Judge rules that Sherlock Holmes is public domain

source: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/sherlock-holmes-is-in-the-public-domain-american-judge-rules/?_r=0

In the more than 125 years since he first appeared, Sherlock Holmes has
popped up everywhere from fan fiction set in outer space to screen
adaptations like CBS’s “Elementary,” set in contemporary Manhattan. But
now, following a legal ruling, the deerstalker-wearing detective is
headed to another destination: the public domain.

English: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh
English: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Conan Doyle estate  has 30 days to contest the ruling, but I doubt that they will.  For all of you budding authors who have a Holmesian story begging to be released, go for it.

Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes

New title for the Sherlock fans has hit the bookstores. Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes

A follow-up collection to well-received The Perils of Sherlock Holmes!

Award-winning author Loren D. Estleman has curated a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from some of the finest authors in Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first time that these stories appear together in one anthology, including “Sons of Moriarty,” a Sherlock Holmes novella, appearing here for the first time.

Estleman’s last Holmes collection, The Perils of Sherlock Holmes, was authorized by the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle and was met with rave reviews. It was dubbed “an excellent collection of short stories and essays” by the New York Review of Books, “an entertaining and diverting read” by Bookpleasures.com, and was said to transport readers “to another place and time during the series of short stories that pay homage to the legend that is Sherlock Holmes” on the Pop Culture Guy Blog.

Sherlock Holmes -The Illustrious Client

A change of pace for the Holmes fan as Sherlock is tasked to stop a forthcoming marriage. How can Holmes persuade  a woman that her fiance is a philanderer and womanizer?


Sherlock Holmes – A Scandal In Bohemia



English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sid...
English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sidney Paget.c. 1890 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A Scandal in Bohemia”
The very first Sherlock Holmes short story (following the detective’s introduction in the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four) was also the first Granada Television production in the long-running Holmes series featuring Jeremy Brett’s definitive performance as the famous sleuth. No deerstalker cap, cape, curved meerschaum pipe, or Basil Rathbone mannerisms for this Holmes: Brett’s portrayal went straight to the heart of the character Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created, with all the manic-depressive, coldly clinical, drug-dependent, and unnervingly focused brilliance intact. Just as on-the-money is David Burke’s Dr. John Watson, who is hardly the loyal puppy of widespread assumption but rather a dedicated ally and determined chronicler of the publicity-wary Holmes. “A Scandal in Bohemia,” ironically, is one of the few instances of Holmes being bested by an equally intelligent adversary–an actress by the name of Irene Adler (Gayle Hunnicutt), who has threatened to reveal damaging evidence of her own affair with the king of Bohemia (Wolf Kahler), a ridiculous pseudonym invented by Watson to protect the real royal personage in trouble. It’s Holmes to the rescue, going undercover in disguise to take away the blackmailer’s trump, though it’s he whose head will ultimately be turned by the extraordinary Irene. The cast is wonderful (meet Rosalie Williams as Baker Street housekeeper Mrs. Hudson), and the drama is great fun. (For a contemporary movie reinvention of this story, check out the 1998 feature Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman as a whacked-out variation on Holmes, Ben Stiller as his long-suffering Watson, and Kim Dickens as an updated Irene.) –Tom Keogh

Free Steampunk ebooks

I just finished watching Bogart and Hepburn steampower their way through Africa in The African Queen. Peppy is snoring a few inches away from my feet and the house is quiet. I suppose that it is time to download a few more steampunk ebooks from Amazon.

Remember that the price $0.00 can change without notice so take a moment to make sure that the ebook is still free before purchasing.

Pandemonium: 1853

Three short, slightly alternate histories, all exploring the world of Pandemonium and all set in the same fateful year.

Marc Aplin sends a gunslinger to China and poses him an impossible question, Jonathan Green raises an ancient and hungry evil in Mexico City and Laura Graham writes of an Edinburgh overshadowed by more than factory smoke.

The globe-trotting companion to A TOWN CALLED PANDEMONIUM, this short volume can be read on its own or as part of the same shared world.

The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum

Apocryphal Memoirs Of An Eccentric GeniusNineteenth Century inventor Phineas Magnetron is a man on a mission in this first volume of The Magnetron Chronicles series, a faithfully executed parody of Victorian Era science fiction adventure tales, blending historical fact with improbable fiction.

