What would a Sherlock Holmes Week be like without a Holmes vs. Cthulhu mashup? James Lovegrove’s The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities continues the story arc started in Lovergrove’s THE CTHULHU CASEBOOKS: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SHADWELL SHADOWS (you can read my review here). Holmes and Watson travel to Bedlam (aka, Bethlem Royal Hospital, a London institution and the origin of the word for chaos or madness) to investigate a badly injured man who draws strange symbols on the walls of his room. Holmes recognizes the language the man is writing as R’lyehian script. But before Holmes can solve this mystery, the patient escapes and one of the caretakers is murdered.
As Holmes and Watson chase the escaped patient, more clues emerge. Two men from Arkham’s Miskatonic University appear at the heart of this story with their quest to capture a shoggoth, a hideous creature referred to in the Necronomicon. Part of The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities presents the journal documenting that hunt for the shoggoth. But more Lovecraftean creatures pop up to wreak havoc.
James Lovegrove wraps up this tangled faux-Lovecraft trilogy with The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea Devils (November 2018). Regular posting resumes tomorrow. GRADE: B