include Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin, King Rat, Noble House, Whirlwind, and Escape.
c. 1635-1661 - The Vicomte de Bragelonne, by Alexandre Dumas, including: The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask.
1645 - Twenty Years After, by Alexandre Dumas.
Mid 1600s - Two rival extra-terrestrial races, the Eridaneans and the Capelleans, crash on Earth. Over the centuries, both races, which are very long-lived, will covertly continue their rivalry while living amongst humans. Many humans will be secretly inducted into the ranks of both the Eridaneans and the Capelleans, in furtherance of the conflict. These humans will be given an elixir allowing them to live at least one thousand years, barring accidental death. (The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.)
1652 - Birth of Peter Blood.
1655 - Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas
1660 - Birth of Lemuel Gulliver.
1664 - Birth of Micah Clarke.
1666 - The Blazing World is psychically charted by the Duchess of Newcastle.
1670-1678 - John Bunyans The Pilgrim's Progress from this World to that Which is to Come.
1673 - Captain Robert Owemuch discovers The Floating Island, Scoti Moria.
1682-1683 - The first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, comprised of Prospero, Caliban, Ariel, Captain Robert Owemuch, and Christian, sails on a fateful expedition to The Blazing World, as told by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill in The New Traveller's Almanac, Chapter One: The British Isles in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II.
1685 - Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini. Further adventures of Captain Peter Blood were told in Captain Blood Returns and The Further Adventures of Captain Blood.
Late 1680s - The Phantom battles pirate and Wold Newton family ancestor Captain Peter Blood, thus placing the multi-generational Phantoms in the Wold Newton Universe. The Phantom Chronology states that this is the 5th Phantom and that this incident took place in 1635. However, Captain Blood had not even been born in 1635; more likely, it was the 7th or 8th Phantom who met Blood.
c. Late 1600s - The events of Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor, as related by Richard Doddridge Blackmore.
1694 - The main events of John Barth's The Sot Weed Factor begin with Ebenezer Cooke's appointment as Poet Laureate of Maryland by Lord Baltimore.
May 4, 1699 - Lemuel Gulliver embarks on his various strange voyages, as told in Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift (click here for more information).
c. Early 1700s - The Life, Adventures, and Pyracies of the Famous Captain Singleton as recounted by Daniel Defoe.
Casca sails the high seas with Blackbeard and other dread buccaneer chieftains.
Novel by Barry Sadler. One of the Phantoms battled Blackbeard. Historical accounts indicate it was the fifth Phantom (see The Phantom Chronology); however, given the time period, it was probably the eighth Phantom.
1719 - Birth of Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo.
1729 - Birth of Christopher Syn.
1740 - Natty Bumppo's stories, The Leatherstocking Tales, by James Fenimore Cooper, begin here. They are: The Deerslayer (1740-1745), The Last of the Mohicans (1757), The Pathfinder (1760), The Pioneers (1793), and The Prairie (1804).
The time- and universe-traveling Doctor Who visits the aftermath of the battle of Culloden Moor in Scotland, a battle in which Christopher Syn's father was killed.
Episode of the television series Doctor Who, featuring the second Doctor, and relating to events told in Russell Thorndike's Doctor Syn on the High Seas.
1749 - The events of Fanny Hill, Or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, as told by John Cleland.
1754 - The events of Doctor Syn on the High Seas, as recounted by Russell Thorndike, wherein Syn assumes the identity of the piratical Captain Clegg. Syn's further adventures were told in Doctor Syn Returns, The Further Adventures of Doctor Syn, The Amazing Quest of Doctor Syn, The Courageous Exploits of Doctor Syn, The Shadow of Doctor Syn, and Doctor Syn.
1760 - The events of Treasure Island, as told by Robert Louis Stevenson.
December 5, 1760 - Birth of the second Percy Blakeney (aka the Scarlet Pimpernel), the great-great-grandson of the first Sir Percy.
July 4, 1776 - Birth of Horatio Hornblower.
1782 - Don Diego de la Vega is born.
Count Dracula and Count Cagliostro appear in this story, in which Dracula goes to pre-Revolutionary France to offer his services to Louis XVI as an advisor. Cagliostro is already an advisor to the King and a rivalry develops. Cagliostro kills Dracula's loyal servant, whereupon Dracula attacks Cagliostro's wife, Lorenza, turning her into a vampire.
By Gerry Conway and Frank Springer, in Marvel's Dracula Lives Number 5, reprinted in Dracula Lives Annual Number 1. In Dumas' Memoirs of a Physician, Altotus kills Lorenza by draining her of blood, which he plans to use in an elixir. The truth is revealed here: it was Dracula who drained Lorenza. Cagliostro thought that Altotus had done the deed and killed him. However, Cagliostro soon discovered that Lorenza was not dead, but was undead. For more information on Cagliostro, please read Dennis Power's upcoming article, Twisted: The Fagin Family.
1787 - The events of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as related by Washington Irving.
