The Horror Crossover Encyclopedia: Hellboy: Oddest Jobs

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HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS “FEET OF SCIRON” (SHORT STORY BY RHYS HUGHES)

Release Date: July 8, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Hellboy (comics)

Horror Crosses: Carnacki the Ghost-Finder; Island of Doctor Moreau; Prince Zaleski

Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes; Around the World in 80 Days; Engelbrecht; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Pellucidar; The Works of Philip Jose Farmer

The Story: Hellboy recruits the aid of a supernatural porn star to perform a sex act that would open a portal, allowing Hellboy to stop a planet on a collision course with Earth, which was caused by Martin Carnacki of the Carnacki Institute. Meanwhile, Abe and Liz are exploring underground tunnels.

Notes: The Carnacki Institute was founded by Thomas Carnacki. This story predates Green’s Ghost Finders series, but from a Horror Universe perspective, there’s no conflicts between this version and that version. Hellboy and his porn star ally discuss real historical figures who most people think are fictional because their biographers were too good as storytellers. The list is Carnacki, Sherlock Holmes, Phileas Fogg, Dr. Moreau, Prince Saleski, and Engelbrecht. The tunnels Abe and Liz are exploring are the same from Journey to the Center of the Earth. The tunnels lead to Pellucidar where they find Philip Jose Farmer at the 20 million mile river, placing Riverworld in Pellucidar at Earth’s core.

 

HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS “SALAMANDER BLUES” (SHORT STORY BY BRIAN KEENE)

Release Date: July 8, 2008 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Hellboy (comics)

Horror Crosses: Brian Keene’s Labyrinth

The Story: An adventure that takes place while Hellboy is not working for the BPRD.

Notes: Hellboy references the Black Lodge organization from Brian Keene’s interconnected works.

 

HELLBOY: ODDEST JOBS “IN CUPBOARDS AND BOOKSHELVES” (SHORT STORY BY GARY A. BRAUNBECK)

Release Date: July 8, 2008 (Setting unknown, but during the time when he is working with the BPRD)

Series: Hellboy (comics)

Horror Crosses: Gary A. Braunbeck’s Cedar Hill

The Story: Hellboy takes a case in Cedar Hill, Ohio.

Notes: Cedar Hill is the setting for several of Braunbeck’s horror novels, and this story brings that series into the Horror Universe.

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