The One Fixed Point In A Changing Age is a recently created site designed to support and disseminate information about the upcoming book of the same name. Spearheaded by the Baker Street Babes, “Essays on Sherlockiana By Online Fandom is, not surprisingly, a collection of essays written exclusively by members of the tumblr and internet fandom of Sherlock Holmes. These essays will be compiled into a book and will be published, giving a voice and the beginnings of a body of work for the younger generation of Holmes fans. The idea was conceived by The Baker Street Babes and it will be published by Wessex Press.” For those unfamiliar with Wessex Press and it’s Sherlockian imprint Gasogene Books, it’s one of the premiere Sherlockian-centric publishing companies in existence. They are responsible for publishing Leslie Klinger’s Sherlock Holmes Reference Library (10 vols) as well as a myriad of other important tomes of Holmesian scholarship. I predict fantastic things from this project and look forward to seeing the finished product next summer.
[Read the Submission Rules for further information about submitting a piece for consideration for The One Fixed Point In A Changing Age: Essays on Sherlockiana By Online Fandom.]
I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere, just in time for Halloween, delivers up a very spooky Episode 47: Re: Vampires (of course a reference to “The Sussex Vampire”) which clocks in at just over an hour and is packed with so much Sherlockian goodness it’s almost scary. Where to begin: first off, Mr Wolder and Mr Monty are at their radio personality best. There’s plenty of hilarious banter about canonical Halloween costumes when who should ‘drop by’ the studio but Leslie Klinger (see article on Mr Klinger below in The Daily Bruin), all set to discuss his The New Annotated Dracula as well as a variety of interesting connections between Holmes and vampires in a variety of mediums. Then it’s off to the mailbags as IHOSE reads various reader comments regarding their previous show on CBS’s Elementary, which were kind of hilarious in their bluntness even though our fearless hosts attempted to keep things fair and balanced. Do yourself a favor and give yourself an hour to sit back and listen and enjoy this episode. One of their best to date, and that’s saying a lot (considering I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of their past episodes).
[Holmes and Watson looking up “vampires” in the good ol’ index.]
Dan Andriacco recently returned from a trip to London and his blog Baker Street Beat has been overflowing with posts about his various Sherlockian doings in “that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained”. Since returning, Mr Andriacco writes about: a London walking tour called ‘Sherlock in the City: Tracking the Red-Headed League’, a stop off at Speedy’s Cafe, everyone’s favorite ‘Baker Street’ eatery (from BBC Sherlock), a comparison between (the real) Baker Street of 1948 versus 2012 (Vincent Starrett reference included!), his visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street and a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Pub with MX Publisher Steve Emecz, who of course published Andriacco’s latest and greatest The 1895 Murder - whose review I will be attending to after I finish with this post. I suspect we’ll be seeing even more posts about London in the near future and I wholeheartedly welcome them all - it’s an absolute pleasure to read the adventures of any Sherlockian who recently found themselves in London.
[Roger Johnson (of the SHSL), Dan Andriacco, Barbara Winter, and Steve Winter at Speedy’s in London.]
Baker Street Blog, in some of the finest Sherlockian Weather reporting of all time, pays tribute (“tribute” in the Ancient Greek ‘we’re scared of the gods’ way, not a ‘hurricanes are cool’ way) to Hurricane Sandy via an exploration of powerful weather events and descriptions from the Canon. Beginning with an extremely thorough survey of Sherlock Holmes stories involving weather with pertinent quotes followed by a listing of instances where weather was integral to the plot and ending with a discussion of how many of the key Sherlockian chronologists (eg. Baring-Gould, Bell, Zeisler, Christ, Bend) used records of weather reports in their valiant attempts to pin specific days/dates on specific stories.
Baker Street Babes announced some exciting news: on Thursday the 10th of January 8:00 pm, following the Distinguished Speaker’s Lecture, at Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (taking place on the Thursday of BSI Weekend 2013), the Babes of Baker Street will be hosting an event called The Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Charity Ball. First off, the charity to which profits will be donated is the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization dedicated to fostering “the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history”; essentially, an organization that gives significantly more than lip service to the concept of honoring our veterans, particularly those whose tremendous sacrifice took the form of severe mental and/or physical injury. So that’s the charity portion of this event…what’s the ball? The Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet will feature a buffet dinner, “an auction of Sherlockian swag, a quiz, a raffle, a costume competition, and many more activities to be announced!” It sounds like the perfect place to meet your very own Hosmer Angel or to at least waltz, foxtrot, tango, disco, or whatever-it-up with your fellow Sherlockians in this first time BSI Weekend event.
[Click for larger version of The Daintiest Thing Under a Bonnet Charity Ball poster.]