1787 - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen of the Eighteenth Century, whose adventures are as yet unchronicled, is comprised of a very elderly Lemuel Gulliver, Sir Percy Blakeney and wife, the Reverend Dr. Syn, Fanny Hill, and Natty Bumppo. Note that Sir Percy was not married to Marguerite Blakeney at this time; for the possible identity of the woman identified as his wife, please read The Demmed Fine Blakeney Family Tree. In the early 1790s, Sir Percy, his wife Marguerite, and Miss Fanny Hill toured Europe, as related in The New Traveller's Almanac, Chapter Two: Europe in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II.
Count Cagliostro and his wife have returned briefly to Louis XVI's court; however, they depart quickly, searching for a "cure" for her vampirism. Dracula, still at court, then becomes involved in the political machinations of the impending Revolution. The story concludes with the storming of the Bastille. The King asks for Dracula's assistance (with his vampiric powers) to keep order in France. Dracula refuses and departs.
By Tony Isabella, John Buscema and Pablo Marcos, reprinted in Dracula Lives Annual Number 1. Cagliostro was banished from Louis' court in 1786, after his involvement in the affair of Marie Antoinette's diamond necklace; my hypothesis is that he returned briefly in 1789, seeking Dracula's help in curing his wife. When Dracula refused, Cagliostro found it prudent to move on. For more information on Cagliostro, please read Dennis Power's upcoming article, Twisted: The Fagin Family.
1790 - The events of Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein, in which Victor Frankenstein creates the first Creature (click here for more information).
c. Early 1790s - The events of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy will be present at the Wold Newton meteor strike in December 1795.
1791- 1792 - The events of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. Sir Percy Blakeney will be present at the Wold Newton meteor strike in December 1795. (The complete series: The Laughing Cavalier, The First Sir Percy, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Leads the Band, I Will Repay, The Elusive Pimpernel, The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Lord Tony's Wife, Mam'zelle Guillotine, El Dorado: An Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Sir Percy Hits Back, The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel, The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel, A Child of the Revolution, In the Rue Monge and The Pimpernel and Rosemary.)
1790s-early 1800s - The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard and The Adventures of Gerard (the Napoleonic stories) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Roger Brook, a British spy during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, proposes to Prime Minister William Pitt that an secret organization be created to rescue Frenchmen from the guillotine. Pitt responds that such an organization, the League, has already be created by a prominent member of the British nobility: "Are you perchance acquainted with Sir Percy Blakeney?" Brook mentions that he had heard of Blakeney, but never met him. Brook learns from Pitt how to contact the League inside France. After traveling to France, secret messages are conveyed by the League from Brook to Pitt during 1792-94.
Dennis Wheatley wrote this series of historical adventures. Wold Newton expert Rick Lai, who supplied this crossover, notes that, "Although the words "Scarlet Pimpernel" are never uttered, there is little doubt that Wheatley is connecting his characters with Baroness Orczy's. It should be noted that the concluding chapters of The Man Who Killed The King, revolving around the fate of the Dauphin (Louis XVII), directly contradict Orczy's Pimpernel novel, El Dorado: An Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel."
June 1794 - April 1798 - The first volume in Horatio Hornblower's biography, Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, as related by C.S. Forester.
December 13, 1795 - Wold Newton meteor strike: Eighteen individuals "were riding in two coaches past Wold Newton, Yorkshire.... A meteorite struck only twenty yards from the two coaches.... The bright light and heat and thunderous roar of the meteorite blinded and terrorized the passengers, coachmen, and horses.... They never guessed, being ignorant of ionization, that the fallen star had affected them and their unborn." Tarzan Alive, Addendum 2, pp. 247-248. The meteor strike was "the single cause of this nova of genetic splendor, this outburst of great detectives, scientists, and explorers of exotic worlds, this last efflorescence of true heroes in an otherwise degenerate age." Id., pp.230-231.
While attempting to live a "normal" life among men, the Frankenstein Monster is blackmailed by the almost-immortal Count de Saint-Germain into attacking Count Dracula. Dracula refers to tales of a monstrous golem, in Prague. After various events, in which the Creature and Dracula almost become allies, they once again turn on each other and eventually fight to a standstill.
Comics mini-series by Roy Thomas, Jean-Marc Lofficier, Claude St. Aubin, Allen Nunis, and Armando Gil, Topps Comics, 1995. After these events, the Monster heads back for the Arctic, and the events of Black as the Pit, From Pole to Pole transpire. The tale of the Golem of Prague is the story of the creation of a golem, a man, or Homunculus, crafted out of clay by a Rabbi known as the Maharal, in order to protect the Sixteenth Century Jews of Prague from persecution.
Frankenstein's Creature travels through a hole in the Arctic, and thence through a series of inner worlds, before emerging at the locale of At the Mountains of Madness in the Antarctic. Arthur Gordon Pym, Mocha Dick, Otto and Axel Lidenbrock, and Abner Perry, all either appear or are mentioned.
This story by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop was originally published in New Dimensions 7; it is reprinted in Eternal Lovecraft, Jim Turner, ed., 1998. The story links together Shelley's Frankenstein, Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories, Poe's Arthur Gordon Pym, Melville's Moby Dick, Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and E.R. Burroughs' Pellucidar series. The story features the original Frankenstein Monster, not the monsters that were created much later, such as that seen in a series of films from Universal Pictures. For more information, please click here.