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Arthur Machen’s 1890 novella The Great God Pan was panned by critics upon its initial release but as the twentieth century rolled in has been praised by horror writers in including H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King who went so far as referring to the novel as “one of the best horror stories ever written” and the primary influence for his own story N.
Perhpas the world’s most famous fictional detective Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has not only been the star of his own books but the star of many film and television as well (seen most recently in CBS’s Elementary, the BBC’s Sherlock, and in the movies with Robert Downey Jr.). Introduced in 1887, Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson have been capturing the imaginations of readers for over 125 years. Holmes has long since passed into the public domain and Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ works are available for free through DigitalLibraryNJ (thanks to Project Gutenberg).
Only one of four novel-length Holmes’ tales The Hound of the Baskervilles is perhaps the gentlemen of Baker Street’s most well-regarded tale:
When Dr. James Mortimer comes to 221B Baker Street to consult Sherlock Holmes, he tells him a fantastical tale of a demonic hound that has been handed down in the Baskerville family. What has upset Dr. Mortimer is that he believes his good friend Sir Charles Baskerville died of fright after seeing this hound, but the police say he died of a heart attack. With Sir Henry, the heir to the Baskerville fortune, just arrived in England, Mortimer wants Holmes’s advice on whether he should bring Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall on the Grimpen moor. Holmes decides to meet with Sir Henry after Mortimer also shows him an anonymous letter warning Sir Henry not to come to the moor. Then one of Sir Henry’s boots goes missing, and Holmes is sure that Sir Henry is in danger. He sends Dr. Watson to watch over Sir Henry at Baskerville Hall while Holmes supposedly stays in London. When Watson and Sir Henry get to Baskerville Hall, they meet an odd group of neighbors and find equally strange things happening on the moor. Holmes goes undercover to discover who is behind the threats and the sightings on the moor.
The book is available for free through DigitalLibraryNJ(Kindle version available direct from Project Gutenberg).
If you’ve finished with Holmes’ try Laurie R. Kings Mary Russell Mysteries starting with The Bee-Keeper’s Apprentice (1994) and continuing through 12 more novels (continuing most recently in 2012’s Garment of Shadows). Or, if you’re interested in a more modern interpretation of the Great Detective checkout the BBC’s slendid series Sherlock.
For a full list of the Holmes’-centric material that library has check out this link.
Free ebooks from Project Gutenberg require a manual transfer to your device. Kindle instructions can be found here. Nook instructions can be found here.
FTPL patrons can now access Kindle-compatible eBooks through the DigitalLibraryNJ site. Almost 900 titles are available for Kindle users, with additional titles being added monthly. All you need to download books are your library barcode and PIN number. Click here to get started.