My enthusiasm for Sherlock Holmes dates back to when I was very young and first encountered the great man in the shape of Douglas Wilmer, on TV, and Basil Rathbone, on film. Strangely enough, though, this past twelve months has seen me involved in more Sherlock-related activity than ever before. I'm absolutely delighted by response to The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes,from readers. In addition, I've enjoyed writing an essay about Conan Doyle's short stories, giving an after dinner speech to the Sherlock Holmes Soceity, and starting work on a story about Professor Moriarty for a forthcoming anthology.
I've also written an introduction for a new collection of the 'best' Sherlock stories for Arcturus. It includes a wide selection from the short stories, together with The Hound of the Baskervilles. The book is beautifully presented in a slipcase and will be available later this year. I've just received my copy, and it looks very good on the shelf.
Now, I've been told of a good cause that has a Sherlockian theme. I don't often mention charity events on this blog, but I want to make a special exception today, given that research into brain-related conditions is so very important. I have (and had) too many friends who have suffered from these conditions over the years. And the event really does sound like fun, as this extract from the press release suggests
"Sherlock fever has gripped
Yorkshire as a charity’s campaign to break the World Record for the most people
dressed as Sherlock Holmes has gone viral.
Sherlock Holmes, one of the most popular consulting detectives of all time, is
on the case to help raise money for the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre at the
Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
The Guinness World Record attempt promises to host the biggest Sherlock party
ever. It takes place on 31st August 2014 in Temple Newsam, Leeds from 12 noon.
Entry fee is £15 and every participant will receive a Deerstalker hat, pipe and
The event features a big stage featuring comedy, music, dance and theatre.
There will be food, fun rides and and a few surprises along the way."