Misunderstood, ostracized by his closest associates, Phineas embarks on a daring and unlikely caper to resurrect his dead mentor, the bombastic Dr. Hogalum, mustering all the Steam Age weird science at his disposal. He’ll bend the laws of man, nature, and physics, unearthing a haunting mystery and going boldly where no gentleman has gone before.

A Wattpad Featured Story with over 120,000 Reads!

“brilliant… fantastic… grand… incredible… intriguing… lovely… magnificent… unusual”

These are just some of the comments by Wattpad readers, who have called The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum “pure genius” and “an intriguing premise… heavily influenced by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.” Tens of thousands of readers have already enjoyed this “really compelling… parody of Victorian era pulp-fiction” with “a great sense of style,” and praised author D.L. Mackenzie’s “bloody superb use of the language.” The “language is entirely redolent of the era,” and “the writing style is a joy!”

– “I simply adore this story.”
– “Love everything about it!”
– “love the classics references…”
– “I enjoyed the victorian-era style, and the wonderfully woven words”
– “It’s grand to see something that has obviously had some love lavished on it.”
– “I am so glad I found this book!”
– “…really well written and I cannot wait to read the rest of [the series]”

Review by Kira Lerner, Author and Editor-in-Chief of Epiguide.com:

The Magnetron Chronicles relates the apocryphal tales of The Hogalum Society, a Victorian era club of “great men and great deeds” (of which Phineas Magnetron himself is a member, naturally). Think of a group comprised of Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison, Sherlock Holmes, Nikola Tesla, and other such fictional and real-life Steam Age luminaries with unconventional talents and ideas—all of whom were looked upon as a bit batty—and you’ll have a good idea of the Hogalum Society.

Anyway, the conceit of the series is that we are reading Magnetron’s journals, and in The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum we thereby learn of the strange events that occur when Phineas takes it upon himself to resurrect the spirit of Dr. Hogalum (the author tells me it’s pronounced “HO-ga-lum”), the Society’s beloved founder and mentor who has recently died. Phineas’ plan (think: zombies) isn’t warmly received by his compatriots in the group, who worry that he’s lost his marbles. The fact that he tries to perform the necessary tasks himself is admirable but his plans go awry, and after digging up Hogalum’s body, he retrieves only the head, which he intends to reanimate with voodoo. Slight problem, because (as his Haitian friend Petión observes) zombies are mindless bodies, and how useful is a mindless head?

As you can probably tell, the series is heavily inspired by the works of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and—to a lesser extent—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And hey, let’s throw in Mark Twain as well, because—despite the fact that the journals are written with utter sincerity and seriousness, this is definitely (and intentionally) funny satire. For example, here’s one of Dr. Hogalum’s first comments upon his revival:

“I do not wish to appear ungrateful after having been raised from the dead,” he said in a beleaguered tone, “but I must ask why you did not see fit to include my body in this enterprise!”

Indeed. D. L. Mackenzie’s well-written Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum harks back to the earliest days of the science fiction serial, and does a great job evoking the style of those genteel but breathless tales of remarkable discoveries, bizarre inventions and dangerous (mis)adventure

Faraday & Frankenstein

SHORT FICTION — Warnings to the Curious #1

A new dark age begins…

In 1867, Michael Faraday, well beyond his years of meaningful contribution to the electrical sciences, travels to the America for one final, secret experiment…an experiment inspired by the novel Frankenstein…an experiment that goes terribly wrong.

Faraday & Frankenstein – the first episode in the historical fantasy adventure series Warnings to the Curious.

The Emperor’s Edge

Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes (Photo credit: Scott Monty)

Holmes and Watson attempt to have a holiday — well maybe I should say Watson is trying to have a holiday. Of course their holiday is interrupted by murder!

Jeremy Brett was/is my favorite actor to pay the part of Sherlock Holmes.  While many actors have played the great detective before him and many more will follow him, he was without a doubt the best Sherlock Holmes

Enjoy this video of Brett as Holmes solving the puzzle of . The Boscombe Valley Mystery.

Purchase the set at Amazon …The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Collection

New Book: The Sherlock Files: The Official Companion to the Hit Television Series

A new book hit the market that I think most Holmesians will enjoy. The Sherlock Files: The Official Companion to the Hit Television Series is available as of yesterday.

