Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes

J. R. Campbell, Editor, Charles Prepolec, Editor, Leslie S. Klinger, Foreword by
J. R. Campbell, Editor, Charles Prepolec, Editor, Leslie S. Klinger, Foreword by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, $16.95 (311p) ISBN 978-1-894063-31-9
Reviewed on: 03/01/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
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Overall, the quality of the 13 new Holmes stories in this volume is superior to those in 2008's similarly-themed Gaslight Grimoire, despite that book's better-known roster of contributors. Once again, Barbara Roden's (Northwest Passages) exceptional story ""Of the Origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles"" is on a level of its own. Roden takes advantage of a lacuna in Doyle's classic-the missing pages from a letter Watson to Holmes-and transforms it into a complex story with a unique explanation of the demonic beast haunting the Baskerville family. Hayden Trenholm's ""The Last Windigo"" integrates the Baker Street duo into a frightening mystery set in the remote Canadian wilderness. Neil Jackson in ""Celeste"" proposes a more science-fictional solution to the classic enigma of the ship Mary Celeste and her crew. The anthology also benefits from a very thoughtful and comprehensive overview of the horror genre up until the late nineteenth century by expert Leslie S. Klinger.
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