Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes

By Charles Prepolec


Between the shadowy nation-states of worry and the unforgiving glare of technological know-how lies a battleground of unspeakable horror. In vile alleyways with blood-slick cobblestones, impenetrable fog, and the wan glow of gaslight, lurk the inhuman denizens of nightmare.

CAN cause be successful while ELIMINATING
THE most unlikely is not any LONGER AN OPTION?

Faced along with his worst fears, Sherlock Holmes has his religion within the technological know-how of remark and deduction shaken to the middle in thirteen all-new stories of terror from trendy glossy masters of the macabre!

Contributors Include:

Leslie S. Klinger - "Foreword"
Charles V. Prepolec - "Introduction"

Stephen Volk - "Hounded"
Lawrence C. Connolly - "The loss of life Lantern"
William Meikle - "The caliber of Mercy"
James A. Moore - "Emily's Kiss"
William Patrick Maynard - "The Tragic Case of the kid Prodigy
Hayden Trenholm - "The final Windigo"
Neil Jackson - "Celeste"
Robert Lauderdale - "The top Laid Plans"
Leigh Blackmore - "Exalted are the Forces of Darkness"
Mark Morris - "The Affair of the Heart"
Simon Kurt Unsworth - "The Hand-Delivered Letter"
Barbara Roden - "Of the beginning of the Hound of the Baskervilles"
J. R. Campbell - "Mr. Other's Children"

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Das Fräulein von Scuderi,” through E. T . A. Hoffmann (1819) is a brief tale approximately an aged lady who investigates numerous crimes revolving round stolen jewels. Hoffmann’s paintings used to be famous to Edgar Allan Poe, who can have been encouraged via the story. the tale is frequently hailed because the first detective fiction, yet this declare turns out susceptible, not just due to past examples yet as the detection is a minor aspect within the story. the 1st nice author of stories of felony detection used to be Eugène Vidocq (1775-1857), whose memoirs and novels chanced on a prepared viewers. Vidocq, a reformed felony, was once appointed in 1813 to be the 1st head of the Sûreté Nationale, the outgrowth of an off-the-cuff detective strength created by way of Vidocq and followed through Napoleon as a complement to the police. His memoirs (1828) acknowledged his adventures within the detection and seize of criminals, usually related to disguises and wild flights. Later books informed of his legal occupation, and sensational novels released less than his identify (probably written by way of others) capitalized on his recognition as a daring detective. whereas Vidocq’s tales captivated the general public, they have been rarely unique stories of detective fiction. the 1st nice purveyor of fictional tales a few detective was once after all Edgar Allan Poe, whose Chevalier Auguste Dupin set the traditional for a new release to come back. The cerebral Dupin first seemed in Poe’s brief tale “Murders within the Rue Morgue” (1841). whilst, Poe brought one other staple of detective fiction, the associate and chronicler (nameless in Poe’s stories) who's much less clever than the detective yet serves as a sounding-board for the detective’s really good deductions. In all of the 3 Dupin tales (“The secret of Marie Roget” in 1842-43, “The Purloined Letter” seemed in 1844) the detective outwits the police and exhibits them to be useless crime-fighters and problem-solvers. but Poe it sounds as if misplaced curiosity within the suggestion, and his detective “series” led to 1845. one other Frenchman, Emile Gaboriau, created the detective often called Monsieur Lecoq, drawing seriously on Vidocq as his version. First showing in L’Affaire Lerouge (1866), Lecoq was once a minor police detective who rose to popularity in six circumstances, showing among 1866 and 1880. even supposing Sherlock Holmes describes Lecoq as a “miserable bungler,” Gaboriau’s works have been immensely well known, and Fergus Hume, English writer of the best-selling detective novel of the nineteenth century The secret of a Hansom Cab (1886), which bought over 500,000 copies around the world, defined that Gaboriau’s monetary luck encouraged his personal paintings. In England, criminals and detectives peopled Charles Dickens’s stories besides. whereas in no way considered as an writer of detective fiction, Dickens created Inspector Bucket, the 1st major detective in English literature. whilst Bucket seemed in Bleak residence (1852-53), he grew to become the prototype of the authentic consultant of the police division: sincere, diligent, stolid, and assured, albeit no longer very colourful, dramatic, or fascinating.

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