"It was by concealing such links in the chain that Watson was enabled to produce his meretricious finales."
- 'The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier'
A weekly roundup of links from across the web related to Sherlock Holmes, courtesy of Matt Laffey from Always1895.net. We welcome your comments and feedback, and if you have any material to include in the weekly roundup, please send to always1895 @ gmail.com.
Only one week to go until Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place in Minnesota! I hope to see many of you there. For those Sherlockian Twitter users posting from the conference or following from home, it’s been officially decided that the hashtag #SHMN13 will stand for Sherlock Holmes Through Time & Place. See you soon!
221B Con - “Watsons Through Time" (52:10) “Recorded live at 221B Con, this panel was all about all the Watsons through ALL OF TIME! Well, as much as we could fit in just under an hour. Panelists were Kristina Manente (Curly), Ashley Polasek, Eddy Webb, and Roane." The original panel subtitle was “From ladies’ man to comedic buffoon, how have representations of John Watson changed over time" and the panelists do a great job weaving current and vintage Sherlock Holmes adaptations in along with the Canon. An overarching theme is - predictably but alas still necessary - the ‘Watson is not stupid’ theme, and of course plenty of time is spent discussing, analyzing and giggling about the Sherlock and John (BBC Sherlock first names rule applies here) dynamic. The word on the street (OK, on Twitter) is that a few more 221B Con panels are set to be released - I’ll put 6,000 pounds (though “I am a poor man") that “Fandom: What the Hell is Wrong With Us?" wins out.
|[At some point, you’ll develop a soft spot for Nigel Bruce so don’t be too harsh on him now.]|
|[Confirmed bachelor: John H Watson?]|
221B: The Sherlock Holmes Web-Series is developed by Filmmaker Carter deLaat and features, for all intents and purposes, the first Sherlock Holmes adaptation featuring a female Sherlock: “It’s 1891 and military doctor, John Watson has returned home to England after a long and dangerous Afghanistan campaign. Seeking lodgings at an affordable price, he finds himself at 221B Baker St. Where he meets a young, volatile, brilliant and eccentric woman…named Sherlock Holmes…While not the grand Sherlockian mystery most are used to, 221B emphasizes the domestic side of the mystery solving duo, often leading to comedic, puzzling and dangerous results. Giving a fresh perspective to the English Icons." Episode One: No Place Like Holmes was released on Vimeo (a free video streaming site like YouTube) on July 23, 2013 and Episode Two: Fire Trap was released this week. The series will consist of five episodes total each with a running time between 5 and 8 minutes. Check out 221B: The Sherlock Holmes Web Series blog for new episodes, bios, extras and more.
Leslie Klinger, scholar, attorney, annotator, editor, liberator of the Canon and Sherlockian celebrity “was asked today to suggest my favorite books for a beginning Holmesian collector/scholar. Here’s the list that I created for my UCLA Extension class on "Sherlock Holmes and His World," which will be on October 26 this year. Click to download a PDF of Klinger’s: The Cornerstones of a Definitive Collection - which seems to be a condensed version of The Shaw 100 - and includes many of my personal favorites such as D. Martin Dakin’s A Sherlock Holmes Commentary (1972) and Edgar Smith’s Profile by Gaslight: An Irregular Reader About the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1944). In related news, Klinger just officially announced his next publishing project: The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, set to hit bookstores (and my shelves!) in the Fall of 2014.
|[Promo poster for 221B: The|
Sherlock Holmes Web Series.]
|[The day I found Profile by Gaslight for the insane price of $5 was one of my happiest book buying days ever.]|
|[Cover of Dan Andriacco’s The Disappearance of Mr James Phillimore on MX.]|
|[Gilbert’s distinct cover art in a style that can be seen on many of his books.]|
Peter Cushing Blog and the related Peter Cushing Facebook contain a wealth of information and pictures, as well as contests and other fan-related hi jinks on the late, great Peter Cushing. Sherlockians of course know him best for his adaptation of the Great Detective: first in 1959 for the Hammer films’ adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, then in the late 1960s for BBC’s Sherlock Holmes and finally his 1984 Sherlockian swan song The Masks of Death. In 1971, Cushing also recorded an unabridged version of The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Mr Cushing was also in a little movie from 1979 called Star Wars as Grand Moff Tarkin.
Hello You Creatives posted various images from a campaign by Grey Tel Aviv. Via Taxi called "The Right Book Will Keep You Company”. (Thanks to DaysOfStorm for the tip!)
|[Part of me really loves this image, but another part of me can’t help but feel a little creeped out by the scene - which kind of makes me love it even more.]|
Sherlock Holmes For Dummies’s Steve Doyle dug up this old newspaper ad: “I love vintage advertising like this, which is a 1970s-era magazine ad for the airing on WHAM-TV (Rochester, New York) of the Basil Rathbone Holmes films. The Rathbone films syndication package was pretty common back then, and many Sherlockians of a certain age credit their entree into the hobby with weekend TV viewings."