Sherlock, will you be watching?
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.
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.
- Sherlock Holmes Is in the Public Domain, American Judge Rules (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Sherlock Holmes Is Now in the U.S. Public Domain (thewire.com)
- Sherlock Holmes is definitely in the public domain, judge rules (teleread.com)
- Sherlock Holmes In Public Domain, Says Judge (newser.com)
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.
The Stuff of Nightmares
by James Lovegrove
(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.
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.”
- Review: Clockwork Scarab (gnostalgia.wordpress.com)
- Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street (theconversation.com)
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?
- 16 Witty Sherlock Comebacks to Knock Out Your Enemies (mashable.com)
- Common Misconceptions about Sherlock Holmes (justthewritemoment.wordpress.com)
- The Clockwork Scarab (gnostalgia.wordpress.com)
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
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
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 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.
- The ghost of Sherlock Holmes (oup.com)
- The Sherlock Series: Bloody Marvelous (aprince765.wordpress.com)
- Elementary Premiere: Modern Day Sherlock Takes On NYC (rr.com)
- Elementary, My Dear Television Viewer! (“Sherlock” Flash Review) (theartificialselectionproject.com)
- 10 Things We Want in Season 3 of Sherlock (that will never happen) (3chicgeeks.com)
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.
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.
- Holmes scholar files suit to put Sherlock unambiguously into the public domain (boingboing.net)
- ArtsBeat: Public Domain, My Dear Watson? Lawsuit Challenges Conan Doyle Copyrights (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Judi Dench Favourite For New Sherlock Holmes Show (contactmusic.com)
- Why can’t any recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation get Irene Adler right? (io9.com)
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.
Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Peter Weller (Buckaroo Banzai) will play villains in the upcoming Star Trek 2 ( or is that Star Trek 12?). It looks as though our favorite Holmes actor is having a busy year. He will also be the voice of Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit.