The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by John Joseph Adams
Release date: September 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, anthology, thriller

Edited by John Joseph Adams.

Sherlock Holmes is back!

Sherlock Holmes, the world's first – and most famous – consulting detective, came to the world's attention more than 120 years ago through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and stories. But Conan Doyle didn't reveal all of the Great Detective's adventures...

Here are some of the best Holmes pastiches of the last 30 years, twenty-eight tales of mystery and the imagination detailing Holmes's further exploits, as told by many of today's greatest storytellers, including Stephen King, Anne Perry, Anthony Burgess, Neil Gaiman, Naomi Novik, Stephen Baxter, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, and many more.

These are the improbable adventures of Sherlock Holmes, where nothing is impossible, and nothing can be ruled out. In these cases, Holmes investigates ghosts, curses, aliens, dinosaurs, shapeshifters, and evil gods. But is it the supernatural, or is there a perfectly rational explanation?

You won't be sure, and neither will Holmes and Watson as they match wits with pirates, assassins, con artists, and criminal masterminds of all stripes, including some familiar foes, such as their old nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

In these pages you'll also find our heroes crossing paths with H. G. Wells, Lewis Carroll, and even Arthur Conan Doyle himself, and you'll be astounded to learn the truth behind cases previously alluded to by Watson but never before documented until now.

These are tales that take us from the familiar quarters at 221B Baker Street to alternate realities, from the gaslit streets of London to the far future and beyond.

Whether it's mystery, fantasy, horror, or science fiction, no puzzle is too challenging for the Great Detective. The game is afoot!

This reprint anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 30 years, featuring stories by:

  • Stephen King
  • Tim Lebbon
  • Anne Perry
  • Bradley H. Sinor
  • Edward D. Hoch
  • Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Darrell Schweitzer
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • H. Paul Jeffers
  • Barbara Roden
  • Anthony Burgess
  • Stephen Baxter
  • Laurie R. King
  • Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Amy Myers
  • Peter Tremayne
  • Sharyn McCrumb
  • Michael Moorcock
  • Dominic Green
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Tony Pi
  • Chris Roberson
  • Naomi Novik
  • Rob Rogers
  • Mark Valentine
  • Tanith Lee
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Robert J. Sawyer
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