"that glamour of mystery and of experience" [VALL] 

Generations of Sherlockians are the beneficiaries of the poems penned by Helene Yuhasova. Yet this enigmatic individual has remained something of a legendary, even ethereal presence in the history of the Baker Street Irregulars.

 

Who was Helene Yuhas(ova)? And were the poems, later ascribed to Edgar W. Smith of the Baker Street Irregulars, actually written by her? Whatever became of this this prolific poetess laureate, this Founding Mother?

 

Sonia Fetherston, BSI ("The Solitary Cyclist") and Julie McKuras, BSI ("The Duchess of Devonshire") edited the 2017 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual, "A Woman of Mystery": Helene Yuhasova, Poetess Laureate of the Baker Street Irregulars and they joined us to give us a sense of the mighty detective work that went in to tracking down the full story of a woman who left the Sherlockian movement some 70 years ago, leaving a long but thin shadow.

 

For our Gas-Lamp this time around, Julie and Sonia treat us to some of Helene Yuhasova's Sherlockian poetry: "Sonnet: Mary Morstan to Dr. Watson" and "Ballade of the Bright Stair-Rods."

 

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Notes

3:32 Summing up our 24 episodes of the year (plus 52 from Trifles)

7:31 Wessex Press

9:06 Working out the pronunciation of "Helene Yuhasova" and her Sherlockian origins

15:14 What we know about Helene's early life, and how Julie and Sonia uncovered facts (including the common surname)

23:46 Conflicting opinions, unfair criticism

32:50 The Baker Street Journal

34:22 Sonnet: "John H. Watson to Sherlock Holmes"

35:31 Yuhas's ubiquitous job reference

37:55 Yuhasova and Smith: A Case of Identity

41:42 The curious meeting between Russell Merritt and Edgar Smith

46:18 Leaving the Sherlockian world behind

50:50 On the connection with Ben Weingart

59:22 Any big surprises?

1:02:40 One final question

1:07:48 The Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:11:36 Sherlock Holmes Brand

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:43am EDT

"Beacons of the future!" [NAVA] 

Sherlock Holmes appreciated education. He admired the "[c]apsules with hundreds of bright little seeds in each" as he and Watson passed by the board-schools on the way out to Briarbrae in "The Naval Treaty." And he famously said, "Education never ends. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last," in "The Red Circle."

 

So it is entirely appropriate the The Beacon Society, the Sherlockian group that recognizes and supports exemplary efforts of bringing Sherlock Holmes to children, would create a new branch especially for children. It is the Junior Sherlockian Society, and it is headed up by Shannon Carlisle, a previous winner of the Beacon Award.

 

Through her efforts with her own classes of fourth graders, Shannon has ingeniously introduced them to Sherlock Holmes, and now it is codified so that children across the world can take part in Junior Sherlockian Training. She joined us to tell us all about the program was developed and how kids can get involved.

 

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1:50 Proper attire is required for this episode
7:30 A visit to the Ancient, Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex
9:30 Introducing Shannon Carlisle
15:25 Adaptations for younger readers
16:24 Avoiding blood, guts and weaponry
19:05 The Beacon Society
21:55 Beacon Award Winner 2014
23:35 It's always 1895 in this classroom
34:10 The Junior Sherlockian Society
41:20 The Society online
47:15 A word from the Baker Street Journal
50:05 An important message from John Rabe 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

"the Colonel possessed a varied collection" [CROO] 

There are certain hallmarks of good collectors that make them stand out. One is that they enjoy the hunt as much as they enjoy the treasure. Another is that they enjoy sharing their plunder with others who appreciate the significance of such items. 

 

It's no mistake that we're using terms piratical to describe the Dan Posnansky, BSI ("Colonel Hayter") approach to collecting. For his collection includes the largest number of assembled pirated editions of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the world. But it also includes much more than that. And now it's up for auction. 

 

We invited Glen Miranker, BSI ("The Origin of Tree Worship") back to talk with us, as his friendship with Dan goes back 40 years, and his own collecting abilities grew under Dan's guidance. Join us on this journey as we explore what makes a collector like Dan tick, and what are some of the gems of this once-in-a-generation auction of Sherlockian and Doylean material. 

 

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4:50 A word from the Ancient, Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex 
6:20 Introducing Glen Miranker 
10:00 The lure of "pirated" editions 
15:23 Posnansky collection overview 
20:00 A unique collector 
22:00 The breadth and volume of the collection 
29:15 Collecting secrets 
36:50 Among the treasures: Bell's Chronology 
45:20 The joy of sharing 
47:38 How Glen met Dan 
57:43 The Baker Street Journal
59:28 The latest Sherlock Holmes Brand Product 
1:01:13 The Editor's Gas-Lamp: Tom Francis's essay on Dan 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EDT

"full of spirits and energy" [GLOR] 

Bonnie MacBird returns to the show, this time to regale us with her own adventures that came with writing Unquiet Spirits, her latest Sherlock Holmes novel from HarperCollins. 

 

The book is a sequel to the popular Art in the Blood, and follows Sherlock Holmes's adventures in England, Scotland and France in the months following The Hound of the Baskervilles. In preparing for this work, Bonnie did some traveling of her own and manages to weave her own tale of intrigue around whisky experts, old distilleries, the inspiration for Hogwarts and much more. 

 

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1:32 Our spirits will not be quieted

4:13 Getting prematurely delighted

5:34 Welcome to Bonnie MacBird

8:12 Inspiration for Unquiet Spirits

10:52 The wine calamity of 1889

15:31 Researching whisky is hard

22:28 Sherlock Holmes's school

28:26 Surprises along the way

33:46 Looking at Holmes's past

40:21 Creating situations in which Holmes's powers are conveyed

42:21 A strong female character

44:41 Watson was discrete, despite being a promoter of Holmes

50:26 Don't forget the annotations

54:38 Why the magic happens

57:15 A couple of items in the news lately

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01am EDT

"Fixing the Nets" [HOUN] 

When Chris Redmond decided to give up Sherlockian.net after 22 years, there was great uncertainty about its future. Would it be abandoned, archived, deleted or sustained? And who would handle any of the monumental work of modernizing the site that had its humble beginnings in 1994?

 

Enter Liza Potts, an associate professor at Michigan State University. Potts runs the WIDE Research Center (Writing, Information and Design Experience) there and just so happened to like Sherlock Holmes. But she had no idea what was in store for her.

 

With a handful of students and a select advisory board of Sherlockians, Prof. Potts set out to wrangle some 3,000 links and hundreds of pages, giving them the modern treatment. But as with all technical projects, there are human elements and stories galore that make this a fascinating adventure.

 

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Notes

1:48 We lied and call upon the ghost of Dudley Moore for help

5:44 An update from Episode 130

7:00 A Philadelphia story

11:45 Wessex Press

16:54 Welcome Liza Potts

17:29 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes - via Jeremy Brett

24:37 Study abroad program 

30:04 Taking on Sherlockian.net

43:15 Participatory culture

54:38 The site logo

1:02:51 What's next?

1:11:44 Wow!

1:13:38 The Baker Street Journal

1:15:19 All we ask is this one thing

1:17:35 Extra

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

"a gang in Chicago" [DANC] 

 

The 75th anniversary of a Sherlockian organization is a fine time to reflect on its history. So we did just that with Don Terras, BSI ("The Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant") from his unique perch near an actual lighthouse.

 

The Hounds of the Baskerville (sic) has its roots in Chicago, thanks to one of the "Holy Three" of early Sherlockian giants, Vincent Starrett. There are about a score of other groups in and around Chicagoland, and Don takes us on a brief tour of them, as well as the storied history of the Hounds.

 

If you're interested in how a Sherlockian group manages to celebrate the past while simultaneously planning for the future, and about some greats in Sherlockian lore, tune in to hear Don's storytelling.

 

That, plus a very special and hilarious Sherlock Holmes Brand spot.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

"he soon acquired a great popularity" [VALL] 

Peggy Perdue, BSI ("Violet Westbury") has held the enviable position of librarian in charge of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library for over a decade. In that role, she's seen remarkable developments and has made some intriguing acquisitions.

 

She has ascended to a new role, but before doing so, she oversaw the development and launch of the new Pop Sherlock exhibit. As IHOSE is dedicated to the intersection of Sherlock Holmes and popular culture, we're very interested in this topic. 

 

We discuss exactly what got Peggy to her role, what her favorite item is, and what she has learned about Arthur Conan Doyle over the last 12 years.

 

Our Editor's Gas-Lamp in this episode are a few paragraphs taken from Arthur Conan Doyle's own Through the Magic Door.

 

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1:33 Pa-POW!

3:16 While we have your attention

5:30 Thank yous

7:54 Wessex Press

9:50 Welcome Peggy Perdue

12:27 Setting her sights on the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

16:28 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes

19:53 Enter the Toronto Bootmakers

23:33 A question about 12 years in the same job

27:41 The Pop Sherlock exhibit at the Toronto Public Library

31:07 Sherlock Holmes and Advertising

34:16 Potty humor

39:19 Sherlock Holmes in comic books

41:57 Film artifacts—including a script for "Sherlock Holmes in Canada"

43:21 Interactive components of the exhibit

48:00 Reflecting on the Reichenbach Irregulars' trip to Meirengen and Florence

53:24 Who will Peggy hire for the ACD Collection job?

58:33 The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

59:53 The Baker Street Journal

1:01:24 Canada and Sherlock Holmes

1:02:28 Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:06:46 Final thoughts

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

"a case of ancient coins" [3GAR] 

Dr. Watson was once on the receiving end of a rebuke by Baron Adelbert Gruner in "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client," Gruner upbraided Watson (who was incognito as Dr. Hill Barton, avid collector of Chinese pottery). When he admitted that he had not read Gruner's definitive book on the subject, he hid behind his profession:

“I am a very busy man. I am a doctor in practice.”
“That is no answer. If a man has a hobby he follows it up, whatever his other pursuits may be.

Well, Greg Ruby has certainly found time for his passion. Greg founded the group The Fourth Garrideb, a Sherlockian society made up of those interested in coin collecting. He also developed a website to accompany it, with plenty of information for those so inclined.

 

We cover Greg's early interested in Holmes and coins, and then take the time to explore some of the mentions of coinage in the Sherlock Holmes stories. There's much to cover, so gather up your loose change and sit close to the electronic Victrola... 

 

We end with a very special Editor's Gas-Lamp: Christopher Morley's own poem "The Sun's Over the Forearm," which inspired the medal for the Three Hours for Lunch Club.

 

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1:32 Cha-CHING! Welcome

2:34 Burt's grandmother was very generous

4:23 What to do with your spare change

6:52 Wessex Press

8:07 The Breakfast of Ex-Champions

9:04 Welcome Greg Ruby

11:45 Don't take any Buffalo nickels

13:15 The joy of meeting coin collectors

18:23 Greg's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes was kismet

21:07 Significant coins in the Sherlock Holmes stories

27:00 Inconsistencies in coinage in the Canon

29:02 The Gibraltar set from Pobjoy Mint

33:25 The story behind the Three Hours for Lunch Club medal

38:10 The origin of The Fourth Garrideb

45:15 Chocolate Sherlock Holmes coins

49:25 A future for Sherlockian challenge coins?

53:15 Our own coin collecting pasts

55:42 The Baker Street Journal

57:32 Gas-Lamp

1:00:23 Your import/export assignment

 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27am EDT

"this is my special hobby" [STUD] 

Every once in a great while, a book with special significance is published in the world of Sherlock Holmes fans. When the Canon was completed and the stories appeared in the first version of The Complete Sherlock Holmes; when Vincent Starrett brought forth scholarship and fun in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes; when William S. Baring-Gould, BSI ("The Gloria Scott") took a stab at compiling research and chronologies in The Annotated Sherlock Holmes; and now as Mattias Boström, BSI ("The Swedish Pathological Society") has chronicled the rise of Sherlock Holmes in popular culture.

 

From Holmes to Sherlock looks not at Conan Doyle's life as a biography would, and does not look at the stories as scholars would. Rather, it shows how Sherlock Holmes was brought to life and how the character evolved over time through the many creators, actors and fans who have kept the interest going.

 

We talked with Mattias about the creative process, his inspiration, and his other major Sherlockian works. We hope you'll learn a few things along with us.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:56am EDT

"they are an extraordinarily astute couple" [VALL] 

 

Harold and Theodora Niver (that's Tyke and Teddie to all who know them), are a unique couple, even by Sherlockian standards. They've had an abiding love of Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and Dracula for most of their adult lives, they live at Baskerville Hall, and founded and ran the Men on the Tor, a Connecticut Sherlock Holmes society. [Which just so happens to be the group where Scott first got his start in Sherlockian societies.]

 

But one thing that keeps them active is appearing across Connecticut as William and Helen Gillette. They make regular weekend appearances at Gillette Castle, have been special guests at the William Gillette Luncheon during the BSI Weekend, and have been hired for regular events to perform "An Evening with the Gillettes."

 

As both of them are members of the Baker Street Irregulars, the Nivers are part of a select group of individuals in the Florin Society - having two shillings between them. Tyke received his investiture "The Man on the Tor" in 1977 and Teddie received her investiture "Carina" in 1997.

 

Join us on this very personal episode that has wonderful stories and details about this grand couple's adventures. From Don and Betty Grant at the Castle to Michael Harrison's sly preparedness to the law firm that includes language like "blithering saphead," it's full of surprises. We conclude with a "Gas-Lamp" that's cobbled together from the Introduction to Gillette's play in book form, and a poem written on the occasion of William Gillette's death.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

"a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend possessed" [FIVE] 

 
Curtis Armstrong, BSI ("An Actor, and a Rare One") is known by many names. Miles Dalby, Charles De Mar, Herbert Viola, Scooter, Metatron, and of course, Booger. But around these parts, he is known as a keen Sherlockian who has been part of our little corner of the universe since his grade school days.

His memoir Revenge of the Nerd: Or...the Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger tells a series of tales that will be of interest to those who only know him through his remarkable career in show business. But we wanted to get behind all of that an delve into the intersection with his many other interests, such as Sherlock Holmes and P.G. Wodehouse, among others.

From Detroit to Geneva and back again, from the stage to the big screen and small screen, we explore the intricacies of nerd culture — particularly when it comes to the Victorian misfit Sherlock Holmes. Early influences of Curtis still have an impact today, and he leaves us with lessons that should have every Sherlockian embracing their inner nerd.


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  • Wessex Press, publishers of Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers: Volume 3.
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Notes

 

1:36 Panty raid!

5:50 Wessex Press

7:06 The many faces of Curtis Armstrong

9:15 What is a nerd?

12:00 Nerd beginnings in Detroit

17:01 First meeting with Sherlock Holmes

23:06 Joining the Trifling Monographs

25:22 Curtis's favorite Sherlock Holmes story currently is...

28:51 Radio dramatizations—the "Orson Welles" period

33:51 Who's a nerd in the Canon?

36:05 Was Sherlock Holmes a nerd?

43:37 The Baker Street Journal

45:07 Booger was Curtis!

47:02 Instruction at Meadow Brook by Billy the Page

52:05 A Plum interest

56:34 The roll tossing tradition at Wodehouse meetings

1:00:13 Comparing an actor's life to that of Sherlock Holmes's profession

1:03:34 Pay attention, grammar nerds and pun nerds

1:09:49 The Editor's Gas-Lamp—guest reading from Curtis's book

1:19:19 Just one more thing... 


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

"seared into my memory" [SPEC] 
 
Richard Lancelyn Green, BSI ("The Three Gables"), who died in March 2004, was the world's leading expert on the life and works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He amassed one of the finest collections of Conan Doyle, and specifically, Sherlock Holmes material in private hands and had intended to produce a three-volume biography on Conan Doyle.
 
He was not yet 30 when he co-edited the towering A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle in 1983. He served a term as Chairman of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. His tragically early death was mourned by both friends and those who knew of him only by reputation, and it was decided that a collection of essays should be brought out in his honor and memory.
 
We interview co-editors Nicholas Utechin, BSI ("The Ancient British Barrow") and Steven Rothman, BSI ("The Valley of Fear") on the resulting volume, To Keep the Memory Green. While this is a previously released episode, there are a few more interesting tidbits of information, including a July sale being held by the BSI Press. Listen in for details on how to get this volume for half price. 
 
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Notes

4:30 Nick & Steve give some perspective on their editorial experiences
14:29 A bit about Richard Lancelyn Green
17:20 The genesis of To Keep the Memory Green
21:12Steve recalls memories of Richard, a bus station and plastic carrier bags
23:17 Nick harkens back to the early 1970s and an Oxford connection 
24:57 The Baker Street Irregulars and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London join forces
27:00 Quartering together – the fruits of labor
30:35 The impetus behind the project – capturing the essence of a “one-off”
40:14 Editor’s Gas Lamp
49:24 Final thoughts on Richard’s contribution
52:08 Burt springs a question on Scott
54:32 Hunting through old bookshops
56:10 Scott’s inspiration for collecting – from a movie

 
 
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

"a pair of professional beauties" [STUD] 

 

We like to interview people who are doing interesting things related to Sherlock Holmes. Our interview subjects have included authors, publishers, society leaders, entertainers and more.

