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Nov 20 2017 2:00pm

5 Ways Holmes and Lovecraft Work Together

Read James Lovegrove's exclusive guest post about the ways in which Sherlock Holmes works with H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win the second book in the Cthulhu Casebook series, Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities!

On the face of it, there isn’t much to tie together Sherlock Holmes and H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. They’re almost mutually exclusive. On the one hand, we have in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous creation perhaps the most rational character in all of fiction, who snortingly dismisses the very idea of the paranormal. In Holmes’s own words, “This Agency stands flat-footed upon the ground and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.” On the other hand, we have a literary universe predicated on the notion that ancient, star-spawned gods not only exist but exert their evil influence over all humankind. To meet a Lovecraftian elder being in the flesh—or even to worship one from afar—is to risk your sanity and your very life.

But there are, in fact, more common elements between these two polar opposites than you might think.

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Aug 25 2013 12:00pm

Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove: New Excerpt

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Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares by James LovegroveAn exclusive excerpt from Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove, a new, steampunk-inflected adventure pitting Holmes and Watson against Moriarty, anarchists, and a weaponized stranger (available August 27, 2013).

It's the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence.  Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital.  He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack.  He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication.  He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems?  Is he connected somehow to the bombings?

Chapter 3
A Study In Contrasts

A hansom took us to Pall Mall, and on the way we saw around us a London in ferment. The third and deadliest yet of the bomb attacks had made the headlines of the late editions of the papers. On every other street corner people gathered to hear someone read the relevant article aloud, and cries of shock and groans of dismay greeted almost every sentence. Several times there were loud and angry denunciations of the Irish and their desire for independence and home rule, since Fenians seemed the likeliest perpetrators of these barbaric acts. They had had some form in that department since the Rising in 1867 and the Dynamite Campaign of the early ’eighties. I regretted my fellow countrymen’s readiness to condemn an entire nation for the deeds of a single political faction, and moreover without proof or verification. Nonetheless I harboured the same suspicions and felt the same burning need to find someone to blame, perhaps even more strongly than the average person did owing to my first-hand experience of the effects of the Waterloo Station bomb blast.

Once we were inside the Diogenes Club, however, it was as though such concerns simply did not exist. The denizens of that august institution sat ensconced in armchairs, smoking, drinking, perusing books and periodicals, or gazing softly into the middle distance, seemingly without a care in the world. The club’s thick walls and cherished traditions appeared to have an insulating effect, cutting its members off from all external troubles.

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