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'I AM INCLINED TO THINK . . .': Musings on Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle
by Barbara Roden
Did Jack the Ripper inspire a gruesome touch in one of the Sherlock Holmes stories? Was Inspector Lestrade an idiot (and is Dr Watson really as intelligent as some Sherlockians like to make him out to be)? Did Holmes really dislike and distrust women? Are the similarities between 'The Red-Headed League' and 'The Three Garridebs' more than mere coincidence? And are Sherlockians in danger of not seeing the forest for the trees in their tireless analysis of the minutiae of the canon? These questions and many more are posed (and answered) in this collection of fifteen articles about Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, television and movie adaptations of the stories, and that wondrous world where it is always 1895. Originally published in 2004, 'I AM INCLINED TO THINK . . .' has been greatly expanded for this new eBook publication.

Barbara Roden's first Sherlockian article was published in 1988, and since then she has contributed dozens of articles to such publications as CANADIAN HOLMES, THE BAKER STREET JOURNAL, THE RITUAL, THE MUSGRAVE PAPERS, ACD: THE JOURNAL OF THE ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE SOCIETY, the NEW STRAND MAGAZINE, and SHERLOCK HOLMES DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Barbara is a Master Bootmaker of the Bootmakers of Toronto, and is invested as 'Beryl Stapleton' in the Baker Street Irregulars of New York.

'I AM INCLINED TO THINK . . .'

 

THE THAMES HORROR and Other Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
 by Barbara Roden


'I am an old man now, the last survivor of that small group which was witness to the events which occurred in Devonshire in October of 1899. If I do not commit the details—the true details—to paper, then the story will be lost forever.'


These true details are revealed in Barbara Roden's 'Of the Origin of the Hound of the Baskervilles', described by Publishers Weekly as 'exceptional' and 'on a level of its own'. It is one of the four tales included in The Thames Horror, which gathers together four new adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his companion, Dr John Watson. Roden—a lifelong Sherlockian and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars of New York—remains faithful to the immortal characters created by Conan Doyle while infusing her tales with suspense, mystery, and more than a little horror. In 'The Things That Shall Come Upon Them'—which SF Site praised as 'entertaining and elegantly written'—Holmes and Watson team up with psychic detective Flaxman Low to solve the mysterious occurrences at Lufford Abbey, in a tribute to M. R. James's classic tale 'Casting the Runes'. A previously unrecorded case provides the basis for 'The Suspect Servant', and a real-life horror takes centre stage in the previously unpublished title story, which sees Holmes and Watson on the trail of a serial killer in Victorian London.

The Thames Horror is a must-read for anyone who has ever wished that Conan Doyle had written more stories about his immortal detective. Escape to the gaslit world where it is always 1895 and rejoice: the game is afoot once more!

THE THAMES HORROR

BENDING THE WILLOW
by David Stuart Davies

Jeremy Brett's portrayal of the great detective Sherlock Holmes has been hailed as the best ever. Here is an in-depth look at the actor who said that he wanted his interpretation of Holmes to bend the willow, but not break it. He succeeded brilliantly in bringing the character to life, all the time battling his own personal demon: the manic depression that haunted him for many years.

The definitive study of Jeremy Brett's portrayal of the Great Detective in the Granada TV series.

Bending the Willow

 

 

THE ADVENTURE OF THE MAIDEN VOYAGE
Sherlock Holmes and the R.M.S. Titanic
by Alexander E. Braun

When Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are summoned by Mycroft Holmes to a dinner at the Diogenes Club, they learn of the vitally important work being carried out by Phineas Farnworth. Farnsworth is developing HEDAR, the Hertzian Echo Detector and Ranger, which will be vital to Britain in the anticipate war with Germany. Farnsworth, however, needs to consult with scientists in America, and Holmes and Watson are commissioned to accompany him, and his invention on the trans-Atlantic voyage. Plans have been carefully made, and tickets have been booked for the journey . . . on the maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic. This account by Dr Watson, suppressed for a full hundred years following the events of the voyage, is now made available for the first time.