 

But there's one show that some listeners requested that we historically ignored. And that is a show in which we talk about ourselves. We thought that rather than simply running off at the mouth at random, it might be more in line with what you've come to expect if we interviewed each other.

 

And with that, Scott and Burt sat down to reveal each other's backgrounds, first meetings with Sherlock Holmes and general interest or specialty when it comes to interacting with other Sherlockians and collecting.

 

We hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the hosts of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. It's everything you didn't want to know, and more.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

"actors in this drama" [SECO] 

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Their names are forever linked, just as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are. And it is their remarkable seven-year collaboration that we discuss in this episode.

 

You've seen their likenesses in still photos. You've probably heard their voices in audio recordings. And you've had a chance to see their films from the late 1930s and early 1940s, whether in the theater, as a Saturday afternoon matinee on television, public TV pledge drive, or perhaps on a DVD or on YouTube.

 

The point is this: regardless of your level of fondness or distaste for this pairing, they remain iconic and inextricably linked to their portrayals of the world's greatest detective and his medical companion. Yes, it was Nigel Bruce's version of Dr. Watson that was called boobus Britannicus, but it seemed to fit with the times and with the air of the series. 

 

We take you on a journey from their initial outing in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1939 at 20th Century Fox, to their radio drama collaboration under Edith Meiser and later Anthony Boucher, and through the 12-film series under the Universal banner. Audio clips from the films and the radio show are included as we All of these portrayals left a permanent mark on their careers as well as on the world of Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07am EDT

"in the northern provinces" [SIGN] 

 

The Baker Street Irregulars International Series continues to forge ahead, as it published its sixth volume at the end of 2016. Joining the ranks of other countries and regions that whose scholarly works have been compiled and published by the BSI is none other than Canada.

 

Joining us to talk about Canada and Sherlock Holmes from the BSI International Series is one of the co-editors, Peter Calamai, BSI ("The Leeds Mercury"), MBt, C.M. Peter is one half of the editing team that took on the Canadian project, together with Mark Alberstat, BSI ("Halifax"). Peter tells us about his membership in the Order of Canada, his life as a journalist, and his foggy first meeting with Sherlock Holmes. We cover Sherlockian scholarship from north of the border, as well as the association with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that Canada has.

 

We haven't included a single 'eh' or 'aboot' in this episode, but we have given you a Gas-Lamp in the form of an essay from Christopher Redmond: "The Lure of the Chase," which can be found in the book. And some bonus content, if you listen far enough.

 

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Notes

1:35 Coo loo coo coo, coo coo coo coo!

3:04 Sponsor: Wessex Press

4:45 Sherlock Holmes in the Great White North

6:53 Welcome, Peter Calamai

10:40 Peter gives us the background on his association with Sherlock Holmes

19:53 The beginnings of Sherlock Holmes in Canada

33:01 The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library

34:50 Teaser for a future episode

36:54 The Four Pillars

42:58 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal

44:30 Professor Moriarty was an army coach - but what is that?

48:48 A flashback: how the book came to be

56:30 Ms. Holmes of Baker Street

1:06:51 Feedback

1:10:15 Gas-Lamp

1:13:46 Wrap-up and Easter egg

 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

"something which had never before intruded"  [VALL] 

You probably remember the first time you came across Sherlock Holmes. Whether it was a Saturday afternoon matinee of a Basil Rathbone film, or a cracking open The Hound of the Baskervilles for the first time, you were hooked.

But have you stopped to think about all of the firsts in the Canon? That is, what are some of the groundbreaking things that Sherlock Holmes introduced to the world of detection and detective fiction? From techniques to technology, and from puzzles to poisons, we'll take you on an exploration of the the many unique and primal examples of Holmes's processes and Arthur Conan Doyle's writing.

We find our inspiration in the very first Gas-Lamp that Edgar Smith wrote for the BSJ in Vol. 1, No. 1 (Old Series), titled "The Game Is Afoot!"

