Writing this one was a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to create my own Sherlock Holmes stories, ever since I read the originals when I was around 10 or 11. I’d been enjoying Titan’s reprints of old and not so old Holmes pastiches, and when the imprint started commissioning new ones, I elbowed my way to the front of the queue and demanded the chance to join in.
The result is this, The Stuff Of Nightmares, a Holmes tale which features all the detection, mystery solving and clue chasing you could hope for (and expect), along with pea-soupers, London cobbles and recurring characters such as Mycroft, Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson and the Baker Street Irregulars.
On top of that, there’s a steampunk-superhero element in the shape of Baron Cauchemar, an enigmatic armoured figure who’s bringing justice, of a sort, to the lawless East End. He’s like a Victorian mixture of Batman and Iron Man, and his methods and Holmes’s clash significantly.
There are also bomb-wielding terrorists. Did I neglect to mention those?
It’s an action-packed adventure with the very future of the British Empire at stake.
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• Filed under Books • 24/09/2013 •