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Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes
Review by Mel Jacob
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781894063319
Date: 16 October 2009 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Review from Oct. 2008 / Show Article /

Gaslight Grimoire offers an admixture of tales set in the Victorian era and focusing on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with supernatural elements at work. Because not all the stories feature Holes, it might better be titled: of Sherlock Holmes World. Taking a well-known and beloved fictional character and creating a cross genre piece doesn't always work. The editors and authors deserve congratulations for trying. Some dedicated Sherlockians will be offended or disappointed as will some fans of the supernatural. However, readers with open minds will find in the collection enjoyable tales.

From official release/information:

Product Description:

THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON BAKER STREET!
 
Between the shadowy realms of fear and the unforgiving glare of science lies a battleground of unspeakable horror. In vile alleyways with blood-slick cobblestones, impenetrable fog, and the wan glow of gaslight, lurk the inhuman denizens of nightmare.
 
CAN REASON PREVAIL WHEN ELIMINATING
THE IMPOSSIBLE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION?
 
 
 
 
 
Faced with his worst fears, Sherlock Holmes has his faith in the science of observation and deduction shaken to the core in 13 all-new tales of terror from today's modern masters of the macabre!

 

Contributors Include:

 

Leslie S. Klinger - "Foreword"

Charles V. Prepolec - "Introduction"

 

Stephen Volk - "Hounded"

Lawrence C. Connolly - "The Death Lantern"

William Meikle - "The Quality of Mercy"

James A. Moore - "Emily's Kiss"

William Patrick Maynard - "The Tragic Case of the Child Prodigy

Hayden Trenholm - "The Last Windigo"

Neil Jackson - "Celeste"

Robert Lauderdale - "The Best Laid Plans"

Leigh Blackmore - "Exalted are the Forces of Darkness"

Mark Morris - "The Affair of the Heart"

Simon Kurt Unsworth - "The Hand-Delivered Letter"

Barbara Roden - "Of the Origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles"

J. R. Campbell - "Mr. Other's Children"

(Source: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

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