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Say what you will about Sherlock Holmes–there is no denying the universal appeal of this most famous of detectives! In addition to the 56 short stories and four novels penned by Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes enjoys a myriad of adventures through the inspiration of many, many authors, some of which bring this iconic sleuth into the heart of the supernatural. The stories that follow all have that last thing in common: the supernatural. More specifically, they deal with vampires. Whether the vampire is real or imagined, Count Dracula or a lesser sort of bloodsucker, I hope you’ll find something deliciously devilish to sink your fangs–I mean your teeth–into. And just in time for Halloween, too!

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, or The Adventure of the Sanguinary Count (Loren D. Estleman)

The year is 1890 and a ship is discovered off the English coast–the entire crew missing and the murdered captain gruesomely lashed to the wheel. The only living thing onboard is a huge black dog. Despite being the greatest mind of his time, Holmes is baffled. What could possibly be the cause of such a horrific scene? While the crew was obviously murdered and dumped overboard, that still does not explain the look off horror on the captain’s face, nor the lack of blood in his body…

The game is afoot as Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves on the trail of the most notorious, and dangerous, vampire of all time: Count Dracula, himself.

Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula (Christian Klaver)

Sherlock Holmes is dead. And honestly, that might be the least of his problems. His body lies in a solitary grave on the Sussex Downs. But, Dr. Watson has survived, and in wake of his friend’s death, has been giving permission to share the tales in Sherlock’s “black box”–the stories that were considered too uncanny, too unnatural to share during Holmes’ lifetime.

In this shocking series of adventures, Holmes is confronted with the strangest case imaginable–first a victim whose flesh reacts adversely to silver and sunlight, and whose blood does not thicken when exposed to oxygen. Soon after, a Transylvanian nobleman named Count Dracula demands Holmes’ help with rescuing his beloved wife, Mina, who has been kidnapped. But, Holmes and Watson will soon learn that the Count is a client like no other.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire (Dean P. Turnbloom)

The first in a trilogy of terror, Holmes faces off against perhaps the most notorious (and most mysterious) serial killer of all time: Jack the Ripper. But, there is far more to Jack than meets the eye–this murderous menace is also a vampire! But, Holmes refuses to believe in something so outlandish as the supernatural. And his doubts not only hinder the case, but put his very life in danger. Will his reluctance to believe become his undoing? Or will Holmes be able to defeat the Whitechapel Vampire?

If you enjoyed this book, consider checking out the rest of the trilogy, continuing with Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers and the return of Jack in Sherlock Holmes and the Return of the Whitechapel Vampire.

Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula (Steve Seitz)

Bram Stoker’s immortal book, Dracula is only part of the story. Sherlock Holmes reveals the other half in this chilling and fascinating tale of mystery and horror. After Mina Murray asks Sherlock Holmes to help her locate her missing fiancé, he and Watson travel to a land far eerier than the moors they had know in The Hound of the Baskervilles. And the death-defying confrontation with Count Dracula threatens Holmes’ health, his sanity, and his life. Will he survive the battle, or join the ranks of the evil undead?


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