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Shadows Over Baker Street: New Tales of Terror! (2003)

av Michael Reaves (Redaktör), John Pelan (Redaktör)

Andra författare: Steven-Elliot Altman (Bidragsgivare), Elizabeth Bear (Bidragsgivare), Poppy Z. Brite (Bidragsgivare), Simon Clark (Bidragsgivare), David Ferguson (Bidragsgivare)13 till, Paul Finch (Bidragsgivare), Neil Gaiman (Bidragsgivare), Barbara Hambly (Bidragsgivare), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Bidragsgivare), Tim Lebbon (Bidragsgivare), James Lowder (Bidragsgivare), Richard A. Lupoff (Bidragsgivare), F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre (Bidragsgivare), Patricia Lee Macomber (Bidragsgivare), Steve Perry (Bidragsgivare), Brian M. Stableford (Bidragsgivare), John P. Vourlis (Bidragsgivare), David Niall Wilson (Bidragsgivare)

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Sherlock Holmes enters the macabre and nightmarish world of H.P. Lovecraft to solve a series of bizarre cases in a collection of short fiction by such authors as Neil Gaiman, Steve Perry, Brian Stableford, and Poppy Z. Brite.
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    The Occult Detectives of C. J. Henderson av C. J. Henderson (storyjunkie)
    storyjunkie: Both works feature active, engaged detectives facing down unknowable horrors. The mood of stubborn, investigative heroes encountering things from beyond carries through both works, providing an atmosphere that neither Victorian mystery, hard-boiled mystery, or supernatural horror could provide on its own.… (mer)
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    The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club av Kim Newman (storyjunkie)
    storyjunkie: Similar reader knowledge required, and the sense of fun and writer enjoyment of the stories is present in both.
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This is an excellent collection with a very good set of stories. If you like either Sherlock Holmes, or the works of H.P. Lovecraft, then you will like this anthology. The writers capture both the traits of the great detective with the ambiance and feel of Lovecraft's mythology. This is a good book to just immerse yourself and escape reality for a while, even if it can be scary at times. The stories range from Holmes early career all the way to the time after his retirement. This is definitely one to recommend and share. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
18 Geschichten, in denen Sherlock Holmes auf übernatürliche Schrecken trifft, die der Phantasie H. P. Lovecrafts hätten entstammen können.

Ob diese Kombination Sinn ergibt oder nicht, darüber lässt sich sicherlich streiten, aber mittlerweile hat man versucht den Meisterdetektiv in jedes erdenkliche Milieu zu verpflanzen, warum also nicht den Ctulhu-Mythos in die Baker Street tragen, dachten sich die Autoren vermutlich.

Wie jede Anthologie hat auch diese ihre Höhe-(und Tief-)punkte. Ich beschränke mich hier auf die gelungeneren Beiträge:

A Study In Emerald von Neil Gaiman gewann 2004 den Hugo-Award. Gaiman präsentiert ein viktorianisches Paralleluniversum in dem die europäischen Königsfamilien bizzarre Tentakelwesen mit übersinnlichen Fähigkeiten sind. Leider erlaubt es die Kürze der Erzählung nicht diese Idee zufriedenstellend auszuführen. Trotzdem eine reizvolle Hommage an Eine Studie in Scharlachrot.

Tiger! Tiger! von Elizabeth Bear muss ganz ohne Sherlock Holmes auskommen, dafür erleben wir Moriarty-Handlanger Colonel Sebastian Moran und "die Frau" Irene Adler auf Tigerjagd im indischen Busch. Das besagter Tiger sich als ein weit schrecklicheres Wesen entpuppt ist der nette Twist dieser Kurzgeschichte.

The Case Of The Wavy Black Dagger von Steve Perry macht Holmes mit einer außergewöhnlichen Dame bekannt, die durchaus das Zeug dazu hätte, Irene Adler als seine Lieblingsfrau abzulösen. Ein Beitrag, der ganz ohne Action oder Grusel auskommt und doch höchst amüsant zu lesen ist.

