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edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan

Shadows Over Baker Street


This particular volume combines two of my favorite subjects as far as fiction is concerned: Sherlock Holmes and H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.  Editors Michael Reaves and John Pelan have chosen an excellent selection of stories, and the authors involved showed much creativity when asked to combine these two somewhat disparate themes.  Holmes is well known as a man who believes modern science can explain everything that occurs.  What happens, then, when the great detective is confronted with cosmic forces beyond all understanding?  You'll see if you pick up this excellent book.  I especially enjoyed "Tiger! Tiger!" by Elizabeth Bear, "The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone" by Poppy Z. Brite & David Ferguson, and "A Case of Insomnia" by John P. Vourlis.  There were several small problems with the book.  First, the paperback edition is very lightly bound.  The cover is extremely thin and I can see that the book will be tough to keep in good condition over the years.  Buy the hardback version if you can afford it.  Second, the stories are all standalone.  Several stories even contradict each other and so don't even agree amongst themselves, much less with the canon of Holmes stories.  I can see how it would have been a tough if not impossible job for the editors to make sure all of the stories were set in the same "universe".  Instead, this seemed to be more of a contest to see who could be the most creative, and because of this fact I only found the continuity issue to be a minor flaw.  Nevertheless, I highly recommend this one, especially to fans of Lovecraft looking to get into Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories, and vice versa.  However, I would caution Sherlock Holmes fans to read some (if not all) of Lovecraft's stories before diving into this one.

464 pp.

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