Friday, November 25, 2016

Hellbirds (1976)

Austin Mitchelson and Nicholas Utechin's follow-up to their first Holmes pastiche The Earthquake Machine. This one brings the great detective into World War I intrigue.

THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE 
In December of 1914, while the two greatest armies in history were deadlocked across Europe from the North Sea to the Alps, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were called in to investigate the mysterious death of a man who had fallen victim to a vicious flock of birds. There is more to it than first apparent, however–for an evil genius, the German master spy Von Bork, is planning to infiltrate all of England. A new Sherlock Holmes thriller by the authors of THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE.

Title: Hellbirds
Author: Austin Mitchelson & Nicholas Utechin
Year: 1976
Publisher: Belmont Tower Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1975)

This is non-fiction, but still worth the share. This is the 1975 paperback edition of Vincent Starrett's classic study of Sherlock Holmes with an introduction by Michael Murphy.

This work has long been out of print. In fact, those few copies found in the last decade have often brought prices usually attached to rare books and curiosa. The original edition was first published by Macmillian in 1933. Mr. Starrett revised and enlarged the work for a University of Chicago edition in 1960. This is the first paperback edition. Throughout the world this book is still recognized as the definitive study of Sherlock Holmes.

Title: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Vincent Starrett
Year: 1975 (first published 1933)
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2015)

A collection of paranormal Holmes stories edited by A.C. Thompson.

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” 
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most recognizable characters in Western literature. Conan Doyle’s inimitable detective has been the subject of literally thousands of books, movies, television shows, plays and even songs. With the rise of the BBC series and the release of most copyrights, the beloved character has found a new life among modern audiences. In An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 14 authors of horror and mystery have come together to create a unique anthology that sets Holmes on some of his most terrifying adventures. A pair of sisters willing to sacrifice young girls to an ancient demon for a taste of success, a sinister device that can manipulate time itself, and a madman that can raise corpses from the dead are just a few among the grisly tales that can be found within these pages. Curl up with a warm cuppa and leave all the lights on. This is not your grandfather’s Sherlock Holmes. 
The Fairy Pool by Lucy Blue
Sherlock Holmes & the Hungry Ghost by Katie Magnusson
The Diamond Carter Ghost by Matthew Wilson
The Case of the Haunted Branch Line by Tally Johnson
The Arendall Horror by Thomas Olbert
World's Collide by Sh. Roddey
Time's Running Out, Watson by Adrian Cross
A Voice in the Blood by Dan Shaurette
The Hunt of the Red Boar by Thomas Fortenberry
The Canaries of Clee Hill Mines by Robert Perret
The Chase by Melissa McArthur
The Adventure of the Missing Trophy by Mark W. Coulter
The Case of the Rising Dead by Trenton Mabey
The Adventure of the Slow Death by Harding McFadden

Title: An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: A.C. Thompson
Year: 2015
Publisher: Mocha Memoirs Press
Purchase: Amazon.com.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Snake Bite (2012)

Andrew Lane's fifth Young Sherlock Holmes novel finds Sherlock kidnapped and taken to China aboard the Gloria Scott.

A BRUTAL KIDNAPPING

A SHADOWY PURSUER

AN IMPOSSIBLE MURDER

Kidnapped and taken to China, Sherlock is plunged into mystery. How can three men be killed by the same poisonous snake at the same time, but in different pasts of town? Who wants them dead, and why? The answers seem to lie in a message that is hidden in a web-like diagram. But deciphering it leads to a more dangerous conundrum: what has all this got to do with a plot to blow up an American warship?

Title: Young Sherlock Holmes: Snake Bite
Author: Andrew Lane
Year: 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Purchase: Amazon.co.uk.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets (2015)

I guess Sherlock Holmes meeting Elvis was inevitable, and it happens here in this anthology of "Holmesian tales across time and space" edited by David Thomas Moore.

The world's most famous detective, as you’ve never seen him before! This is a collection of orginal short stories finding Holmes and Watson in times and places you would never have expected!  
A dozen established and up-and-coming authors invite you to view Doyle’s greatest creation through a decidedly cracked lens.  
Read about Holmes and Watson through time and space, as they tackle a witch-trial in seventeenth century Scotland, bandy words with Andy Warhol in 1970s New York, travel the Wild Frontier in the Old West, solve future crimes in a world of robots and even cross paths with a young Elvis Presley...  
A Scandal in Hobohemia by Jamie Wyman
Black Alice by Kelly Hale
The Adventure of the Speckled Bandman by J.E. Cohen
The Rich Man's Hand by Joan De La Hayne
The Lantern Men by Emma Newman
A Study in Scarborough by Guy Adams
The Small World of 221b by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Innocent Icarus by James Lovegrove
Half There/All There by Glen Mehn
All The Single Ladies by Gina Koch
The Patchwork Killer by Kasey Lansdale
Parallels by Jenni Jill

Title: Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets
Author: David Thomas Moore (editor)
Year: 2015
Publisher: Abaddon
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Holmes-Dracula File (1978)

For Halloween, here's a look back at Fred Saberhagen's The Holmes-Dracula File, the second book in his ten-book Dracula series. This is the first U.S. paperback edition.

From the writing of the late John H. Watson, M.D. 
It is with emotions doubly strange that I at last take up my pen to write the story involving the creature I have elsewhere referred to as the Giant Rat of Sumatra–a story, I may add that until quite recently I had thought likely would remain forever unrecorded . . . surely the most bizarre case in all the long and illustrious career of my friend Sherlock Holmes.
By Holmes' own instructions, it must go with some few private papers of his own, into the deepest vaults of the Oxford Street bank. There it is to remain for years or decades, for centuries if need be, until a mist singular password shall be presented for its removal . . . .
And so, at last:
THE HOLMES-DRACULA FILE 

Title: The Holmes-Dracula File
Author: Fred Saberhagen
Year: 1978
Publisher: ACE Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon.com.