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Z.Z. (Louis Zangwill)

"A Nineteenth-Century Miracle" (1897)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Sherlockian Detective: Mr Warlock-Jones
Other Characters: Widow; Widow's Lover
Locations: England
Story: Short Extract from the novel:

The murdered man's widow writes to her lover to tell him that Mr Warlock-Jones, whom she thinks is a bit of a sly humbug, wants to question him.

Roger Zelazny

A Night in the Lonesome October (1993)
Story Type: Fantasy Homage
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Cthulhu Mythos Creatures (The Things in the Mirror; The Thing in the Wardrobe; The Thing in the Circle; The Thing in the Steamer Trunk); Dracula (The Count); Victor Frankenstein (The Good Doctor); Igor (The Hunchback); Larry Talbot; The Frankenstein Monster; Dracula's Gipsie's; Marifesa Plant; (Abdul Alhazrad; Nyarlathotep; Elder Gods; Cthulhu; Shub-Niggurath)
Historical Figures: Jack the Ripper; Owen Glendower
Characters Based On Historical Figures: Morris & MacCab (Burke & Hare); Rasputin (Rastov)
Other Characters: Snuff; Graymalk; Nightwind; Crazy Jill; Quicklime; Needle; Druid; Cheeter; Bubo; Vicar Roberts
Old Watchdog; Elderly Couple; Patrolmen; Jacks's Victims; Street People; London Police Officer; Welsh Coalminers; Vicar's Congregation; Merchants; Camel Drivers; Priests; Sailors; High Purring One; London Passersby; Vivisectionists; Lynette; Constable Terence; Constable's Men; Doctor; (The Yellow Emperor; Growler; Jack's Neighbours; Roberts's Crew; Police Inspector; Janet Roberts; Rocco)
Date: October 1st - 31st
Locations: Soho; Jack's Rooms; Graveyard; Rastov's Place; Crazy Jill's House; Morris & MacCab's House; Good Doctor's Farmhouse; Ruined Church; Cemetery; Field; Riverbank; Church; Dog's Nest; Manse; Mausoleum; Overgrown Graveyard; Gipsy Camp; The Dreamworld; Ooth-Nargai; Celephais; The Street of Pillars; Palace of the Seventy Delights; London; Fleet Street; Strand; Whitehall; Westminster; Vivisectionists' Rooms
Story: Jack and his watchdog Snuff are the keepers of several curses, and must perform their work at night to prevent the Elder Gods escaping into the world. Other players, along with their animal familiars are working to the same, or opposing ends, gathering the ritual objects that will seal or open the Elder Gods passage into this dimension on October 31st. Snuff becomes aware of being followed, finding large canine footprints, and hearing strange howling. The Great Detective and his Companion investigate the autumnal slayings, while Vicar Roberts hunts down the players and their familiars with a crossbow. The players' attempts to calculate the location of the final conflict are complicated by uncertainties over who among them are really players and who aren't. Snuff and Greymalk visit the Dreamworld, and Snuff faces vivisectionists and the escape of the Things, and the players start to be killed off one by one.

Leah A. Zeldes

"A Study in Sussex" (1995)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (Mike Resnick & Martin H. Greenberg)
Story Type: Fantasy Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Holmes's Sussex Housekeeper (Mrs Merton); (Dr Verner)
Historical Figures: (Adolph Hitler)
Date: Between the two World Wars
Locations: Holmes's Sussex Villa
Story: An elderly, rheumatic Watson is summoned to Sussex by the retired Holmes. Holmes is in excellent which he ascribes, on Watson noticing puncture marks on his arm, to the rejuvenating power of bee stings. He believes that a second great war is looming and his powers will be needed, so has been working on the longevity producing powers of the various secretions of bees. He believes he has perfected the technique and requests that Watson to supervise and go through the transformation process with him.

Zero (Allan Ramsay)

"The Adventure of the Table Foot" (1894)
Included in: The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type: Parody
Detectives: Thinlock Bones & Whatsoname
Story: Lord St. Timon, eager to inherit the fortune of the Honorable Mrs. Coran hatches a plot with his son, Robert St. Timon, to learn whether he must marry her in order to do so. Robert reveals the facts of the matter to Bones & Whatsoname.

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

"As Falls Reichenbach, So Falls Reichenbach Falls" (2015)
Included in:
The Adventures of Moriarty (Maxim Jakubowski)
Story Type: Extra-canonical adventure of Professor Moriarty
Canonical Characters: Professor Moriarty; (Moriarty Gang; Sherlock Holmes)
Other Characters: Mrs Moriarty; (Lodging House Owners)
Date: October, 1892 - 1912 / May, 1891
Locations: 83, Albemarle Street; Moriarty's House; Lodging House; Albemarle Street; Book-Vendor's Stall; Reichenbach Falls; Benekey's Pub
Changed since the events at Reichenbach, Moriarty leaves his wife and home, and takes rooms in a lodging house, where he tries to come to terms with the afflictions that have overcome him.