Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Shadows Over Baker Street

If you want something to give you chills this summer, you should add Shadows Over Baker Street to your reading list. A short story anthology by an assortment of authors and edited by John Pelan and Michael Reaves, Shadows Over Baker Street combines characters from the universe of Sherlock Holmes with the beasts from the universe of Lovecraft stories.

"A Study In Emerald" by Neil Gaiman (author of my all time favorite graphic novel series ever, The Sandman) opens the anthology. Gaiman imagines a world in which the royalty of England has been taken over by Cthulu-esque tentacle monsters, the death of one of whom Sherlock is hired to solve.

Other stories that particularly stood out to me were:

  • "Tiger! Tiger!" by Elizabeth Bear, which was narrated by a veteran on safari with Irene Adler. Their hunting expedition is attacked by a firey tiger that melts the bullets fired at it.
  • "The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone" by Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson in which Sherlock investigates a girl's odd change in behavior following a vacation. The girl herself insists she is an alien entity that became trapped inside the girl's body.
  • "The Adventure of the Arab's Manuscript" by Michael Reaves pits Sherlock and Watson against the latter's former lover who wishes to bring the Old Ones into the world.

Overall, I was impressed with how the writers were able to write in the style of Conan Doyle and bring the world of Sherlock Holmes alive with their monster-based mysteries. If you are a fan of either Doyle or Lovecraft, you'll enjoy this collection.

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