THE IGNOBLE SPORTSMEN
Sherlock Holmes investigates the inexplicable deaths of members of the Fellowship of Herne, a club that hunts humans. The Fellowship’s members include Englishmen, Americans, Canadians, and a few Russians. When Watson idly suggests an invisible animal could be responsible for the deaths, Holmes replies, “There was a strange case, out in the American Southwest, a year or two ago. A man named Morgan was found dead, out among the chaparral. The local constabulary thought it was murder, at first, but...The human eye is an imperfect instrument, Watson. Some things are beyond its perception. There’s supposedly a fellow in West Sussex who’s doing some interesting research into such matters, but for the moment we are forced to rely on it.” The Great Detective and his Boswell have visited Bluegate Fields often, most recently during an investigation into the disappearance of a young aristocrat named Gray. Holmes and Watson crack the case with the help of a Pinkerton named Leverton, who mentions the Red Circle.
Short story by Dr. Watson, edited by Josh Reynolds in Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes, J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec, eds., EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2018. One of the Russian members of the Fellowship of Herne is probably General Zaroff from Richard Connell’s story “The Most Dangerous Game.” Hugh Morgan is from Ambrose Bierce’s story “The Damned Thing.” The fellow in Sussex is Griffin from H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man. Gray is the title character of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Leverton is from Doyle and Watson’s “The Adventure of the Red Circle,” which Baring-Gould placed in 1902. “The Damned Thing” was first published in 1893, and the events of The Invisible Man take place in 1896. Therefore, Watson must have been engaging in his recurring chronological misdirection by changing Holmes’ words to make the events regarding Morgan and Griffin seem more recent.
This crossover write up is one of hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!