Arthur Byron Cover wrote some cracked science fiction novellas in the 1970s, as part of the “Weird Heroes” and Harlan Ellison’s “Dangerous Visions” series. I used to own a copy of Cover’s “The Platypus of Doom and Other Nihilists,” a mass market paperback that is out of print and as of February 2012 sells for $65 to $100. But this one has survived on my shelf since high school: “An East Wind Coming” is somewhat more easy to get and here is the premise, Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper:
It was two million years in the future and they were immortal — Holmes, Watson, all the Great Ones. With nothing to master but limitless Time. But that was before the killing began, bfore the world’s greatest sleuth discovered that history’s most heinous criminal was also “alive” and steeping the East End of the Eternal City in the blood of goddesses.
[Originally posted on my discontinued This Old Book Tumblr.]