 

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Notes

1:32 Yessir, that's my baby
2:25 Doings at the Speckled Band of Boston
6:46 Sponsor: Wessex Press
8:10 Support needed
9:35 The Awards for Achievement in Canonical Firsts
29:42 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal
31:13 More firsts
53:12 The Gas-Lamp
1:00:18 Let your fingers do the walking

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31am EDT

"he braced himself to tell his story" [BERY] 

 

It's always a treat to have guests on our show when we air interviews. But two interviews in a single show? It just isn't done!

Until now, that is.

We were pleased to see Lynsday Faye, BSI ("Kitty Winter") at an event at Otto Penzler's Mysterious Bookshop, launching her newest book The Whole Art of Detection. We managed to take her gently by the elbow and lead her away from her admiring fans to have a few words. Those words included "Watson," "Doyle," "voice," and many others. You'll enjoy the way they're strung together.

And at a separate event at the Rosenbach Library, we met Ed Pettit, the new manager of public programs for the institution. He gave us a rundown of the latest exhibit, "Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives."

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

"have even contributed to the literature of the subject" [REDH] 

We know that the field of writings about Sherlock Holmes has been plowed thoroughly for over 100 years. In fact, it began as far back as 1902, according to some research, being thrust into the limelight with the Oxford lectures of Fr. Ronald Knox.

Publications like the Baker Street Journal and the Sherlock Holmes Journal have been cranking out their issues multiple times a year since the mid-20th century, and other regular periodicals as well as hundreds upon hundreds of books have dedicated themselves to the study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works about Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes.

Does it show any sign of abating? What can we learn about the next wave of our hobby, based on looking at the past? We look at some of the cornerstones and collected works to give a sense as to what we can expect from Sherlockian scholars of the 21st century.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

"it is the only personal introduction" [SUSS] 

"Just what the world needs," you tell yourself. "Another biography of Arthur Conan Doyle." Full disclosure: we thought the same thing.

Until we read Arthur and Sherlock by Michael Sims.

And then our attitudes changed. And then even more so after having a conversation with the author. Fortunately, we recorded that conversation and we're sharing it with you here.

Michael shared with us the impact of books on his young mind, his journey to writing, and how his earlier works on E.B. White and Henry David Thoreau inspired his style for this book. From Baring-Gould to Joseph Bell, we touch on many familiar names and go deep into this exploration of the elements that inspired Conan Doyle to create his master detective.

And, if you listen carefully, you'll discover how a certain intestinal discomfort prevented Doyle from killing himself.

 

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  • Wessex Press, where you can find The Illustrated Speckled Band: The Original 1910 Stage Production in Script and Photographs.
  • The Baker Street Journal, which includes the written transcripts of the annual Baker Street Irregulars Distinguished Lecture series.

Notes

2:21 Welcome
5:53 Sponsor: Wessex Press
7:37 Welcome Michael Sims
11:47 Michael's uncanny ability to time the market
17:00 Michael's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes
22:31 Beginning a writing career
28:39 Bringing Joseph Bell to life
38:07 Sponsor: Baker Street Journal
39:42 Bell's own mentor
47:40 Doyle and Teddy Roosevelt
51:25 The origin of "Sherringford Hope"
55:09 Why stop now?
57:15 Conan Doyle's fan mail
1:05:47 Interview conclusion
1:12:26 Sherlock Holmes Brand ad
1:13:19 Closing remarks

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

"not enough to hold her back"  [YELL]  

 

You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Sherlock Holmes news item these days. Wait — perhaps that's not the best metaphor. How about "you can't turn around without seeing a Sherlock Holmes story." Much better.

We decided to pick a handful of news (and non-news) stories related to Sherlock Holmes and go to town. From Stephen Fry's recent audio recordings of the stories to using the Canon as a modern-day text for would-be Joseph Bells in training, to British shows available via a new streaming service in the US, to Sherlock Holmes as a model for writers — these stories and more make up our paean to the great detective.

Plus, Lyndsay Faye inspired our Gas-Lamp with her piece "Why We Can't Get Enough of Sherlock Holmes."

 

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  • Wessex Press, home of the ever-expanding Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers, now at Volume 3.
  • The Baker Street Journal, where we certainly can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes, as the publication continues at the same strong pace since 1946.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

"we appeared to be two theatre-goers" [CHAS] 

Tim Greer, BSI ("The Ragged Shaw") joins us for this episode in which we explore some of the intricacies and challenges of producing Sherlock Holmes on the stage.

