Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea-Devils Published in Hardback!

The third and final volume in the Cthulhu Casebooks trilogy is out today in a handsome hardback to match its two forerunners. Sherlock Holmes and loyal Dr Watson valiantly confront the force of eldritch evil one last time.


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  1. Garry Bouwman says:

    I have just finished the second volume of the trilogy and was absolutely blown away! I have the third volume but I am hesitant to start it because I know it is the final book and I don’t want it to be over.
    Unless…………………..we can talk Mr. Lovegrove in to writing more books in this series.

  2. James says:

    I am extremely flattered that you don’t want the series to end. Unfortunately, it has to! To be honest, I’m not sure how many more permutations of a Conan Doyle/Lovecraft mashup I can manage. I can tell you, though, that a brand new, never-before-republished Cthulhu Casebooks short story will be appearing in my Sherlock Holmes short story collection, The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes, which is out next year from Titan.

  3. Aaron says:

    I loved the first two, but especially the second one. They combine my favourite aspects of the Holmes and the Lovecraft stories. I was initially concerned when I heard the second book would feature a long segment in America, without the two lead characters, but to my surprise that turned out to be my favourite part of the book!

    Really looking forward to getting stuck into the third one (I have my copy, just waiting for a bank holiday weekend to come up). You’ve done a great job with these books. Thank you so much.

    And, worth saying also … the hardcover copies are beautiful objects in their own right.

  4. James says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more about the books’ design. Julia Lloyd has done a terrific job with them.

    I myself was hesitant when it came to inserting the Arkham/Miskatonic section into the novel. I thought it was a bit of a risk and might annoy some readers. However, I thought it was valid to mimic the structure of two of Conan Doyle’s own Holmes novels (A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear) and I also wanted to give Lovecraft fans some pure Lovecraftian pastiche, so that they wouldn’t feel short-changed. I’m glad it worked for you. It was, in fact, the easiest part of the book to write. It practically poured out of me. I think I wrote the whole thing in about a week, which should give you some indication how much fun I was having.

    Hope Sussex Sea-Devils is to your liking, too.

  5. Scott says:

    Just finished reading the trilogy, an absolute joy. In the last year I’ve read through the original Sherlock Holmes and HP’s complete works, and these are a simply amazing addition to both worlds.

    I hope since the previous post you’ve reconsidered and some more Cthulu casebooks are on their way 🙂

  6. James says:

    Thank you for saying so. The books were huge fun to write.

    Unfortunately there really aren’t going to be any more Cthulhu Casebooks tales — unless you count a short story, “The Affair of the Yithian Blade”, which will be appearing in my short story collection The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes in January.

  7. Dean says:

    I’m struggling to find a hardcover copy of shadwell shadows. I’m replacing all my paperbacks. Was it a limited number print run? The others seem much easier to get hold of.

  8. James says:

    I’m sorry you’re having trouble finding one. I suppose it’s because Shadwell Shadows came out earlier than the other two and its print run was probably smaller because the series hadn’t been a success yet. I see there are a couple on eBay and abebooks. I don’t have any spares myself, otherwise I’d have offered to help you out. Good luck!

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