The Weeping Masks von James Lowder ist eine herrlich schaurige Story, in der wir mehr über Dr. Watsons Kriegserlebnisse in Afghanistan erfahren. Einer der wenigen wirklich gruseligen Beiträge.

Art In The Blood von Brian Stableford konfrontiert den britischen Geheimdienst um Mycroft Holmes mit derart furchtbaren Gräueln, dass ausschließlich Bruder Sherlock helfen kann.

The Mystery Of The Hanged Man's Puzzle von Paul Finch ist eine bombastische Mär in der ein Virus aus dem lovecraftschen Insmouth die britische Hauptstadt bedroht und ihre Opfer in ekelerregende Fischwesen verwandelt. Holmes und Watson liefern sich mit ihren Gegnern eine explosive Verfolgungsjagd in der londoner Kanalisation.

The Drowned Geologist von Caitlin R. Kiernan setzt vor allem auf eine sehr dichte Atmosphäre, und kommt durch diese subtile Art Conan Doyles Originalwerken am nächsten.

Lovecraft-Anhänger werden vermutlich eher von dieser Sammlung angetan sein als Holmesianer. Der kriminalistische Scharfsinn Holmes' gerät zugunsten des phantastischen Elements in den Hintergrund. Aber wer sich gerne an Ausgefallenem versucht, könnte durchaus Freude an dieser Kollektion haben. ( )
  TheRavenking | Mar 1, 2017 |
Originally I was going to pass on this collection since the concept sounded too gimmicky. But then I read and was impressed by the odd mood of Neil Gaiman's award-winning "A Study in Emerald", so I decided to give it a try. Besides no less reverential a Lovecraft scholar than Peter Cannon combined the two mythos in his The Lovecraft Papers. It's not at all certain Lovecraft would have minded either since he was taken with Sherlock Holmes at an early age and allowed his friends to play in the horrible funhouse - especially the library annex - he created in his Yog-Sothory.

While I've read and enjoyed Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories, I'm not very familiar with the many additions to that literary universe by other authors. (This one is authorized by his estate.) So, I approached this as a Lovecraft fan and not a Holmes fan.

The stories are arranged in chronological order of setting, and the most striking thing about them is how many don't feature the standard pairing of Holmes and Watson.

The London of Gaiman's story is a strange, uneasy place where the monstrosities of famous Victorian fantastic literature often are referenced in handbills, and we don't follow Holmes or Watson but another doctor and detective. All is explained in a disturbing ending. Holmes and Watson don't even get a mention in Elizabeth Bear's "Tiger! Tiger!". Instead, in India, we follow Irene Adler and Colonel Moran, two of the more famous minor characters in the Holmes series, on a tiger hunt with a strange, unseen menace, Great Game machinations, and Afghan magic all playing a part. I liked it better than Bear's more famous Cthulhu stories, "Shoggoths in Bloom" and "Mongoose". Like the Gaiman, it works in plot and as a mood piece.

The same is not true of Steve Perry's "The Case of the Wavy Dagger" which strikes me as more a martial arts warrior babe story and Cthulhuish only via the context of being included here. No Watson again in Steven-Eliot Altman's "A Case of Royal Blood". Instead, H. G. Wells plays Holmes' assistant as the two investigate a poltergeist haunting the royal family of the Netherlands. A fruitful conflation of Wells and Lovecraft though not as stunning as what Brian Aldiss did with "The Saliva Tree". Watson doesn't have to share the stage at all with Holmes in James Lowder's "The Weeping Mask". More Conan Doyleish adventure than Lovecraftian horror, it's an effective account of Watson's encounter with a strange Afghan cult.

And no Watson again in Brian Stableford's "Art in the Blood". As usual, when he puts his had to working in a classic fictional setting, Stableford delivers in a superb effort which has the Diogenes Club investigating the death of one of its agents and trying to help a seaman suffering a crippling disease.

Finally, Holmes and Watson show up together in a Poppy Z. Brite's and David Ferguson's rather perfunctory "The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone" which features Lovecraft's the Great Race.

