My library includes at least half a dozen anthologies of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's horror fiction. I would trade them all for the new two-volume A Study in Terror, edited by Derrick Belanger.
First of all, the story selection is great, certainly including the best of ACD's "stories of fear and the supernatural," as the subtitle calls them. It even includes the entire text of The Mystery of Cloomber, a non-Sherlock Holmes mystery novel with overtones of horror.
But the real bonus here, the value added, is the informative essays by Derrick Belanger, Brian Belanger, Joel Jensen, and Chuck Davis sprinkled throughout the books. From them you can learn about:
- How ACD was ahead of his time in his horror-filled aviation stories.
- How his fictional "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" unintentionally contributed to the legend of the Mary Celeste and her missing crew.
- H.P. Lovecraft's debt to Arthur Conan Doyle.
- What The Mummy, the classic Boris Karloff film, owed to Conan Doyle's two horror stories about mummies.