Today I am interviewing Lois H. Gresh, New York Times Best Selling Author of the new mystery paranormal novel, Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions, first book in the brand new series, Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu.
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DJ: Hey Lois! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Lois H. Gresh: Hi, and thanks for having me here. When I was a child, the first adult book I read was a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ve always loved thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and stories with odd twists. I wanted to be a scientist, and I ended up both reading and writing a lot of science books. While attending night college in science, I worked during the day as an engineer and programmer and spent my spare time (including during class!) writing books and stories.
I tend to write mysteries and thrillers with a science edge. When I shift into the supernatural, as I do in Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions (Titan Books, July 2017), I typically know the science underpinning the bizarre. I may not explicitly define the science in the story, but in my mind, what I’m describing could actually happen.
DJ: What is Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu: The Adventures of the Deadly Dimensions about?
Lois: Here’s the official description: A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains of the deceased, along with a bizarre sphere covered in strange symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and his former partner, Dr. John Watson.
They discover the common thread tying together the murders. Bizarre geometries, based on ancient schematics, enable otherworldly creatures to enter our dimension, wreaking havoc and destruction.
The persons responsible are gaining so much power that even Holmes’s greatest enemy fears them—to the point that he seeks an unholy alliance.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu: The Adventures of the Deadly Dimensions and the series?
Lois: As mentioned above, the first adult book I read was a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I read the collection over and over again–along with Frankstein, Dracula, Conan, and starting in my teens, Lovecraft’s work. Also in my teens, I read constantly–mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction novels. Because my dream was to be a scientist–specifically, a geneticist or biochemist, but in general, a person immersed in facts and deductions–I greatly admired Sherlock Holmes.
Lovecraft was one of the first fiction writers to explore concepts such as multidimensions, existentialism, the futility of anthropomorphic thinking, and a host of other ideas, including crygenics and genetics. The core of the Cthulhu mythos actually has a scientific underpinning.
Having written both Sherlock Holmes stories as well as Cthulhu mythos stories, I thought the time was right to merge the two. Continue reading