A Study in Emerald

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Name: A Study in Emerald
Creator: Neil Gaiman
Date(s): 2003
Medium: Book
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: at Wikipedia
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"A Study in Emerald" is a short story written by British fantasy and graphic novel author Neil Gaiman published on Shadows Over Baker Street (2003) and Fragile Things (2006). The story is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche transferred to the Cthulhu Mythos universe of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Gaiman describes it as "Lovecraft/Holmes fan fiction".[1] It won the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. The title is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet.

"A Study in Emerald" first appeared in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street, a collection of stories combining the worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle and H. P. Lovecraft; it has subsequently been available as part of Gaiman's short story collection Fragile Things, in the collection New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird, and is available online. The online version takes the form of a Victorian periodical or newspaper, which includes various advertisements that reference characters such as Vlad Tepes, Victor Frankenstein, Spring Heeled Jack, and Dr. Jekyll.

In the introduction to Fragile Things, Gaiman cites Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe, Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series (which Gaiman helped create), and Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as being the major influences of "A Study in Emerald".

When asked if Gaiman had any plans to make a follow-up set in the world of the story, Gaiman said: "I hope so. I know the title and the protagonist of the next story in it".[2]





Spin-off media

British game designer Martin Wallace created boardgame based on "A Study in Emerald",[3] that was released in October 2013.[4]

In June 2018, Dark Horse Comics published a graphic novel adaptation of the short story by Rafael Scavone, Rafael Albuquerque and Dave Stewart.[5]


  1. ^ Gaiman, Neil (2012-01-21). "artemisnihil asked: Do you consider "A Study in Emerald" to be fanfiction of a sort?". Neil Gaiman Tumblr. Archived from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ Gaiman, Neil (2018-07-28). "lizardthirty asked: do you think you'll ever expand on the "A Study In Emerald" universe?". Neil Gaiman Tumblr. Archived from the original on 2019-05-12. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  3. ^ "Treefrog Games' page for the "A Study in Emerald" boardgame". Archived from the original on 2020-03-05.
  4. ^ Listing for the "A Study in Emerald" game on Boardgamegeek
  5. ^ "Announcement of the graphic novel". Archived from the original on 2022-01-05.