Shadows Over Baker Street

By Michael Reaves

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is likely one of the most famed literary figures of all time. For greater than 100 years, his adventures have stood as imperishable monuments to the power of human cause to penetrate each secret, clear up 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 geographical regions 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 recommendations lay not just past the snatch of common sense, yet of sanity itself.

In this choice of all-new, all-original stories, twenty of today’s so much leading edge writers supply their solutions to that burning question.

“A research in Emerald” through 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 can have deliberate it–and just one guy can wish to prevent it.

“A Case of Royal Blood” through Steven-Elliot Altman: Sherlock Holmes and H. G. Wells sign up for forces to guard a princess stalked by means of a ghost–or possibly anything some distance worse than a ghost.

“Art within the Blood” via Brian Stableford: One man’s terrible illness leads Sherlock Holmes to an historic curse that threatens to evoke the crawling chaos napping within the blood of all humankind.

“The Curious Case of leave out Violet Stone” via Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson: a woman 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 buddy, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

With those and fourteen different darkish stories of insanity, horror, and deduction, a brand new and bad online 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 through twenty of today’s most sensible horror, secret, delusion, and technological know-how 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

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He was once evidently a service provider seaman, maybe a moment mate. The unevenness of the light tan that also marked his face— the reduce a part of which had lengthy been secure via a beard— testified that he had again to England from the tropics lower than a month in the past. The odors clinging to his garments published that he had lately visited Limehouse, the place he had partaken of a beneficiant pipe of opium. The bulge in his left-hand coat pocket used to be suggestive of a medication bottle, yet Mycroft was once too scrupulous a guy to jump to the belief that it needs to be laudanum.

He studied it heavily, and that i felt as I watched him that he used to be taking the whole lot quite too heavily. “How lengthy can someone proceed with out sleep? ” requested Holmes. “I’ve had unmarried instances of a few days,” I interjected, “even a week—you good recognize— although I daresay I’ve by no means encountered this type of lengthy and frequent case as this, now not even within the journals. ” “Nor I,” concurred Mashbourne, handing the drawing again to Holmes. “Have you formulated a speculation but, Mr. Holmes? ” “Yes,” spoke back Holmes, to my undeniable shock.

And in that chamber, by way of the sunshine of our torches, used to be printed a scene which my brain firstly refused to appreciate. Miriam stood subsequent to what a stone altar, bounded on both sides through stelae. Petroglyphs have been carved into those stone pillars— sigils that appeared, within the doubtful gentle, to writhe and dance at the rocky surfaces. Atop the altar lay tall stacks of historical parchment, one larger than the opposite. i'll slightly make out the light, cryptic scrawl that represented the strategies, reviews, and fears of the mad Arab, set down through his personal hand centuries in the past.

We didn't order breakfast. ” I spoke throughout the heavy oaken door. “Courtesy of the administration, guv. ” probably, i assumed, i would admit a waiter bearing nutrition. What damage might there be in that? I reached for the latch basically to discover my hand tugged away by means of one other, that of girl Fairclough. She had climbed from her mattress and crossed the room, barefoot and clad merely in her sound asleep garment. She shook her head vigorously, drawing me clear of the door, which remained latched opposed to any access. She pointed to me, pantomiming speech.

When we have been seated within the stalls (I had received a threepenny orange from one of many stunning younger ladies who offered them to the individuals of the viewers, and that i sucked it as we waited), my buddy stated quietly, “You should still simply count number your self fortunate that you just didn't have to accompany me to the playing dens or the brothels. Or the madhouses— one other position that Prince Franz thrilled in vacationing, as i've got realized. yet there has been nowhere he went to greater than as soon as. Nowhere but—” The orchestra struck up, and the curtain was once raised.

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