SHER­LOCK HOLMES AND THE SHADWELL SHAD­OWS Baker Street, ir­reg­u­lar

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 15 Novem­ber 448 pages | Hard­back/ebook Au­thor James love­grove Pub­lisher Ti­tan books

Set­ting the foren­sic logic of Arthur Co­nan Doyle against the gods and mon­sters of HP Love­craft, The Shadwell Shad­ows launches a tril­ogy of un­canny ad­ven­tures with one foot in The Strand Magazine and an­other in Weird Tales.

Play­fully blur­ring the lines be­tween fact and fic­tion, James Love­grove af­fects to have re­ceived the Cthulhu Case­book manuscripts from a dis­tant rel­a­tive of Love­craft. Are they re­ally the work of Dr John Wat­son, fi­nally un­bur­den­ing him­self of the real se­crets of his Baker Street years? Could they have been writ­ten by Love­craft? Or is it all an elab­o­rate hoax?

The early chap­ters are rooted in the fa­mil­iar Holme­sian mi­lieu of Han­som cabs and Lime­house opium dens, be­fore events grad­u­ally move into the more fan­tas­ti­cal Love­craft ter­ri­tory of snake men and cos­mic be­ings.

Through­out, Love­grove’s rich, vivid prose helps steer the book clear of penny dread­ful ter­ri­tory – though Holmes purists should still steel them­selves for gen­er­ous help­ings of what My­croft calls “mys­ti­cal guff”. Paul Kirkley

Other re­cent Holmes mashups in­clude A Study In Brim­stone and Sher­lock Holmes And The Ser­vants Of Hell.

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