I think most of you know by now that my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories are those ones with a whiff of the eerie. The blood-eyed Hound with his dripping jaw, the Devil’s Foot, and so on, have always captured my imagination. Blame the Hammer Horror films I grew up on. Anyway, with this being my sort of fare, you can imagine how excited I was when I was invited to submit a story for the newest MX Anthology.
Eliminate the Impossible is, astonishingly, numbers VII and VIII in this remarkable collections of Holmes short stories. It features tales from the best Holmes writers around, plus forewords by such acclaimed authors as Roger Johnson, Michael Cox, Rand Lee, and Lee Child.
As with previous anthologies, all the authors are donating their royalties to projects at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw. The building was in a terrible state of disrepair and was saved from destruction by the Undershaw Preservation Trust (patron Mark Gatiss). Today the building is the new home of Stepping Stones (a school for children with learning difficulties) and has being lovingly restored to its former glory.
Royalties will go to Stepping Stones for specific projects such as the new literary program.
The authors contributing to the 2-part anthology are as follows:
Volume VII – Eliminate the Impossible: 1880-1891 features contributions by: Mark Mower, Jan Edwards, Daniel D. Victor, James Lovegrove, Gayle Lange Puhl, Thomas Fortenberry, Mike Hogan, Thomas A. Turley, Adrian Middleton, James Moffett, Hugh Ashton, Geri Schear, S. Subramanian, John Hall, Jayantika Ganguly, S.F. Bennett, Steven Philip Jones, Jim French, John Linwood Grant, Mike Chinn, Robert V. Stapleton, Charles Veley and Anna Elliott, and Shane Simmons, with a poem by Jacquelynn Morris, and forewords by David Marcum, Lee Child, Rand Lee, Michael Cox, and Melissa Farnham.
Part VIII – Eliminate the Impossible: 1892-1905 features contributions by: Deana Baran, Tim Symonds, Sandor Jay Sonnen, Ben Cardall, Andrew Lane, Michael Mallory, Wendy C. Fries, Aaron Smith, Arthur Hall, Robert Perret, Nick Cardillo, Paul D. Gilbert, Cindy Dye, Tracy Revels, Derrick Belanger, William Meikle, Marcia Wilson, David Friend, Roger Riccard, Craig Janacek, Jeremy Branton Holstein, Will Murray, David Ruffle, Daniel McGachey, and David Marcum, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by David Marcum, Lee Child, Rand Lee, Michael Cox, and Melissa Farnham.
My personal contribution sees Holmes encounter the ghost of the assassinated American President, Abraham Lincoln. I hope my readers will love it as much as I did writing it.
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