De Omori, Rollins and Basnett
De Omori: An organisation funded by governments across the world to keep beasts from escaping from the Island where they have been kept for centuries. But nobody’s perfect and from time to time one can escape. If you track these escapes, you will notice a direct link to the increase of reports of vampirism, zombification and all manner of horrific and brutal deaths.
If you’re still with us, then there’s a good chance that you already know about De Omori - maybe you’ve read a book by Jack Rollins or David Basnett (myself) that feature them and for that I thank you. What you may not know is that Jack and I go back a long time to when we were first starting our working lives and we bonded over a love of writing. To pass the time we chatted about ideas we were working on. I had an idea about an organisation called De Omori and Jack was working on a series set in a demonic town called Tilwick.
Over the years Jack asked me if he could use De Omori in a short story he was writing that eventually found life as The Cabinet of Dr Blessing. I was happy to give my permission for this, and more than that, I was honoured for him to do it. It tied in nicely in that, at the time, I was writing about the modern incarnation of De Omori and Jack was sketching in their history in Victorian times.
When Eve Evans needs someplace to hide in Island of the Dead, my first thought was of Rollins’ Tilwick and a quick pint later, he agreed to let me use his town. So the crossovers in our work goes both ways - how awesome is that?! We were both big fans of crossovers in tv programmes, cartoons and comics when we were growing up in the 80s and we feel that it adds a nice reward for an eagle-eyed reader who notices that a minor character from two separate authors turns up with little fanfare or explanation. Wait a minute, wasn't he in...
So - the point. Does there have to be one? I’m just enjoying rambling. Okay then - the point is that I’ve been asked about De Omori by some curious readers and I've been happy to fill in the blanks and clarify that Jack Rollins is the only person other than myself who has permission to write about De Omori. I don’t know about you, but I think his vision of early De Omori is amazing and surpasses the sketchy details I had originally thought for them.
Why not tell us your favourite crossovers in the comments below. We read 'em all. Honest.
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