Friday, July 1, 2011

CROSSOVERS and Assorted Projects from Win Scott Eckert

Win Scott Eckert's mammoth tomes, CROSSOVERS: A Secret History of the World, Volumes 1 and 2, have been out for awhile now. I reviewed them in March over at my wife's site, She Never Slept, but I feel they're still current enough, and I'm consulting them so much on a daily, if not hourly, basis, that I have to recommend them yet again to anyone reading my blog who doesn't follow SNS (for shame!)

Win filled me in on his various projects, current and upcoming, all filled, like Crossovers, with Wold Newtony goodness (What's Wold Newton you ask? Keep reading). Win's so prolific it's hard for a brother to keep up. So I'll let Win himself fill you in on his some of the exciting things he has on the horizon:

"THE GREEN HORNET CASEFILES (the second Green Hornet anthology), co-edited by me and Joe Gentile; my story "Bad Medicine" is co-written with Vito Delsante; it's at the printer now, so hopefully shipping in a month or so? The book features the 1960s Hornet (TV version) and our story takes place in 1964.

"My Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Fallen Stone" is coming soon in SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE CROSSOVERS CASEBOOK. This is the Holmes-Sexton Blake story listed on the book cover, but it's no mere crossover. The story takes place in 1917 and flows naturally from some of the key 1916 events of THE PEERLESS PEER, sending Holmes, Watson, detective Harry Dickson, and a Rohmer-esque female character to an out-of-the-way village called Wold Newton. The story centers around the properties of a certain meteor which once landed near that village, and the villain has close ties to Philip Jose Farmer's authorized Doc Savage novel ESCAPE FROM LOKI. (I'm not sure of the exact release date.)

"The Sherlock Holmes story also has a strong connection to my tale in the forthcoming THE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE INC. FILES, "Happy Death Men," which takes place in 1945. The tale features a team-up with The Avenger and the Domino Lady, and
has links to Philip Jose Farmer's authorized Doc Savage novel ESCAPE FROM LOKI. It's at the printer now, so hopefully shipping in a month or so?

""Zombies under Broadway" is my Green Ghost tale co-written with Eric Fein. It should appear in a forthcoming issue of MOONSTONE PULP FICTION MAGAZINE. I don't have any further scheduling details.

"I am currently writing a Honey West-T.H.E. Cat crossover story for Moonstone's Honey West prose anthology (not to be confused by a Honey West-T.H.E. Cat crossover comic by another creative team, also for Moonstone). The tale picks up on a back-story line from David McDaniel's THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. novel THE RAINBOW AFFAIR. No schedule as of yet.

"Coming in the pipeline... another Avenger tale; a new "Wold Newton Origins" story for Meteor House (for THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSE FARMER vol. 3, to be released some time in 2012); a Patricia Wildman story (picking up from the events of the novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE); and a Sherlock Holmes novel."

Also be sure to check out Win's recent digital releases:

... as well as Win's sites: Win Scott ( and An Expansion of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe at: ,which is where I first encountered his work and which has provided the backbone of not only Crossovers but the excellent book Win edited, Myths for the Modern Age: Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe.

I highly recommend any and/ or all of Win's currently prodigious output. His work is of special appeal to pulp and genre fans, followers of the Wold Newton Family concept, and, most of all, aficionados of the late, great taboo-busting author Philip Jose Farmer. A love of Farmer's works is what introduced me to Win and to many other folks whom I now number among my closest friends.

To get an idea of what PJF and Wold Newton were and are about, I shamelessly direct you to another of my SNS articles:

I'll be waxing about Wold Newton a great deal on this blog in the future, and, especially, on my own website (currently under construction): .
I wanted to save my thoughts on Wold Newton and my own attempts at literary archaeology for my own site one day, and now, thanks to my wife, that day is nearly here. I also own the most heavily-trafficked public forum on the web devoted to all things Wold Newton and Philip Jose Farmer: . Drop by and apply for membership if you're interested.

Thanx to Win for the information, and for his support and friendship over the past seven years, and for being the custodian of Phil's legacy and the keeper of the Wold Newton flame.

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