Since its first appearance in the mash-up anthology Shadows Over Baker Street and subsequent reprint in Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman’s short story “A Study in Emerald” has been a favorite of speculative-fiction fans, garnering both a Hugo Award and a Locus Award for its combination of Arthur Conan Doyle’s cunning detective Sherlock Holmes and H. P. Lovecraft’s existentially horrifying Cthulhu Mythos.
Now, in advance of New York Comic Con 2017, Paste can exclusively reveal that this tale of Great Old Ones and Baker Street murders will come to sequential-art life in an 80-page adaptation from Eisner Award-winning artist Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Ei8ht), writer Rafael Scavone (Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special) and legendary colorist Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Black Hammer).
A Study in Emerald features a brilliant (unnamed) detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the murderous slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace as Gaiman weaves together distinctly British intrigue with trademark Lovecraftian flourishes.
This gorgeous new hardcover adaptation joins How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, Troll Bridge by Colleen Doran and Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire by Shane Oakley in Dark Horse’s modern Neil Gaiman Library, alongside new editions of Only the End of the World Again from P. Craig Russell and Troy Nixey and the just-announced Harlequin Valentine with John Bolton. Dark Horse also recently announced the second series in its ongoing adaptation of Gaiman’s American Gods, subtitled My Ainsel, from longtime Gaiman collaborator Russell and artist Scott Hampton. A Study in Emerald will hit shelves June 20, 2018, for $17.99, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at Albuquerque’s evocative cover below.
A Study in Emerald Cover Art by Rafael Albuquerque