Sherlock Holmes awarded title for most portrayed literary human character in film & TV

Sherlock Holmes awarded title for most portrayed literary human character in film & TV

source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2012/5/sherlock-holmes-awarded-title-for-most-portrayed-literary-human-character-in-film-tv-41743/

Having been depicted on screen 254 times, GWR today announces that Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, has been awarded a world record for the most portrayed literary human character in film & TV.

Since his creation in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been played by over 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, John Cleese, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr (above).

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.

Review: The Stuff of Nightmares

The Stuff of Nightmares
by James Lovegrove

Stuff-of-NightmaresPaperback: 294 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN-10: 1781165416
ISBN-13: 978-1781165416

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)
Available through Amazon
Sherlock Holmes – The Stuff of Nightmares

My thoughts: Barry says — Excellent!

First allow me to reveal my bias, I love steampunk and Holmes. With that admission in mind, it should come as no surprise that I loved every minute of Lovegrove’s “The Stuff of Nightmares.”

If you read “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes” (my review), you have a small sample of Lovegrove and Holmes. “The Stuff of Nightmares” is a fast-paced story told through the perspective of Dr. Watson (as a Holmes story should) and begins with a blast — or should I say bomb. As the story plays out, we are introduced to an interesting character (Baron Cauchemar) along the lines of a steampunk Batman/Ironman.

The story is set sometime before the “Final Problem” and is extremely well-written and crafted. I give “The Stuff of Nightmares” 5 stars out of 5 and add in the words of Oliver Twist “Please, sir, I want some more“.

Please Titan Books … I want some more.

Product description:

It’s the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence. Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack. He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication. He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems? Is he connected somehow to the bombings? Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

In my mailbox

As most of you know, my mailman hates me. I suppose due to the number of packages that I receive that the poor man is unable to cram into my mailbox. He must get out of his jeep and walk to my porch — poor fellow.

At any rate, I have for the past few years documented the wet packages, the torn packages, and the origami-styled mutilated packages. But the folks at Random House have managed to defeat the dreaded mailman by developing the mailman-proof package.

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Simply place a small book in a huge box filled with rolls and rolls of bubble wrap. Bwahahahahaha mailman!

BTW the book is “The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes” and should be available the 24th of this month from Titan Books.

A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in dark and dangerous Victorian London. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury & Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes.

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?

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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

Sherlock Holmes -The Empty House

Sherlock Holmes -The Empty House

The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Return of Sherlock Holmes

 

“The Empty House”
Did Sherlock Holmes survive his apparent demise at the hands of Professor Moriarty in “The Final Problem”? Clearly so, as his resurrection three years later in this story is a dramatic and happy event–though it causes his old friend Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) to faint at the sight of him. Jeremy Brett is outstanding as the famed sleuth, whose return from what Sherlockians call the Great Hiatus is challenged by one of Moriarty’s most murderous lieutenants (Patrick Allen), already a killer on the run in London. The action is swift and exciting, and the colorful reentrance of Holmes into the life of Dr. Watson is a highly memorable event. With Rosalie Williams in a more extensive part than usual as the wonderful Mrs. Hudson, Holmes’s Baker Street landlady.

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