History Literature / DiogenesClub

14th Mar '16 8:28:24 PM PaulA
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* FunWithAcronyms: The organisation that takes over when the Club is put out of business in the '80s is the Institute for Psi Tech; its official abbreviation is IΨT, pronounced "Eyesight".


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* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Adam Onions, the ineffectual psychic researcher who appears in several stories, is constantly having to explain that his surname is pronounced "o-NYE-ons". This does nothing to help the general impression most people have of him that he's a smug prat.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: The Institute for Psi Tech's main failing is that, as the name suggests, it approaches the paranormal with the question "What technological applications can we derive from this?" instead of, for instance, "What are the chances that playing around with this will get everyone killed?"
19th Feb '16 9:05:42 AM PaulA
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* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Used for the dates in some of the stories.


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* YearX: Although it's always clear which decade a story is set in, they're generally vague beyond that point, and at least one of the stories is explicitly stated to be set in "197-".
5th Jan '16 10:01:29 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''



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** In "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." the staff at the Retreat are Dr. Myra Lark, Miss Dove, Miss Wren, Miss Robin, Miss Sparrow and Sergeant-Mistress Finch. Dr. Mrs Myrna Swan in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" may or may not be related.
** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].

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AnimalThemeNaming: In "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." the staff at the Retreat are Dr. Myra Lark, Miss Dove, Miss Wren, Miss Robin, Miss Sparrow and Sergeant-Mistress Finch. Dr. Mrs Mrs. Myrna Swan in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool'' may or may not be related.
** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].
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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a {{Deconstruction}} of Girls' School stories such as ''The Silent Three''. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face), and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her). But then ''that'' gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.



* CryingWolf: In "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", one of Amy's schoolfriends, Smudge, is constantly telling wild stories. Then another friend gets kidnapped by sinister hooded figures, and they go to report this to the staff:
-->"Smudge told the story first, which was a disaster."



* GymClassRopeClimb: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the rope climb is a trope-standard pit of horrors, but the protagonist avoids the worst of it by judicious use of her floating-in-the-air superpower.



* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", which is set before the invention of television, there's a character from a remote part of Asia who learned English from [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] {{pulp magazine}}s, and litters her speech with stereotypical gangster slang.



** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School"), and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes".

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** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School"), ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDrearcliffGrangeSchool''), and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes".



* SuperheroSchool: Drearcliff Grange is a 1930s girls' school which takes "talented" students. The headmistress makes it clear that she doesn't much care if one of her girls becomes a super''villain'' instead of a super''hero'', just so long as she makes use of her talent and doesn't settle for being mundane.
2nd Dec '15 3:05:59 PM MRAustin
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First, a paragraph of historical context and disambiguation: The Diogenes Club was created by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle for a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, in which it was an eccentric gentleman's club catering to gentlemen who wanted access to the facilities of a club but didn't get on well with other people; Holmes's brother Mycroft was a member. The movie ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'' proposed that the Diogenes was a front for, and Mycroft Holmes a senior official of, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] secret service. Kim Newman used this interpretation in his novel ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', in which an agent of the Diogenes Club investigates UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and discovers a conspiracy leading to the highest levels of government.

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First, a paragraph of historical context and disambiguation: The Diogenes Club was created by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle for a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, in which it was an eccentric gentleman's club catering to gentlemen who wanted access to the facilities of a club but didn't get on well with other people; Holmes's brother Mycroft was a member. The movie ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'' proposed that the Diogenes was a front for, and Mycroft Holmes a senior official of, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] secret service.service[[note]] - this expands on a line in The Bruce-Partington Plans where Sherlock remarks that while Mycroft works for the government, "Occassionally, he ''is'' the British Government"[[/note]]. Kim Newman used this interpretation in his novel ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', in which an agent of the Diogenes Club investigates UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and discovers a conspiracy leading to the highest levels of government.
17th Nov '15 11:38:29 PM foxley
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* ArmyOfTheAges: The armies of Shadow London in the story "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch". The Great Enchanter has all the mythical Barbarians at the Gate: "Vikings, French infantry, Roman legionnaires, ragged cavaliers, fire-spreaders, shaggy Anglo-Saxons, Martian squid-vampires, rowdies from the country and Prussian Uhlans". The good guys have "redcoats with muskets, knights in armour, tommies in tin hats, roundheads and cavaliers shoulder to shoulder, bloods and blades, pearly kings and queens, costers, tarts, loafers, brawlers, football fanatics with scarves and rattles, the ''haut ton'' and the ''demi-monde'', air-raid wardens, firemen, peelers, bobbies, Bow Street Runners, Chelsea pensioners, dandies, strollers and -- yes! -- Dick Whittington's Cat."
5th Jul '15 3:12:09 AM DoctorNemesis
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* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub: Discussed in "The Serial Murders". The villain introduces Jeperson to a couple of really obvious Legitimate Businessmen, present to bid on using the villain's powers for assassination. Jeperson quips that the men must be "olive oil salesmen" in reference to the legitimate business of the Corleones in ''Film/TheGodfather''. They appreciate the joke, but the villain -- who is both uncultured and a complete idiot -- is lost.
29th Jan '15 11:08:47 PM PaulA
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The main sequence of stories range from VictorianBritain, when Mycroft Holmes presided over the Club in its familiar form, to TheEighties, when dark behind-the-scenes forces used the British government's enthusiasm for privatisation to have the Club officially dismantled and replaced by a tame band of paranormal investigators with electronic detectors and a silly acronym. Each story is a stylistic pastiche of the investigator of the unknown and/or secret agent fiction of the period in which it's set, with much LampshadeHanging and other playing with tropes. (And then there's ''Literature/TheSerialMurders'', featuring a ShowWithinAShow soap opera, which explicitly lampshades a whole new set of genre tropes.)

The period that gets the most attention is TheSeventies, when Richard Jeperson, psychic detective and glam fashion enthusiast, was the Club's best agent, ably assisted by the elegant [[OnlyOneName Vanessa]] and the down-to-earth Fred Regent. These stories homage British TV series such as ''Series/TheAvengers'', ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'', and ''Series/JasonKing'' (to whom Richard is explicitly compared at least once -- discussing who will play a fictional version of him, he mentions that "the name Peter Wyngarde keeps coming up.")

Other featured periods include VictorianBritain, with Charles Beauregard and Kate Reed (alternate versions of whom featured in ''Literature/AnnoDracula''); and TheTwenties, [[TheThirties Thirties]], and [[TheForties Forties]], with Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye (who had previously appeared as supporting characters in the nominally standalone novel ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', which also introduced the paranormal investigators with the silly acronym.)

If the Richard Jeperson stories are episodes of a 1970's TV show, "Literature/{{Swellhead}}" is the inevitable 21st-century backdoor-pilot revival telemovie, in which Richard is called out of retirement to face a problem only he can solve, picks up a new able assistant, and decides it's past time he resumed his adventures.

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The main sequence of stories range from VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, when Mycroft Holmes presided over the Club in its familiar form, to TheEighties, UsefulNotes/TheEighties, when dark behind-the-scenes forces used the British government's enthusiasm for privatisation to have the Club officially dismantled and replaced by a tame band of paranormal investigators with electronic detectors and a silly acronym. Each story is a stylistic pastiche of the investigator of the unknown and/or secret agent fiction of the period in which it's set, with much LampshadeHanging and other playing with tropes. (And then there's ''Literature/TheSerialMurders'', featuring a ShowWithinAShow soap opera, which explicitly lampshades a whole new set of genre tropes.)

The period that gets the most attention is TheSeventies, UsefulNotes/TheSeventies, when Richard Jeperson, psychic detective and glam fashion enthusiast, was the Club's best agent, ably assisted by the elegant [[OnlyOneName Vanessa]] and the down-to-earth Fred Regent. These stories homage British TV series such as ''Series/TheAvengers'', ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'', and ''Series/JasonKing'' (to whom Richard is explicitly compared at least once -- discussing who will play a fictional version of him, he mentions that "the name Peter Wyngarde keeps coming up.")

Other featured periods include VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, with Charles Beauregard and Kate Reed (alternate versions of whom featured in ''Literature/AnnoDracula''); and TheTwenties, [[TheThirties UsefulNotes/TheTwenties, [[UsefulNotes/TheThirties Thirties]], and [[TheForties [[UsefulNotes/TheForties Forties]], with Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye (who had previously appeared as supporting characters in the nominally standalone novel ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', which also introduced the paranormal investigators with the silly acronym.)

acronym).

If the Richard Jeperson stories are episodes of a 1970's 1970s TV show, "Literature/{{Swellhead}}" is the inevitable 21st-century backdoor-pilot revival telemovie, in which Richard is called out of retirement to face a problem only he can solve, picks up a new able assistant, and decides it's past time he resumed his adventures.



* AlternateUniverse: To the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, with which it shares quite a few characters (particularly among the members of the Diogenes Club,) with subtle and sometimes less-subtle differences.
* AnalProbing: Happens to one of the characters in "Angel Down, Sussex," but since the alien visitors' appearance and actions vary depending on the expectations of the people they encounter, this really says more about him than about the aliens.

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* AlternateUniverse: To the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, with which it shares quite a few characters (particularly among the members of the Diogenes Club,) Club), with subtle and sometimes less-subtle differences.
* AnalProbing: Happens to one of the characters in "Angel Down, Sussex," Sussex", but since the alien visitors' appearance and actions vary depending on the expectations of the people they encounter, this really says more about him than about the aliens.



** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School," the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].
* AssholeVictim: Peeter Blame in "Clubland Heroes." He's a small-minded, pompous little busybody whose hobby was apparently suing almost everyone he came into contact with, and who seemed to take great pleasure in getting the law imposed as harshly as possible on people for even the mildest of infractions. Subverted, however, in that it is made abundantly clear that being a small-minded and pompous little man isn't an offence punishable by death and his personality does ''not'' make it okay for someone to dismissively bludgeon him to death as if he was nothing. [[spoiler:Not even if said murderer was one of the finest heroes in the land.]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Of a sort; the Richard Jeperson stories frequently suggest that British commercial television broadcasting is literally run by the Devil (or a being who is as close as makes no real difference) and that advertising is akin to evil mind-controlling. Most of the 1970's TV shows that influence the Jeperson stories, however, were themselves broadcast on British commercial television.
* BlitzEvacuees: An unpleasant childhood experience of being a Blitz evacuee comes back to haunt one of the characters in "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train."
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a {{Deconstruction}} of Girls' School stories such as ''The Silent Three''. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face,) and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her.) But then ''that'' gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.
* BroadStrokes: Newman's typical attitude to continuity. For instance, "Seven Stars" was apparently written with the continuity of "The Original Dr Shade" in mind, in which Shade is a pulp fiction character owned by Leech. Later Diogenes stories have him as a real person. So by the end of "Seven Stars," Genevieve has apparently forgotten meeting his sister (in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch") and son (in "Cold Snap") and thinks of him as entirely fictional.

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** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School," School", the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].
* AssholeVictim: Peeter Blame in "Clubland Heroes." Heroes". He's a small-minded, pompous little busybody whose hobby was apparently suing almost everyone he came into contact with, and who seemed to take great pleasure in getting the law imposed as harshly as possible on people for even the mildest of infractions. Subverted, however, in that it is made abundantly clear that being a small-minded and pompous little man isn't an offence punishable by death and his personality does ''not'' make it okay for someone to dismissively bludgeon him to death as if he was nothing. [[spoiler:Not even if said murderer was one of the finest heroes in the land.]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Of a sort; the Richard Jeperson stories frequently suggest that British commercial television broadcasting is literally run by the Devil (or a being who is as close as makes no real difference) and that advertising is akin to evil mind-controlling. Most of the 1970's 1970s TV shows that influence the Jeperson stories, however, were themselves broadcast on British commercial television.
* BlitzEvacuees: An unpleasant childhood experience of being a Blitz evacuee comes back to haunt one of the characters in "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train."
Train".
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a {{Deconstruction}} of Girls' School stories such as ''The Silent Three''. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face,) face), and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her.) her). But then ''that'' gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.
* BroadStrokes: Newman's typical attitude to continuity. For instance, "Seven Stars" was apparently written with the continuity of "The Original Dr Shade" in mind, in which Shade is a pulp fiction character owned by Leech. Later Diogenes stories have him as a real person. So by the end of "Seven Stars," Stars", Genevieve has apparently forgotten meeting his sister (in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch") and son (in "Cold Snap") and thinks of him as entirely fictional.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Derek Leech, physical embodiment of global consumerism -- think Richard Branson's evil twin. In the Diogenes Club stories, he appears mostly as a lurking presence, TheManBehindTheMan behind some of the threats the Club faces; his big starring moments mostly come in other Kim Newman stories set in TheEighties, after the Club disbandment (which he is implied to have engineered.)

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Derek Leech, physical embodiment of global consumerism -- think Richard Branson's evil twin. In the Diogenes Club stories, he appears mostly as a lurking presence, TheManBehindTheMan behind some of the threats the Club faces; his big starring moments mostly come in other Kim Newman stories set in TheEighties, UsefulNotes/TheEighties, after the Club disbandment (which he is implied to have engineered.)engineered).



* TheFairFolk: The antagonists in "The Gypsies in the Wood."

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* TheFairFolk: The antagonists in "The Gypsies in the Wood."Wood".



* FramingDevice: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train," Richard Jeperson tells Fred Regent the story of his first major mission for the Diogenes Club, and his first meeting with Vanessa, on the eve of what turns out to be Vanessa's departure.

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* FramingDevice: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train," Train", Richard Jeperson tells Fred Regent the story of his first major mission for the Diogenes Club, and his first meeting with Vanessa, on the eve of what turns out to be Vanessa's departure.



* GasLeakCoverup: In "Moon Moon Moon," the area around a magical working is cordoned off by police because of an "anthrax spill." Jeperson comments to his American counterpart that if every anthrax spill in Britain was genuine, the whole country would be awash with the stuff. She replies that her superiors prefer "experimental nerve gas"... unless it ''is'' experimental nerve gas, in which case they blame it on foot-and-mouth disease.

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* GasLeakCoverup: In "Moon Moon Moon," Moon", the area around a magical working is cordoned off by police because of an "anthrax spill." spill". Jeperson comments to his American counterpart that if every anthrax spill in Britain was genuine, the whole country would be awash with the stuff. She replies that her superiors prefer "experimental nerve gas"... unless it ''is'' experimental nerve gas, in which case they blame it on foot-and-mouth disease.



* GymClassRopeClimb: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School," the rope climb is a trope-standard pit of horrors, but the protagonist avoids the worst of it by judicious use of her floating-in-the-air superpower.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Parodied in the story "The Gypsies in the Wood," where Uncle Sat's Faerie stories have an insanely complicated class structure as an essential part of the text, leading to kids have similar arguments about ''orders of precedence''.

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* GymClassRopeClimb: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School," School", the rope climb is a trope-standard pit of horrors, but the protagonist avoids the worst of it by judicious use of her floating-in-the-air superpower.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Parodied in the story "The Gypsies in the Wood," Wood", where Uncle Sat's Faerie stories have an insanely complicated class structure as an essential part of the text, leading to kids have similar arguments about ''orders of precedence''.



** Richard Riddle, Boy Detective, who assists the Diogenes Club in "The Gypsies in the Wood," and in whose honour Richard Jeperson was named.

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** Richard Riddle, Boy Detective, who assists the Diogenes Club in "The Gypsies in the Wood," Wood", and in whose honour Richard Jeperson was named.



* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School," which is set before the invention of television, there's a character from a remote part of Asia who learned English from [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] {{pulp magazine}}s, and litters her speech with stereotypical gangster slang.
* LegacyCharacter: "Cold Snap," set in the 1970's, introduces Jamie Chambers, son of 1930's vigilante Jonathan "Dr. Shade" Chambers. By the end of the story, he's considering going into the family business as Jamie Shade. An author's note adds that the current holder of the Shade Legacy is Christine Chambers, aka Lady Shade.
** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School,") and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes."

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* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School," School", which is set before the invention of television, there's a character from a remote part of Asia who learned English from [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] {{pulp magazine}}s, and litters her speech with stereotypical gangster slang.
* LegacyCharacter: "Cold Snap," Snap", set in the 1970's, 1970s, introduces Jamie Chambers, son of 1930's 1930s vigilante Jonathan "Dr. Shade" Chambers. By the end of the story, he's considering going into the family business as Jamie Shade. An author's note adds that the current holder of the Shade Legacy is Christine Chambers, aka Lady Shade.
** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School,") School"), and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes."Heroes".



* MagiciansAreWizards: The Great Edmondo in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch."

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* MagiciansAreWizards: The Great Edmondo in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch."Witch".



* TheMenInBlack: "The Undertaking," an Edwardian British group of [=MIBs=], who are a rival organisation to the heroes (the Diogenes is, essentially, [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT to the Undertaking's Torchwood]]). They have Code Names like Mr. Hay, Mr. Bee and Mr. Sea, which is probably a ShoutOut to the names in ''Franchise/MenInBlack''.

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* TheMenInBlack: "The Undertaking," Undertaking", an Edwardian British group of [=MIBs=], who are a rival organisation to the heroes (the Diogenes is, essentially, [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT to the Undertaking's Torchwood]]). They have Code Names like Mr. Hay, Mr. Bee and Mr. Sea, which is probably a ShoutOut to the names in ''Franchise/MenInBlack''.



* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train," it's mentioned that as a schoolboy Richard Jeperson was horrified by how many of his teachers fantasized about massacring their students; after a while, he realised that the fantasies were a form of stress release and that the really dangerous ones were among those who ''didn't''.
* MoralityPet: A common thread throughout the stories is that the various agents of the Diogenes Club we encounter often feel they need a 'normal' person around both to represent the everyday people whom the Club are battling their various evils in defence of and to prevent said agents from going down a slippery slope that could see them [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become the things they fight against]]. Kate Reed fills this role for Charles Beauregard in the Victorian stories, Catriona Kaye for Edwin Winthrop in the 1920's stories, Fred Regent for Richard Jeperson and Vanessa in the 1970's stories, and so forth.

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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train," Train", it's mentioned that as a schoolboy Richard Jeperson was horrified by how many of his teachers fantasized about massacring their students; after a while, he realised that the fantasies were a form of stress release and that the really dangerous ones were among those who ''didn't''.
* MoralityPet: A common thread throughout the stories is that the various agents of the Diogenes Club we encounter often feel they need a 'normal' person around both to represent the everyday people whom the Club are battling their various evils in defence of and to prevent said agents from going down a slippery slope that could see them [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become the things they fight against]]. Kate Reed fills this role for Charles Beauregard in the Victorian stories, Catriona Kaye for Edwin Winthrop in the 1920's 1920s stories, Fred Regent for Richard Jeperson and Vanessa in the 1970's 1970s stories, and so forth.



** "Moon Moon Moon" mentions that the Diogenes Club was aware of {{Dracula}}'s activities but correctly concluded that Dr. Van Helsing could handle it without their assistance. ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' shows what might have happened if they were wrong.
** In "Sorcerer Conjurer Wizard Witch," Charles Beauregard is going through the Club's collection of contingency plans created by the late great Mycroft Holmes, and finds one labelled "In the event of the marriage of the sovereign to an evil consort with supernatural powers." In the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, an alternate version of the Diogenes Club faced just such a contingency, and Charles Beauregard was a key player in Mycroft Holmes's plan for dealing with it.

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** "Moon Moon Moon" mentions that the Diogenes Club was aware of {{Dracula}}'s Literature/{{Dracula}}'s activities but correctly concluded that Dr. Van Helsing could handle it without their assistance. ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' shows what might have happened if they were wrong.
** In "Sorcerer Conjurer Wizard Witch," Witch", Charles Beauregard is going through the Club's collection of contingency plans created by the late great Mycroft Holmes, and finds one labelled "In the event of the marriage of the sovereign to an evil consort with supernatural powers." powers". In the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, an alternate version of the Diogenes Club faced just such a contingency, and Charles Beauregard was a key player in Mycroft Holmes's plan for dealing with it.



** "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." features a BedlamHouse where inmates are taught to focus their insanity in specific ways, the BigBad believing that madness will be a way of life in TheEighties, and his patients will be the leaders. In the asylum they're known by nicknames based on their real names and their particular insanities, including the sociopathic Mrs. Empty (M.T. - UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher); the egomaniac Rumour (Ru-Mur - UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) and the quiet killer Peace (P.S. - Peter Sutcliffe.)

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** "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." features a BedlamHouse where inmates are taught to focus their insanity in specific ways, the BigBad believing that madness will be a way of life in TheEighties, UsefulNotes/TheEighties, and his patients will be the leaders. In the asylum they're known by nicknames based on their real names and their particular insanities, including the sociopathic Mrs. Empty (M.T. - UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher); the egomaniac Rumour (Ru-Mur - UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch), and the quiet killer Peace (P.S. - Peter Sutcliffe.)Sutcliffe).



* SouvenirLand: "The Gypsies in the Wood" features one in VictorianBritain, based on a best-selling series of children's books about [[PhantasySpelling faeries]] which may have been inspired by [[TheFairFolk actual fairies]].

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* SouvenirLand: "The Gypsies in the Wood" features one in VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, based on a best-selling series of children's books about [[PhantasySpelling faeries]] which may have been inspired by [[TheFairFolk actual fairies]].
29th Jan '15 8:26:49 AM spirasen
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First, a paragraph of historical context and disambiguation: The Diogenes Club was created by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle for a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, in which it was an eccentric gentleman's club catering to gentlemen who wanted access to the facilities of a club but didn't get on well with other people; Holmes's brother Mycroft was a member. The movie ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'' proposed that the Diogenes was a front for, and Mycroft Holmes a senior official of, the British secret service. Kim Newman used this interpretation in his novel ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', in which an agent of the Diogenes Club investigates UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and discovers a conspiracy leading to the highest levels of government.

In these short stories, Newman presents a somewhat different Diogenes Club: not the British secret service, but ''a'' British secret service, devoted to investigating the weird and improbable, from the return of Zombie Hitler to an [[StealthPun insane murderer who devotes his kills to the goblins Snap, Crackle, and Pop]].

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First, a paragraph of historical context and disambiguation: The Diogenes Club was created by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle for a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, in which it was an eccentric gentleman's club catering to gentlemen who wanted access to the facilities of a club but didn't get on well with other people; Holmes's brother Mycroft was a member. The movie ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'' proposed that the Diogenes was a front for, and Mycroft Holmes a senior official of, the British [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] secret service. Kim Newman used this interpretation in his novel ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', in which an agent of the Diogenes Club investigates UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and discovers a conspiracy leading to the highest levels of government.

In these short stories, Newman presents a somewhat different Diogenes Club: not Not the British secret service, but ''a'' British secret service, devoted to investigating the weird and improbable, from the return of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Zombie Hitler Hitler]] to an [[StealthPun insane murderer who devotes his kills to the goblins Snap, Crackle, and Pop]].



The period that gets the most attention is TheSeventies, when Richard Jeperson, psychic detective and glam fashion enthusiast, was the Club's best agent, ably assisted by the elegant [[OnlyOneName Vanessa]] and the down-to-earth Fred Regent. These stories homage British TV series such as ''Series/TheAvengers'', ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'', and ''Series/JasonKing'' (to whom Richard is explicitly compared at least once - discussing who will play a fictional version of him, he mentions that "the name Peter Wyngarde keeps coming up").

Other featured periods include VictorianBritain, with Charles Beauregard and Kate Reed (alternate versions of whom featured in ''Literature/AnnoDracula''); and TheTwenties, [[TheThirties Thirties]], and [[TheForties Forties]], with Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye (who had previously appeared as supporting characters in the nominally standalone novel ''Jago'', which also introduced the paranormal investigators with the silly acronym).

If the Richard Jeperson stories are episodes of a 1970s TV show, "Literature/{{Swellhead}}" is the inevitable 21st-century backdoor-pilot revival telemovie, in which Richard is called out of retirement to face a problem only he can solve, picks up a new able assistant, and decides it's past time he resumed his adventures.

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The period that gets the most attention is TheSeventies, when Richard Jeperson, psychic detective and glam fashion enthusiast, was the Club's best agent, ably assisted by the elegant [[OnlyOneName Vanessa]] and the down-to-earth Fred Regent. These stories homage British TV series such as ''Series/TheAvengers'', ''Series/AdamAdamantLives'', and ''Series/JasonKing'' (to whom Richard is explicitly compared at least once - -- discussing who will play a fictional version of him, he mentions that "the name Peter Wyngarde keeps coming up").

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Other featured periods include VictorianBritain, with Charles Beauregard and Kate Reed (alternate versions of whom featured in ''Literature/AnnoDracula''); and TheTwenties, [[TheThirties Thirties]], and [[TheForties Forties]], with Edwin Winthrop and Catriona Kaye (who had previously appeared as supporting characters in the nominally standalone novel ''Jago'', ''Literature/{{Jago}}'', which also introduced the paranormal investigators with the silly acronym).

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If the Richard Jeperson stories are episodes of a 1970s 1970's TV show, "Literature/{{Swellhead}}" is the inevitable 21st-century backdoor-pilot revival telemovie, in which Richard is called out of retirement to face a problem only he can solve, picks up a new able assistant, and decides it's past time he resumed his adventures.









* AlternateUniverse: To the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, with which it shares quite a few characters (particularly among the members of the Diogenes Club), with subtle and sometimes less-subtle differences.
* AnalProbing: Happens to one of the characters in "Angel Down, Sussex", but since the alien visitors' appearance and actions vary depending on the expectations of the people they encounter, this really says more about him than about the aliens.

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* AlternateUniverse: To the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, with which it shares quite a few characters (particularly among the members of the Diogenes Club), Club,) with subtle and sometimes less-subtle differences.
* AnalProbing: Happens to one of the characters in "Angel Down, Sussex", Sussex," but since the alien visitors' appearance and actions vary depending on the expectations of the people they encounter, this really says more about him than about the aliens.



** In "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." the staff at the Retreat are Dr Myra Lark, Miss Dove, Miss Wren, Miss Robin, Miss Sparrow and Sergeant-Mistress Finch. Dr Mrs Myrna Swan in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" may or may not be related.
** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].
* AssholeVictim: Peeter Blame in "Clubland Heroes". He's a small-minded, pompous little busybody whose hobby was apparently suing almost everyone he came into contact with, and who seemed to take great pleasure in getting the law imposed as harshly as possible on people for even the mildest of infractions. Subverted, however, in that it is made abundantly clear that being a small-minded and pompous little man isn't an offence punishable by death and his personality does ''not'' make it okay for someone to dismissively bludgeon him to death as if he was nothing. [[spoiler: Not even if said murderer was one of the finest heroes in the land.]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Of a sort; the Richard Jeperson stories frequently suggest that British commercial television broadcasting is literally run by the Devil (or a being who is as close as makes no real difference) and that advertising is akin to evil mind-controlling. Most of the 1970s TV shows that influence the Jeperson stories, however, were themselves broadcast on British commercial television.
* BlitzEvacuees: An unpleasant childhood experience of being a Blitz evacuee comes back to haunt one of the characters in "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train".
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a {{Deconstruction}} of Girls' School stories such as ''The Silent Three''. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face), and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her). But then ''that'' gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.
* BroadStrokes: Newman's typical attitude to continuity. For instance, "Seven Stars" was apparently written with the continuity of "The Original Dr Shade" in mind, in which Shade is a pulp fiction character owned by Leech. Later Diogenes stories have him as a real person. So by the end of "Seven Stars", Genevieve has apparently forgotten meeting his sister (in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch") and son (in "Cold Snap") and thinks of him as entirely fictional.

