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Shadows Over Baker Street

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Sherlock Holmes enters the nightmare world of H.P. Lovecraft

New Tales of Terror!

What would happen if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's peerless detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his allies were to find themselves faced with Lovecraftian mysteries whose solutions lay not only beyond the grasp of logic, but beyond sanity itself. In this collection of original tales, twenty of today's c
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Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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Werner
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Both Lovecraft and Holmes fans, and "horror" fans in general
Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos have both long been favorite subjects for pastiches; and given the number of contemporary writers who are fans of both, it's not surprising to find an anthology bringing them together. (The antithetical character of the juxtaposition is more apparent than real: Doyle eschewed the supernatural in his Holmes stories; but as Holmes observes in one of the stories here, we're dealing here with science, not magic --and Doyle's own Holmes sto ...more
Oscar
‘Sombras sobre Baker Street’ (Shadows over Baker Street, 2003), mezcla dos universos. Por una parte, el creado por Arthur Conan Doyle y su gran detective Sherlock Holmes. Y por otra, el creado por H.P. Lovecraft: Cthulhu, el Necronomicón, los Primigenios, etc. Ambos mundos me apasionan, y este libro lo tenía pendiente desde hacia mucho tiempo. Resulta una mezcla un tanto variopinta, ya que Holmes siempre se ha caracterizado por su mente racional y por ser un descreído de todo lo sobrenatural. Si ...more
F.R.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it
In the introduction to one of his 'Best New Horror' guides, Stephen Jones writes that the premise of this book - Sherlock Holmes meets H.P.Lovecraft - is one of the silliest in recent times. I disagree. I think the idea of taking the character who believes "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, nust be the truth" to the world of Cthulhu is one filled with possibilities.

The style of the stories owes more to Conan-Doyle than to Lovecraft, and only some of t
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Mary
Oct 30, 2007 rated it liked it
How could this book possibly go wrong? Cthulhu is awesome! Sherlock Holmes is awesome! Put them together, and you ought to get double the awesome. And yet, only a few of the stories managed to strike a balance between the two worlds that actually works. A Study In Emerald, by Neil Gaiman, is by far the best story in the collection and reason enough to buy the book all on its own.

Though the other stories tend to pale in comparison, there are a handful more that are worth reading, and a couple tha
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Matthew
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wondeful anthology filled to the brim with fascinating and creepy tales. Well worth buying!
Belarius
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die-Hard Fans With Low Standards
Shadows Over Baker Street presented me with a real dilemma, because I felt as though such a scattershot mix of stories couldn't really be boiled down to one rating. In the end, however, the sheer number of bad stories simply tipped things in favor of a two-star rating.

For the uninitiated, the book is a collection of short stories in which the formulaic "mythos fiction" of H.P. Lovecraft and others collides with the world of Sherlock Holmes. We are, in principle, to expect Holmesian deductive rea
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Nathan Harrison
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'd love to give it 5 stars, but I feel there's only so much pastiche can achieve, even if it is as inspired as the short stories in this collection. Now, that said, if they were all on par with Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald", I'd be whining that I couldn't go up to 6 stars & begging for another installment.

When I first read this collection about a year ago I liked it well enough, being much more well-versed on the Lovecraft side of the equation than the Holmes. But credit the Guy Richie
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Mike
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, mystery
Oh man.
I love "A Study In Emerald". Love it. I've read some of the other stories in the book and have liked them pretty well, but I love "A Study In Emerald".
In case you don't know this is basically a collection of stories that break down to being Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulu. And the first story is "A Study In Emerald" by [author:Neil Gaiman}. It's brilliant. It shows why Neil Gaiman is a master of his craft. It's chilling and thought provoking and just great.
Like I said I've read a few of the ot
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Nathanielk
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate pastiche: Sherlock Holmes meets the denizens of H.P. Lovecraft's sinister universes. Two writers who have not only been imitated, but whose characters/settings have been used by countless others. The combo is even better. A Study in Emerald is just one of the many little gems in this book. Probably best that you have read at least one Cthulu mythos tale first though: just to know what is being lampooned or venerated.
Inti Ruiz cruz
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Hay más cosas en el cielo y en la tierra, Horacio, de las que sueñas con tu filosofía”

Un crossover imaginativo, delicioso y obscuro para los fans de Lovecraft, de Doyle o en mi caso, de ambos.

