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September 29, 2003

Shadows Over Baker Street

Sketches of Strain reports on Shadows Over Baker Street, an "uniformly excellent" excellent collection which must enter the Flea archives.

Here's a real treat for fans of Sherlock Holmes, H. P. Lovecraft, and everyone in between: 20 original stories by writers of horror and fantasy. Neil Gaiman is here, along with Barbara Hambly, Richard Lupoff, Brian Stableford, Poppy Z. Brite, and many more. The premise is engaging: What if the world of Holmes, the world's most logical and rational detective, intersected with the world of Lovecraft, where logic and rationality have little meaning?

"What if", indeed. How many times have I asked the same question of my own life of logic and reason intersecting with a world which where these have little meaning? Especially that time I saw a certain purple-tentacled thing in the bathtub... but no, it is too horrible... too eldritch to even speak of this glimpse into nameless worlds of cyclopean horror which shudder just to the other side of what humanity laughingly thinks of as reality.

One of my prized possessions is Scream for Jeeves by D. H. Cannon. It is, as the name suggests, a collection of Lovecraft-themed stories starring Bertie Wooster and a useful guide to good etiquette in dealing with preterite horrors.

And then... The collection is now within my grasp... if only I can work out these diagrams I should soon have a working device and Miss Stone shall be restored to health!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 29, 2003 09:28 AM


Careful shooting up that cocaine, Professor Packwood.


Posted by: David Strain at September 29, 2003 06:12 PM

"The Lovecraft Papers" is a hoot. I have both the collection and the single book versions of "Pulptime" and "Scream for Jeeves".

Have you encountered the massive (and endless) Cthulhu Mythos collections from Chaosium, producers of the excellent (well, it was when I used to play it) Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game? Endless ways to drain your sanity await!

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at September 29, 2003 07:24 PM