Erasing Sherlock was the sixth novel in the Faction Paradox series.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
Seeking: Maid of all Work. Master of Arts required.
She thought she was there to observe and document the methods of the twenty-five-year-old Sherlock Holmes before he gained notoriety--
Rooftop Robber Strikes Again!
A barely noticed automaton; quiet, efficient, and unobtrusive--
The partially clad body of a young girl was found Sunday morning at the London Dock.
A remarkable opportunity for research in the field--
Bestowed upon her by a benefactor who has sold his soul--
For a technology that only works if the devil he sold it to is sufficiently entertained.
The life of Sherlock Holmes is being written by another hand--
Woman held captive for forty days, rescued. White slave gang suspected.
And maid must become master if she wants to survive--
Krakatoa explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons. Thousands perish.
Because the devil loves a spectacle. The more blood, the better.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Characters[edit | edit source]
- Sherlock Holmes
- John Watson
- Rose Donnelly
- Mrs Hudson
- Mycroft Holmes
- Inspector Lestrade
- Jimmy Moriarty
- Shinwell Johnson
- Mrs Merriam
- Jack Hudson
- Gerard Cavendish
- Thomas Corkle / Mr Gra
- Lady Holbrook
- Lucius Maitland
- Harry Hughes
- Georgio L. Santelli
- Mrs Neekham
- Mrs O'Leary
- Constable McBride
- Stewart Ronaldson
- Detective Inspector Clarke
- Mr Pitty
- Chief Constable Morrison
- T. Evelyn Wickford
- Nigel Davies
- Mr Murray
- Kenneth Dalby
Story notes[edit | edit source]
- This novel was an adaptation of Hale's first novel, Erasing Sherlock Holmes, which won a $10,000 award in the Great North American Fiction Contest and was published as an e-book by PublishingOnline.com. Before pitching Erasing Sherlock to Mad Norwegian Press, Hale had pitched it to Tor Books, where it was rejected for not fitting into any one genre.
- After the Mad Norwegian Press edition of Erasing Sherlock went out of print, Hale republished it with the Faction Paradox references removed. An ebook of this story was released on the Amazon Kindle store on 9 December 2010.
- In 2015, Kelly Hale said that she was picking between working on several projects, including a sequel to Erasing Sherlock. In 2018, she clarified that, while she may someday finish the sequel, it will have to be published outside of the Faction Paradox series due to a conflict of interest with Obverse Books CEO Stuart Douglas' Sherlock Holmes novels for Titan Publishing Group.
- Corkle notes that due to the interference in history, Holmes never became involved in one of his important cases: "the one with the evil stepfather and the poisonous snake". This refers to The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
References[edit | edit source]
- Moriarty's technology was given to him by the Host Celstial.
- Genevieve Holmes is Sherlock's sister.
- This novel establishes that Sherlock Holmes was a real person, at least in the context of the Faction Paradox series. This is reasserted in PROSE: The Book of the Enemy.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Holmes would come across the influence of War powers much later in life when he found The Book of the Enemy, transforming himself into fiction, (PROSE: The Book of the Enemy), perhaps explaining his ambiguous relationship between reality (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire) and imagination in other media. (PROSE: Evolution, The Gallifrey Chronicles, TV: The Snowmen)
[edit | edit source]
- Official Erasing Sherlock page at Mad Norwegian Press
- Erasing Sherlock at the Faction Paradox wiki
- Sherlockian Story Summary - Kelly Hale's Erasing Sherlock