Today we talk to Ember Pepper who has two stories in in Part Part XL: 1877-1887 currently on Kickstarter as part of the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories XL to XLII campaign.
Where did you first discover Holmes?
When I was about 12, I found a beautiful hardback copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles at my local library and picked it up on a whim. I was familiar with Sherlock Holmes because my brother was a fan, but I had never read any myself. I read it in one sitting that night and fell in love with the character. Other interests have come and gone, but Holmes has stayed with me for more than twenty years now.
Are there any writers/adaptations of Holmes you particularly enjoy?
I adore Lindsay Faye's novel Dust and Shadow. Calling it a Holmes pastiche almost seems to not do it justice. It's such a mature and well-written story, somehow tackling the slightly overdone subject of Jack the Ripper in a way that feels authentic. Her Holmes, throughout all her Holmes stories, is one of my favorite depictions of the detective. I also enjoy James Lovegrove and many of the writers for the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. To be honest, I am not that picky - I appreciate any new Holmes content and appreciate the vastly different takes we've seen on the character through book, tv, and film.
Do you write on any other subjects?
I am currently working on annotating the short stories of Lovecraft. My annotated edition of The Call of Cthulhu is already available on Amazon through Kindle or as a paperback.
Where can fans find your work?
On my Amazon author page - Ember Pepper