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A Study in Scares: The Horror Games of Sherlock Holmes

PBS has just aired "Hound of Baskervilles," the latest episode of the hit BBC series Sherlock, which transplants the literary detective to modern times, brought to life by rising star Benedict Cumberbatch.  Like previous episodes,"Hound" is a modern take on a classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle work, and it represents one of the more overtly supernatural tales of the canon. 

Holmes and horror are not mutually exclusive, with plenty of volumes of newer tales that match the sleuth against things that go bump in the night, and Guy Ritchie's first Sherlock Holmes dabbled in the occult.  Gaming has been no different, with several titles released over the past few years that show the spookier side of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

Sherlock Holmes facing off against the almighty Cthulhu is the sort of crossover that even the most feverish of minds would have trouble conceiving: the master of logic and deduction facing off against the mad cult of the slumbering cephalopod.  While Holmes and Cthulhu never met face-to-tentacles in Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (like many tales of the Cthulhu mythos, the sleeping god was kept behind the proverbial curtain), his madness was spread from the streets of New Orleans to an asylum in Switzerland, which saw Holmes and Watson moving well outside their comfort zone of 221B Baker Street.  The cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft played surprisingly well with the more rational world of Conan Doyle's detective, even going so far as to open in media res to poor Watson going mad from the experience in proper Lovecraftian style.