By Michael Reaves
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is without doubt one of the most renowned literary figures of all time. For greater than 100 years, his adventures have stood as imperishable monuments to the facility of human cause to penetrate each secret, remedy each puzzle, and punish each crime.
For approximately as lengthy, the macabre stories of H. P. Lovecraft have haunted readers with their nightmarish glimpses into nation-states of cosmic chaos and timeless evil. yet what might occur if Conan Doyle’s peerless detective and his allies have been to discover themselves confronted with mysteries whose ideas lay not just past the clutch of common sense, yet of sanity itself.
In this selection of all-new, all-original stories, twenty of today’s so much leading edge writers supply their solutions to that burning question.
“A learn in Emerald” via Neil Gaiman: A grotesque homicide exposes a plot opposed to the Crown, a seditious conspiracy so cunningly wrought that just one guy in all London may have deliberate it–and just one guy can desire to prevent it.
“A Case of Royal Blood” via Steven-Elliot Altman: Sherlock Holmes and H. G. Wells subscribe to forces to guard a princess stalked by means of a ghost–or possibly anything a long way worse than a ghost.
“Art within the Blood” through Brian Stableford: One man’s terrible ailment leads Sherlock Holmes to an old curse that threatens to rouse the crawling chaos snoozing within the blood of all humankind.
“The Curious Case of omit Violet Stone” via Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson: a lady who has no longer eaten in additional than 3 years teaches Holmes and Watson that usually the most unlikely cannot be eliminated.
“The Horror of the numerous Faces” by means of Tim Lebbon: Dr. Watson witnesses a maniacal homicide in London–and acknowledges the villain as none except his good friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
With those and fourteen different darkish stories of insanity, horror, and deduction, a brand new and bad video game is afoot.
The terrifyingly surreal universe of horror grasp H. P. Lovecraft bleeds into the logical global of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s champion of rational deduction–in those brand-new tales by way of twenty of today’s best horror, secret, delusion, and technology fiction writers, including:
• Steven-Elliot Altman
• Elizabeth Bear
• Poppy Z. Brite
• Simon Clark
• David Ferguson
• Paul Finch
• Neil Gaiman
• Barbara Hambly
• Caitlin R. Kiernan
• Tim Lebbon
• James Lowder
• Richard A. Lupoff
• F. Gwynplaine McIntyre
• John Pelan
• Steve Perry
• Michael Reaves
• Brian Stableford
• John P. Vourlis
• David Niall Wilson & Patricia Lee Macomber