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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 8’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Arsene Lupin, Belphegor, Doctor Omega, French pulp, Harry Dickson, Jim Anthony, Judex, Madame Atomos, Pulps, Review, Roulatabille, Sar Dubnotal, Sherlock Holmes, The Avenger, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 8’

Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 8“Tales of the Shadowmen: Agents Provocateurs” (2011) is the eighth volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

This collection fits into Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept.

The stories in this collection are:

• Matthew Baugh: “Don Camillo and the Secret Weapon” stars a pair of Italian characters, Don Camillo and Peppone, who foil the efforts of a certain British agent and Eva Kant, the associate of Diabolik, the Italian supercrook.

• Nicholas Boving: “The Elphberg Red” takes us to back to the world of the “Prisoner of Zenda” as a group of characters, including Rudolf Rassendyll and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, tries to stop the Countess Cagliostro from possessing the Elphberg Red.

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 6’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Arsene Lupin, Fantomas, French pulp, Harry Dickson, Madame Atomos, Nyctalope, Pulps, Review, Sar Dubnotal, The Black Coats, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Tales of the Shadowmen: Grand Guignol“Tales of the Shadowmen: Grand Guignol” (2010) is the sixth volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

This collection fits into Philip José Farmer‘s “Wold Newton” concept.

This collection kicks off with an intro on the Grand Guignol in Paris.

The stories in this collection are:

• Christopher Paul Carey: “Caesar’s Children” is a different story that instead of a crossover with character, it is a crossover with various literary utopias.

• Win Scott Eckert: “Is He in Hell?” has the Scarlet Pimpernel going up against the Black Coats (the French criminal organization).

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 5’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Arsene Lupin, Belphegor, Doctor Omega, French pulp, Madame Atomos, Nyctalope, Pulps, Review, Roulatabille, Sherlock Holmes, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 5’

Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 5“Tales of the Shadowmen: The Vampires of Paris” (2009) is the fifth volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

Based on Philip José Farmer‘s Wold Newton theories, this collection includes:

• Matthew Baugh: “The Way of the Crane” has Madame Atomos (the vengeful Japanese scientist from a series of French sf novels) try to recruit the Green Hornet‘s associate Kato into her campaign against the U.S.

• Michelle Bigot: “The Tarot of the Shadowmen” an interesting art portfolio depicting various heroes and villains as the Major Arcana of the Tarot.

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 4’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Captain Future, Doctor Omega, French pulp, Harry Dickson, Madame Atomos, Pulps, Review, Rocambole, Sar Dubnotal, The Black Coats, The Shadow, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 4“Tales of the Shadowmen: Lords of Terror” (2008) is the fourth volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

It makes use of a concept of Philip José Farmer that has various fictional characters set in the same “universe,” thus able to met and interact. Don’t make the assumption that all the stories are linked. They often are not. Most are standalone, and can usually be read in any order.

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, Nyctalope, the Black Coats, Belphegor, Judex, and many more).

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Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 3’

Posted by at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Arsene Lupin, Doctor Omega, Fantomas, French pulp, Judex, Madame Atomos, Pulps, Review, Wold Newton Universe
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Review: ‘Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 3’

“Tales of the Shadowmen: Danse Macabre” (2006) is the third volume of this eclectic anthology series from Black Coat Press.

Tales of the Shadowmen: Danse MacabreIt makes use of a concept of Philip Jose Farmer that has various fictional characters set in the same fictional universe, thus they are able to met and interact. Don’t make the assumption that all the stories are linked. They often are not. Most are standalone, can usually be read in any order.

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’ fiction, 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, Nyctalope, the Black Coats, Belphegor, Judex, and many more).

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