There is a gateway opening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday August 16th. On one end lies the convivial chatter, familiar aroma of roasting coffee, and mind-boggling savings on gourmet comestibles that we’ve come to expect from CoffeePeople, the cafe deep within the dark recesses of BookPeople. Across the psychedelic chasm, however only mystery awaits – ancient, occult mystery not only of the mind but of the very flesh that binds us to this hoary realm. This journey will not be without its guide, and naturally the universe’s deepest mystery demands history’s greatest detective. Join the Nightmare Factory Book Club this Tuesday as we lock the doors, light our pipes, and prepare a 7% solution of terror for the long journey into the howling unknown with Paul Kane’s Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell.
Turn of the century London is no stranger to puzzles, and, with Jack the Ripper still soaking through the public consciousness, there is no shortage of malefactors or mutilators to torment the populace, but, when respectable citizens begin mysteriously disappearing from locked rooms, Sherlock Holmes detects a singular opportunity to delve deeper into the mysteries of metaphysics than anyone ever has before. Scrambling from crime scenes to asylums to the abyss of human comprehension, Sherlock Holmes and his faithful servant Dr. Watson search tirelessly for answers that lie in a world so unlike our own that the only logical solution may be to surrender to madness.
Deftly hybridizing the worlds of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series, Paul Kane’s macabre mashup is a candy cane pentagram hung over the waterslide to Hell. Hold your breath, close your eyes, and plunge into an exhilarating Sherlock Holmes adventure. Just don’t be surprised if you resurface with a few fishhooks in your swim trunks.
The Nightmare Factory Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss horror literature, horror culture, and, in all likelihood this Tuesday, more than a little Stranger Things. Solve the puzzle at BookPeople on August 16th at 7:00 p.m. to compare your favorite cenobites, raise some hell, and crack the case on Paul Kane’s Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell. We have such sights to show you.
– Steve(n) W.