Author Interview: Lois H. Gresh

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.

DJ: What are some of your favorite Sherlock mysteries?

Lois: At age 7-8, I was crazy about The Red-Headed League because my hair was auburn, and it thrilled me to think of so many red-headed people gathered in one place, all trying to get a job copying the encyclopedia. I wanted to grow up and get a job copying the encyclopedia. As a child, I was also especially fond of The Five Orange Pips as well as The Adventure of the Speckled Band, which gave me nightmares–what an evil stepfather, and thanks to that story, I’m still afraid of snakes. Perhaps my favorite story, however, was The Hound of the Baskervilles. It was spooky, terrifying, and early on, gave me a taste of the gothic.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

Lois: I’ve developed Dr. Watson a bit, exploring his relationship with Holmes and also with his wife, Mary, and (in my trilogy) their son, Samuel. Watson is compelled to help Holmes due to the extreme threat to England in The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions and the subsequent two novels, The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses and The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations. Mary plays a central role in the third novel, in which Holmes puts an end to the extreme threat.

Each novel includes additional murders that Holmes must solve, as well. But it is the nature of the so-called paranormal or supernatural that perplexes Holmes the most. He tries valiantly to find rational, scientific explanations for crimes whose foundations do not seem rooted in the rational, scientific world. Despite all of the strange things confronting him, Holmes uses logic to find ways of eliminating the paranormal threats.

DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu: The Adventures of the Deadly Dimensions?

Lois: I had enormous fun writing from the viewpoint of Dr. Watson, and also thinking as Holmes might and coming up with all sorts of rational, logical explanations for very bizarre murders. I greatly enjoyed researching and employing elements of Victorian science into Holmes’s deductions. Also, I always enjoy writing creative twists on weird fiction–that is, modern takes on Lovecraftian foundations.

DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?

Lois: Exciting, fun, creative, gripping. Frankly, I can only tell you what I hope people will enjoy about Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions. A few examples of what I like about the book are: the interplay between Holmes and Watson; the hard science and logic employed by Holmes; the truly bizarre murders based on odd geometries; the role of Moriarty; the insane Professor Fitzgerald and other cult leaders; the scientific methods used by Holmes to terminate the main threats and murders; Bellini’s Norma at Swallowhead Springs; Mrs. Hinds at the Loggerheads; the weird fellow in Blois, France; and most fun of all, the concluding scenes with Fitzgerald at the London warehouse.

DJ: Now that Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu: The Adventures of the Deadly Dimensions is released, what is next for you?

Lois: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses amplifies the overall threat posed in The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions. In addition, a rift dumps killer creatures into the Thames River, and a plague of insanity races through London, afflicting even Dr. Watson. People are addicted to devices that could have existed in Holmes’s time, but didn’t: I created the devices just for this book. In the midst of all of these catastrophes, a murderer runs wild, killing with purpose. Professor Moriarty, who is making a fortune on the suffering of the addicted, is out to get Holmes at any cost.

DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes-vs-Cthulhu-Dimensions/dp/1785652087/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1500473433&sr=1-1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lois.gresh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2678.Lois_H_Gresh

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loisgresh/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lois_gresh

Website: http://www.loisgresh.com

DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!

Lois: You’re very welcome. Thank you!

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*** Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu: The Adventures of the Deadly Dimensions is published by Titan Books and is available TODAY!!! ***

Buy the Book: 

Amazon | Barnes & NobelGoodreads | Kobo

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About the Book:

THE SHAPE OF ANCIENT EVIL

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, seeking to wreak 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.


About the Author:

LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Bestselling Author (6 times) and USA Today Bestselling Author (thrillers) of 28 books and more than 65 short stories, as well as the editor of anthologies INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES and DARK FUSIONS. Her work has been published in 22 languages. SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. CTHULHU: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS (Titan Books, July 2017) is the first in a new trilogy of Sherlock Holmes thrillers from England’s premier publisher of all things Holmes, with Random House distribution in the USA. For 5 years, Lois was a staff book reviewer at scifi.com (now SYFY.com, the Science Fiction Cable Channel), and her work has been on national/international award ballots 8 times. She is a frequent Guest of Honor Author at large genre conventions and has appeared on television series such as The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Batman Tech.


 

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