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The Curse of the Pharaohs (1997)
NOTE: The book's cover, along with those of The Headless Monk and The Vampire Serpent, depict author, Kel Richards, as Watson alongside Rathbone's Holmes.
|Footsteps in the Fog (1999)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes: Footsteps in the Fog (Kel Richards)
Story Type: Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Colonel Sebastian Moran; Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; Inspector Lestrade
Fictional Characters: Professor Summerlee; Professor Challenger; Austin; Mrs. Challenger; McArdle
Other Characters: Wilson; Young Warder; Warders; Prison Doctor; John Ferguson; Jabez Whitney; Fred Duncan; Workmen; Jenkins; Jack; Alexander Henderson; Reverend Henry Bunyan; Patience Hudson; Urchin; Albert Cartwright; Sid Jones; Regents Park Constable; Morris Hopkins; Baker Street Constable; Dr. Charles Clarke; Clarke's Assistant; Percy Turner; Harry Latimer; Sutherland & Dundas's Carters; Pygmy
Locations: Dartmoor Prison; St. John's Hall; Regents Park; 221B, Baker Street; Baker Street; 106, Baker Street; Seymour Mansions; Challenger's Coach; Crawford Street
Story: Moran escapes from prison. A meteorite lands in Regents Park and a glowing green cloud emanating from it attacks a nightwatchman. Another man is attacked in Baker Street. Summerlee & Challenger discover that the meteorite is hotter & heavier than expected. Another man is killed in Baker Street, the body found by Bunyan, who notices a green, glowing web on his face. Holmes decides to visit Challenger who is warning people to stay away from the meteorite. On the way they are almost run down by a cab, an attack planned by Moran. Challenger & Holmes agree that the deaths are linked to the meteorite. Another death occurs on the steps of 221B. Moran makes another attempt on Holmes' life, and Mrs. Hudson's niece, Patience, is attacked by the fog creature, but the light of Mrs. Hudson's lantern drives it away. Holmes, Watson, Challenger & McArdle set out with lanterns to trap or kill the creature. They are joined by Bunyan, but fail to prevent another death. Moran makes further attempts on their lives, including deliveries of a spider & a pygmy. Patience is attacked by the creature again, this time light has no effect, but fire drives it away. Challenger designs an induction coil to defeat the creature. Summerlee reports that the meteorite has started glowing. Moran arrives at Baker Street in disguise and takes Watson & Bunyan prisoner. Holmes is able to overcome Moran using a special pipe, and the men set out to capture the alien.
|The Headless Monk (1997)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Mrs Hudson; Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes; Inspector Lestrade; The Politician (Lord Trevalyan); The Trained Cormorant
Other Characters: Joynton Oakes; Trap Driver; Violet Oakes; Julia Oakes; Robert Oakes; Fishermen; George Pendennis; Bert King; Young Selwyn; Crazy Alex; Constable Poldark; Lady Daphne Trevalyan; Edith Trevalyan; Captain Hardcastle; Henry Leach; Walter Gilbert; (Young Monk; Abbot; King's Officers Captain Rodda; Wreckers; Leach's Sister)
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Cornwall; Newlyn; Tregarthen; The Two Brothers; Oakes's Cottage; The Fisherman's Arms; Tregarthen Light; Ruined Abbey
Story: Holmes is consulted by Oakes, a lighthouse keeper from Cornwall, over the ghost of a headless monk which has appeared on a neighbouring island. Oakes has seen it himself, having rowed across to the island to investigate the spectral lights that have terrified his wife. When Holmes & Watson arrive at the lighthouse, they learn that Mrs Oakes has disappeared, and hear of a man in a false beard. After finding the wife, and hearing of a band of wreckers from twenty years before, Holmes and Watson visit the haunted isle, Watson finds a disappearing plate, Holmes an underground cave system, and both hear maniacal laughter. Lestrade arrives, investigating events linked to the wrecking, Mrs Oakes grows increasingly distressed, and the ghost appears on the lighthouse island. The light is extinguished and a ship runs aground, Lord Trevelyan, his wife and daughter, and the captain are rescued. A storm leaves the island isolated, the captain's trained cormorant arrives, and Holmes finds an impossible corpse and a bound man before the mystery is solved.
