Dark Detectives: Adventures of the Supernatural Sleuths
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Dark Detectives: Adventures of the Supernatural Sleuths

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Dark Detectives gathers together for the first time some of the greatest fictional detectives who have ever confronted the supernatural, including Hodgson's Carnacki and Wellman's John Thunstone. Also included is Kim Newman's new multi-part novel Seven Stars in which Dr. Shade and many others challenge the influence of an alien weirdstone before it annihilates mankind.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Fedogan & Bremer (first published June 1999)
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This is a really good collection that offers selections from many earlier writers in the field, many of whom are probably not available elsewhere, including Manley Wade Wellman, Clive Barker, William Hope Hodgeson, Peter Tremayne and Neil Gaimen, and Brian Lumley. It was edited by
kim Newman, author of Anno-Dracula and includes a series of linked stories based on Bram Stoker's Jewel of The Seven Stars and featuring characters from his own novels and those of others.
Dark Detectives is a collection of short stories mostly inspired by the private investigator tropes of the 1890s to the 1950s (think Sherlock to Noir), alternated with the episodes of a eight-part serial by Kim Newman featuring different detectives' encounters with a powerful Egyptian artifact. The paranormal horror element here is more like "Hound of the Baskervilles" or Indiana Jones than it is in line with the current urban fantasy conventions. (The stories have no tough chicks in leather or...more
Amy Shuman
I enjoyed this book as much as a resource as an enjoyable collection of stories. Some of the authors it cites and reprints are from earlier in the last century and may gone unknown (by me at least) if not their inclusion in this anthology. Many of the authors mentioned I had never heard of before and I'm looking forward to digging some of them up at a later time. I often feel that much is lost chasing after the new authors while not digging through the old. The thought seems to be that if they'r...more
Dale Donovan
A wonderful survey of the occult detective subgenre, worth it for the history section alone. Alas, many of the modern stories herein do not measure up to the classic tales.
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