Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Cthulhu by James C Boswell

In this tale of mystery and cosmic horror, Sherlock Holmes finds himself kidnapped by his archrival, the evil crime lord, Professor James Moriarty. Seduced by promises of limitless power whispered into his ear in the dead of night, Moriarty intends to sacrifice Holmes and awaken Cthulhu, a malevolent entity of immeasurable power. It’s up to Holmes’s friend, confidant, and biographer Dr. John H. Watson to track him down using powerful methods of deductive reasoning he learned from Holmes himself. Watson’s harrowing journey leads him into the darkest corners of the Amazon and the deepest recesses of his own mind, where he must confront terrors from his past in order to save the future.

Will Watson succeed in rescuing Holmes from Moriarty’s clutches? Or will he fail, thus allowing a deadly prophecy of cataclysmic proportions to be fulfilled?

Meanwhile, Irene Adler, adventuress and treasure hunter extraordinaire, and one of the only people to have ever outfoxed Sherlock Holmes, explores an evil sorcerer’s lost tomb, filled with forbidden secrets and dangerous traps. Along with her husband and fellow adventurer, Godfrey Norton, she confronts a long-imprisoned force of evil on her quest to achieve fame and fortune.

Will Adler and Norton emerge from the Tomb of Akuyaku alive and in possession of the Amulet of Omniscience and Omnipresence? Or will they become trapped, forever entombed inside a living hell deep within the bowels of the Earth?

Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Very interesting take on a different type of Sherlock Holmes mystery. The tale is told in 3 different POV’s: Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler.

Although it is a Sherlock Holmes novel, Dr Watson is definitely the star of the book. At the beginning, Sherlock is kidnapped by Moriarty. Then we don’t hear from him for a while.

Watson upon discovering Holmes’ disappearance, is determined to egg to the bottoms of it and bring Holmes home. Watson does an admirable job in following Holmes and Moriarty’s footsteps, but he keeps getting bogged down by strange visions of horror.

Having never read any Lovecraft, I wasn’t fully knowledgable about the history of Cthulhu. I don’t feel like I missed much, though. The mythology was well written, the characters were believable in their disbelief and horror of seeing a mysterious octopus-man-creature.

I thought this was a cool twist on a Holmes mystery. Though I had to hit the “I believe” button a few times due to the travel restrictions during that time. Overall, it was a good read.

No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.

H.P. Lovecraft

James G. Boswell writes weird, dread-inducing, cosmic horror fiction because it’s fun. His short story collection, “That Feeling When You Know You’re Doomed” debuted at #23 on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers List for Horror Short Stories and subsequently reached #5. He lives in Kansas City with his wife. 

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