Graeme Davis has been fascinated by horror fiction since his teens, devouring late-night reruns of the classic Universal and Hammer movies on his parents' black-and-white TV and stripping local thrift-stores of horror titles. He began writing for tabletop role-playing games in the early 1980s, and among many other credits he helped develop Games Workshop's blockbuster Warhammer dark-fantasy franchise and the 90s Gothic hit Vampire: The Masquerade, as well as more than 40 electronic games. This is his second anthology for Pegasus, following on from the 2017 collection Colonial Horrors. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.
A welcome addition to early English detective fiction anthologies. Solid entries will be new to many. * Publishers Weekly * Davis's collection offers the pleasure of undiscovered countries. * Booklist * The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Graeme Davis, features exploits of both the great detective's predecessors-such as Edgar Allan Poe's C. Auguste Dupin-and his numerous literary progeny, including R. Austin Freeman's scientific Dr. Thorndyke and Ernest Bramah's blind Max Carrados. Holmes authority Leslie S. Klinger opens the anthology with a generous background essay, after which Davis reprints a variety of excellent stories. -- Michael Dirda * Washington Post *