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VALLIS TIMORIS by Mike Chinn and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Vallis Cover Front-1

Paperback: 314 pages (14 July 2015)
ISBN-10: 1909573248
ISBN-13: 978-1909573246

Vallis Timoris is our first mash-up novel based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Using 90% of his original text and adding a whole bunch more from the pen of Mike Chinn, we have transformed Doyle’s original novel, The Valley of Fear, into a steampunk adventure that takes Sherlock Holmes to the moon and back.

The Moriarty paradigm is not quite the world that we know. Subtly altered by the machinations of Professor Moriarty, the British Empire dominates the globe using steampunked technology the like of which has never been seen.

Steel Fortresses. Space Cannons. Secret Societies. Sherlock Holmes on the Moon.

In the wake of Lunar Gordon’s conquest of the Moon, Sherlock Holmes must uncover the truth behind the Scowrers of the Vale de Verme in a thrilling pulp adventure in which physics and engineering are every bit as important as the science of deduction.

Table of Contents

Cover – Adrian Middleton & Damon Cavalchini
Frontispiece – Darrel Bevan
Foreword – Guy Adams
Lunar Gordon Claims the Moon! by Adrian Middleton
Vallis Timoris by Mike Chinn
Sherlock Holmes and the Pulp Tradition by Adrian Middleton

Vallis Timoris is available in paperback and ebook formats from Amazon.

Cover: Adrian Middleton & Damon Cavalchini 2015 – copyright Fringeworks Ltd. Interior art by Darrel Bevan.

Posted by Fringeworks in Fringeworks News on Tuesday, August 4th 2015 at 2:16 PM
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The Hound by Paget

Sherlock Holmes, the pipe-smoking, cocaine-taking detective whose adventures were faithfully recounted by his loyal companion Dr Watson, is undergoing something of a make-over. Just as the BBC reinvented him for a modern television audience, now Fringeworks will be reinventing him as a steampunk hero, bringing him to life in the first of an ongoing series of novels revisiting the original canon of Sherlock Holmes. Known as The Moriarty Paradigm, the series will be set in an alternate British Empire created by the genius of James Moriarty, time traveller.

The most famous of all Sherlock Holmes novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles, will be re-imagined as The Curse of the Baskervilles by Jonathan Green, the King of British Steampulp and creator of Abaddon’s Pax Britannia series and Her Majesty knows how many gamebooks. It will be published later in 2013.

> We asked Jonathan how he would approach bringing steampunk elements into Holmes’ most notorious adventure.

Two words; ‘very’ and ‘carefully’! It would be all too easy to re-write The Hound of the Baskervilles, throwing in a few steampunk clichés here and there. However, that would be totally disrespectful of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s accomplishments – the equivalent of sticking a few gears on a pair of boots and branding them ‘steampunk’.

Instead, I want to make sure that the steampunk aspect becomes intrinsic to the plot, and that will involve quite a bit of head-scratching, I’m sure.

> As a prolific and well known veteran of the British steampunk scene, will this be your first attempt at working Sherlock Holmes into the steampunk genre?

It will be, strangely enough, although it won’t be my last.
When Abaddon Books were still accepting open pitches for Pax Britannia novels, somebody did pitch one that featured Sherlock Holmes. But, in the end, it wasn’t to be.

>Hound was the most gothic of the Holmes adventures, and the story keeps you wondering if the resolution is supernatural or grounded in reality. Will you be doing the same?

Absolutely! I believe that it’s the supernatural aspect of the story (whether it really is supernatural or not) that makes Hound the most memorable of all the Sherlock Holmes canon and the consulting detective’s most well-known adventure. To remove that questionable paranormal element would be to lose a vital part of the story.

>How does helping to build a shared fictional universe compare to creating one of your own?

Both bring their own challenges. Everything that exists within the world of Pax Britannia is there because I put it there, or because I agreed to its inclusion. However, the down side of that is that it’s a lot of hard work!

Working as part of a group, and making sure everyone’s ideas and opinions are listened to and valued, involves another skill set altogether. But when a group of like-minded people get together and bounce ideas off one another, who knows where they might end up taking an idea?

This project is a perfect example. It’s going to be a very exciting venture. As Holmes himself would say, the game is afoot!

Posted by Fringeworks in Fringeworks News on Monday, January 28th 2013 at 5:07 PM
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