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By Charles Prepolec

"MY identify IS SHERLOCK HOLMES. it truly is MY enterprise to grasp WHAT OTHERS DO NOT."

at midnight lurk terrible secrets and techniques. lengthy buried and hidden from prying eyes are the twilight stories of the dwelling and the useless - and people who lie in between.

From the relief of the Seine to the nippiness blast of arctic winds, from candlelit monasteries to the callous and uncaring streets of Las Vegas are came across arcane stories of guys, monsters and their evil...

there's a secret approximately THIS WHICH STIMULATES THE mind's eye; the place there's no mind's eye there's no HORROR.

The stink of a Paris morgue, the curve of a devil's footprint, forbidden pages torn from an infernal tome, insanity in a lifeless woman's stare, a misplaced voice from underneath the waves and the chilly indifference of an insect's feeding - all carry cryptic clues for Sherlock Holmes, the unique dark-knight detective, as he drags the hidden horrors kicking and screaming into the light!

"Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny stories of Sherlock Holmes" positive factors twelve new tales of the supernatural that push the good Detective outdoor the normal into the glorious, written by:

Stephen Volk
Christopher Fowler
Kim Newman
Paul Kane
Simon ok. Unsworth
Tom English
Tony Richards
William Meikle
Fred Saberhagan
Kevin Cockle
Lawrence C. Connolly
Simon Clark

Cover paintings through Academy Award winner Dave Elsey (Wolfman). Frontispiece via Mike Mignola (Hellboy). inside illustrations by way of Luke Eidenschink


Gaslight Arcanum is the 5th anthology those editors have dedicated to Sherlock Holmes' stories. Two past volumes, Gaslight Grimoire: really good stories of Sherlock Holmes, and Gaslight ugly: Nightmare stories of Sherlock Holmes additionally explored the dark-side of Holmes' pastiches.

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The younger prisoner had a haunted glance approximately him. He was once observing the stone wall contrary, and at times simply shook his head as though he couldn't understand how he had arrived during this darkish, dank position. “Your cousin Georgia has requested that we converse with you,” Holmes acknowledged, after making our introductions, yet may possibly elicit no reaction. “She tells us that you just deny any wrongdoing within the homicide of leave out Judith Hatten,” stated I, at which I did discover a twitch of his eye. Then, by surprise, he was once maintaining his head in his arms, tearing at his hair. “I didn't homicide her,” he whispered, nearly inaudibly, then screamed: “I didn't homicide her! ” Simon seemed throughout at us, eyes as tearful as his cousin’s have been yet an hour past. “P-Please… Please, you might want to think me…” Holmes stepped toward the bars. “Then let us know who did. ” Simon shook his head back, however it wasn’t a refusal; it was once easily that he had no notion what to assert. What may perhaps he say, while the entire proof pointed in the direction of him? He could say not anything extra, even if pressed, and we left now not lengthy afterwards — Holmes informing the protect on accountability that he can be watched. “I think he may possibly attempt to take his personal life,” Holmes instructed him. The shield snorted. “It’d keep us the difficulty. ” My buddy flashed the shield a glance of distaste. “Watson, allow us to take our depart of this place…” As we walked out of the criminal, and as i used to be trying to fit Holmes’ stride, I commented, “You can't blame the defend. omit Cartwright’s cousin bargains no defence. ” “Watson,” Holmes acknowledged, all at once rounding on me, “did you now not see it within the man’s eyes? That guy is an blameless. ” “But how can he be? ” I argued. “You’ve heard all the—” He held up a finger. “And but he's nonetheless blameless. i will not clarify it, yet I do think it. He has no recollection of committing those acts, yet i'm convinced he observed them being dedicated. ” I rubbed my chin. “He’s certainly a stricken guy, yet guilt can block out thoughts. Or are you probably suggesting a cut up character? ” Holmes pursed his lips. “You have the clinical wisdom, Watson…” “Well, I’d have to research him extra to—” i used to be interrupted this moment time through the blowing of whistles and policemen operating earlier us. there has been whatever afoot, against the law in growth, or even although we have been already dedicated to this primary research Holmes is rarely one to permit a chance for commentary — or to lend counsel — go him through. We the police to a home yet a number of streets away. Holmes thoroughly missed Lestrade’s warnings to stick again until eventually they can determine what had occurred and, rushing after my buddy, I too witnessed the tail finish of what happened. Later, we might examine that the home belonged to a Mr. and Mrs. William Thorndyke. a standard couple in each approach — Mr. Thorndyke being a retired schoolteacher. Screams have been heard bursting from their domestic; a woman’s screams. As we entered the eating room, Lestrade nonetheless attempting to preserve us again, we observed that those screams had certainly come from Mrs. Thorndyke, yet no longer simply because she was once being assaulted by any means.

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