For anyone who's been to a major gathering of Sherlockians in the last few years, Tim should be no stranger. From his home base in Memphis to 221B Con and the BSI Weekend, he's been seen in exquisite and faithful costumes inspired by William Gillette, Jeremy Brett an Basil Rathbone. Tim is an award winning Sherlockian, having been honored with the Beacon Award from the Beacon Society and the Morley Montgomery Award for the best article in the Baker Street Journal in 2014.

Tim's specialty is the theater, and he shares his inspiration with us, ranging from the difficulty in physically portraying a cerebral character to the proper staging and set decoration of the sitting rooms at 221B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes has been presented on stage in one way or another for 125 years and there continue to be many interpretations and inspirations ahead.

Plus, a new Sherlock Holmes Brand ad and a special Easter egg.

 

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  • Wessex Press, where you can find the complete Sherlock Holmes Reference Library by Leslie S. Klinger.
  • The Baker Street Journal, where you can find inclusiveness, a repose from the busy world, and connections with like-minded individuals.

Notes

1:33 Aging like a fine French wine
2:40 February is the cruelest month
6:40 What's going on over at Trifles
7:34 Wessex Press
8:50 Welcome to Tim Greer
11:20 Early inspirations
16:31 Turning toward the theater
19:15 "This may be controversial..."
29:30 One of the biggest challenges of portraying Sherlock Holmes
33:52 The influence of Jeremy Brett
37:26 The Baker Street Journal
39:34 Set design - from cartonniers to Moroccan tables
46:15 Bringing the sitting room to life on set
53:32 A stage production inspiring one of the original Sherlock Holmes stories
57:35 About that set from The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes...
1:04:04 Sherlock Holmes Brand spot
1:05:03 Other thoughts on Holmes and the theater
1:10:00 The game's afoot!
1:10:47 Frozen Peas, Fish Fingers and Beef Burgers, oh my!

Links

Trifles, our other show
Sherlock Holmes, starring Clive Brook (1932)
Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World's First Consulting Detective by William S. Baring-Gould
Frank Langella as Sherlock Holmes
Jeremy Brett in Number 10
Sherlockian Ice Bucket Challenge
Cartonnier (filing cabinet)
Design Decoded (commentary on Smithsonian article)
Episode 73: Ken Ludwig
Episode 10: The Secret of Sherlock Holmes
Orson Welles at his finest

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23am EDT

Episode 114: Escape with Sherlock Holmes

"Has anything escaped me?" [HOUN] 

There's a reason Vincent Starrett wrote "Here, though the world explode, these two survive,/ And it is always eighteen ninety-five." Whether it was in the 1940s or today, the world offers a up a variety of stressors and developments that cause one to wish to simply forget about it all for a while.

Hence, the concept of escapism. The pastime of Sherlock Holmes is a form of escapism, and we explore what it means, the origin of the phrase, and how it differs from procrastination. And there were a number of individuals in the Canon who were escaping from something or who wished to bury themselves in some sort of distraction or hobby. From Irene Adler to Selden, Hugh Boone to Brunton, J. Neil Gibson to Elsie Cubitt, there were reasons to withdraw and escape; and Stapleton, Baron Gruner, and Sherlock Holmes himself had hobbies that kept them otherwise occupied from time to time.

Plus, we wrap up with an escapist Gas-Lamp: Bill Schweikert's "A Long Evening with Holmes."

 

Sponsors

Wessex Press, with The Watson Chronicles by Ann Margaret Lewis.
The Baker Street Journal, where you'll find many reasons to escape in every issue.

 

Notes

1:33 Hello there and a brainstorm
6:25 Wessex Press
7:39 Our other show
10:26 Escapism and the Sherlock Holmes stories
18:48 Hobbies as escapes
22:35 Polyphonic motets of Lassus
23:41 The great hiatus — escapism at its most extreme
29:10 The likelihood of Watson cramming for a Chinese pottery exam
33:45 Conan Doyle's interests and hobbies
35:26 Peter Carey was ahead of his time
39:54 The Baker Street Journal
41:22 The Sherlock Holmes News
57:50 Editor's Gas-Lamp
1:00:33 Listener comment
1:03:49 The game's afoot!
1:04:39 The Procrastination Song

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

Episode 113: Dancing to Death

" dancing across the paper" [DANC] 

The opportunity to see an original Conan Doyle manuscript up close and to transcribe it word for word is a rare one. Which is why Ray Betzner, BSI ("The Agony Column") jumped at the opportunity and buttonholed David Morrill, BSI ("Count Von Kramm") to assist with the editing Dancing to Death, the latest volume in the Baker Street Irregulars Manuscript Series, which covers "The Adventure of the Dancing Men."

