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"The Adventure of the Metal Murderer" (1979)
|"From the Tree of Time" (1982)
Included in: Saberhagen: My Best (Fred Saberhagen); Gaslight Arcanum (J.D. Campbell & Charles Prepolec)
Story Type: Supernatural Pastiche narrated by Count Dracula
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes ("a consulting detective whose name was then even better known than my own")
Fictional Characters: Dracula
Other Characters: Dracula's Companion; Louise; Richard; Hayden
Locations: A Streetcorner in a Northern City; A Country Estate in Kent
Story: Dracula tells his companion of an investigation carried out with his consulting detective friend at a country estate in Kent. They had been summoned by the owner's daughter, Louise. On the eve of her wedding to Richard, she was approached by a former lover, Hayden, blackmailing her with letters written during their relationship. In the heat of the moment she struck him with a stone, killing him, and hid his body in a lumber-room. When her fiancé unlocked the room, however, the body had disappeared.
The Holmes-Dracula File (1978)
Leaving the warehouse, Holmes meets Lestrade who shows him the body of a murdered woman. The two cases seem to be connected. Holmes's and Dracula's investigations cross paths at a dog-fighting establishment, where Watson, mistaking him for Holmes, rescues Dracula from the police. Later, Sir Jasper Meek and an illustrious companion call on Holmes and reveal that the nation is being threatened with the release of plague bacilli on Queen Victoria's jubilee day.
Holmes lures Dracula to Baker Street, and the two must work together to bring the culprits to justice. Startling revelations are made about Holmes's own past.
Séance for a Vampire (1994)
1903: Holmes and Watson are visited by Ambrose Altamont whose daughter, Louisa, recently drowned. His wife has been convinced by the Kirkaldys, a pair of mediums, that they have made contact with Louisa, who has mentioned a treasure. Altamont wants Holmes to prove that the pair are mountebanks.
Visiting Norberton House to attend a séance, Holmes learns the details of the boating accident from Louisa's fiancé, Armstrong, and examines the river and the boat. The Kirkaldys meet a red-bearded stranger, Mr. Gregory, in the Altamont cemetery. Louisa appears at the séance, demanding that an old wrong be righted, and it becomes apparent that she is a vampire. In the aftermath of the séance, Abraham is seriously injured and Holmes snatched away by an invisible force. Merivale arrives to investigate, but refuses to believe that Holmes has been abducted.
Back at Baker Street, Watson receives a visit from Mycroft, and attempts to summon Dracula to aid in the search for Holmes. Rebecca Altamont provides him with more details of the boating incident. An attempt to abduct Watson by a group of Eastern Europeans is thwarted by the arrival of Dracula, with whom he returns to Amberley to find Holmes.
With Holmes found, investigations carry on in the village, and Louisa's tomb is opened. The body is missing and a raid on Kulakov's house finds her truly dead and Kulakov fled, and they later learn that Rebecca has been abducted. Dracula learns that Kulakov has returned to Russia and the pursuit continues to St. Petersburg, where, having tracked Kulakov to a stately mansion, Holmes and Watson find the girl, and Dracula finds himself under Rasputin's hypnotic influence, while Kulakov is still to be dealt with, and the treasure still to be found.