A Study in Terror Anthology Series
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A Study in Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Revolutionary Stories of Fear and the Supernatural (Volume 1)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of those authors whose literary creation is much more famous than the man himself. Those who do know the name Arthur Conan Doyle tend to know him only as the inventor of the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. A smaller segment of this group goes further and remembers Doyle as the inventor of the great detective who squandered his fame with crackpot beliefs in faeries and the supernatural. Sadly, there is so much more to the man who revolutionized the writing not just of detective fiction but also of the genre of horror, the supernatural, and even influenced history itself. This two volume anthology's point is to put Doyle back on the pedestal he so rightly deserves. Its aim is twofold. First, to introduce readers to Doyle's lesser known (yet no less important) works. These works speak for themselves in showing a master writer at his craft. The stories are timeless, enjoyable, and hopefully will lead to new fans embracing a great author's somewhat forgotten tales. The second aim is to show the relevance of Doyle's works. Through a collection of articles written by current scholars and experts, readers can see just how revolutionary Doyle's writings remain even today.
This second volume should be of particular interest to fans of Sherlock Holmes and traditional horror stories. The introduction of this volume notes the influence of Doyle on author H.P. Lovecraft, and the stories Lot No. 249 and The Ring of Thoth were the basis for the Universal film, The Mummy. The novella The Mystery of Cloomber is Doyle’s forgotten detective novel and his first attempt at blending the genres of horror, mystery, and the supernatural.