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May 14th, 2004

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2004.0514.2259::A Study in Emerald
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I just got back from dinner--a dinner which ripped me away from reading Neil Gaiman's Hugo Nominated "A Study in Emerald." This is the lead story in Shadows over Baker Street, a compilation where various writers try their hand at mixing Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft. The story is, as I've so often said about pretty much everything Gaiman writes, delicious.

I'm ashamed to admit that I've never actually read a single page of either source, however, but "Emerald" is still quite the page-turner (or in this case, mouse-scroller).

Can someone who's more well-read in these areas point me to a good starting point for both?

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ludditerobot::2004.05.14.08:19 pm
[User Picture]For Holmes, "A Study in Scarlett" and "The Circle of Four" are the first two, I think, and "Hound of the Baskervilles" is the most famous. There's a story by someone else by the title of "The Seven-Percent Solution" where Holmes and Watson go to Freud to rid the detective of his cocaine addiction, which follows the "expanding on canon" theme of Shadow over Baker Street. (My all-time favorite Holmes-related story is They Might Be Giants, where George C. Scott is a 60s New Yorker who convinces himself that he's Holmes, and his case officer at the asylum, Dr. Watson (Joanne Woodward) becomes attracted to him and his world. It's a must-see, and it inspired the name of a favored band.) But for canon, search for "Arthur Conan Doyle" at Project Gutenberg.

For Lovecraft, here</i> is an online archive of his stories. My fave was "The Music of Erich Zann", but "Beyond The Wall Of Sleep" and "The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward" are big ones and "Shadow of Innsmouth" is the inspiration for both the title of that anthology and the BtVS episode "Go Fish".

Go. Read. Enjoy.

thepeopleseason::2004.05.14.09:15 pm
[User Picture]Excellent! Thanks for the pointers.
nwhyte::2004.06.19.01:00 pm
[User Picture]Just so's you know, I've linked to this from my page about the 2004 Hugo nominees.
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