Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes by Barbara Hambly

By Barbara Hambly

The fabled tin dispatch field of Dr. John H. Watson opens to bare 11 all new stories of poser and darkish delusion. Sherlock Holmes, grasp of deductive reasoning, confronts the irrational, the unforeseen and the glorious within the bizarre worlds of the Gaslight Grimoire.

"A terrific addition to the bookshelf of any fan of
Sherlock Holmes or of the supernatural. exceptional tales, nice kind, genuine
chills: it is all here."
- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning writer of HOMINIDS

"This ebook includes 11 of the main inventive, inventive and inspired
exploits but dedicated to paper. tremendous stuff!"
- Roger Johnson, BSI, Editor, The Sherlock Holmes Journal

Contributors:
Barbara Hambly
Christopher Sequeira
Barbara Roden
M. J. Elliott
Martin Powell
Chico Kidd & Rick Kennett

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It was not so very late: Big Ben was striking eleven in the distance as we stepped through the window at 221B Baker Street. We entered through the bedroom that had been John’s, now crammed almost floor-to-ceiling with Mr. Holmes’ books and souvenirs. I could hear the strains of Mr. Holmes’ violin from the parlor, smell strong shag tobacco with an intensity I hadn’t experienced since I was a child. By the sudden chill on my bare ankles I knew that Peter and I had stepped from dream into reality, and panic filled me at this thought.

None really achieved the notoriety of Silence and Carnacki and certainly none approached the success of earth-bound Sherlock Holmes. Maybe the reason for their failure to catch the imagination of the mainstream reader is that these fellows not only believed in, but embraced the idea of the supernatural. They did not need convincing that there was a goblin in the cupboard, a vampire in the cellar or an ogre up the chimney. There was no surprise for them when they faced their demons … literally. The appeal then of these stories falls into two camps: the unusual nature of the haunting or supernatural event and the strange methods used by the psychic sleuth to alleviate the problem.

Craning to look over his shoulder, I saw Wylcourt Hall marked, and the village of Kethmure. “In the middle of one,” affirmed Peter. He couldn’t keep out of his voice the awed surprise of one who sees magic done. A small circle within two miles of Wylcourt Hall was labeled, Stone Circle — Fairies’ Dance. “And the boy’s father has hired wizards to find him. ” From the bottom drawer of his desk — the locked one where he keeps certain poisons and lists of names — Holmes brought out a thick, much-dog-eared notebook with a scribbled paper label on it, SPIRITUALISTS — THEOSOPHISTS.

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