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A fight to save Sherlock Holmes’ house

The Independent of London has news of a gross outrage:

The leafy country mansion Undershaw, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his most famous work, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is at the centre of a literary controversy.

The home is revered by millions of Sherlock Holmes devotees around the world. Campaigners are furious that their efforts to upgrade the listed status of the 36-room property in Surrey, designed partly by Conan Doyle himself, to preserve it for future generations, have been blocked by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The writer was judged not significant enough to merit such a move.

Leading writers – including Julian Barnes and Ian Rankin – have condemned the Secretary of State for Culture, Tessa Jowell, for failing to recognise the author’s place in the nation’s cultural canon.

Sherlock Holmes lectures on crime

Middle Tennessee State University is hosting a lecture series on crime, none of which would be complete without Sherlock Holmes:

On the following Monday, Bob Glenn, vice president for Student Affairs and vice provost for Enrollment Management, will speak on the literary figure Sherlock Holmes with his lecture “Sherlock Holmes: The First CSI.”

“Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the first authors to write about a character in a series,” Glenn said. “A lot of authors imitate some of the techniques he used in those stories today.”

Sherlock Holmes to raise funds for library

From Savannah Now:

Intellectually joust with Sherlock Holmes, pore over pages of the original manuscript from “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and listen to art mystery author Nicholas Kilmer speak at the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation “Once Upon a Time” fundraisers.

The “Chapter I: A Mysterious Evening” gala gets under way at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St. Special guest “Sherlock Holmes” will discuss details of his cases and interact with guests. Tim Johnson of the University of Minnesota Libraries will bring original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes materials from the university’s collections.

On display will be original Frederic Dorr Steele illustrations of the stories, original manuscript pages from “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and the first appearance of Holmes in print in the 1887 “Beeton’s Christmas Annual.”

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

Adventure Gamers has an interesting article on a game title surely designed to lure me specifically back into gaming.

As if working with one established license wasn’t daunting enough, for your new game you’re tackling a second one as well. I guess the obvious first question is: why “Holmes meets Cthulhu”?

The Silver Earring was a “traditional” Sherlock Holmes investigation, with all the classical elements of Sherlock Holmes stories (unexplained murder, incredible character fate and story details). The game was and still is a big success as a continuation of Holmes adventures. For The Awakened we choose to put Sherlock, the master of truth and rationality, facing a creation of H.P. Lovecraft, writer of horror and supernatural literature.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is English, Lovecraft is American (though he thought of himself as English sometimes). There is Sherlock, who is the priest and god of truth into the truth temple which is 221b Baker Street, and Watson the friend who believes what he sees, including supernatural stuff. These antagonisms are classical in all drama stories, and while they don’t seem to fit at first glance, the mix of both is subtle and in this game you are going from certainties to madness, from classical kidnapping to the end of the world. And the balance between the two names, Sherlock and Cthulhu, is continually changing the game.

As the game has been released in France and Germany already, some players have said it is a game which gives you “cold sweats.”

Entire article well worth a read.

Holmes provides a guide for life

Retired business executive George Hubbs lists how Sherlock Holmes provides a good guide for New Year’s resolutions in the Savannah Morning News:

In more than a thousand cases, only some of which were written about, Sherlock Holmes never used his powers on the wrong side. He looked upon his work as good against evil. In “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Holmes saw himself combating some very “flesh and blood” agents of the devil and even thought about taking on “The Father of Evil himself,” but concluded that it might be “too ambitious a task.”

A good resolution resolution for 2007: To work for the elimination of the conditions (lack of education, poverty, broken families, etc.) that cause crime and to help Savannah-Chatham County police apprehend criminals and bring them to justice.

Was Arthur Conan Doyle complicit in the murder of Harry Houdini?

Via Daily Grail, Paranormal Review details the weak case by two recent authors claiming Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle was mentally ill and also complicit in escape artist Harry Houdini’s death.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, brilliant creator of detective Sherlock Holmes, was schizophrenic and complicit in the murder of illusionist Harry Houdini. Those extraordinary claims are made in two recent books which examine the lives of the two men who held opposing views about the evidence for life after death and mediumship.

Their authors are guilty of insulting Spiritualists and others who take an interest in the paranormal by suggesting that it indicates the presence of a mental illness and that some would even kill to preserve their beliefs.


The other book that maligns Sir Arthur’s character – without suggesting any mental disorder, incidentally – has been written by two Americans, William Kalush and Larry Sloman. It is yet another biography of master magician, illusionist and escapologist Harry Houdini (left). And like all other books on Houdini, it deals in depth with Houdini’s interest in Spiritualism and his exposure of many fraudulent mediums. In fact, by announcing his intention of exposing mediums even before he arrived in a town, he ensured his shows were sold out.

Houdini died after being punched in the stomach by a student who had asked him if it were true that he could withstand blows to the abdomen. Houdini said he could, but was punched before he had time to brace himself against the punch. As a result, he suffered a burst appendix and died a few days later, on Hallowe’en 1927.

But in The Secret Life of Houdini: the making of America’s First Superhero, the authors suggest that a group of Spiritualists – among them Sir Arthur – might have orchestrated the blows to the stomach as a way of silencing Spiritualism’s main detractor. They even go as far as to suggest that Canada’s then prime minister, William Mackenzie King, who was a staunch Spiritualist, may have had links with the plotters.

Sherlock Holmes on MySpace

Everyone has a blog these days, including the world’s greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his companion, Dr. Watson. Check out their MySpace page.


221b Baker Street, Los Angeles

221b Baker Street, Los Angeles recreates the sitting room of the world’s greatest consulting detective.

Tip of the deerstalker to gloriana.

A tribute to Sherlock Holmes

A nice tribute to Sherlock Holmes on YouTube.

The Baker Street Irregulars are on the case

The Baker Street Irregulars take the lead in this Sherlock Holmes tale written for younger readers.

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