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11-30-2010, 03:52 AM
I remember reading in a Ligotti interview where he stated that he was a fan of Sherlock Holmes. I am too, and have been since I was a kid. I used to love watching those old b&w Basil Rathbone movies. One of the earliest short stories that I remember reading was "The Speckled Band". And one of the first novels that I read (not counting school assignments) was The Hound of the Baskervilles. I eventually read the entire Holmes canon, I think by my mid twenties. I was just curious to know if any of you like Sherlock Holmes? Many horror writers have written Holmes pastiches, and the genres seem, at least to me, to be very close to one another. Conan Doyle wrote some very good horror stories.

Here are a few Holmes/Horror books:






11-30-2010, 06:08 AM
I haven't read any yet, but have only two days ago acquired The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of the Four. I have enjoyed the tv series for so long, and after reading two non-Sherlockian works by Conan Doyle, 'The Captain of the 'Pole-Star'' and The Lost World, for academic purposes and enjoying them immensely, I thought I shouldn't beat around the bush anymore.

11-30-2010, 09:04 AM
The Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett just had a rerun on tv here, last spring to be accurate. I ordered the complete collection of Doyle's stories pretty much because of the show. Most of them are damn good, and Holmes is still one of the more fascinating characters out there.

11-30-2010, 10:43 AM
I am ashamed to say that I still have not read any Sherlock Holmes. I shall have to remedy that someday, I think. I love the Hammer version of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Here is one more book cover to add to the gallery:


11-30-2010, 04:31 PM
"Many of the great lessons of life are to be learned in the pages of the novelist." Conan Doyle, preface to A Study in Scarlett.

Reading this thread makes me want to reread all the stories again.

11-30-2010, 05:33 PM
The Holmes stories really are wonderful. I've no interest in the non-Doyle material (though Gaiman's take on a Study in Scarlet was fun) but the original canon is top-notch. Doyle's non-Sherlock material is great as well, and vastly under-appreciated next to Holmes.

11-30-2010, 06:43 PM
Doyle's non-Sherlock material is great as well, and vastly under-appreciated next to Holmes.

Any titles in particular you would recommend?

11-30-2010, 09:39 PM
Doyle's non-Sherlock material is great as well, and vastly under-appreciated next to Holmes.

Any titles in particular you would recommend?

I'd pick this up:

Amazon.com: Tales of Unease (Wordsworth Tales of Mystery the Supernatural) (9781840220780): Arthur Conan Doyle: Books

Inexpensive, but it covers a lot.

11-30-2010, 11:52 PM
I have a Doyle collection edited by Martin H. Greenberg, I believe, that I read some excellent stories from a few weeks back called Vampire Stories. "Captain of the 'Pole-Star'" and "The Ring of Thoth" being two highly recommended ones. Doyle's popularity --then and now-- is surely due to his succinct yet lucid style of writing.

09-10-2011, 03:26 AM
A new Holmesian horror book.


Edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
Published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publication date: Fall 2011

Frontispiece by Mike Mignola
Cover art by Dave Elsey


Introduction by Charles Prepolec

The Comfort of the Seine by Stephen Volk
The Adventure of Lucifer's Footprints by Christopher Fowler
The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes by Tom English
The Colour that Came to Chiswick by William Meikle
A Country Death by Simon K. Unsworth
From the Tree of Time by Fred Saberhagen
Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell by Simon Clark
The Executioner by Lawrence C. Connolly
Sherlock Holmes and the Great Game by Kevin Cockle
The Greatest Mystery by Paul Kane
The House of Blood by Tony Richards
The Adventure of the Six Maledictions by Kim Newman

09-10-2011, 05:48 PM
I've just started rereading THE ANNOTATED SHERLOCK HOLMES in the William S. Baring-Gould two volume hardcover edition. I love that edition so much. But the newer edition of 2006, Edited and with Notes by Leslie S. Klinger, is outstanding, wonderful. I was lucky enough to be on a panel with Mr. Klinger when the World Horror Con was in Salt Lake City in 2008. He is one cool gent. The series of televised episodes starring Jeremy Brett as Homes are simply divine--they follow the text. For example, in "The Second Stain," Doyle writes:

"A small black cavity opened beneath it. Holmes plunged his eager hand into it, and drew it out with a bitter snarl of anger and disappointment. It was empty."

Brett's Holmes conveys this snarl marvelously!

The world of Sherlock Holmes is like none other.

09-11-2011, 06:35 AM
Devotees of horror fiction might enjoy re-reading the following Holmes tales from the original canon:

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
The Adventure of the Lion's Mane

Though the mysteries are resolved in each with a rational explanation, they retain the atmosphere of horror stories as does The Hound of the Baskervilles.

09-11-2011, 07:40 AM
"What is the meaning of it, Watson?" said Holmes solemnly as he laid down the paper. "What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable. But what end? There is the great standing perennial problem to which human reason is as far from an answer as ever."

- The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (1892)

06-23-2014, 07:57 AM
I remember reading right through the whole Sherlock Holmes canon in a public library in Anerley, London in late afternoons after school. For a time several years thereafter I would, in a spirit of contention, hold that Holmes was a mere extended development from Poe's C. Auguste Dupin. Of course he is, but if Dupin is pure intellect, Holmes, as he develops throughout the canon also takes on an interior human life wholly absent from Dupin who is only a cipher.

The best scene from the staggeringly wonderful Jeremy Brett series follows:

The Six Napoleons End Scene - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=278dN8DZw00)

I had the privilege of seeing Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on stage when they played in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes.

Mark S.

06-23-2014, 10:03 AM
Whilst looking for a different book by Ron Weighell, I came across this which I may look into. I particularly liked the cover image...


"In THE IRREGULAR CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, we encounter five cases which test Holmes's powers to the limit; strange and bizarre cases involving forces that are not of this world. Missing manuscripts, strange sects, sudden death, and mysterious encounters all lead Holmes and Watson into a twilight world of mystery, magic, and danger, where nothing is commonplace and people are not what they seem."

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4194iLsnYzL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_ OU02_.jpg

06-23-2014, 04:08 PM