As you have probably guessed, I’m a reader. I read a lot. In addition to the daily Internet news, I’m currently reading “From the Earth To the Moon” by Jules Verne (great steampunk engineering), “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens (powerful and poingiant), “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen (pedantic and annoying), and “Gateway” by Fredrick Pohl (great old modern sci-fi). However, I put all of that aside when someone pointed out the short story “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman (thanks Summer!)
If you’re a fan of Gaiman’s writing (Neverwhere, Sandman, etc.) then you’re probably already interested in looking for this story. Gaiman is one of the best fantasy writers alive, and a personal favorite of mine. He’s also quite a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, which is what brings me to this post today.
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Imagine an alternate past, where the Great Old Ones have risen, taken dominance over mankind, and ruled them as benevolent dictators. Imagine further that Sherlock Holmes was called up to consult on the murder of a consort to the “Queen”. Further, imagine that it was all flawlessly rendered by a man who seemed to be channelling Conan Doyle directly. That is what the “Study in Emerald” is about.
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P.S. If you’re hungry for more, why not check out his short story “I Cthulhu”