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** In "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." the staff at the Retreat are Dr Dr. Myra Lark, Miss Dove, Miss Wren, Miss Robin, Miss Sparrow and Sergeant-Mistress Finch. Dr Dr. Mrs Myrna Swan in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" may or may not be related.
** Also in "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", School," the Moth Club's codenames are all types of moth, as chosen by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endromis_versicolora the title character]].
* AssholeVictim: Peeter Blame in "Clubland Heroes". Heroes." He's a small-minded, pompous little busybody whose hobby was apparently suing almost everyone he came into contact with, and who seemed to take great pleasure in getting the law imposed as harshly as possible on people for even the mildest of infractions. Subverted, however, in that it is made abundantly clear that being a small-minded and pompous little man isn't an offence punishable by death and his personality does ''not'' make it okay for someone to dismissively bludgeon him to death as if he was nothing. [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not even if said murderer was one of the finest heroes in the land.]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Of a sort; the Richard Jeperson stories frequently suggest that British commercial television broadcasting is literally run by the Devil (or a being who is as close as makes no real difference) and that advertising is akin to evil mind-controlling. Most of the 1970s 1970's TV shows that influence the Jeperson stories, however, were themselves broadcast on British commercial television.
* BlitzEvacuees: An unpleasant childhood experience of being a Blitz evacuee comes back to haunt one of the characters in "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train".
Train."
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: "Kentish Glory: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School" combines this with SuperheroSchool for a {{Deconstruction}} of Girls' School stories such as ''The Silent Three''. The main character is warned that the prefects can punish her for having a red mark on her face by slapping her (and can continue to do so as long as she continues to have red marks on her face), face,) and will already have ritually burnt the doll in her luggage at the stake (as it turns out they haven't, they're waiting to torture it in front of her). her.) But then ''that'' gets deconstructed, when we're told that after three weeks she no longer sees the school as either good or bad; it's simply how things are.
* BroadStrokes: Newman's typical attitude to continuity. For instance, "Seven Stars" was apparently written with the continuity of "The Original Dr Shade" in mind, in which Shade is a pulp fiction character owned by Leech. Later Diogenes stories have him as a real person. So by the end of "Seven Stars", Stars," Genevieve has apparently forgotten meeting his sister (in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch") and son (in "Cold Snap") and thinks of him as entirely fictional.



* CoolCar: The Rolls Royce [=ShadowShark=], only five of which were ever made -- [[TheCowl Sinister vigilante]] Dr Shade had one, CorruptCorporateExecutive Derek Leech has one, and Richard Jeperson has ''three''. (Richard also has a Peel Trident, although whether that counts as a cool car depends on one's viewpoint and particularly on whether one has ever had to cram into it alongside Richard.)
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Derek Leech, physical embodiment of global consumerism -- think Richard Branson's evil twin. In the Diogenes Club stories, he appears mostly as a lurking presence, TheManBehindTheMan behind some of the threats the Club faces; his big starring moments mostly come in other Kim Newman stories set in TheEighties, after the Club disbandment (which he is implied to have engineered).

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* CoolCar: The Rolls Royce [=ShadowShark=], only five of which were ever made -- [[TheCowl Sinister vigilante]] Dr Dr. Shade had one, CorruptCorporateExecutive Derek Leech has one, and Richard Jeperson has ''three''. (Richard also has a Peel Trident, although whether that counts as a cool car depends on one's viewpoint and particularly on whether one has ever had to cram into it alongside Richard.)
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Derek Leech, physical embodiment of global consumerism -- think Richard Branson's evil twin. In the Diogenes Club stories, he appears mostly as a lurking presence, TheManBehindTheMan behind some of the threats the Club faces; his big starring moments mostly come in other Kim Newman stories set in TheEighties, after the Club disbandment (which he is implied to have engineered).engineered.)



* TheFairFolk: The antagonists in "The Gypsies in the Wood".

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* TheFairFolk: The antagonists in "The Gypsies in the Wood".Wood."



* FootnoteFever: All the more recent stories include footnotes or endnotes explaining obscure historical or cultural details that might not be familiar to foreign readers. The cultural notes are pretty reliable, but the historical notes are written from an InUniverse perspective and have a habit of not distinguishing between genuine history and {{Shout Out}}s to other works of fiction.
* FramingDevice: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train", Richard Jeperson tells Fred Regent the story of his first major mission for the Diogenes Club, and his first meeting with Vanessa, on the eve of what turns out to be Vanessa's departure.
* GadgetWatch: It's strongly implied that there's something interesting about Charles Beauregard's pocket watch "with the intricate crystal workings". [[TheMenInBlack The Undertaking]] refuse to let him into their HQ while carrying it, and he ''certainly'' refuses to let them look after it while he's there. Sadly, the glossary page explaining what it ''does'' has been censored by the current Diogenes chairperson.
* GasLeakCoverup: In "Moon Moon Moon", the area around a magical working is cordoned off by police because of an "anthrax spill". Jeperson comments to his American counterpart that if every anthrax spill in Britain was genuine, the whole country would be awash with the stuff. She replies that her superiors prefer "experimental nerve gas" ... unless it ''is'' experimental nerve gas, in which case they blame it on foot-and-mouth disease.

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* FootnoteFever: All the more recent stories include footnotes or endnotes explaining obscure historical or cultural details that might not be familiar to foreign readers. The cultural notes are pretty reliable, but the historical notes are written from an InUniverse perspective and have a habit of not distinguishing between genuine history and {{Shout Out}}s ShoutOut[=s=] to other works of fiction.
* FramingDevice: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train", Train," Richard Jeperson tells Fred Regent the story of his first major mission for the Diogenes Club, and his first meeting with Vanessa, on the eve of what turns out to be Vanessa's departure.
* GadgetWatch: It's strongly implied that there's something interesting about Charles Beauregard's pocket watch "with the intricate crystal workings". workings." [[TheMenInBlack The Undertaking]] refuse to let him into their HQ while carrying it, and he ''certainly'' refuses to let them look after it while he's there. Sadly, the glossary page explaining what it ''does'' has been censored by the current Diogenes chairperson.
* GasLeakCoverup: In "Moon Moon Moon", Moon," the area around a magical working is cordoned off by police because of an "anthrax spill". spill." Jeperson comments to his American counterpart that if every anthrax spill in Britain was genuine, the whole country would be awash with the stuff. She replies that her superiors prefer "experimental nerve gas" ...gas"... unless it ''is'' experimental nerve gas, in which case they blame it on foot-and-mouth disease.



