First The Flow grabs you:
Here dwell together still two men of note
Who never lived and so can never die:
How very near they seem, yet how remote
That age before the world went all awry.
But still the game's afoot for those with ears
Attuned to catch the distant view-halloo:
England is England yet, for all our fears--
Only those things the heart believes are true.
A yellow fog swirls past the window-pane
As night descends upon this fabled street:
A lonely hansom splashes through the rain,
The ghostly gas lamps fail at twenty feet.
Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen ninety-five.
-- Vincent Starrett
Flow because last night I was looking at the copy of Nemuki I so self-indulgently bought myself, and aside from the 100 Demons story I bought it for (which on second read suggests Saburou has indeed come back to this world, as a chicken) there's a series by JET. JET, you remember, are the guys who travestied Sherlock Homes. Well, they've stopped travestying Holmes and err I will not say 'learned to draw' but at any rate learned to draw more to my tastes. And they're doing a straightforward manga version of Holmes' adventures: says right on the cover, 'story by Conan Doyle art by JET.' This issue was the one about Napoleon's busts. May provide illos if I stop being a lazy sheep and get to the scanner.
(Am not sure why I think JET is they. They could be she for anything I know to the contrary.)
And then Inspiration does, via an MR James quote she casually tosses in somewhere:
Maybe they got off at the wrong station from the train, and replied to the voice which called out to them, and now have a follower who will not be gainsaid.I dare not read MR James- it's as much as my peace of mind and sleepful nights for the next five years are worth- but oh oh oh how that starts the 100 Demons plotbunnies nittering at me.
Now if only I'd bookmarked whoever it was on her FL who said how to cut amazon urls to manageable length...