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Shadows Over Baker Street [Kindle Edition]

Michael Reaves , John Pelan
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From Publishers Weekly

Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft were masters of mood and suggestion, qualities in short supply in this anthology collecting 18 all-original tales in which Sherlock Holmes and other Doylean characters confront various Lovecraftian horrors. A few contributions amount to cinematic action-adventure stories better suited to Indiana Jones, while perhaps the most atmospheric entry, Caitlin R. Kiernan's "The Drowned Geologist," with its sly Dracula allusions, relates more closely to her novel Threshold than to the book's theme. The more successful tales tend to adhere to traditional Holmesian scenarios, such as those by the two editors: Pelan's "The Mystery of the Worm" puts a neat Lovecraftian twist on one of Dr. Watson's untold cases, while Reaves's "The Adventure of the Arab's Manuscript" makes imaginative use of an unexpurgated copy of the Necronomicon found in an Afghan cave. Just as good are Richard A. Lupoff's "The Adventure of the Voorish Sign" and Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson's "The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone." F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre's "The Adventure of Exham Priory" takes the humor prize for an egotistical quip from the master detective, who alludes to the cosmic conclave of human and alien minds in HPL's "The Shadow Out of Time": "I was offered a chance to commune with intellects nearly the equal of my own."
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From Booklist

Here's a real treat for fans of Sherlock Holmes, H. P. Lovecraft, and everyone in between: 20 original stories by writers of horror and fantasy. Neil Gaiman is here, along with Barbara Hambly, Richard Lupoff, Brian Stableford, Poppy Z. Brite, and many more. The premise is engaging: What if the world of Holmes, the world's most logical and rational detective, intersected with the world of Lovecraft, where logic and rationality have little meaning? These are stories about strange beasts, men cursed to death, and the walking un-dead. Most feature a powerful narrative voice. One stars Irene Adler and takes place nearly a decade before the events recounted in the classic Conan Doyle story, "A Scandal in Bohemia." Another is narrated by H. G. Wells. Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother, appears in one tale; still another has Dr. Watson becoming Holmes' client. The stories, set between 1881 and 1915, are uniformly excellent, and the book, authorized by the Doyle estate, is a welcome addition to the Holmes canon. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345452739
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1 edition (Sept. 30 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJCN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag July 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have to agree with other reviews printed here. The book is something of a mixed bag. Few of the stories are well balanced quality pieces of professional writing. Their strengths and limitations differ.
Some of the stories show a paucity of knowledge about Lovecraft's work. In such stories, only a few of the most general references are made to the Lovecraftean canon. Otherwise the stories just suggest the pursuit of a "nightstalker" figure similar to a sort of Jack the Ripper. To justify the story's inclusion in this collection, the author tosses in a couple of Lovecraft's character names or place names such as "Cthulhu" or "Innsmouth" into the story. Nothing is ever done with these references, mind. That would require too much effort.
Some stories work pretty well because the writer has worked with the material before and knows it well. I think that Richard Lupoff's story "The Voorish Sign" is one of the book's best. But Lupoff has written and published other Sherlock Holmes pastiches over the years. He has a track record, so to speak.
Some of the most intriguing and most enjoyable stories set a Lovecraftian stage beautifully, drawing us in, getting us really eager to move on to the denouement. Unfortunately, it is as though the writer at this point does not know what to do with the situation he/she has established, and just . . . stops. Such is "The Mystery of the Worm" by John Pelan.
A series of biographic sketches appear at the end of the book, profiling the authors of the various stories. Here one sees quite a range of experience. Some of the writers have published a number of books and stories, and seem to have done their share of "weird tales.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eldritch, my dear Watson April 24 2013
By ScS
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This anthology is fantastic. Every story delivers a new look on this long overdue combination of the Victorian and the cosmic. Each writer has a different feel for the world's greatest detective and the mysteries that must never be solved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Chthulu fans! June 9 2009
Format:Paperback
The very idea of this book fascinated me. I was not disapointed. If you're a fan of HP Lovcraft, this is a good read. If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes, it is equally good. Be warned though, not all the stories are writen in the Doyle style. (which is fine by me.)
I recomend it for fans of the Cthulu mythos. I would save the first story (Gaiman) for last because it's the best in my opinion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing collection June 25 2004
Format:Hardcover
Maybe my hopes were just too high for this one. It sounds like a great idea, but I have to agree with Cyberalchemist. Holmes in no instance ever confronts the weaknesses in his deductive system, which is where the real drama should lie. Instead, he displays a ridiculous erudition concerning all things Lovecraftian, which makes for a series of predictable, boring denouements. Some of the stories are decent reads, but reading them one after another gets tiresome. No points for guessing how many times Holmes' cocaine is mentioned either. I think every single author had to throw that one in there, whether it was pertinent to the story or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely high coolness factor June 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Not every story is a gem, but most of them are very, very good. The less successful ones cleave too much to Holmesian or Lovecraftian conventions too closely, so they feel too much like a geeky in-joke. (The tiger hunt one definitely fits into this category for me, as does the re-animator pastiche.) If I had been the editors, though, I would have put the Neil Gaiman story at the end. It's a jaw-dropping stunner...worth savoring at the very, very end. If you can resist, save it until you're done with the rest of the book, even though it's the first story in this anthology.
The coolness factor of mixing Lovecraft and Doyle is off the meter. I'm surprised no one had done it before--and I've read a lot of Lovecraftian fiction, and to a smaller extent, the modern Holmes riffs like The Seven Percent Solution. I wouldn't be surprised if the editors produce another volume soon, with the number of writers who'd like to try their hand at this literary hybrid.
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