It’s…elementary! Sherlock Holmes in the Further Adventures shop

The Further Adventures shop gets yet another infusion of stories!  These are a wee bit different than the previous several and (just so you know what you’re getting into), Barbara has written up a little explanation about each of them.  All four of these stories feature Sherlock Holmes (update Jan 25 – the fourth one is now in the shop).

Sherlock Holmes Guide to Stories (from Barbara)

These stories were written for anthologies – that is, the editor picked a category of tale that he wanted Holmes to be dealing with, and I wrote to order. Two of them – “Lost Boy” and “Antiquarian’s Niece” – are straight fantasy. “Dollmaker” (which I will post shortly) is a “straight-up” Holmes story: no fantasy, no outside elements. “Sinister Chinaman” falls somewhere in between.

“The Adventure of the Lost Boy” – Fantasy tale written originally for Gaslight Grimoire, edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec, Edge Books – Narrated by Mrs. Mary Watson, it relates Holmes’ relationship with Peter Pan. I stuck to the original Barrie version of Peter Pan and stayed away from the Disney version.

“The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece” – Fantasy tale written originally for Shadows Over Baker Street, edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan – Narrated by Dr. John H. Watson. However, since the anthology was about Holmes’ involvement with various aspects of Lovecraft’s Chthulhu mythos cycle, at one point in the story I switch over into the typical Lovecraftian narrative voice (though it’s still poor Watson speaking): you can’t have a Lovecraft story without hysterical cries about formless shuggoths dancing in the nameless abysses of non-geometrical time and space, now, can you?

“The Adventure of the Sinister Chinaman” – Originally written for Sherlock Holmes: Crossovers Casebook edited by Howard Hopkins, from Moonstone Press. Narrated by Dr. John H. Watson. Crossovers Casebook wanted stories of Holmes teaming up with other characters to solve a problem – the anthology included teamings of Holmes with Arsene Lupin, Calamity Jane, Sexton Blake, etc. I put a little whisper of a fantasy spin on it by teaming him up with that great prestidigitator and aeronaut, Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, better known to literature as Oz the Great and Powerful, after the wizard’s departure from Oz (and before he found his way back there, as was related in L. Frank Baum’s fourth Oz book, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz). But it’s a perfectly straightforward real-world adventure. Again, I’ve stuck with the original literary source on the Wizard, rather than anything from the MGM (or Disney) versions of the character.

“The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk” – To come. Originally written for My Sherlock Holmes, edited by Michael Kurland. Narrated by Mrs. Mary Watson. The first Holmes story I wrote (other than the scads of them I wrote in grade school for my own edification), a non-fantasy, Doyle-esque, real-world Holmes adventure, narrated by Mrs. Watson. [I’ll get this story on the website as soon as I get it re-keyed from the only hard-copy I have].


5 responses to “It’s…elementary! Sherlock Holmes in the Further Adventures shop”

  1. I have been a Holmes fan since I was 15 and read ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. At home… alone… after dark. It scared the bejesus out of me! *laughs* Thus, I will happily read Barbara’s Holmes stories for another dose of Holmes, since I am already addicted to ‘Sherlock’ with Benedict Cumberpatch, and the two Robert Downey, Jr Holmes movies. (Not to mention all of the ones I saw in the fifties, when I was a kid with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce!)

    I have to ask this, though… I have also read ‘Circle of the Moon’ some time back, and have recently ordered the Kindle version of ‘Sisters of the Raven’. I am interested in knowing if Barbara plans any other books in this series.

    Thanks for your time!

  2. I know you through the Benjamin January series, but recently ordered the Holmes stories for my Kindle, as I’m an avid Holmes fan. They were all delightful, but Oh, I especially loved “The Adventure of the Lost Boy.” Just as deep and meaningful as any true fairy tale. I thank you and congratulate you on a lovely piece of writing!

    Thank you for buying stories, so glad that you enjoyed them! -Deb

  3. Hello Deb – so excited to see the Barbara keeps coming out with new books and stories. I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and I will have to read her collection.

    On another note, I have fallen in love with the James Asher series, and have read “Those Who Hunt the Night” as well as listened to it on Audible. I also listened to “Traveling with the Dead” and was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are three more books in the series!

    Do you know if Barbara Hambly or Audible plans to record these other three books, with narration by Gildart Jackson? He did a marvelous job.

    Thank you!

    Not sure, really — I need to ask Barbara if she knows anything about how voice artists are chosen for her books. Apparently this can be pretty polarizing; there have been a few previous comments about good and (very?) bad readers. I’ll see if I can find anything out.

  4. Hi,

    I just happened to find this website while I was looking for audiobooks of the 3 newer James Asher novels (Blood maidens and so on). I was astonished to see that under “books” you list only 2 of these novels… obviously I didn’t find the place with all the newest updates.

    Can you help me to find out if audiobooks of these newer Asher-Books exist? And if yes, where I might be ably to buy them?

    Thank you very much for your help. I’ve been reading Barbara Hamblys books for a long time now and especially like the Asher and January novels, though I started with Ladies of Mandrigyn in the german version back in 1992 and only switched to the english original when there were no more translated books available. Oops, more than 30 years obviously…

    Best regards from Birgit Sternberg

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