The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Volumes XXXI-XXXIII is currently running on Kickstarter and we're interviewing the contributors. Next up is Gordon Linzner.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and your story.
I am the founder and former editor of Space and Time Magazine, author of three published novels and scores of short stories in F&SF, Twilight Zone, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, numerous other magazines and anthologies, a member of the Horror Writers Association and lifetime member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
In "The Case of the Wary Maid," Mrs Hudson expresses her concern to Holmes and Watson about the reticent attitude of her new, recently widowed maid, Mrs Turner. Their investigation takes them down some dark alleys; to say more would provide too many spoilers.
2. Why did you want to participate in this project?
Because the editor was kind enough to ask me, based on my previous appearances in some MX anthologies; because who wouldn't want to write about the world's most famous detective; and because I relished the opportunity to work up a backstory for a character who is only mentioned once or twice but the canon but obviously deserved more.
3. What are your current and upcoming projects?
In addition to a few other MX collections as noted above, I've recently had stories in Even in the Grave, a collection of ghost stories benefiting the Horror Writers Association; Humans Are the Problem from Weird Little Worlds Press; The Horrorzine's Book of Werewolf Stories, and Dark Moon Digest #46 (just got my copy yesterday!). To name a few. I recently sold a story to your forthcoming collection of Sherlock Holmes Medical Mysteries as well. I've currently got my fingers in three or four different pies (including of course more Holmes) - mysteries, occult, etc. - but it's far too early to report on those yet.
4. Any last thoughts?
Only that I'm grateful to you for providing the opportunity to work with such an iconic character, and I look forward to reading the works of my fellow contributors.
You can read more on the Gordon Linzner Amazon Page.