Friday, October 9, 2009


Edited by John Joseph Adams
Night Shade Books 2009
Trade Paperback
454 pages
ISBN - 10: 1597801607
ISBN - 13: 978-1597801607

THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is a new (September 2009) reprint anthology (with one original story) that collects 28 Sherlock Holmes stories published in the last 30 years, most, but not all, of which contain fantastic, supernatural or horror elements, hence the 'Improbable' contained in the title. Featured are stories by a good many mainstream 'big name' authors like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Laurie R. King, Anne Perry, etc... alongside various mid-list, as well as up-and-coming, authors. The oldest story is Stephen King's "The Doctor's Case" (first published in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES in 1987) and the most recent are Barbara Roden's "The Things that Shall Come Upon Them" and Chris Roberson's "Merridew of Abominable Memory" both of which were published last year in my original anthology GASLIGHT GRIMOIRE: FANTASTIC TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. While the veteran reader of Sherlockian pastiche may be familiar with a large chunk of the stories from their original publications, the neophyte will be quite happy to have these interesting and varied stories in one inexpensive trade paperback volume. Recommended!


Introduction — John Joseph Adams
A Sherlockiana Primer — Christopher Roden

The Doctor’s Case — Stephen King
The Horror of the Many Faces — Tim Lebbon
The Case of the Bloodless Sock — Anne Perry
The Adventure of the Other Detective — Bradley H. Sinor
A Scandal in Montreal — Edward Hoch
The Adventure of the Field Theorems — Vonda N. McIntyre
The Adventure of the Death-Fetch — Darrell Schweitzer
The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland — Mary Robinette Kowal
The Adventure of the Mummy’s Curse — H. Paul Jeffers
The Things That Shall Come Upon Them — Barbara Roden
Murder to Music — Anthony Burgess
The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor — Stephen Baxter
Mrs Hudson’s Case — Laurie R. King
The Singular Habits of Wasps — Geoffrey Landis
The Affair of the Forty-Sixth Birthday — Amy Myers
The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey — Peter Tremayne
The Vale of the White Horse — Sharyn McCrumb
The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger — Michael Moorcock
The Adventure of the Lost World — Dominic Green
The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece — Barbara Hambly
Dynamics of a Hanging — Tony Pi
Merridew of Abominable Memory — Chris Roberson
Commonplaces — Naomi Novik
The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape — Rob Rogers
The Adventure of the Green Skull — Mark Valentine
The Human Mystery — Tanith Lee
A Study in Emerald — Neil Gaiman
You See But You Do Not Observe — Robert J. Sawyer

Cover by David Palumbo

Editor John Joseph Adams has an excellent mini-site dedicated to the book that includes some free fiction, the complete essay by Christopher Roden and various other fun odds and ends. To visit the book's mini-site, click here.

The book is available in fine bookstores everywhere or from the following Amazon links:

Amazon USA
Amazon Canada
Amazon UK

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