Retired School teacher, participated with various Sherlock Holmes groups since the 1970s, founding member of The Montague Street Lodgers of Brooklyn, member of Doctor Watson's Neglected Patients since 1989. I'm a Sherlock Homes book collector and have many hobbies and interests ranging from Comic Books to Paleontology.
The Sherlockian Canon, Boyer's The Giant Rat of Summatra. I enjoy both the Carole Nelson Douglas Irene Adler series and the Laurie King Beekeeper's Apprentice series. I also read things related to Star Trek, Nero Wolf, King Arthur, Jane Austen, Lord Peter Wimsey, James Bond, and, my latest obsession, H.P. Lovecraft.
"This book seems more professionally written and polished than many of the "New" Sherlock Holmes stories I have read recently. It succeeds in being both original, and familiar, as all such stories should be. Clearly, the author is familiar…"
"Not to be critical, but could you offer more information on the book in general? I looked up the title on Amazon and it seems to be a mutli-author pastiche collection. Was the introduction by the editor? Was he providing an historical overview of…"
"Of all the pastiche collections to choose.....
I am reading this. Very original take, yet with a real authentic feel. I'm only two thirds through, but I am really liking it. I'll review it when I finish.
"I am currently reading A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes' and I feel compelled to review it.
The introduction manipulates historical fact too much to be taken seriously resulting in it being very off putting. For example, yes Wilde…"
"And friend of mine remarked the "Keefauver's just likes to stir up controversy." And, while I like the series, I wouldn't call Johnny Lee Miller THE Sherlock Holmes, either. But he is certainly A Sherlock Holmes."
"Well, I can see how that would rankle. His arguments seem pretty superficial to me. I get he prefers his Holmes "cool", but that is not how he is portrayed on Cumberbatch on Sherlock, nor by Jeremy Brett. Assuming he is talking…"
"Brad Keefauver is entitled to his opinion. I've met the guy a couple of times and have his two books in my collection. Elementary won't be for every Holmes fan, but I like it myself. That last episode was particularly dramatic and…"
"Tonight I completed reading The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes by Barry Grant. Mr. Grant is a good writer who knows his Canon. The mystery itself was pretty good and Holmes' deductions were entertaining. The novel was structured a bit…"
"I completed reading The Remains of Sherlock Holmes by Paul W. Nash. It is a good, solid collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, that run the gamet of authentic feeling pastiche and detective stories, to some daring departures that push the…"
"Today I started reading The Remains of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of seven short story pastiches by Paul W. Nash. The first story was "The Adventure of the Surrey Giant", a great mystery with interesting characters. The beginning was a…"
"Continuing with JuneThomson's The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes. Next up was another good one. "The Case of the Missing Belle Fille" was another good puzzle. Two in a row! Once again, the clue is what is missing (this time a…"
"Didn't Holmes say something about "pocketing his fee" when consulted by Lestrade in A Study in Scarlet? I always assumed that he collected something from them. Though it is possible that he did it just for referrals, as some have…"
Hope you realize that I appreciate that there is someone out there who is sifting the wheat from the chaff in regards to pastiches. I value your opinion. You're one of my "go-to" sources in helping me evaluate what's out there that's worth my time and money.
I've been absent from this site for a fair while because I wasn't entirely sure I belonged. However, despite the dwindling membership (38 is not exactly good), I am assured by independent sources that this is the best Sherlockian discussion group on the net. So I think I'll give it another go. And although internet "friendships" don't really mean anything, I'm touched that you made the gesture. I am also a devotee of H. P. Lovecraft. Indeed, I believe there's an entire crossover book of Holmes vs. Lovecraft stories, though I've never read it and I forget the title. In my personal opinion, HPL is even less adaptable to pastiche than Holmes, because one man's very particular borderline madness is so important to the entire situation, whereas Holmes is a tremendously strong character whom you can just about get away with using in some spurious way. Indeed, since my best friend is both a Holmes fan and a very successful novelist, I am currently writing a Holmes pastiche as his Xmas present. I won't post it here because it's riddled with in-jokes nobody would get, but I dare say that further offerings of this nature could be concocted if they were deemed appropriate, and if this website isn't dead. On a personal note, are you familiar with the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society? They've done some remarkable things, notably in the field of no-budget-at-all cinema. If you haven't seen it, I heartily recommend The Call Of Cthulhu.
It was nice to meet you at DWNP. I hope you can do me a favor. I was writing up some notes of the meeting for my blog and I find I left without a program, so I neither know the actual name of the skit or the actors. I was hoping if you could tell me who played Watson and Moriarty. Also, I think you were in on the act and one other person.