* GymClassRopeClimb: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", the rope climb is a trope-standard pit of horrors, but the protagonist avoids the worst of it by judicious use of her floating-in-the-air superpower.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Parodied in the story "The Gypsies in the Wood", where Uncle Sat's Faerie stories have an insanely complicated class structure as an essential part of the text, leading to kids have similar arguments about ''orders of precedence''.

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* GymClassRopeClimb: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", School," the rope climb is a trope-standard pit of horrors, but the protagonist avoids the worst of it by judicious use of her floating-in-the-air superpower.
* HypotheticalFightDebate: Parodied in the story "The Gypsies in the Wood", Wood," where Uncle Sat's Faerie stories have an insanely complicated class structure as an essential part of the text, leading to kids have similar arguments about ''orders of precedence''.



** Richard Riddle, Boy Detective, who assists the Diogenes Club in "The Gypsies in the Wood", and in whose honour Richard Jeperson was named.
** A darker version appears in "Clubland Heroes" with Richard "Clever Dick" Cleaver; he's an off-the-scale genius who, unlike the more pleasant and engaging Richard Riddle, is also a snide, stuck-up and humourless little snot. [[spoiler: And then when he appears in "Cold Snap" following the ignominious end of his child-detecting career, he's let bitterness warp him into a genocidal maniac.]]
* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", which is set before the invention of television, there's a character from a remote part of Asia who learned English from American {{pulp magazine}}s, and litters her speech with stereotypical gangster slang.
* LegacyCharacter: "Cold Snap", set in the 1970s, introduces Jamie Chambers, son of 1930s vigilante Jonathan "Dr Shade" Chambers. By the end of the story, he's considering going into the family business as Jamie Shade. An author's note adds that the current holder of the Shade Legacy is Christine Chambers, aka Lady Shade.
** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School"), and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes".

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** Richard Riddle, Boy Detective, who assists the Diogenes Club in "The Gypsies in the Wood", Wood," and in whose honour Richard Jeperson was named.
** A darker version appears in "Clubland Heroes" with Richard "Clever Dick" Cleaver; he's an off-the-scale genius who, unlike the more pleasant and engaging Richard Riddle, is also a snide, stuck-up and humourless little snot. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then when he appears in "Cold Snap" following the ignominious end of his child-detecting career, he's let bitterness warp him into a genocidal maniac.]]
* LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision: In "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School", School," which is set before the invention of television, there's a character from a remote part of Asia who learned English from American [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates American]] {{pulp magazine}}s, and litters her speech with stereotypical gangster slang.
* LegacyCharacter: "Cold Snap", Snap," set in the 1970s, 1970's, introduces Jamie Chambers, son of 1930s 1930's vigilante Jonathan "Dr "Dr. Shade" Chambers. By the end of the story, he's considering going into the family business as Jamie Shade. An author's note adds that the current holder of the Shade Legacy is Christine Chambers, aka Lady Shade.
** Another author's note says the current Diogenes includes Lady Shade, Ghost Lantern Girl III (the original gets mentioned in "The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School"), School,") and Karl Rattray, presumably a descendent of Blackfist of the Splendid Six, from "Clubland Heroes".Heroes."



* MagiciansAreWizards: The Great Edmondo in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch".

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* MagiciansAreWizards: The Great Edmondo in "Sorcerer, Conjurer, Wizard, Witch".Witch."



* TheMenInBlack: "The Undertaking", an Edwardian British group of [=MIBs=], who are a rival organisation to the heroes (the Diogenes is, essentially, [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT to the Undertaking's Torchwood]]). They have Code Names like Mr. Hay, Mr. Bee and Mr. Sea, which is probably a ShoutOut to the names in ''Film/MenInBlack''.

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* TheMenInBlack: "The Undertaking", Undertaking," an Edwardian British group of [=MIBs=], who are a rival organisation to the heroes (the Diogenes is, essentially, [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT to the Undertaking's Torchwood]]). They have Code Names like Mr. Hay, Mr. Bee and Mr. Sea, which is probably a ShoutOut to the names in ''Film/MenInBlack''.''Franchise/MenInBlack''.



* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train", it's mentioned that as a schoolboy Richard Jeperson was horrified by how many of his teachers fantasized about massacring their students; after a while, he realised that the fantasies were a form of stress release and that the really dangerous ones were among those who ''didn't''.
* MoralityPet: A common thread throughout the stories is that the various agents of the Diogenes Club we encounter often feel they need a 'normal' person around both to represent the everyday people whom the Club are battling their various evils in defence of and to prevent said agents from going down a slippery slope that could see them [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become the things they fight against]]. Kate Reed fills this role for Charles Beauregard in the Victorian stories, Catriona Kaye for Edwin Winthrop in the 1920s stories, Fred Regent for Richard Jeperson and Vanessa in the 1970s stories, and so forth.

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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: In "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train", Train," it's mentioned that as a schoolboy Richard Jeperson was horrified by how many of his teachers fantasized about massacring their students; after a while, he realised that the fantasies were a form of stress release and that the really dangerous ones were among those who ''didn't''.
* MoralityPet: A common thread throughout the stories is that the various agents of the Diogenes Club we encounter often feel they need a 'normal' person around both to represent the everyday people whom the Club are battling their various evils in defence of and to prevent said agents from going down a slippery slope that could see them [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become the things they fight against]]. Kate Reed fills this role for Charles Beauregard in the Victorian stories, Catriona Kaye for Edwin Winthrop in the 1920s 1920's stories, Fred Regent for Richard Jeperson and Vanessa in the 1970s 1970's stories, and so forth.



