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Gaslight grimoire : fantastic tales of Sherlock Holmes
J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
Adult Fiction GASLIGH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In his foreword, David Stuart Davies asserts that the authors of these 11 stories pitting Holmes against the supernatural "are very well-versed in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson." Unfortunately, this authority fails to come through. The eloquence of the one standout, Barbara Roden's "The Things That Shall Come Upon Them," only emphasizes what the others lack. Roden effortlessly involves Holmes in a mystery derived from M.R. James's classic tale of terror, "Casting the Runes," featuring psychic sleuth Flaxman Low. By contrast, Martin Powell's "Sherlock Holmes in the Lost World" sees Holmes battling ape-men and dinosaurs without any display of his remarkable intellect, and M.J. Elliott's "The Finishing Stroke" pays so much homage as to neglect originality. As a whole, this mixed bag fails to differentiate itself from other similar anthologies. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A young boy goes missing and Sherlock Holmes must seek him in the border realm called the Neverlands in Barbara Hambly's bittersweet "The Lost Boy," while "The Last Arrow," a somber tale featuring Dr. Watson as a tragic, rather than a comic, figure, is Christopher Sequeira's contribution to this collection of 11 original and previously published short stories starring Sherlock Holmes. Unlike other anthologies featuring Conan Doyle's eccentric detective, this one, edited by Campbell and Prepolec, posits encounters between Holmes and the supernatural that cannot be explained by logic alone. Introductory essays by the editors and an evocative full-page illustration by Phil Conell for each story round out an excellent addition to the Holmesian apocrypha. A good addition to any library. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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