Edited by Stephen Jones
Illustrated by Randy Broecker
(a) Fedogan & Bremer, USA • hc (trade edition) • $29.00
(b) Fedogan & Bremer, USA • hc (100-copy numbered and slipcased limited edition, signed by all living contributors except R. Chetwynd-Hayes) • $95.00
Cover by Les Edwards
[Note: This also exists as a comb-bound Advance Reading Copy.]
(c) Azbooka-klassika, Russia • hc • (2010)
[Note: This edition drops the interior artwork by Randy Broecker.]
(d) as DARK DETECTIVES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL MYSTERIES
Titan Books, UK/USA (2015) • tpb • £8.99/$14.95
[Note: Revised and updated edition, with additional interior artwork. Some copies of this edition are defective, with pp33-64 missing.]
(e) as DARK DETECTIVES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL MYSTERIES
Titan Books, USA (2016) • pb • $8.99
[Note: Revised and updated edition, with additional interior artwork.]
Psychic Detectives, Phantom Fighters, Ghostbusters. These are the Supernatural Sleuths, and down through the centuries they have investigated the bizarre and the horrific while protecting the world from the forces of darkness and evil. Now collected here for the first time are some of the greatest fictional detectives (and their faithful assistants) who have ever confronted the supernatural: Clive Barker's Harry D'Amour, R. Chetwynd-Hayes' Francis St. Clare, Basil Copper's Solar Pons, Neil Gaiman's Lawrence Talbot, William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki, Brian Lumley's Titus Crow, Brian Mooney's Reuben Calloway, Jay Russell's Marty Burns, Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma, Manly Wade Wellman's John Thunstone, plus Kim Newman's new multi-part novel Seven Stars, in which Charles Beauregard, Edwin Winthrop, Richard Jeperson, Sally Rhodes, Dr. Shade, the vampiric Geneviève Dieudonné and many others over the decades challenge the influence of an alien weirdstone that has the power to annihilate mankind. In the battle between Good and Evil, these investigators of the unusual solve ancient mysteries and unravel modern hauntings with the aid of their unique powers of deduction and the occasional silver bullet . . .
|INTRODUCTION: THE SERIAL SLEUTHS
|SEVEN STARS PROLOGUE: IN EGYPT'S LAND
|SISTER FIDELMA: OUR LADY OF DEATH
|CHARLES BEAUREGARD: SEVEN STARS EPISODE ONE: THE MUMMY'S HEART
|CARNACKI: THE HORSE OF THE INVISIBLE
||William Hope Hodgson|
|EDWIN WINTHROP AND CATRIONA KAYE: SEVEN STARS EPISODE TWO: THE MAGICIAN AND THE MATINEE IDOL
|SOLAR PONS: THE ADVENTURE OF THE CRAWLING HORROR
|THE GUMSHOE: SEVEN STARS EPISODE THREE: THE TROUBLE WITH BARRYMORE
|JOHN THUNSTONE: ROUSE HIM NOT
||Manly Wade Wellman|
|TITUS CROW: DE MARIGNY'S CLOCK
|RICHARD JEPERSON: SEVEN STARS EPISODE FOUR: THE BIAFRAN BANK MANAGER
|FRANCIS ST. CLARE AND FREDERICA MASTERS: SOMEONE IS DEAD
|RUBEN CALLOWAY AND RODERICK SHEA: VULTURES GATHER
|HARRY D'AMOUR: LOST SOULS
|SALLY RHODES: SEVEN STARS EPISODE FIVE: MIMSY
|MARTY BURNS: THE MAN WHO SHOT THE MAN WHO SHOT THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE
|JEROME RHODES: SEVEN STARS EPISODE SIX: THE DOG STORY
|LAWRENCE TALBOT: BAY WOLF
|GENEVIÈVE DIEUDONNÉ: SEVEN STARS EPISODE SEVEN: THE DUEL OF THE SEVEN STARS
|| Kim Newman|
Nominated for the 2000 World Fantasy Award
"The stories collected here tend toward older short story styles, representing pulp adventures, Victorian detective tales, and slow-burn stories of the otherworldly, so don't expect cheap shocks or easy gore. Yes, malevolence does lurk here, but it takes a more subtle form, and these days, that aura of patience and craftsmanship makes for a welcome return to form for the genre."
MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW, July 23, 2015
"It's a rich, often nostalgic read and should be enjoyed with a convenient fireside, a crystal decanter of brandy and possibly a neon pentagram to defend you against anything that might leak from its pages."
DAD.INFO, April 14, 2015
"Dark Detectives: Adventures of the Supernatural Sleuths edited by the redoubtable and apparently tireless Stephen Jones, skillfully offers us a particularly fin sampling of this sort of thing in the form of a kind of two-pronged attack which combines a first-rate anthology of short stories featuring the fearless activities of some of the most heroic and renowned psychic sleuths who ever encountered and dispatched the most horrid (it is impossible to avoid superlatives and still keep the appropriate mood when one's discussing this fictional arena) supernatural menaces ever faced, and what amounts to a brand-new book by that dashing master of perilous pastiche, Kim Newman."
REALMS OF FANTASY
"Dark Detectives is more than a themed collection with a spot-on non-fiction piece to kick off with. It is a mixture of reprints and original stories, and they have been arranged (more or less) chronologically . . . The whole point of Dark Detectives is homage. And Stephen Jones has managed to get the balance right."
INTERZONE #159, September 2000
"The stellar collection includes contributions from Neil Gaiman, William Hope Hodgson, Basil Copper and Clive Barker, as well as a riveting eight-part novella created by Kim Newman especially for this volume."
"Once again, master-editor Stephen Jones uses his phenomenal knowledge of the field and inventive intelligence to select classics both old and new . . . In addition to the fine content, Les Edwards' exquisite jacket and Randy Broecker's perfectly atmospheric interior illustrations make this Fedogan & Bremer publication bliss for any book-lover."
Photo © 2000 |
Dark Detectives Launch, Basil Copper and Randy Broecker, London, February 4, 2000
Photo © 2000 |
Dark Detectives Launch,
Back Row: Basil Copper, Jay Russell, Brian Lumley, Stephen Jones,
Front Row: Kim Newman, Les Edwards and Randy Broecker, London, Februaty 4, 2000