The Maiden Voyage

 

 

MY DEAR HOLMES: A Study in Sherlock by Gavin Brend
Gavin Brend's was one of the earliest biographies/chronologies of Sherlock Holmes (first published in 1951). It investigates all of the canonical problems, and puts the relationship between Holmes and Watson into a new perspective. We're delighted to make this available for today's Sherlockian readers in eBook format.

My Dear Holmes


 

 

SCREAM FOR JEEVES: A Parody by P. H. Cannon
Three adventures of Jeeves and Wooster as they take on problems from the world of H. P. Lovecraft, ably assisted by Sherlockian characters in this homage to Wodehouse, Lovecraft, and Conan Doyle. Read more . . .

Scream For Jeeves


 

THE CANONICAL COMPENDIUM by Stephen Clarkson

This is 'the' must-have reference volume for Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts! The Canonical Compendium comprises a Topical Index of places, people, events, and items appearing in the Sherlockian canon, in 80 categories and 144 sub-categories, together with sixty different Story Indexes, one for each of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Entries are cross-referenced to five major editions of the Sherlockian canon, making this volume of practical use to virtually all readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EDITION IS AVAILABLE ONLY IN PDF FORMAT (fully searchable).

The Canonical Compendium (PDF edition)

 

THE IRREGULAR CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Ron Weighell
Sherlock Holmes, wrote his friend and chronicler John H. Watson, was an 'unofficial adviser and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled', and as such Holmes came into contact with 'all that is strange and bizarre'. Cases such as THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES or 'The Sussex Vampire' show the great detective dealing with matters which certainly are strange and bizarre; yet in all the sixty cases in the Sherlockian canon, Holmes proves that the supernatural plays no part in the matter under investigation.
     What if, however, those sixty cases did not tell the entire story? In THE IRREGULAR CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, we encounter five cases which test Holmes's powers to the limit; strange and bizarre cases involving forces that are not of this world. Missing manuscripts, strange sects, sudden death, and mysterious encounters all lead Holmes and Watson into a twilight world of mystery, magic, and danger, where nothing is commonplace and people are not what they seem. Along the way, the pair travel as far afield as Egypt and Venice, enlist the aid of Holmes's brother Mycroft, investigate a supposed werewolf attack, and are asked for assistance by two masters of the weird tale, M. R. James and Arthur Machen.
     Skilfully blending the classic supernatural tale with Holmes stories written in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, THE IRREGULAR CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES will appeal to all those readers who, like Watson, share the great detective's love of 'all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life.'

The Irregular Casebook


EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE DUCK by Gahan Wilson
The celebrated cartoonist/comic novelist Gahan Wilson presents a thundering and uproarious adventure—with literature's nastiest bad guys and most heroic good guys battling to death in today's New York.

When the Professor (the fiendishly brilliant British Napoleon of Crime), the Mandarin (the cruelly diabolical Chinese mastermind), and Spectrobert (the blackheartedly crafty French rogue) meet in the Dungeon of Horror at Madame Grimmaud's Wax Museum it leads to the police department being baffled, the FBI bewildered, and the CIA being entirely up a tree. What deviltry are they plotting? Whose fate hangs in the balance? How can the forces of justice stymie their plans? Above all, what is their connection with famed cartoonist Art Waldo's universally adored creation, Quacky the Lucky Duck?

Aid to the Forces of Good comes in the form of the formidably brilliant Enoch Bone (who bears more than a passing resemblance to one of fiction's greatest sleuths) and his irrespressibly hard-boiled sidekick John Weston, when the pair are forced out of retirement. The wily villains subject Bone and Weston to Spectrobert's demonically booby-trapped restaurant kitchen, the Mandarin's mutilation-laden torture tunnels, and the Professor's Flying Purple Cloud of Destruction, in their pursuit of domination.

Will the combination of Bone's laser-sharp mind and Weston's quick trigger-finger be enough to undo the evil-doers? A breathtakingly riotous climax at the New Jersey theme park, Waldo World, holds the answer.

Everybody's Favorite Duck