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Dark Detectives: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries

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Eighteen stories of supernatural detective fiction, featuring sleuths who investigate fantastic and horrific cases, protecting the world from the forces of darkness. Each writer offers a tale of a great fictional detective, including Neil Gaiman’s Lawrence Talbot, Clive Barker’s Harry D’Amour, and the eight-part “Seven Stars” adventure by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula).
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Titan Books (first published June 1999)
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Quirkyreader
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars all around for this one.

And follow the rules set down by the editor. Read all the stories in order.
Vanessa
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an B&N impulse buy. It's making me question impulse buys.

That's a bit harsh, but this collection was mostly just ok. 500 pages and not that many stories I really enjoyed. The editor, Stephen Jones, organized this collection chronologically, and suggests you read it that way. I say you can skip around, other than reading Kim Newman's novella segments in order. And despite the back cover description promising tales of supernatural investigators, there are too many stories in the front
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Rachel
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
some stories stood out more so than others. when I'm not on my phone I'll update this with the stories I liked!
Blodeuedd Finland
Ok, a short words about every story...longer than that and it would be looooong.

In Egypt's land by Kim Newman
Just a short intro. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Our lady of death by Peter Tremayne
A ghost is haunting an inn. I liked this one as it was set long ago in Ireland, it had a nice smart heroine too.

The mummy's heart by Kim Newman
The ruby from the first story is now in England and causing deaths.

The horse of the invisible by William Hope Hodgson
A horse is haunting a woman. I s
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Patrick Kiernan
These are good stories some are not what I expected but still are good.
Amanda
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. Even the authors that I knew and loved didn't really deliver here. I guess everyone has off-days, and then sometimes they get published.
Patrick Scattergood
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Titan Books has long had a great reputation for releasing some really interesting and varied anthologies in their time and rightfully so. There have been some absolutely brilliant ones from their publishing house, especially their Sherlock Holmes collections, that have really shown the sheer depth of talent out there.

With this Dark Detectives collection that reputation will surely grow because what we have here is a well thought out, well paced and incredibly varied collection of stories that a
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Matty
May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
YAWWWWWWWWN

A collection of Sherlock Holmes fanfictions. Half of them are Scooby Doo adventures. The other half... remember that movie, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Remember how it was so cringingly awful, it cut you to the core? It's like that, only with the addition of mummies.

I'll be honest, I didn't make it all the way through. I am retracing my steps to read Clive Barker's and Big Daddy Neil G.'s stories out of ancient, soul-deep loyalty.

It was cute for the first ten pages or so.

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Deb
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.
Kevin Whiteneir
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
I found all of the stories just weren't compelling. I have been reading Clive Barker's latest, and this short story of Harry D'Amour was really disappointing in comparison.
Peter Bradley
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please give my review a helpful vote on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/review/R3P8RB4...

This is an extremely good collection of stories bound together by the theme of a detective dealing with something that appears to be supernatural. I particularly liked the historical angle to the collection. The editor, Stephen Jones, opens the collection with an overview of the history of stories dealing with the "detective and demons" or "detective and ghosts" trope. The essay starts with an acknowledgment
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Stefan LeBlanc
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Like most anthologies the quality varies from story to story. It has given me exposure to some new authors that I'm now interested in exploring their other works though, while generating little interest in others.
Heather Rohrer
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was impressed with this collection of stories. I enjoyed many of the stories and the drastically different detectives. I especially enjoyed the seven stars stories. Overall, a wonderful anthology to read.
Mcf1nder_sk
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a decent collection, but the writing As a whole felt stilted, with no smooth flow to the various tales.
Loren
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too many Scooby Doo mysteries, not enough magic.
Becky
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not what you'd think by the cover. There are some definite gems in here. The entire "Gem of the Seven Stars" series by Kin Newman for one.
Louisa Heaton
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good. Some really interesting short stories. I particularly enjoyed the series of short stories about the Jewel of the Seven Stars that ran throughout.
Michelle Cox
Really enjoyed this a bit uneven in places but overall a good bit of easy to read fun
Kate
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
В основном книга строится на цикле рассказов Кима Ньюмана, фанфиках другого, менее известного, романа Брэма Стокера "Сокровище семи звёзд". Роман не то чтобы замысловат, но в принципе хорош, так что Ньюман решил выжать из тематики всё, до последней капелюшечки. Более того, Ньюман никогда не боялся излишеств, так что он без тени сомнения навалил в свои рассказы всю братию вампиров, клуб "Диоген", сыщиков всех мастей и даже голливудских знаменитостей. Чем больше народу - тем лучше. Остальные расск ...more
Edward Richmond
This was a fun little anthology of short fiction, mostly horror-tinged fantasy. Fans of old pulp fiction by Robert Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, or Raymond Chandler will enjoy this. So will people who are used to modern fantasy, horror, or detective yarns, but want a gradual introduction to the old pulp standards. The authors featured here are all relatively recent, but they're also very clearly channelling the spirits of the old masters. Most of the contents were published elsewhere before being gat ...more
Janet
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
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
Chris Bauer
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
To be perfectly blunt, this book was not what I expected it to be. I was surprised to find the format and contents of this anthology to be more focused on a single collaborative novella "The Seven Stars" with other, non-related short stories sandwiched between the chapters of the novella.

The writers in the anthology are top-notch with the likes of Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Brian Lumley and Manly Wade Wellman; and their works are very entertaining. And I found the shared novella to be good as we
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Riju Ganguly
"Seven Stars" from Kim Newman, broken up into smaller components, act as the adhesive of the different stories in this volume, involving various occult detectives. Unfortunately, that novel, and the short-but-sublime piece from Neil Gaiman are the high points of this volume, while other vaunted names produce mostly mediocre, and occasionally boring stuff. In retrospect, procuring the hardcover version was a mistake, and those who would be going for the paperback being brought out by Titan, would ...more
JM
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good collection of occult or supernatural themed detective stories. The standout is the seven part "Seven Stars" novella which spans the whole of the book, interrupted by the other tales. In this one, Kim Newman basically does a roll-call of all his famous characters as they encounter the same evil artifact throughout the years, starting with Charles Beauregard and Kate Reed in Victorian England, and following Edwin Winthorpe and Catriona Kaye, Richard Jasperson, Dr. Shade and even the ...more
K A Lewis
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "Dark Detectives", and it has introduced me to new authors, always the rich secondary (perhaps primary) benefit of any anthology. A highlight of this book is the seven part story cycle by Kim Newman, written for this volume and based on the classic Bram Stoker novel "The Jewel of the Seven Stars". I already have my first Kim Newman novel in hand. Happy reading!
Dale Donovan
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stephanie
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
OK, but nothing I truly enjoyed
Mark Smith-briggs
rated it it was ok
Jun 26, 2015
Michelle
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Stephen Jones is an eighteen-time winner of the British Fantasy Award.