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Reviews of Shadows Over Baker Street (2003)

Review by mojosmom (2007-01-02)
"Sherlock Holmes enters the nightmare world of H.P. Lovecraft", says the cover, and quite a few writers are gathered in this volume, trying their hand at blending the cold logic and rationality of Holmes with the miasmic, eldritch atmosphere of Lovecraft. But I'm afraid that despite the best efforts of such excellent writers as Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite and others, the conceit does not come off. Baker Street, despite its Victorian fog, is just too far from Dunwich's horrors. (Some of the stories are downright silly, as in "The Adventure of Exham Priory" in which Moriarty and the Old Ones lose because, at the last moment, Moriarty "remembered what it meant to be an Englishman". Oh, please.)




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