Monday, November 21, 2011

What GASLIGHT ARCANUM readers and reviewers are saying about "The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes"


“The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes” by Tom English

“Eerily good fun, reminded me a bit of ACD's 'The Silver Hatchet'. This is one to get caught up in, and will send the shivers down your spine. Made all the better for it capturing the essence of Sherlock Holmes.... Investigation played out the way Holmes of Canon would have done, down to the last letter. Supernatural or no, this was a genuinely well-done pastiche.”

“The tale overall is very dark and contains quite a bit of conflict around the nature of faith and sin -- not a traditional Holmes story, but very good despite that.”

“...This tale builds tension with an engaging and original plot.”

“...A chilling & succinctly told tale....”

“...A clever twist that was both imaginative and chilling. I found it an excellent read.”

(Just one of a dozen stories in GASLIGHT ARCANUM: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes
(Quotes pulled from spoiler-laden reviews at TANGENTonline.com, FlamesRising.com, Examiner.com and Amazon.com)

Friday, November 18, 2011

What readers and reviewers are saying about GASLIGHT ARCANUM


Here's what readers and reviewers are saying about GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

From TANGENTonline.com
“...A strong collection, well worth the price.”

From FLAMESRISING.com
“I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for as long as I have been able to read. ... So it’s no surprise that Flames Rising asked me if I wanted to review a (nearly) all-new anthology of “uncanny tales” featuring Sherlock Holmes. It’s even less of a surprise that I accepted. ...In such anthologies, I personally look for two elements: fidelity to the core of the characters and elements of the Holmes canon, and novelty to present a new take or slant on familiar faces. How does this new anthology hold up? ...Most of the stories are good for a variety of reasons, and the last two stories are absolutely worth the price of admission. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and novel approaches to well-loved characters, this anthology is well worth a look.” (4 out of 5 stars)

AT AMAZON.com (Here are quotes from 4 of the 6 reviews posted thus far. All 6 reviews are 4 or 5 star.)

“Campbell and Prepolec's 3rd eerie anthology:
This collection is the fifth by this pair of editors and it is, perhaps, their best yet. ...A few of the tales in this book can be explained by modern science and rational circumstances, but even that is not always comforting. All are interesting, some are exceptional and a few are unpleasant. ...certainly worth the price. ...The variety of tales is wide, with something (or things) for everyone's tastes.” (4 out of 5 stars)

“Chilling Compilation:
...Gaslight Arcanum was a very enjoyable, readable, and at times thrilling set of stories ranging from the uncanny, to supernatural to pulpy sci-fi.” “...FANTASTICALLY chilling ... more than worthwhile.” (4 out of 5 stars)

“Sherlock Holmes in the Twilight Zone:
...Puts the great detective in several bizarre situations that test the limits of his logic and skills. Several memorable and imaginative stories here with lots of plot twists and surprises! ...A good, fun read that's generally faithful to the spirit of Conan Doyles's original tales. Highly recommended!” (5 out of stars)

“Enjoyed Despite Myself:
I am not a huge fan of myth science fiction -- and some of these stories are truly grotesque and horrible. But I liked it. ...Disturbing stories -- yucky but really, truly, interesting. Holmes and Watson remaining true to character helped make the stories.
Worth the purchase and then some.” (4 out of 5 stars)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Baker Street Dozen: GASLIGHT ARCANUM TOC



I'm pleased to be a part of Gaslight Arcanum, the third in a series of anthologies that began with GASLIGHT GRIMOIRE: FANTASTIC TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2008) and GASLIGHT GROTESQUE: NIGHTMARE TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)--- both still available, by the way.

Gaslight Arcanum (edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec)

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Charles Prepolec

"The Comfort of the Seine" by Stephen Volk
"The Adventure of Lucifer’s Footprints" by Christopher Fowler 
"The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes" by Tom English
"The Colour that Came to Chiswick" by William Meikle
"A Country Death" by Simon K. Unsworth
"From the Tree of Time" by Fred Saberhagen
"Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell" by Simon Clark
"The Executioner" by Lawrence C. Connolly
"Sherlock Holmes and the Great Game" by Kevin Cockle
"The Greatest Mystery" by Paul Kane
"The House of Blood" by Tony Richards
"The Adventure of the Six Maledictions" by Kim Newman

Cover art by Dave ElseyFrontispiece by Mike Mignola
Published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy, September 2011

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