“The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape” — Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers is the author of the novel Devil’s Cape, a superhero thriller set in Louisiana. Rob lives in Richardson, Texas, where he is working on a sequel. This story, which is original to this volume, takes place in the same milieu as Devil’s Cape, but is set in the Victorian era, taking Holmes and Watson from the familiarity of London to the dark and dangerous city of Devil’s Cape, which Holmes describes as “a city that swallows law.”

Pirates have always been popular, whether it’s in novels—Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers—or in video games—Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Ron Gilbert’s The Secret of Monkey Island. But pirate popularity soared to new heights with the release of Disney’s film Pirates of the Caribbean, featuring a memorable performance by Johnny Depp as spacey rock-star pirate Jack Sparrow. Suddenly it seemed like pirates were everywhere… even in Somalia. Yes, real-life pirates are suddenly a major concern again, prompting Daily Show correspondent John Oliver to quip, “Apparently Barack Obama won’t just be fighting the challenges of the twenty-first century, but also of the eighteenth.” Pirates now even have their own holiday, September 19th, International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But what’s been missing in all the hoopla over pirates is, of course, Sherlock Holmes. We aim to rectify that with our next story, a tale of adventure that takes our heroes far from their usual haunts in Baker Street and off into the strange, pirate-haunted bayous of Louisiana. So grab a talking parrot and pour yourself some grog. This one’s a treasure.