Sherlock Holmes: Cthulhu Mythos Adventures,Tales Of Adventure, Terror & Mystery
WOW! Another great read! I love Sherlock Holmes so I was very excited to read this one and it certainly does not disappoint. It’s a compilation of new stories, and with the exception of two, have not been previously published.
This is not your typical Sherlock Holmes book. In these stories Sherlock is dealing with the world beyond earthly beings. He deals with mythical creatures like Cthulhu Mythos, M’ell and Dhumin, Shub-Niggurath and others that some say have never existed and do not exist today, some will beg to differ – I’ll let you come to your own conclusions…
Mr Holmes was a scholar and was educated about myths and knew the world was full of mysteries and trickery. Did he believe in witches, or monsters, or gods, or being able to call mythical creatures from the dark? Maybe, maybe not, but he certainly understood that there were people who did, most certainly, have these beliefs and he considered the information useful when dealing with cases where people believed these things had happened.
As we know there are, to this day, people who hold close to the beliefs of old, and I’m certainly not one to poopoo their beliefs.
These stories take Sherlock to the States where he meets Professor Philips whose cousin has vanished and the Professor seeks out Sherlock’s help. The Professor is hesitant to talk about what he believes has happened but, after telling Mr. Holmes, they head off to check it out. While at his cousins home they discover letters from HP Lovecraft and find a file on the Cthulhu Cult – worshippers of a race of beings who ruled the earth in the past. The eventually find the cousin after dealings with the Cult and some very unexplainable interactions with beings or creatures certainly not from this world.
Another story takes us to Whitechapel during the time of the Ripper. No, he doesn’t say the Ripper did not exist but there were several murders attributed to the Ripper that weren’t his. Strange wounds that totally differed from the usual. It is discovered that there were subterranean creatures – M’ell and Dhumin – that were able to burrow quickly through the earth and utilize the old underground London tunnels and rivers to traverse and take their victims.
Yet another was reconstructed from the notes of Dr Watson and takes place in Hammershire – home to some of England’s oldest villages, villages where they refuse to let the old ways and beliefs die, and they don’t appreciate outsiders. There are seven in all – every one just as gripping as the other.
Each story is beautifully written and really sucks you in. As for the mythical creatures – there is a line in one of the stories which sums it up where Watson says to Holmes, “But such a creature is an impossibility.” And Holmes replies, “So were saurian giants of the primordial world and prior races of mankind, till fossils and stone axes gave certain proof that the ancient legends were true – dragons and giants in the Earth.” I have heard of some of the stories from my Scottish Nan and understand how strong the beliefs were and, in some areas, still are. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology so this was right up my alley. Mr Vaughan has clearly done extensive research and I, for one, am open minded on the issue – perhaps you will be too after reading this book…
Does Holmes rid the earth of these vile creatures and those who call them from the depths and netherworld? I would certainly hope so – I wouldn’t want to run into any of them – but you’ll have to read to find out.
If you are new to Sherlock or an avid Sherlock follower you will enjoy the change of pace in this book and while it is a different track for Sherlock, I think it is still fascinating and absolutely possible that Sherlock would have dealt with such cases. He was so open to all things and thrived on collecting minute bits of information. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!
Ralph E Vaughn has written other books, some on Sherlock Holmes, a series called Paws & Claws (which I’m hoping to read soon) and many other works. Check them out! I’m looking forward to reading more of his fine works.
Happy New Year to everyone! By the time you read this review I’ll be across the pond visiting family in the UK. Very exciting, it’s been six years since I’ve been back.