Polygon dishes about a soon-to-be-released Sherlock Holmes game for the iPad called The Awakened from a company called Frogwares due in late 2012. I’m not much of a gamer, but it’s nice to hear about a new Sherlock-themed video game that’s something other than The Testament of Sherlock Holmes. “Get your fingertips ready for a story that melds Holmes’ rationalism with H.P. Lovecraft’s supernaturalism. You’ll travel to the undergrounds of London, to the isolated summits of Switzerland, to the sweltering bayou of New Orleans and to the dense Scottish fog… Guaranteed thrills await!” If you look closely at the image supplied on Frogwares site, it appears that Holmes and Watson are standing in front of a Lovecraftian-inspired Cthulhu guy! Now all I need is for someone to send me an iPad so I can properly review this game.You can watch a very detailed trailer for The Awakened here.
[Knock knock. Who’s there? Cthulhu. Cthulhu who…? (but Cthulhu’s answer only drives you completely mad causing you to spend the rest of your life at Arkham Insane Asylum drawing doodles of things that cannot be named).]
Quick Sherlock Links:
Sherlock Peoria - while contemplating his mortality via the lens of an upcoming birthday - ruminates on recent technological developments employed by (younger) denizens of the Sherlockian world, primarily the concept of microblogging (eg. Tumblr, Twitter). Pay particularly close attention to Mr Keefauver’s comments on ‘fandom’, ie. the notion that Sherlockian culture is simply another fandom, similar in kind to the fandoms surrounding TV shows like Community or Big Bang, books like the Harry Potter cycle, etc. Should Sherlockian culture be automatically subsumed by ‘fandom’ qua rigid social category for defining just exactly what/how we are to relate to the thing(s) we are apparently fans of? I wonder how many readers agree or disagree (or sincerely do not have an opinion or do not actually care). This notion of whether or not Sherlockian culture is just another ‘fandom’ may seem trivial or arcane or just plain silly, but it has important implications - and it’s a notion/argument that I think will present itself more and more as the push from the purveyor’s of traditional fandom (along with their codes and accepted forms of expression) is felt more and more in the Sherlockian world.
Markings by Ray Wilcockson in his two recent posts “Eille Norwood, My Dear Conan Doyle!” - Silent Sherlocks in Strand Magazine (1) and “The Youth of Sherlock Holmes” - John Barrymore. Part 2 of Silent Sherlocks in The Strand considers two of the more prominent silent film actors to play Holmes, Ellie Norwood and John Barrymore, and their relationships to the original texts used to write their respective scripts, the sets, their makeup as well as the entire moving making process as it stood in the Silent Era. Peppered throughout both articles are some excellent YouTube links featuring both actors at the height of their powers.
BBC America announced a new show Ripper Street which is an “eight-part series is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, during the aftermath of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.” You can follow the show’s Twitter at @RipperStreet and check out the first Ripper Street trailer here.
Well-Read Sherlockian reviews Greenberg, Lellenberg and Stashower’s Ghosts in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes NY: Carroll and Graf, (2006) just in time for Halloween. Actually, this post is more than just a simple review: there’s thrills, chills, analogies made with candy, Venn Diagrams explaining the intersection of Mystery and Ghost story fans and so much more. Give it a whirl!
Tellyspotting attempts to wrap their head around the recent Sherlock Holmes Society of London pilgrimage of 70+ Holmesians to Switzerland to visit the famed Reichenbach Falls. Mentioning the recent BBC coverage, the article never turns patronizing and is a pleasant take on the obsessions which drive the average Sherlockian. I also liked this quote: “For Moriarty character Peter Horrocks, it’s a dream holiday. “This holiday has everything,” he says. “It has the beauty of the Swiss mountains and, it has the background of the Sherlock Holmes stories.”” Seriously, my idea of “everything” as well!
Daily Bruin, newspaper of UCLA, published an interesting piece about Sherlockian annotator extraordinaire Leslie S Klinger: “A walk around [Leslie Klinger’s] office includes only part of his extensive collection and publications. Movie posters and a Sherlock Holmes bust adorn the walls and desk of the office. He said he’s proof that fans can take out time from their work schedule to pursue their personal interests, just as he has. All fans need to do is find the time, he said.”
Doyleockian has some festive gift suggestions for the Doylean in your life: four volumes of Alistair Duncan books on ACD, the Canon, and points between. I’ve been a fan of Mr Duncan’s Holmesian books since first reading his survey of the Canon Eliminate the Impossible and can in good conscience recommend any of these books.
NME reports on Matt Smith’s (the 11th Doctor) recent comment at London Comic-Con (October 27, 2012) that he’s “not averse to it” - not averse to what you ask? Well, a Doctor Who + Sherlock (BBC) crossover! Now watch as 50 trillion Whovian/Cumberbatchians go crazy and riot for joy in the streets, that is until we’re reminded that Supreme Buzzkills Moffatt & Gatiss totally hate the idea of a Timelord vs Baker Street Lord crossover. Cue: sound of the losing horn.
Tea at 221B posted this gorgeous photograph of Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes from a promotional image for a 1932 version of William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes.