Review: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Encounters of Sherlock Holmes
George Mann (Editor)

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN-10: 1781160031
ISBN-13: 978-1781160039

(Barry’s score 4 1/2 stars out of 5)
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Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Product description:

A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.

Introduction by George Mann
The Loss of Chapter Twenty-One by Mark Hodder
Holmes and the Indelicate Widow by Mags L Halliday
The Demon Slasher of Seven Sisters by Cavan Scott
The Post-Modern Prometheus by Nick Kyme
Mrs Hudson at the Christmas Hotel by Paul Magrs
The Case of the Night Crawler by George Mann
The Adventure of the Locked Carriage by Stuart Douglas
The Tragic Affair of the Martian Ambassador by Eric Brown
The Adventure of the Swaddled Railwayman by Richard Dinnick
The Pennyroyal Society by Kelly Hale
The Persian Slipper by Steve Lockley
The Property of a Thief by Mark Wright
Woman’s Work by David Barnett
The Fallen Financier by James Lovegrove

My thoughts:

English: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh
English: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to confess a certain bias. I love Sherlock Holmes and fit into the camp that believes that bad Holmes is better than no Holmes at all.  I’m also a steampunk fan. Having admitted that, is it any surprise that I thoroughly loved the collection of new Holmes stories in Encounters of Sherlock Holmes ?

I really enjoy George Mann’s work and reviewed his book Ghosts of Manhattan a couple of years ago. His story “Case of the Night Crawler” is excellent and I loved that he pulled in his “Newbury and Hobbes” characters. This isn’t the only case of an author pulling in his characters, Hodder brings in Algernon Swinburne and Sir Richard Burton in his story “The Loss of Chapter 21.”

Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Jekyll, and Martians, all have parts to play in the various stories. Even Mrs. Hudson gets in the act with David Barnett’s brilliant story “Woman’s Work.”  As you might image, not all of the stories are home-runs. Having said that, I think there is a little something for everyone from steampunk to Holmes purist (okay, less so the Holmes purist).

I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s a great introduction to authors that you may not have read. I enjoyed every minute of it and give Encounters of Sherlock Holmes 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Author: Barry

A knight is sworn to valor.

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