|COUNT (BARON) DRACULA and BARON (COUNT)
in Andromeda Spaceways
features the ridiculously good-looking and haughtily arrogant Miles
Dashwood, a young vampire-hunter from the a future reinvention of the
Regency period, accompanied by his wily ‘commoner’ sidekick, Crocker.
is essentially a satire of the conventions – and low budgets – of
Hammer Horror movies. Pretty much all the stock Hammer characters are
there: Dracula, Van Helsing, Baron Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s
Monster, a werewolf, and all those familiar Transylvanian yokels in the
inn, unaccountably speaking with English accents.
Perfect Timing 2
features Tom Baker’s Doctor Who in a tale of the overly long scarf he
wore through numerous adventures. We discover that the TARDIS has a
back-door of some sort, and an intruder has broken in, his intrusion
announced by the TARDIS’s Terror Trumpet. While the Doctor sets off in
pursuit of the intruder his own scarf turns against him and he is saved
only by help from Mrs Moggins, a charwoman he hired years earlier to
clean the TARDIS interior (and has since forgotten about).
Appears in Decalog
Publishing Ltd UK / London Bridge
this spoof of xenophobic Bulldog Drummond heroes, pipe-smoking,
tweed-jacketed Reginald Forthman and his foul-mouthed, mini-skirted
Buddhist nun sidekick head for the Horsehead Nebula in their brass
spaceship Inquisitive, a craft shaped like ‘a pregnant walrus’ in their
quest for the Library of (almost) Everything. In Reginald Forthman's
extra-terrestrials are sinister and tentacled and referred to as
Appears in Decalog 5: Wonders.
Virgin Publishing Ltd UK / London Bridge
in the same anthology as Bibliophage, Waters-of-Starlight
is a stark change of tone. Set in the far, far future in which a
mystical river – the Waters-of-Starlight – binds
the entire universe together – and as a by-product is unravelling the
structure of matter – River Woman, a member of a revamped Native
American tribe, paddles up the cosmos-spanning river in a canoe, hunted
by her own people as she searches for the last bend in the river that
leads out of the dying universe.
OF A (MAD?)MAN
Novella for Dreamweb, a PC
and Amiga videogame.
Empire Interactive Entertainment UK
novella was brought out as a companion to Dreamweb,
a videogame developed by Creative Reality and became something of a
cult in the videogame world.
It recounts the story, in diary form, of the
descent of college dropout Ryan into what may or may not be madness
(hence the ambivalent title). Ryan is beset by dreams that urge him to
kill seven demons in human form before they destroy humankind.
The question is: are the seven actually demons or
is Ryan lapsing into homicidal psychosis? Although this question never
arose in the videogame, reviewers noted that it added a literally novel
dimension to the game.