9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2004
This collection contains 15 of Doyle's supernatural stories. This is the first time that the stories have been gathered together in an American edition. The stories are:
The Bully of Brocas Court, The Captain of the Polestar, The Brown Hand, The Leather Funnel, Lot No. 249, J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement, The Great Keinplatz Experiment, A Literary Mosaic, Playing with Fire, The Ring of Thoth, The Los Amigos Fiasco, The Silver Hatchet, John Barrington Cowles, Selecting a Ghost, and The American's Tale.
These stories were written between 1880-1921, and for those who are accustomed to reading the Sherlock Holmes tales, these are a bit different. Doyle deals with strange happenings including ghosts, a mystery set on a whaling ship, Egyptian mummies, and even Doyle's own solution to the "Marie Celeste" mystery.
These are tales of mystery, the occult and imagination. This book shows us another side of the man who created Sherlock Holmes.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 1999
Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous for his stories about Sherlock Holmes, however he wrote numerous other short stories and novels. The Best Supernatural Tales of Arthur Conan Doyle collects 15 of his better occult/supernatural stories. If you're not used to 19th century English as the British used to speak it you may find it a little slow going, however it's still quite good and I think you should give it a try. It is interesting to note that Doyle's writing style seems VERY similar to H.P. Lovecraft's. Since Doyle was already dead by the time Lovecraft began writing I can only surmise that Lovecraft learned something from reading Doyle's works. If you're a fan of Lovecraft I can safely say you'll like this book. If you don't like Lovecraft than you should probably spend your money on something else.