Puedo destacar varios autores de esta compilación, Gaiman, Brite , sin embargo en general todos los cuentos son de alta manufactura, bien logrados. Lo recomiendo para aquellos que no podemos quedarnos con las ganas de soñar y atormentarnos con los mitos de Cthulhu.

“¡Ygnaiih, ygnaiih Yog-Sothoth!”
Kathy Davie
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology of short stories revolve around a central theme of Sherlock Holmes…with a twist, an H.P. Lovecraft twist. Every tale involves the supernatural and it's an intriguing mix of the feel of Holmes' England and Watson's companionship. The disconcerting aspect is not the supernatural as much as it’s the individual authors creating future histories for each man and none of those histories connect. As I read, I couldn't understand what happened to that second marriage or how the various au ...more
Laura LVD
¿Pastiches uniendo el universo sherlockiano con el de Lovecraft, escritos por autores reconocidos? COMPRO.
Lamentablemente, a mitad del libro las historias empiezan a parecerse demasiado entre sí, y la novedad se diluye. Por momentos me cuesta distinguir la historia que estoy leyendo de la anterior. Buh.
¿Bien escritas? Sí. ¿Terroríficas? Sí (al menos si juzgamos por el nivel de insomnio y pesadillas raras que tuve esta semana, casi casi como las de los personajes). ¿Originales? No tanto, excepto
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This is so very fanfic-ish, in concept at least. (And sometimes in execution. Please note that that's not meant as an insult. While some fanfic is bad enough to make run screaming into the streets, some of it is of pro or near-pro quality.) It's a pretty cool idea, but I started losing interest after a few stories.

The Neil Gaiman piece at the beginning was excellent. I know that's a "really going out on a limb there" thing, but ... Neil Gaiman doesn't push my readerly buttons that much. (I know
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Jeannie Sloan
Feb 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, cthulhu
I liked this book but it's a little bit like too much of a good thing.I think I made the mistake of trying to read this book through when I would have been better set to read a story or two a day.I got kind of sick of Sherlock and Watson.
That said this is a fun book with a good premise.I am always looking for some good Mythos stories and this book has quite a few of them.
I think if you want to fully appreciate this book you will read it along with another book so that you look forward to Sherloc
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Alex
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of modern writers inventing new tales that set Sherlock Holmes as a consulting detective in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. If you enjoy X-files, Lost or any other blend of mystery and the supernatural this should strike a cord.
Patric
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Shadows over Baker Street" ist eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, in denen sich die Welt von Sherlock Holmes mit dem Cthulhu-Universum von H. P. Lovecraft überschneidet.

Leider nutzt sich eigentlich fantastische Idee sehr schnell ab. Den meisten Autoren gelingt es nicht, aus Sherlock Holmes mehr als eine Klischee zu machen. Auch Aufbau und Entwicklung der einzelnen Geschichten folgen in der Regel dem immer gleichen Schema. Ein mysteriöser Besucher oder ein geheimnisvolles Paket trifft in 221B B
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Riju Ganguly
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Shadows over Baker Street" is an ingenious (if not singular) attempt by Ballantine Books to superimpose the gigantic persona of Sherlock Holmes upon the weirdly menacing landscape of Cthulhu, under the editorship of Michael Reaves and John Pelan. The authority of these two as well as the host of authors invited by them to undertake this `mission' is irreproachable. But to an aficionado of either genre, the crux of the matter is to find out who has been disparaged by whom (although the outcome o ...more
Ashley
Apr 09, 2017 added it
Shelves: not-completed
needed to take a break on this one - hopefully i come back to it!
Pradyot
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This anthology brings the world's favourite detective into the realm of Cthulhu. Unlike the original canon in which there was no mystery that had any occult or paranormal elements (with Holmes going so far as to say that he doesn't believe in such phenomena), every story in this book brings Holmes into direct conflict with paranormal entities.

