Clark (The Night of the Triffids) has done a superior job in selecting the 15 original pastiches for this anthology, all of which remove Holmes from his Baker Street haunts to exercise his deduction skills in less familiar terrain. The standout, Paul Finch’s “The Monster of Hell’s Gate,” sends Holmes and Watson to East Africa, where the legendary Nandi bear, a creature familiar to cryptozoologists, has been decimating native workers on a new rail line. Finch blends suspense, atmosphere, and fair-play cluing so skillfully that many would welcome a longer Holmes story from his imagination. The always-reliable Denis O. Smith takes the duo to Russia in “The Adventure of the Colonel’s Daughter,” to clear a man caught literally red-handed at the scene of a murder. Clark’s own “The Climbing Man” confronts Holmes with an impossible crime in Mesopotamia. The consistent excellence makes this a better choice for Sherlockians than such similar volumes as “Sherlock Holmes in America” and “Sherlock Holmes: The American Years.”
“In this wonderful anthology of new stories, Sherlock Holmes travels to the far ends of the Earth in search of truth and justice. A host of singularly talented writers, while remaining respectful towards Conan Doyle’s work, present a new and thrilling dimension to Holmes’s career. A full list of contributors include: Simon Clark; Andrew Darlington; Paul Finch; Nev Fountain; Carole Johnstone; Paul Kane; Alison Littlewood; Johnny Mains; William Meikle; David Moody; Mark Morris; Cavan Scott; Denis O. Smith; Sam Stone and Stephen Volk.”
As I mentioned previously, writing this story was a completely new experience for me, and it was one I enjoyed immensely. I’m really pleased with how my short turned out, and I hope you enjoy it.
I mentioned last year that I’d been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone… with this commission I couldn’t have been much further from the kind of stories I usually write: different genre, different era, different setting, different pace. Daunting, yet very rewarding.
Edited by the great Simon Clark, the book contains stories by Andrew Darlington; Paul Finch; Nev Fountain; Carole Johnstone; Paul Kane; Alison Littlewood; Johnny Mains; William Meikle; David Moody; Mark Morris; Cavan Scott; Denis O. Smith; Sam Stone and Stephen Volk.
In this wonderful anthology of ‘hitherto lost’ tales, the Great Detective travels to the far ends of the earth in pursuit of truth and justice.
A host of singularly talented writers present a thrilling new dimension to Holmes’s career whilst superbly capturing the spirit, style, suspense and atmosphere of Conan Doyle’s best work.