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The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes... First Glimpse

Later this year, Night Shade Books will be publishing The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology edited by John Joseph Adams (Wastelands, The Living Dead, By Blood We Live, Seeds of Change, Federations) collecting the best Sherlock Holmes stories written by persons other than Arthur Conan Doyle over the last twenty five or so years. And as you can see from the picture above, cover artist David Palumbo took the trouble to get the hats right (contrary to how Holmes is typically depicted, no self-respecting Victorian gentleman would wear a deerstalker cap in London's social circles; that'd be the equivalent of wearing a camouflage trucker hat with a suit and tie today*). But I digress, check out the copy and lineup below:

Coming September 2009

The game is afoot! Night Shade Books is proud to present the improbable adventures of the world's greatest detective... mystery, fantasy, science fiction, horror; no genre can escape the esteemed detective's needle-sharp intellect and intuition.

This reprint anthology showcases the best Holmes short fiction from the last 25 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

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
John Joseph Adams
September 2009
TP - 350 pages - $15.95

* I largely blame Collier's Weekly illustrator Frederic Dorr Steele for the inappropriate headwear. Whereas The Strand's Sidney Paget did depict Holmes in a houndstooth deerstalker (notably for 1891's "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"), when he did so, it was scene-appropriate. Steele, on the other hand, inspired by the portrayal of Holmes by actor William Gillette, essentially branded Holmes with the deerstalker and calabash pipe, yet another inappropriate prop for the famous detective (for more on Holmes' tobacco preferences, see here).
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