Lord of the Rings in the Horror Universe: “THE FRANKLYN PARAGRAPHS”

4 Jan

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.

DEMONS BY DAYLIGHT “THE FRANKLYN PARAGRAPHS” (STORY BY RAMSEY CAMPBELL)

Release Date: 1973 (Setting is Contemporary)

Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos

Non-Horror Crosses: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight; The Alexandria Quartet; Lord of the Rings

The Story: A guy tries to summon magic from an old book and use the Old Ones to do his bidding. That goes as expected.

Notes: Ramsey Campbell has written a story set in the world of the Lovecraft Mythos. “Real Life” author Sebastian Knight is referenced, which refers to the novel The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, in which Knight’s brother is researching to write a biography of his late brother, the famous writer Sebastian Knight. Another writer is referenced. That is Ludwig Pursewarden, who appeared in the Alexandria Quartet series. This series actually tells the same story three times in three books, but from different perspectives. The fourth book then jumps ahead some years to catch up with the characters, from another’s point of view. In the guy’s incantation, Sauron is invoked. Sauron of course was a demonic being from Middle-Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. (I don’t have to describe Lord of the Rings, do I?) The implication is that Sauron is in fact one of Lovecraft’s Old Ones.

For more Lovecraft/Cthulhu Mythos crossovers, click here.

 

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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