This is a collection of horror stories, not the usual Sherlockian investigations of human crime. In this book, Holmes and Watson deal with monsters, not twisted humans, but horrors out of myth and nightmare In the opening tale, "Hounded," by Stephen Volk, Watson attends a seance. What he finds there is what he had hoped to escape, his own memories of The Hound. Once confronted, they lead him to his only escape. Connolly, tells of a magician who filmed himself practicing one of his illusions, catching an explosive bullet in his teeth.
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Doyle couldnt weaken his popularity by giving Holmes a number of occult and fantastic cases to solve. This book takes care of that. Watson was severely injured, and should have died, while serving with the British Army in Afghanistan. He was saved by a blue djinn who exacts a price from Watson for his help.
Years later, while solving a case of what looks Even though Arthur Conan Doyle was a well-known occult writer, he had to keep Sherlock Holmes, his most famous creation, grounded in reality. Years later, while solving a case of what looks like suicide by crossbow, Watson suddenly stabs Holmes with an arrow. The damage to British morale would be too severe if he should be killed by the Nazis. Holmes helps a local detective discover how a man can be shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the head, and walk away.
It has to do with the importation of fifty pine boxes from Romania, filled with vampires willing to work for the Allies. In other stories, Holmes and Watson meet up with two famous literary occult detectives, Flaxman Low and Thomas Carnacki. Holmes is very much of a realist; no matter how weird and occult things may seem, there is usually a rational explanation.
But he does not totally dismiss un-rational explanations. I really enjoyed these stories. They are well done, and they are nice and weird without being too weird. Holmes fans will love this book, and so will occult fiction fans.
Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes