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Supernatural Sherlocks: Stories from The Golden Age of the Occult Detective

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The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks all who sleep in it. A man who desecrates an Indian temple is transformed into a ravening beast. A castle in the Tyrol is the setting for an aristocratic murderer’s apparent resurrection. In the stories in thi ...more
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Published April 1st 2018 by No Exit
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, short-stories
Most of the stories are not especially exciting, especially if you're a modern person who is familiar with the genre, but it's a good concept for an anthology and I'm glad it exists. ...more
Maria DeBlassie
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Occult Detective Book Club is currently reading this gem of an anthology. It covers well-known occult detectives like Diana Marburg and Thomas Carnacki, as well as one-time sleuths that have disappeared into obscurity. One common thread throughout the anthology is the importance of having a healthy respect for the unseen world. Those who dismiss it…don’t fare well. The introduction to each story is thoughtful, pointing out some of the xenophobia and other issues that show how dated these stor ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
What is says on the cover. Stories about occult detectives. We get Thomas Carnacki, Flaxman Low, Dr John Silence and a whole host of others not often seen anymore.

Some of the stories have mundane explanations, others are less explicable. Several stories should not be read alone after dark!

Excellent and entertaining volume.
Supernatural Sherlocks: Stories from the Golden Age of the Occult Detective (2018) by Nick Rennison (ed) provides readers with fifteen stories of the supernatural, ostensibly with a detective cast in the Sherlock Holmes mold. The stories are interesting and atmospheric and enjoyable as ghost stories. But....

My main quibble with this book is that if one is going to describe the investigators found herein as "Supernatural Sherlocks" then those investigators should resemble a consulting detective m
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A nice collection of stories related to occult detectives from the time span of 1890 to 1930. Some of the initial stories do not feature any detective who was part of a series; but independent investigations. Among them 'Number Ninety' by B.M Crocker will be a personal favorite of mine(maybe because it does not explain away everything and keeps space for speculation). 'The Blue Room' by Lettice Galbraith is also notable for the unique solution. Gradually we move towards trademark occult detectiv ...more
Anna From Gustine
This is a pleasant collection of short stories. The stories are mostly by little-known authors who wrote supernatural mysteries in the vein of Carnacki the Ghost Finder, although there are at least two stories with extremely bland clones of Holmes and Watson. The stories are interspersed with some big names like Doyle, Hodgson and Kipling. If you like ghost stories in the occult detective tradition, it's a mellow way to spend the time.

Best story? I hate to say it, but it's the Shunned House by H
Sara Tiede
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A good collection, but not a stand out one. Makes for a solid start to the month of October! The introductions to each story were informed, but not expressively informative. They sometimes hinted at "better" stories by the chosen author, and then didn't explain why this other option had been chosen instead. The last story was an excellent one to end the collection with, and in fact it seemed to build up to several of the more enjoyable stories in the second half of the book. Some of the earlier ...more
May 22, 2020 added it
Not a bad book, if you've never read any of the stories before. E and H Heron (Hesketh and Kate Prichard)'s Flaxman Low, William Hope Hodgson's Thomas Carnacki, Alice and Claude Askew's Aylmer Vance, and Dion Fortune's Dr. Taverner. These are all wonderfully powerful stories of man versus the occult, and should be read by everyone with an interest in the supernatural.
Do yourself a favour, and if you enjoy short stories of the unusual kind, then quite simply, buy this book. It's a collection of
Michael Ritchie
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of mostly little-known ghost story thrillers from the late 19th and early 20th century. Not every story is a keeper, and there is some repetition of theme and tone, but I appreciate having these available. Authors represented include Kipling (one of the better stories in the book), Conan Doyle, and Lovecraft. The "Sherlock" aspect of the stories isn't always particularly strong, but most of these are, if nothing else, nicely atmospheric. ...more
David Nadolny
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
A horrible collection of short stories. While I am familiar with and enjoy Victorian and Edwardian fiction, these are mostly terrible examples of them. It is billed as some sort of anthology of occult detectives, while only two or three of them are anything other than people describing a ghost they encountered.

I will depart from my harsh criticism to say that the last story was a very good standout, The Shut Room.
Lauren Bourke
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice selection of late 1800s/early 1900s ghost stories. Each story is proceeded by a blurb about the author and their influence on pop culture. I never realized that there were so many female writers during the time, probably because most of them wrote under a pseudonym. I recommend them for anyone who likes the writing style of the era, but also anyone who likes old horror movies from the golden era of Hollywood.
Pamela Huxtable
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
Good anthology with a broad collection of authors. The introductions to each story were valuable, giving rich context to each tale.

Notable: funny how the plot of so many of these stories is “let’s spend the night in a haunted house!”

Also: the lovecraft story was so repetitive and dull.
Barry Huddleston
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
15 short stories from the master storytellers of yesteryear. I enjoyed it.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A mixed bag, enjoyed the Kipling and several others. My favorite was about the haunted baby/toddler. Definitely more on the horror side than on the mystery side fun read
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great short strange stories!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Kolekcja opowiadań średnio związanych z oficjalnym tematem zbioru. Opowiadania zwykle też średnie.
Rowena Hoseason
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a wonderfully nostalgic collection of 15 short stories which instantly transport you back to the age of empire, where men with handlebar moustaches and frock coats investigate uncanny happenings.

The stories aren’t simply written in the style of the great Victorian and Edwardian detective novels – many of these pieces are over a century old and were, no doubt, shocking and provocative at the time. These days, they feel quite quaint and even a little naïve – but several are entirely succes
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Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller. His books include Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography, Robin Hood: Myth, History, Culture, The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide and 100 Must-Read Historical Novels. He is a regular reviewer of historical fiction for both The Sunday Times and BBC History Magazine.

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