Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes
From the comforting glow of Baker Street gas-lamps to the gloom of the ocean’s depths, Sherlock Holmes lays bare the secrets of men, monsters and evil in twelve new tales of the bizarre, the uncanny and the arcane.
Featuring stories from:
Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk, Tom English, William Meikle, Simon K Unsworth, Fred Saberhagen, Simon Clark, Kevin Cockle, L...more
As with any collection, there were highs and lows. Fortunately, the highs greatly outpaced the lows.
As a collection, this is a hearty 4 STARS.
"The Comfort of the Seine" by Stephen Volk
Young Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and the origins of Holmes as a detective. Great Story!
"The Adventure of Lucifer's Footprint" by Christopher Fowler
This story was missing something.
The flow ...more
(*) Introduction by Charles Prepolec: a candid view of the origin of this series of Holmes-dealing with-supernatural books, and some thoughts.
1) The Comfort of the Seine by Stephen Volk: a sad piece that suggests why & how Sherlock Holmes might have caught the fever (addiction?) of solving mysteries. Very gothic, very Poe-esque. ...more
Gaslight Arcanum is actually the third anthology in a series edited by Campbell and Prepolec, its predecessors being Gaslight Grimoire (2008) and Gaslight Grotesque (2010). It is not (with one exception) a reprint anthology. Nothing wrong with those, but in Arcanum, Campbell and Prepolec have brought together a collection of new stories by very talented and respected writers. Some stories may be familiar to you, as they have since been reprinted elsewhere, but here they mark their débuts. Let’s ...more
“The Comfort of the Seine” is ...more
I enjoyed most of them, b ...more
Who was Sherlock Holmes before he became a famous detective? He was a student at Cambridge University, who, while living in Paris, learned the art of detection from another famous person, Edgar Allan Poe. Holmes and Watson travel to the English countryside, where, according to the locals, the Devil himself is causing hoofprints from invisible horses to appear in the turf during frequent stor ...more
I prefer Watson to accompany my Holmes, so I wasn't thrilled with "The Comfort of the Seine" from the start. But Holmes was so out-of-character that I couldn't finish the story.
"The Adventure of Lucifer's Footprints" by Christopher Fowler is weak at best. It's a sketc ...more
Here and there, there was a line or a story plot t ...more
Worth requesting from the library for those two stories!
Conclusion: Every anthology ends up having a few stories that don’t appeal, and this one is much the same. But 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.
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