Paul Gilbert has amazingly been pulling Holmes pastiches from Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box since 2007, and he’s recovered a lot of them over the years, and they’re all quite good. He’s one of those pasticheurs that can be trusted to relate narratives about the TRUE Sherlock Holmes – the Canonical and traditional Holmes. One needn’t fear that Gilbert’s works will go off the cliff by presenting a broken defective sociopath set in the wrong century – or worse.
This volume contains nine “Tales of Darkness” – six new and three previously published – and they’re all just right. I had saved reading this one for a special day, and I started it a few months ago during an airplane flight from Boston back to eastern Tennessee where I live. When I settled in with Gilbert’s wonderful Sherlockian adventures, the plane ride was immediately forgotten. I moved from one story to the next and couldn’t put it down. The plane ride wasn’t long enough to finish the book in one sitting – so I finished it that night! It’s highly recommended, and I can’t wait to see what Mr. Gilbert reveals to us next!
"An enjoyable collection of 10 Sherlock Holmes stories centered on the dark world—of ghosts, the dead, occultists, etc."
Although Sherlock Holmes had always refused to accept the potential influences of the supernatural upon the many cases with which he had been presented, there had certainly been a few which had sowed a seed of doubt within the mind of his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson. Obviously, The Hound of the Baskervilles and "The Sussex Vampire" are prime examples of these, but they are not the only ones! The apparition of a lady dressed in white and long thought dead, a deadly and shadowy form that wreaks terror on the heath and a figure from the past who has accrued the power to commune with the dead! Here is collection of cases, some new, together with a few old favourites which sorely test Holmes' long-held beliefs to their very limits!
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