The Sherlock Files
The Sherlock Files

The Sherlock Files: The Official Companion to the Hit Television Series

The Ultimate and Official Guide to Seasons 1 and 2 of the Hit Series Sherlock—A Must-Have for all Sherlock Fans.

Sherlock: The Casebook offers a multidimensional companion to the PBS hit show Sherlock. Covering the first two seasons in vivid detail, each case is richly captured on the page and re-examined through Dr. Watson’s blog, Inspector Lestrade’s police reports, and newspaper articles about the crimes. Sherlock’s detective notes and any surviving clues from the cases are also included. Interspersed among the evidence are exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Graves; writers and co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat; and the production team on everything from writing the scripts and bringing the characters to life on-screen to how the new Sherlock both reinvents and pays homage to Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective.

Who owns Sherlock Holmes?

Arthur Conan Doyle Español: Arthur Conan Doyle...
Arthur Conan Doyle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who owns Sherlock?

With the recent success of Sherlock, many of you have perhaps noticed the proclivity for imitation of American TV producers with a CBS series called Elementary.  Of course, for 126 years the great detective has generated coin while entertaining each new generation. He has not remained static but has changed slightly to keep relevant. As a Neo-Victorian fan and steampunk, I have no problems with Guy Ritchie’s version of Holmes (okay, that probably wasn’t entirely true) and on a certain level bad Holmes is better than no Holmes at all. I expect each generation to tweak Holmes and various versions of Holmes is a healthy thing. A public domain Holmes could have given us a wealth of Holmesian stories. Sadly, the so-called Arthur Conan Doyle Estate wants coin for the characters.

Now we have lawsuits, charges of bullying by the Conan Doyle Estate (made of 9 people not of direct descendant from Conan Doyle), and a situation were most of the works have entered public domain, even Sherlock himself couldn’t untangle this mess. Perhaps Leslie Klinger can sort out the multitude of Moriartys in our tale of greed gone wild.

The noted Sherlockian scholar, Baker Street Irregular and prominent attorney Leslie Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library and The Grand Game: A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship, to name a few, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Conan Doyle Estate to determine that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in fact in the public domain.
Currently, the so-called estate undertakes high-handed legal action to levy royalties and other payments from authors who use the characters in their own works. This is despite the fact that there are only 10 stories in the entire Canon that are still under copyright protection (in the United States). Klinger, for one, will not stand for this bullying, and has formally filed suit and issued a press release.

source: http://www.bakerstreetblog.com/2013/02/dont-imagine-that-you-can-bully-me-chas.html

I believe that Sherlock Holmes belongs to everyone and we who love him keep him alive. The greedy, the lazy unimaginative TV producers, or the odd movies will not finish him off. Even Doyle and the Reichenbach Falls couldn’t finish Holmes.

Who owns Sherlock Holmes? We do.

Barry’s mailbox

This week the good folks at Titan Books sent me a review copy of “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes.” Let me tell you about synchronicity, a friend suggested that I try the author James Lovegrove. Within minutes of that suggestion, I received an email asking me if I would be interested in a copy of  “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes” with a Holmes story by James Lovegrove. I was so stunned I had to show my friend the email. Life can be strange indeed. Expect to see the book hit the bookstores in late February. I’ll have a review long before it hits the shelves — I love Sherlock Holmes tales.

I have had several ebooks sent to me this week. Sharon Day was kind enough to send me a copy of her ebook “Growing Up With Ghosts” (link). She has sent me several advanced chapters and I have enjoyed what I have read.

R. S. Hunter has sent me a copy of his ebook “The Exile’s Violin” (link) It looks like a solid steampunk adventure and you know my weakness for steampunk.

Riverdale Avenue Books sent me an ebook of  “Avalon Revisited” (link) by O. M. Grey. There seems to be a little buzz in the steampunk community about this book so I have to try it.

In addition to these books, I bought about 4 or 5 more. To get an idea of what I buy, check out my twitter and Facebook accounts. Looks like a good collection of books, I should have reviews of some of these titles up in a couple of weeks.

Steampunk Sherlock

Okay, I admit that I take a certain delight in bad movies and Asylum certainly knows how to crank out some low budget movies. If you a fan of Sherlock Holmes, low budget movies, and steampunk, you might consider giving Asylum’s version of Sherlock Holmes a try. Don’t expect a whole lot, just go with it.

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