The Mysteries of the Diogenes Club
USA: MonkeyBrain Books, 2010, PB.
From the 1860s to the present day, the Diogenes Club has been the least-known of Great Britain’s intelligence and law enforcement services. Founded by Sherlock Holmes’s cleverer brother Mycroft, the Club protects the realm – and this entire plane of existence – from occult menaces, threats born in other dimensions, magical perfidy and the Deep Dark Deadly Ones. In this collection, covering uncanny events from the late 19th Century to the 1970s, the files are opened, and select exploits of the Club’s greatest Assets are made available to the public, revealing the truth about fairies and fish-folk, national heroes and national horrors, diabolical masterminds and the Weather. Kim Newman continues the series began in The Man From the Diogenes Club, revealing more of the secrets of the British Empire’s most secret service.
“A tall blonde about five years younger than Richard, Agent Gauge had a figure Hugh Hefner would get excited about and a don’t-mess-with-me stance which gave warning to the most octopus-handed Playboy subscriber. She had big grey-blue eyes and straight, mid-length hair with a pronounced widow’s peak. Her only flaw was a tiny question mark scar under her right eye-easy to cover with make-up, but she chose not to. She modelled a powder-blue trouser suit over a fawn blouse. Her wide belt, worn high, matched the blouse and was fastened with a large circular buckle. Her jacket, tailored to conceal a shoulder-holster, hung oddly because she wasn’t wearing a gun. That made her an American.”
from ‘Moon Moon Moon’
The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club
USA: MonkeyBrain Books, 2007, PB.
From the 1860s to the present, these are the accounts of the Diogenes Club, whose agents solve crimes too strange for Britain’s police, protecting the realm and this entire plane of existence from occult menaces, threats born in other dimensions, magical perfidy and the Deep Dark Deadly Ones. Kim Newman continues the series began in The Man From the Diogenes Club, revealing more of the secrets of the British Empire’s most secret service.
It contains: The Gypsies in the Wood; Richard Riddle, Boy Dectective; Angel Down, Sussex; Clubland Heroes; The Big Fish; Another Fish Story; Cold Snap.
Another snowman loomed up in front of them. In a postman’s cap, with a mail-bag slung over its shoulder. It was larger and looser thing than the others, more hastily-made, with no face coals or carrot. They barrelled into the shape, which came apart, and sprawled in a tangle on the cold, cold ground – Richard felt the bite of black ice through his gauntlets as the heel of his hand jammed against grit. Under him was a dead but loose-limbed postman, grey-blue in the face, crackly frost in his hair. He had been inside the snowman.
from ‘Cold Snap’
In the swinging seventies, Richard Jeperson-secret agent of the Diogenes Club-solves crimes too strange for Britain’s police. His fashion sense is gaudy, his enemies deadly, and his associates glamorous. It features: ‘End of the Pier Show’, ‘You Don’t Have to Be Mad’, ‘Tomorrow Town‘, ‘Egyptian Avenue’, ‘Soho Golem‘, ‘The Serial Murders‘, ‘The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train’, and ‘Swellhead’.
When his eyes got used to the gloom, Fred found he was being held close by a tiny woman in a Cleopatra outfit. She had Egyptian eye makeup and a sprinkling of glitter on her bare shoulders. A rearing tin cobra stuck to the front of her stiff black wig prodded his chin.”
“Steady on, Luv,” he said.
“You’ve made a conquest, Fred,” commented Richard slyly.
from ‘Soho Golem’