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  •  I Have to Confess... (11+ / 0-)

    ...I've dabbled in Yellow Peril Fiction myself.  The first storyline of my Hannibal Tesla webcomic was titled "Sky Terror of Weng Hu" and featured a Oriental Criminal Mastermind in a dirigible with a private army of rocket-men.

    I tried to take some of the curse off it by depicting a variety of Asian characters, both law-abiding as well as menacing.  But since one of my good Asian characters was a Charlie Chan pastiche, I probably don't get any brownie points for it.

    At one point I have my heroine's editor complain, "White slavers and sinister orientals?  That stuff went out with 'The Perils of Pauline'!!!"  To which the heroine replied, "I'm in Hong Kong!  Do you expect me to meet sinister Lithuanians?"

    Alas, "Sky Terror of Weng Hu" got eaten by the Internet gods and I have not gotten around to re-posting it.  Maybe one of these days...

    But back to Fu Manchu.  A writer named Cay Van Ash, who was friends with Sax Rohmer, wrote a very good pastiche titled Ten Years After Baker Street in which the elderly Sherlock Holmes and Neyland Smith join forces to defeat the Devil Doctor.  Van Ash taught for many years in Japan and had a greater knowlege of China and Chinese culture than Rohmer did when he first started writing Fu Manchu.  Van Ash followed the book up with a sequel, Fires of Fu Manchu, set in the Middle East during WWI.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:40:36 PM PDT

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