I hope this is okay with everyone? THREE of them should be up early next week, the fourth as soon as I get the file re-keyed from the hard copy.
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].
I hope everyone enjoys them.