La casa che urlava nel buio

September, 2010



Year 1541. In Salzburg, Austria, the body of a deceased man is laid in the crypt of a church. Before dying, he gave strict orders not to be interred. Several months later, one of his servants sneaks into the crypt to carry out his master’s last will: the testament of Philippus Theophrastus von Hohenheim, the alchemist also known as Paracelsus! Year 1838. A cruel murderer endowed with superhuman strength takes refuge in the United States, after leaving a bloody trail behind himself in Europe. The killer appears to be almost indestructible, and this immediatily draws the attention of “Elsewhere”, the secret government base where all kinds of paranormal activities are examined. The unusual detective Dupin already is on the “monster”’s tracks, but when he loses the killer’s trail, “Elsewhere” sets a new investigator on the enigma: the mysterious ”Agent Raven”, code name of writer Edgar Allan Poe!

Between 1996 and 1997 Edgar Allan Poe himself collaborated with the base of Elsewhere in Zagor 376-379 "Shadows of Darkwood", which can be considered a kind of #0 in this series. In that story, and in subsequent appearances of Elsewhere in Zagor, the base is located in the basement of the Natural History Museum of Philadelphia. How is that possible, since we know that the real base is ... elsewhere (in fact), in a place not specified in the States? We discover answer to that in this issue: when in 1838, the construction of the official base is finished (started in 1776!) And from then on the base of Philadelphia becomes a branch. In fact we will continue seeing Philadelphia branch only in Zagor, while in the Martin Mystere series we will see only the official one.