It is the autumn of 1880, and Dr John Watson has just returned from Afghanistan. Badly injured and desperate to forget a nightmarish expedition that left him doubting his sanity, Watson is close to destitution when he meets the extraordinary Sherlock Holmes, who is investigating a series of deaths in the Shadwell district of London. Several bodies have been found, the victims appearing to have starved to death over the course of several weeks, and yet they were reported alive and well mere days before. Moreover, there are disturbing reports of creeping shadows that inspire dread in any who stray too close.
Holmes deduces a connection between the deaths and a sinister drug lord who is seeking to expand his criminal empire. Yet both he and Watson are soon forced to accept that there are forces at work far more powerful than they could ever have imagined. Forces that can be summoned, if one is brave – or mad – enough to dare…
About the Author
James Lovegrove is the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin. He was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1998 for his novel Days and for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2004 for his novel Untied Kingdom. He also reviews fiction for the Financial Times. He is the author of Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War, Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares and Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine for Titan Books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle descends into the world of HP Lovecraft. Right up front, I should say that this story probably isn’t for everyone. Watson states that all of the canon stories have been falsified. We are not talking of his discrete changing of names and places, nor of his placing his stories in misleading dates. This is flat out saying that the stories were made up and that the truth was too horrible for him to present to his readers. We discover that Watson encountered Cthulhu Mythos creatures during his service years in Afghanistan. Returning wounded, weary, and badly frightened, he encounters Stamford and Holmes in very different circumstances! Holmes learns the horror of the Great Old Ones, and the two share adventures and the rooms at Baker Street, but with a sinister twist as men who know the truth of the mythos world. The reader will find the books of the mythos mentioned, such as De Vermis Mysteriis, Unaussprechlichen Kulten, and the worst of them all, the Necronomicon! There is death stalking Shadwell, and the reports mention shadows. Holmes suspects a killer like Jack the Ripper, hiding in shadows. A mysterious Chinaman in the vein of Fu Manchu seems to be behind the shadows, but it is the shadows themselves that kill. A worse master of evil than the Chinaman is pulling strings, a man called Moriarty… I really like the book as a sort of alternate universe Sherlock Holmes novel. The pace is frantic, the characters well developed, the horrors vividly portrayed and the mystery properly presented! I give the book five stars! Quoth the Raven…