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If you're new to Sherlock Holmes and everything we're about, a great place to start is the Edgar-nominated Sherlock Holmes For Dummies by Steven Doyle, BSI ("The 'Western Morning News'"). Inside you'll find background on the stories and characters, as well as of their creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the inspiration that led him to write about this global icon; how Sherlock Holmes has lived beyond the 60 stories into stage, film, television, radio and now the Internet; the admirers who call themselves "Sherlockians" (or "Holmesians" if you're in Europe) and how their scholarship and research has spanned nearly a century; and resources at your disposal.
The Baker Street IrregularsThe most well known of all Sherlock Holmes societies, the Baker Street Irregulars (or "BSI") is a literary society with Sherlock Holmes at its core. The current head of the BSI, or "Wiggins," is Michael Whelan. When we refer to Irregulars on this site, we place their investitures in parentheses and quotation marks after their name - as we did with Steve Doyle above. The BSI holds its annual gathering in early January in New York City; more information is available at http://www.bsiweekend.com. The BSI is an invitation-only group, but much of the BSI Weekend is open to everyone. The Irregulars are also a publishing powerhouse, producing the quarterly Baker Street Journal since 1946 and a number of books - the Manuscript Series, International Series and History Series, among others.
If you'd like an insider's view about the BSI Weekend, Pulitzer Prize- and Edgar Award-winning columnist and author Michael Dirda, BSI ("Langdale Pike") has a perspective on the New York Review of Books titled "Sherlock Lives." And of course our review of what goes on at the BSI Weekend.
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The following are questions we hear all the time. Simply click the links in each answer for more information.
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 is a line from the Canon. 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.
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 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.