Episode 87: Otto Penzler

"with the big book under my arm" [STOC]

 

 

 

If you've been with us for a while, you'll have heard about Otto Penzler, BSI ("The King of Bohemia") before. He was our guest on Episode 17 when we talked about book collecting.

 

Otto is back with us to talk about the genesis of The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories, the largest anthology of stories about Sherlock Holmes to date, as well as the rest of his enterprises. We learn about what goes into selecting (and discarding) stories that make up the nine Big Book anthologies under the Vintage Crime/Black Lizard label from Random House.

 

As if Otto's considerable and copious editing doesn't keep him busy enough, the additional Otto Penzler Enterprises include the Mysterious Press and the Mysterious Bookshop. From a dozen books a year via the Press, an epublishing platform, and proprietary publishing just for the bookstore. What impressed is that that Otto's business acumen, timing and good fortune tend to converge across his enterprises, making him quite successful at what he does — despite any misgivings about his memory.

 

Otto manages to survive our "Mental Exaltations" quiz program, which he plays on behalf of a lucky listener, who will go home with a copy of The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

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A special thank you to Mary Miller and Christian Mongaard for your continued extraordinary support!

 

Sponsors

This episode includes our two longtime sponsors that deserve your attention:

 

The Wessex Press, featuring Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle and The Bookman, and The Baker Street Journal, where you should get your annual subscription in now to secure all four issues - now accepting 2016 subscriptions.

 

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Notes:

1:46 Welcome and Happy New Year

5:12 The Return of Otto

5:42 Otto has a flashback

8:00 The beginning of the Big Book Series

10:58 Approaching the task of compiling a Big Book

22:55 Why wait so long before doing a Sherlock Holmes Big Book?

27:45 The Mysterious Press

29:08 MysteriousPress.com e-publishing platform

31:40 A brief interlude, with thanks to John Rabe

40:15 Proprietary publishing - books only available in The Mysterious Bookshop

48:00 Everybody comes to Otto's — The Mysterious Bookshop

52:04 Doing business in the shadow of the World Trade Center in NYC

58:21 What Otto is collecting these days

1:06:12 Sign up for Otto's email newsletter

1:09:30 Mental Exaltation

1:15:21 Old haunts in the city that influenced book buying habits

 

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Episode 86: Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue

"an extraordinarily astute couple" [VALL] 

 

Anyone who has been following Sherlock Holmes on television and in popular culture over the last five years or so should be familiar with the names Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. Steven is showrunner, writer and producer for Sherlock and Doctor Who, and Sue is a producer of a number of programs, including Doctor Who and Sherlock, as well as of numerous British television comedies.

 

Steven and Sue met at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 1996 and joined Hartswood Films, where Steven wrote a comedy based on their budding relationship, which became Coupling. And it is their coupling on Sherlock that we speak with them.

 

On January 1, 2016, the world premiere of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride happens on BBC One and PBS. This is the first time the show has aired on the same day in both countries, and the excitement is palpable. The setting is London in 1895 and the trailers have shown a dark and mysterious atmosphere.

 

We take the time to discuss the making of show with Steven and Sue, as well as surprises, challenges and delights along the way. We ask the question everyone has been dying to know: how much longer will Sherlock go on? And we get an answer! We also learn a surprising fact about Sue (!) and get some great send-off advice from Steven, with much great information in between.

 

We have a dual feature for this episode's Gas-Lamp: an actual Editor's Gas-Lamp from Vol. 11, No. 4 (1961) called "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Sherlock Holmes" by Julian Wolff. And Jay Finley Christ's classic poem "The Old Tin Box."

 

We know we're mediocre at telling you about supporting us via Patreon. Make sure you listen to the end of the show for someone who knows what he's talking about.

 

A special thank you to Mary Miller and Christian Mongaard for your extraordinary support!

 

Sponsors

This episode includes our two longtime sponsors that deserve your attention:

 

The Wessex Press, featuring Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle and The Bookman, and The Baker Street Journal, where you should get your annual subscription in now to secure all four issues and a very special Christmas Annual about The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

 

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Notes:

1:46 Welcome and hear what Scott got Burt for the holidays

3:05 One item worth mentioning from the Gift Guide

8:00 Our Facebook hack

9:56 Listener mail

11:01 Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue introduction

12:32 Welcome Steven and Sue

16:00 Some surprising information about Sue

19:50 What sent them back to 19th century London?

24:45 How much longer Sherlock will go on

26:47 Other stories that might be the subject for future episodes

30:25 One message for Sherlockians from Steven Moffat

32:56 You won't want to miss this

38:47 Post-interview chat, Twitter chat during Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

46:41 The Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:04:28 Getting in touch

1:06:18 Scott and Burt get a little help

 

 

 

 

 

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