Most of the stories are very well written (I personally didn't really like the last couple of them) and successfully create an eerie background to the stor
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Mark
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shadows Over Baker Street
By Michael Reaves, John Pelan, Neal Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Steve Perry, Steven Elliott Altman, James Lowder, Brian Stableford, Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson, Barbara Hambly, Paul Finch, Tim Lebbon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, John P. Vourlis, Richard A. Lupoff, F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, David Niall Wilson and Patricia Lee Macomber, and Simon Clark

Publisher: DelRey
Published In: New York , New York
Date: 2003
Pgs: 446

Summary:
What would happen if Conan Doyle’s detective was to f
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Charles
Stuff I Read - Shadows Over Baker Street ed. Michael Reaves Review

I think this book was recommended to be because I read Dracula vs Sherlock Holmes, and once I saw that there was an entire anthology of the world's greatest detective taking on the creeping madness that is the Cthulhu Mythos, I was intrigued. What I found when I opened the volume, though, is what I've found with a great many anthologies, which is to say something of a mixed bag. There are some that are very good, and some that rea
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Sherlock Holmes meets Cthulhu! Not really, but that might be a subtitle to grab the attention of readers who enjoy both Sherlock Holmes pastiches and those stories that follow the tradition of HP Lovecraft in the mythos. A very fun book, but as always, when you have an anthology of stories to read, there are some that will be really good, some that will be okay, and some that you read just because they're in the collection. Funny thing, though, everyone who reads this book is going to like somet ...more
Todd
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this collection. There has been a trend in Mythos anthologies to find stories that try to break the 'old school' mode or only use Lovecraft or the Mythos genre as inspiration. These may be good stories on their own, but do not make good Mythos stories or collections in my mind. In contrast, I thought the Sherlock Holmes setting fit perfectly with the 'Cthulhu by Gaslight' atmosphere. Many fit the classic Mythos trope of the investigators falling into something man was not mean ...more
Brenna
Mixing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft is just a fascinating premise. While a few of the stories fall short, this collection is entertaining and well worth the read. My favorite stories in the collection are as follows:

"A Study in Emerald," Neil Gaiman - This is the story that made me buy the collection. I read it in Gaiman's book Fragile Things, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending is excellent and while the story is pure Gaiman, it is also an excellent homage to the writers honored
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David Elsensohn
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The idea, of course, is astonishing. However did you come up with it?

It’s obvious, when you know what to observe. A mere few decades before the usual Lovecraftian tales, in the gaslight period. A reserved demeanor in the face of cosmic terrors. The irresolvable confrontation between logic and chaotic madness.

It leads with the well-known gem by Neil Gaiman, “A Study in Emerald”, in which the protagonist’s genius is challenged by a secretive thespian… in a world where the stars already have been r
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Axel M.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, pulp
"Schatten über Baker Street" versucht das Subgenre-Crossover zwischen Sherlock Holmes Victoriana und dem Lovecraft-Mythos. Ich fürchte, dies scheint schwieriger zu sein, als man denkt, denn während das Buch auch sehr unterhaltsam ist, gelingt es entweder eine Holmes-Geschichte zu schreiben, oder eine Lovecraftinspirierte. Die Subgenres stehen sich wohl doch zu antagonistisch gegenüber, zudem plagt das Buch, wenn man alle Geschichten hintereinander weg liest, das typische Problem der Hommage. Die ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
An anthology of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, in which the great detective's investigations lead him into the dark world imagined by H.P. Lovecraft.

The book starts off well, as "A Study in Emerald" (the only one of the stories I have read before) has a satisfying twist in its tail, and it finishes equally satisfyingly with "A Nightmare in Wax". Holmes faces a wide variety of cases, but it was interesting that more than one author suggested that Dr. Watson had come across the Old Ones before, durin
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Rose
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of stories that blend Sherlock Holmes with the Lovecraftian horrors - which is a rather interesting concept, because Holmes is known for deducing the truth while Lovecraftian horror often hinges on the undeductible. That said, it's often true that good detective fiction never really hinges on whether the crimes and mysteries are ultimately plausible or not; it's often the behaviour of people involved in them that is more interesting. And what would be more interesting than to see fa ...more
Joe
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I've ever felt more like a book was written specifically for me. This was a series of short Sherlock Holmes adventures set in the world (and/or inspired by the world) of H.P. Lovecraft, two of my greatest nerd loves. I would have never thought these two would blend together so well but I suppose it makes sense. Holmes is the the detective who needs to know everything and Lovecraft posits that to know everything is to be driven mad.

The best of the bunch is probably "A Study in Eme
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Craig
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
As a fan of Lovecraft and the Holmes stories I really wanted to like this more. However, apart from the excellent opening story by Neil Gaiman, I found the quality quite variable and few of the stories have stayed with me. Some authors handled the Holmes material well but didn't have a feeling for Lovecraft while in other stories the reverse was true. On paper the gaslight-tinted world of Sherlock Holmes should work well with the Poe-flavored preoccupations of Lovecraft. Unfortunately this book ...more
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