Barbara Hambly throws William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki into the blender with a little referenced Lovecraft story, "The Rats in the Wall", and pours out the effective "The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece". I think John Pelan's "The Mystery of the Worm" is doing something similar with a Fu Manchuish villain and another, less famous Lovecraft story, "The Nameless City". It's another involving story though more on the scientific detective side of things than horror.

Paul Finch's "The Mystery of the Hanged Man's Puzzle" is just good pulpy fun with Holmes delivered a taunting challenge by an executed criminal on his last morning, a challenge to avoid worldwide destruction. The action in London's sewers reminded me a bit of that classic Dr. Who episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". However, a bit of high implausibility involving a Gatling gun took me right out of the story towards the end.

Nothing explicitly Lovecraftian shows up in Tim Lebbon's mood piece "The Horror of Many Faces" which involves a rash of vicious murders in London - all committed by formerly upstanding citizens.

We always suspected Watson was a bit modest in the matter of the ladies, so it was nice to see an old lover, an Afghan princess, show up in "The Adventure of the Arab's Manuscript" by Michael Reaves.

Former paleontologist Caitlin Kiernan puts her training to good use in one of the very best stories in the book, "The Drowned Geologist". A story told via letter and hints of a horror from deep time - to say nothing of the lurking, nagging unease generated from a nearby shipwreck, this is another Kiernan story which uses the vitality of Lovecraft's themes without slavishly copying the plots and style.

John P. Vourlis' "A Case of Insomnia" is merely ok, a story of mysterious plague of insomnia. Better is Richard A. Lupoff's "The Adventure of the Voorish Sign". Lupoff has done some stunning takeoffs on Lovecraft in all kinds of veins from silly to experimental science fiction. This story is Lupoff mostly in his mystery writer mode and told in a straight detective style as Holmes searches for a missing husband.

I did not like F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre would be humor tale "The Adventure of the Exham Priory". It was yet another example of that author's nostalgic Victorianism.

While I did like David Niall Wilson and Patricia Lee Macomber's "Death Did Not Become Him", it seemed Lovecraftian only by virtue of a couple of paragraphs wedged in at the last moment.

Simon Clark's "Nightmare in Wax" borrows a stylistic trick from Lovecraft's "A Whisperer in the Darkness" - partially telling the tale through the wax cylinder recordings of one Professor Moriarty and his work at draining a flooded village to uncover ...

Three weak stories and excellent work in the Gaiman, Stableford, and Kiernan pieces. Not a perfect collection judged by any measure but good enough for a Lovecraftian to pick up. ( )
2 rösta RandyStafford | Apr 19, 2012 |
Wonderful new twists on the adventures of the Great Detective. A Lovecraftian taint squirms through out each. Be prepared to jump at shadows while you read this dark collection. ( )
  barpurple | Aug 30, 2011 |
An anthology of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, in which the great detective's investigations lead him into the dark world imagined by H.P. Lovecraft.

The book starts off well, as "A Study in Emerald" (the only one of the stories I have read before) has a satisfying twist in its tail, and it finishes equally satisfyingly with "A Nightmare in Wax". Holmes faces a wide variety of cases, but it was interesting that more than one author suggested that Dr. Watson had come across the Old Ones before, during his time as an army surgeon in Afghanistan, and several managed to fit in bees and beekeeping. There is one story featuring Colonel Sebastian Moran and Irene Adler, in which Holmes and Watson don't appear, and there are references in others to characters from other Victorian fantastic fiction, such as Dracula and Caresco Surhomme.

The only problem with the book is that I didn't find any of the stories particularly frightening. I suppose that's bound to happen when you involve Sherlock Holmes, since the reader is expecting things to turn out more or less okay in the end, which is not something you can rely on when reading Lovecraft! ( )
  isabelx | Apr 23, 2011 |
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Reaves, MichaelRedaktörprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Clark, SimonBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Finch, PaulBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Gaiman, NeilBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hambly, BarbaraBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Lebbon, TimBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Lowder, JamesBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Lupoff, Richard A.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
MacIntyre, F. GwynplaineBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Macomber, Patricia LeeBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Perry, SteveBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Stableford, Brian M.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Vourlis, John P.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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