** "Moon Moon Moon" mentions that the Diogenes Club was aware of {{Dracula}}'s activities but correctly concluded that Dr Van Helsing could handle it without their assistance. ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' shows what might have happened if they were wrong.
** In "Sorcerer Conjurer Wizard Witch", Charles Beauregard is going through the Club's collection of contingency plans created by the late great Mycroft Holmes, and finds one labelled "In the event of the marriage of the sovereign to an evil consort with supernatural powers". In the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, an alternate version of the Diogenes Club faced just such a contingency, and Charles Beauregard was a key player in Mycroft Holmes's plan for dealing with it.

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** "Moon Moon Moon" mentions that the Diogenes Club was aware of {{Dracula}}'s activities but correctly concluded that Dr Dr. Van Helsing could handle it without their assistance. ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' shows what might have happened if they were wrong.
** In "Sorcerer Conjurer Wizard Witch", Witch," Charles Beauregard is going through the Club's collection of contingency plans created by the late great Mycroft Holmes, and finds one labelled "In the event of the marriage of the sovereign to an evil consort with supernatural powers". powers." In the ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' series, an alternate version of the Diogenes Club faced just such a contingency, and Charles Beauregard was a key player in Mycroft Holmes's plan for dealing with it.



** "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." features a BedlamHouse where inmates are taught to focus their insanity in specific ways, the BigBad believing that madness will be a way of life in TheEighties, and his patients will be the leaders. In the asylum they're known by nicknames based on their real names and their particular insanities, including the sociopathic Mrs Empty (M.T. - MargaretThatcher); the egomaniac Rumour (Ru-Mur - RupertMurdoch) and the quiet killer Peace (P.S. - Peter Sutcliffe).

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** "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." features a BedlamHouse where inmates are taught to focus their insanity in specific ways, the BigBad believing that madness will be a way of life in TheEighties, and his patients will be the leaders. In the asylum they're known by nicknames based on their real names and their particular insanities, including the sociopathic Mrs Mrs. Empty (M.T. - MargaretThatcher); UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher); the egomaniac Rumour (Ru-Mur - RupertMurdoch) UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch) and the quiet killer Peace (P.S. - Peter Sutcliffe).Sutcliffe.)
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First, a paragraph of historical context and disambiguation: The Diogenes Club was created by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle for a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, in which it was an eccentric gentleman's club catering to gentlemen who wanted access to the facilities of a club but didn't get on well with other people; Holmes's brother Mycroft was a member. The movie ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'' proposed that the Diogenes was a front for, and Mycroft Holmes a senior official of, the British secret service. Kim Newman used this interpretation in his novel ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', in which an agent of the Diogenes Club investigates JackTheRipper and discovers a conspiracy leading to the highest levels of government.

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First, a paragraph of historical context and disambiguation: The Diogenes Club was created by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle for a Literature/SherlockHolmes story, in which it was an eccentric gentleman's club catering to gentlemen who wanted access to the facilities of a club but didn't get on well with other people; Holmes's brother Mycroft was a member. The movie ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfSherlockHolmes'' proposed that the Diogenes was a front for, and Mycroft Holmes a senior official of, the British secret service. Kim Newman used this interpretation in his novel ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', in which an agent of the Diogenes Club investigates JackTheRipper UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and discovers a conspiracy leading to the highest levels of government.
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* NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: "The End Of The Pier Show' skewers nostalgia for WorldWarII; a group of old veterans have used magic to force an old seaside town to be as it was during the war because they don't like modern times and preferred the war, when everyone 'pulled together' and things were 'much better'. Curiously, the 'modern times' they can't get the hang of are the 1970s, and the hero bluntly tells them that whilst the decade isn't perfect, they have to suck it up and move on; they have no right to force their outdated ways on the present just because they can't get the hang of decimalisation. He also notes that in their rosy-eyed view of the war years, they've conveniently forgotten the [[ThoseWackyNazis rather nasty group of people over the channel]] who were the whole reason for the war in the first place -- and who also have a presence in their little fantasy-land...

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* NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: "The End Of The Pier Show' skewers nostalgia for WorldWarII; UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; a group of old veterans have used magic to force an old seaside town to be as it was during the war because they don't like modern times and preferred the war, when everyone 'pulled together' and things were 'much better'. Curiously, the 'modern times' they can't get the hang of are the 1970s, and the hero bluntly tells them that whilst the decade isn't perfect, they have to suck it up and move on; they have no right to force their outdated ways on the present just because they can't get the hang of decimalisation. He also notes that in their rosy-eyed view of the war years, they've conveniently forgotten the [[ThoseWackyNazis rather nasty group of people over the channel]] who were the whole reason for the war in the first place -- and who also have a presence in their little fantasy-land...



* PhonyPsychic: Played for laughs in "Angel Down, Sussex"; a young woman, Catriona, visits a psychic after WorldWarI, and the psychic divines that she is seeking contact with a soldier, Edwin; the psychic assures her that her soldier felt no pain when he died and that he sends his love to her from the afterlife, and a ghostly, indistinct image appears. After a moment, Catriona points out that there's one problem with the psychic's reading: Edwin, the soldier who the psychic has made such direct contact with? ''Isn't actually dead.'' Turns out Catriona's a particularly savvy paranormal investigator, and proceeds to deconstruct the psychic's act with devastating accuracy and reveal to her other patrons that she's a sham.

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* PhonyPsychic: Played for laughs in "Angel Down, Sussex"; a young woman, Catriona, visits a psychic after WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and the psychic divines that she is seeking contact with a soldier, Edwin; the psychic assures her that her soldier felt no pain when he died and that he sends his love to her from the afterlife, and a ghostly, indistinct image appears. After a moment, Catriona points out that there's one problem with the psychic's reading: Edwin, the soldier who the psychic has made such direct contact with? ''Isn't actually dead.'' Turns out Catriona's a particularly savvy paranormal investigator, and proceeds to deconstruct the psychic's act with devastating accuracy and reveal to her other patrons that she's a sham.
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