The Cthulhu Casebooks – Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows
A long-lost inheritance brings to light a curious confession by Dr. John Watson: the stories of Sherlock Holmes we know and love were a smokescreen, a subterfuge protecting darker secrets and greater evils. But now, the truth is coming to light as Holmes and Watson do battle with unknowable evils lurking in the heart of London, the kind that threatens not just their lives, but their very souls.
The first in a three-part series reimagining the classic canon of Holmes with a Lovecraftian edge, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows rewrites the early days of Holmes and Watson, from their fateful meeting all the way to an early encounter with one of the Great Detective’s most diabolical foes.
Lovegrove does an outstanding job of evoking Doyle’s style and mixing in healthy dollops of the macabre and fantastic that define the Cthulhu Mythos. I suspect horror fans will get more out of this than your average Sherlockian, but as a fan of both worlds, I thought Lovegrove melded them nicely, and this read went by much faster than expected.
Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows sets a pretty high bar. I look forward to seeing Lovegrove meet it with future installments.