"No ghosts need apply." [SUSS]
Holmes and the occult is our subject for this Halloween episode of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere, and we're joined by editor and author Charles Prepolec, BSI ("The Man With the Twisted Lip"), who together with J.R. Campbell edited the four-book series Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes, and Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes, joins us to talk about the intersection of Sherlock Holmes and the spooky, outre and creepy, setting the tone for the season. Charles (who goes by @sherlockeditor on Twitter), had the great fortune to work with the likes of Barbara Hambly, Martin Powell and Kim Newman, among others, and he talks about the selection process for including authors and their works in the anthologies.
Of course, Conan Doyle was no stranger to writing ghost and horror stories, and his Professor Challenger series dealt with such fantastical subjects as dinosaurs. We take Charles on a tangent and begin discussing the ideal Hollywood actor to portray the professor.
Charles has contributed to Sherlock Magazine, Scarlet Street and Canadian Holmes and is a longtime Sherlockian, having been a member of the Singular Society of the Baker Street Dozen in Calgary for 20 years, a Master Bootmaker of the Bootmakers of Toronto in 2006, and an investitured member of the Baker Street Irregulars since 2017.
In this episode, our gas-lamp is not a Gas-Lamp at all, but rather an introduction by to a collection of Conan Doyle stories, as written by John Dickson Carr.
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- EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
- Conan Doyle fanstasy and horror short stories "Lot No. 249," "The Horror of the Heights," and "Terror of Blue John Gap"
- The Autumn 2013 issue of the Baker Street Journal
- International Sherlock Holmes Exhibition
- Lyndsay Faye, BSI ("Kitty Winter") is on a book tour to promote Seven for a Secret, her latest Timothy Wilde novel.
- Big Chief Studios announced the 1:6 scale models of Cumberbatch's Holmes and Freeman's Watson, and they talk about the sculpting process.
- There will be no romance between Holmes and Watson in Elementary, according to the show's creator.
- James O'Leary has contributed a couple of significant pieces here about Elementary that are worth perusing: "Addiction, Elementary and Doyle," and "Six Cases to Which I Have Added to My Notes."
- Our Flipboard magazine aggregates lots of content for your enjoyment.
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