gave me a few prompt options, including "Talk about Toby/Newsflesh crossovers. Or Incryptid/Newsflesh crossovers. Or Indexing/Newsflesh crossovers. Other Seanan/Mira media and Newsflesh, cross the streams."
I spent a while before I started this post thinking about whether Newsflesh
can comfortably fuse with any of Seanan's other work but InCryptid
in my head (emphasis on in my
head; if anyone else crossed it with any of her other worlds, I would pounce on it), but nothing else clicks conceptually for me. My brain doesn't want to interlock the Newsflesh
worldbuilding with the magic in Toby's world, or with the rather different mad science in Parasitology
, and so on.
is internally scientific enough that it's all about creatures existing quietly alongside us naturally, so I can sort of work with that. Which is understating things, given that my Newsflesh
/InCryptid crossover where Georgia and Shaun meet the Aeslin mice
is one of my very favorite things that I've ever written (and is far and away the most widely-clicked thing I have on AO3, which amuses me). So that opens up all kinds of possibilities--albeit more for other people than for me, probably. There's literally a whole world alongside the known one, mostly hidden from everyone but cryptozoologists and the occasional person who stumbles over a cryptid and a) notices and b) lives to tell the tale.
For the record, this remains one of my favorite exchanges that I have ever written in any fandom/medium, and since it's relevant, I'm going to shamelessly drop it here: ( but not so shamelessly that I won't put it under a cut. 170 words under here )
How the Rising would have affected various cryptid species is fascinating. InCryptid
give us some impressive reptilian beasties like lindworms
that might help keep the population of animal zombies in the wild at bay, and any species
that can induce petrification
could be handy (by which I probably just mean "have an improved chance of survival", since I doubt the presence of zombies would make them more
likely to reveal themselves to the world at large; it might just make their small, insular communities seem even less suspicious to others).
And there's the question of whether some species would be susceptible to KA or not: outwardly part-mammal/part-bird griffins
(who appear to be mammals, according to the Field Guide), or species like the wadjets
, where the sexual dimorphism is so extreme that one gender appears mammalian and one appears reptilian. Or finfolk
, with their peculiar life cycle...Cuckoos
...one shudders to think (and presumes they're not susceptible). Could they influence KA zombies? o_o
(Seanan has created a LOT of scary creatures across her worlds. For me, cuckoos rank pretty high in the "most terrifying" list. This in no way keeps Sarah from being my favorite InCryptid
So...yeah. Lots of possibilities there!
Personally, at the moment I have two ideas rolling around in my head (and have some wordcount for both, although they're both mentally filed away as "stuff I've written down but don't really expect to finish"). I have a few pages of Rose Marshall and Shaun Mason meeting each other, which would not be a long story if it were ever finished, and a handful of pages of Verity Price meeting Georgia and Shaun via some sort of time travel. (I have no idea how I would justify that, only that given the glimpses of other...dimensions?...we're given, it could surely be handwaved.) What I have involves Verity going forward in time; I also keep entertaining the idea of the Masons going back in time to NYC during the summer of the Rising (which would be horrifying
in all kinds of ways for them, starting with the fact that yes, they're as crowd-socialized as it's possible for them to be in their world, but that would mean nothing compared to pre-Rising populations in a large city, and continuing with the fact that their brother would still be alive, and while KA itself would presumably still break out, they could be in a position to warn their parents somehow and save Phil's life, thus essentially guaranteeing that they'd never meet each other).
Neither version is ever likely to see the light of day (and there are ZERO words written on the latter). But it would be interesting, for all that in many ways it'd be more a case of the transplanted character(s) trying to deal with the vastly different world, as opposed to an exploration of cryptids.