"a picker-up of shells" [HOUN]
The January 18, 2010 edition of Publisher's Weekly is currently running a piece by Lenny Picker called, cleverly enough, "The Return of Sherlock Holmes."
In it he predicts a spike in sales of books about Sherlock Holmes — the first since the craze that followed the publication of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and the revival of William Gillette's play in the 1970s. In fact, he notes that PW previously had predicted the phenomenon as they ran a piece in 1974 called "The Case of the Baker Street Boom."
This time around, PW has some great quotes from Sherlockians we know and respect: bookseller and editor Otto Penzler (whom we interviewed on I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Episode 17), Sherlockian bon vivant Peter Blau, author Lindsay Faye and pastiche database keeper Philip K. Jones.
Theories abound as to the reason behind the rise in new Holmes stories: from nostalgia to desire for new stories. But the interview subjects all agree that there are many ways to find our way to Holmes and that there will be many more to come.
Here are a few of the titles mentioned in the article. All are well worth checking out:
- Dust and Shadow: An Account of thee Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
- The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
- The Crack in the Lens: A "Holmes on the Range" Mystery
- Sherlock Holmes, Vol 1: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes
- The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Man From Hell