Originally published: Whispers #10, August 1977, edited by Stuart David Schiff
Awards: Nominated for 1979 Balrog for short fiction
I’m very excited to be starting off a new season of The Dark Crusade especially a season that is focused on Kane. This season I’m joined by comic writer Jonathan Gelatt. You can check out his webcomic Outrunners here. If you love Akira and The Warriors, you’re going to love his comic.
The connection between ‘Undertow’ and ‘Jane Brown’s Body’ is a strong one. I suggest checking out the original article by Deuce Richardson over here. ‘Jane Brown’s Body’ is a fairly short read and very fast paced. The author Cornell Woolrich led a very interesting life. For such an accomplished and adapted author, he was very reclusive. His aversion to going out caused a leg infection to worsen and resulted in an amputation. He even skipped the premiere of Truffaut’s adaptation of his own The Bride Wore Black in NYC. Upon his death, he left his literary estate to Columbia University which he had attended but never graduated from. Columbia was to use the funds to start a Journalism Scholarship in his mother’s name.
I built off of Richardson’s idea by putting forward the notion that the story Wagner wrote may be based more on the Journey to the Unknown episode than the Woolrich story. You’ll have to listen to the episode to understand why. Sadly, it’s speculation only and we will probably never know where the inspiration came from. We can, however, enjoy the wonderful opening sequence of Journey here. Reminds me a bit of Wagner’s opening to In the Pines. Coincidence?
Join us in two weeks when we cover Karl Edward Wagner’s adventuresome tale ‘Two Suns Setting’.
original music: F. N. York
Narrator & Kane: Alex Malcolm Mills
Dessylyn: Laura Maxfield
Mavrsal: Jordan Douglas Smith