Naturally, you have some questions. Hopefully, we have some answers. The following are questions we hear all the time. Simply click the links in each answer for more information. And if you don't see a question you need answered, there's a form at the bottom to add yours.
Was Sherlock Holmes real?
An interesting question. Sherlockians play "The Game," which means we pretend he was, while acknowledging Conan Doyle was merely Dr. Watson's literary agent (with tongue firmly planted in cheek). Click through for the full story.
How does one get invited to join the BSI? Is there a Sherlock Holmes society near me?
The selection process is a mystery, but as a general rule, one must "toil in the Sherlockian vineyards" for an unspecified amount of time before being investitured. This means more than just being really really interested in Sherlock Holmes. It doesn't hurt to contribute (and subscribe!) to the Baker Street Journal. To find a Sherlock Holmes society near you, please consult the list of Sherlockian Societies that Peter Blau maintains. We also have some societies listed in the Resources page under the "Groups of Mysterious Persons" header.
What are those four-letter abbreviations in the headlines?
You'll notice that every single post we create here has a Sherlock Holmes quote from the original stories. The four letters following each quote refer to the story from which the quote came, and the abbreviations were created by Jay Finley Christ, BSI ("The Final Problem").
Where can I search the Canon?
This site is our primary destination for quick and accurate searches of the stories.
Is there a Sherlock Holmes iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch app?
There are many. We've chronicled a few here - many are free.
Also, here's a handy search function that can help you find what you're looking for:
Where can I find ______ about Sherlock Holmes?
We know there are a myriad of questions out there. One of the single most comprehensive resources on the Web is Chris Redmond's Sherlockian.net. If you can't find it there, it probably doesn't exist. We also have a variety of resources at your disposal on the Resources page above - references, BSI links, blogs, societies, a calendar of events, international links and publications.