Ray tells us about his budding interest in Sherlock Holmes and how it began with his discovery of Vincent Starrett — and a twice-failed driving test. And he continues with the origin story of this long-unseen manuscript, the choice of authors and topics — from an authority in ciphers to the first BSI to see the manuscript, to the role of sound, to the "manuscript police" — and an admiration for the ingenuity, creativity and expertise for their work.

But it goes deeper than that: Ray shares his misgivings about this story, which is one that it is actually a failure for Sherlock Holmes. He broke the code, but he also let his client down, ultimately resulting in the Hilton Cubitt's death. Even the story itself is one that focused on the puzzle rather than on the people.

Plus, a new Sherlock Holmes brand ad and a very special visit from a longtime favorite of ours.

 

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Notes
1:33 Recovering from the recovery from the New Year
3:17 Teasing a new feature: Elementary comic strip, courtesy of Steve and Rusty Mason
4:05 Wessex Press
5:19 For peat's sake!
5:55 Welcoming Ray Betzner, BSI ("The Agony Column")
7:10 A little bit about Vincent Starrett
10:53 The selection of the editors of Dancing to Death
13:43 The backstory on the discovery of the manuscript
18:30 John Jones / Hilton Jones / Hilton Cubitt and a Mary Morstan Watsonism
21:24 Ten essays cover a wide range of topics about the story
25:33 Misgivings about "The Dancing Men"
29:02 A story designed around the puzzle
30:40 Conan Doyle's pin cipher in WWI and the attraction of ciphers to literary types
37:17 Chicago just can't shake its reputation
46:05 Baker Street Journal
47:35 Sherlock Holmes Brand Codemaster 3000
48:34 Wrapping up and an important announcement
51:42 The game's afoot!
52:29 An extra

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Episode 112: Anno Holmes 130

"their celebrated colleague" [VALL]

 

 It's 2017 and we're back from the BSI Weekend, with tales of friends, listeners, authors and more.

Things we learned included Bonnie MacBird's next Sherlock Holmes novel that involves whisky; a future edition of a Sherlock Holmes companion from Cambridge University Press; the Society of Illustrators has a wonderful cafe, where we held the annual meeting of the Three Hours for Lunch Club, and subsequently, we'll be recommending Frederic Dorr Steele as a future Hall of Fame Member at the Society.

We debate the possibility of or need for regular electronic updates of the eBSJ archives — or even a concurrent digital option of the Journal — leading to a broader discussion of print versus digital publications.

 

And of course we touch on the latest goings-on with Sherlock.

 

The Gas-Lamp this time is made up of the lyrics of the Harvey Officer song "On the Road to Baker Street," with abject apologies to Rudyard Kipling, Frank Sinatra, and anyone with a musical ear.

 

  

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  • Wessex Press, with its latest edition of Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers by Mattias Bostrom, BSI and Matt Laffey.
  • The Baker Street Journal, where you can subscribe to the 2017 BSJ and pick up the latest from the BSI Manuscript Series and the BSI International Series.

 

 

Notes

1:36 Hello, Happy New Year, and freshly returned

4:07 Wessex Press

5:21 Recap and looking ahead

6:57 The highlights from our latest Sherlockian event

9:00 A view of Sherlock Holmes "from both sides"

12:37 A fascinating tale of Frederic Dorr Steele illustrations

14:30 On the importance of pausing to reflect — particularly in the absence of technology

20:32 Cumulative anniversaries and an electronic future

30:44 LISTENER PARTICIPATION: your favorite Sherlockian publication

32:02 The Baker Street Journal

36:23 Of hotels and reading materials from the BSI Weekend

38:54 News: an update on Sherlock

46:10 The Gas-Lamp

51:15 Stories, links, products and the like in our Flipboard magazine

57:30 The game's afoot!

 

  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14am EDT