Lois Gresh Guest Post
Greetings! Today I am lucky enough to have Lois Gresh here to deliver a guest post all about her Sherlock/HP Lovecraft mash up series. Part two, The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses, came out this week so now is the perfect time to get everyone up to speed on what Lois’ trilogy explores in terms of Sherlockian shenanigans. I loved alternative Sherlock tales like this and I think Lois Gresh is doing wonders for the character. Check out the guest post and let me know what you think about the series in the comments!
14.08.2018 / Titan Books / Crime-Fantasy / Paperback / 400pp / 978-1785652103
About Lois Gresh
LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Bestselling Author of 28 books and more than 65 short stories, as well as the editor of anthologies Innsmouth Nightmares and Dark Fusions. She is a well-known Lovecraftian writer whose works have appeared in Black Wings of Cthulhu, The Madness of Cthulhu, and many other anthologies. Her work has been published in 22 languages. Visit her at www.loisgresh.com.
About Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses
Amelia Scarcliffe’s monstrous brood, harbingers of Cthulhu, will soon spawn. Her songs spell insanity, death… and illimitable wealth. And Moriarty will do anything to get his hands on gold, even if it means tearing down the walls between this world and a realm of horrors.
Meanwhile, after Sherlock Holmes’s last tangle with the Order of Dagon, horrifying monsters haunt the Thames, and madness stalks the streets of Whitechapel. Gang war between Moriarty’s thugs and the powerful cult can only bring more terror—unless Holmes and Dr. Watson can prevent it. But can they find the cause of the neural psychoses before Watson himself succumbs?
Guest Post: Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses by Lois H. Gresh
Thank you for inviting me to write a post for your blog. It’s nice to be here. You asked that I tell you a little about my trilogy Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu, and specifically, about the second (and just-released!) novel, The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses.
The overall series blends elements of both Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s supernatural mythos. Each novel pits Holmes and Watson against crimes that the police and Scotland Yard cannot solve. In each case, the murders could have been commited using the technologies and science of 1890, and yet in our real world, the devices in my books did not exist. I created them.
In addition to these “ordinary” murders, Holmes strives to find rational, scientific explanations for crimes whose foundations do not seem rooted in the rational, scientific world. Despite all of the strange things confronting him, Holmes uses logic to find ways of eliminating supernatural threats.
In the first novel, The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions (2017), a bizarre tram machine goes berserk and kills Londoners. Willie Jacobs–the son of the man who built the machine using esoteric geometries–seeks Holmes’s help in solving the murder of his father. Amos Beiler, who constructs furniture using geometries that make no sense, is inexplicably murdered in Avebury; and his son also seeks Holmes’s help. In the meantime, while Watson is chasing clues with Holmes, someone abducts his wife Mary and infant son Samuel. At the end of the book, Holmes solves the murder mysteries yet has not stopped the overall threat from the deadly dimensions.
The second novel, The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses (August 2018), pits Holmes and Watson against strange Eshocker machines that plague London and other areas of England. Created by Dr. Reginald Sinclair, the Director of the Whitechapel Lunatic Asylum, three types of Eshockers exist. Two are used to treat patients, the third is used by Professor Moriarty to drug the masses and make money. Now a patient in the Whitechapel Asylum, Willie Jacobs is forced to help build the horrific machines. When the people of London start losing their sanity–including Watson–and beasts erupt more feverishly from the deadly dimensions, Holmes must find a way to shut down the Eshockers and cure everyone of mental disease. A tall order, even for Sherlock Holmes.
As we slide into the third and final novel, The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations (available in August 2019), the British government sends Holmes and Watson to Innsmouth, Massachusetts, where the deadly dimensions are at their deadliest. A huge monster, Cthulhu, has risen from the sea and dwells at Devil Reef, right off the coast of Innsmouth. The villagers, who worship another monster that they refer to as Dagon, are deformed in ways that shock medical experts, including Dr. Watson. Professor Moriarty shows up in Innsmouth, as well, with nefarious reasons, and murder on his mind. The only way for Holmes to stop the murders in England and now in America, to stop Moriarty in his tracks, and to kill the infernal beasts that seemingly fall from the sky, is to solve the overall mystery of the deadly dimensions. In this book, he does so.
Thank you to Lois Gresh for writing an intriguing guest post for us all to enjoy. Lois is obviously passionate about her work alongside Sherlock and I can’t wait to delve into The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses to see what part two has to offer. Lois is leading the charge in revitalising a rich and interesting character with new challenges. I hope you appreciated the guest post and make sure to pick up book one and two as soon as possible. Thanks again and keep on reading!