The Vampire Serpent (1997)
NOTE: Watson's description of Defoe (p.10) is almost word-for-word Sax Rohmer's brow-like-Shakespeare-eyes-of-the-true-cat-green description of Fu Manchu.
The Waters of Death (1999)
The Loch Ness Monster senses there is something else in the Loch. Holmes & Watson are chased by the monster on land. MacRanald the coachman is interrupted approaching the submarine with a spanner, by Professor Bruce. Holmes & Watson take a trip on the submarine, but a valve bursts and the machine sinks. Sarah Taggart, the fisherman's daughter, follows Constance White, the village wise woman, onto the moor, where she meets the black-bearded man. He accuses Sarah of being a spy. White persuades him to let Sarah go. The submarine rises to the surface and starts working again. Lestrade arrives with word from Mycroft that the spies La Rothiere & Meyer have both disappeared from London. The circus arrives in town, the black-bearded man in one of the caravans. Watson sees Milton peering in the castle windows. A panther escapes from the circus, but when it is found it has been crushed to death. Holmes arrests Meyer, who is in disguise, & his contact from the castle. Then they visit the circus & arrest La Rothière. Holmes & Watson take another submarine trip to try to uncover the trap they believe has been set by La Rothière. The submarine seems to be grabbed by a giant sea creature, and when they surface they find themselves in a giant cavern. The secret of La Rothière's trap reveals itself, and they are saved by an equally extraordinary apparition.
|The Wolfman of Dartmoor (1999)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes: Footsteps in the Fog (Kel Richards)
Story Type: Fantasy Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; (H. Lowenstein)
Fictional Characters: McArdle
Other Characters: Edward Grey; Alice Grey; Arthur Grey; Search Party; Reverend Roderick Dobson; Edith Doppler; Professor Orville Doppler; Trevor Franklin; Workmen; Mina Zak; Constable Bert Potter; Hugo Zak; Robbie Zak; Doppler's Maid; Mr. Bennett; Mrs. Bennett; Washington Sprague; Farmer; Henry Halifax; Stanley Horner; Shop Assistant; Sprague's Customers; Chequers Maids; Chequers Clientele; Chequers Kitchen maid; Ned Hope; (Head of Prague Police)
Locations: Dartmoor; Little Meldon; The Chequers Inn; 221B, Baker Street; High Barrow; The Gipsy Camp; Doppler's House; Moorgate Farm; A Farm Near Willsworthy; The Daily Gazette offices; Fleet Street; Commercial Road; Sprague's Shop; Ricoletti's Restaurant; A Train
Story: A young boy's dog has its throat torn out on Dartmoor. Edith Doppler, whose father is an archaeologist in the same village, tells Holmes of his strange behaviour - absenses from home, changed personality, letters she is forbidden to read, and attacks by his own dog, and of his wooing of a girl thirty years his junior, the village inn's landlord's daughter, Alice. Holmes & Watson travel to Dartmoor. In the village, tales are being told of a ghost wolf on the moors, after a series of attacks on farm animals. Some believe it to be a shape-changer, or werewolf. Professor Doppler, sends Constable Potter to warn the gipsies camping nearby to stay away from the Viking barrow he is excavating. On his return to the village, Potter is pursued by a glowing wolf. When Holmes & Watson visit Doppler he is extremely hostile towards them. A search for the wolf finds nothing, but a man-like beast is seen on a farm on the moor. Doppler's dog is found drugged with fresh blood on its muzzle, and Watson investigates the sender of Doppler's mysterious letters. When Alice goes missing a search is set underway, they fail to find her, but Watson sees the wolf. Doppler's assistant Franklin tells how he saw the Professor crawling along the landing. Watson is attacked by the wolf while out on the moor searching for Holmes, who has disappeared. Holmes kills the beast, reveals its true nature, and the whereabouts of Alice after observing a pagan ceremony. Another farmer announces, however, that a wolf has attacked animals on his farm, and shows Holmes strange footprints. Holmes reveals the secret of the gipsies' activities on the moor, and of Doppler's strange behaviour.