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Upcoming Sherlocks Holmes Projects; More Solar Pons; Our First Spanish Language Children's Book (Dragonella); Plus an Author Interview with Elizabeth Varadan

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Solar Pons Kickstarter a Smashing Success We want to start this blog entry by personally thanking everyone who backed the first four original August Derleth Solar Pons books on Kickstarter.  Because of the campaign's success we can officially announce that we will run a second Kickstarter for the remaining books in the original Solar Pons series in October.
A special thank you goes out to Arkham House for giving us their blessing in putting this project together, and to David Marcum who painstakingly restored and digitized the original texts. David is also putting together a "Bonus" book of previously published but uncollected in a single volume Solar Pons material (The Apocrypha) which will be part of the upcoming Kickstarter. Our plan is to have the complete set of original Solar Pons books released by Christmas of 2018!
Dragonella in Spanish! An Author Interview with Elizabeth Varadan

Belanger Books has a growing line of Children's and Young Adult books. We are e…

Sherlock Gnomes - a Canonical Review; Belanger Books Sherlock Holmes Children's Books

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Sherlock Gnomes: A Review The 21st Century revival of Sherlock Holmes may be reaching its limit. We've had two modern takes on the Great detective (Sherlock and Elementary), an action film version (the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes films), and a traditional take on the detective in Russian (the 2013 series starring Igor Petrenko).  We now have the Gnome version in the children's film Sherlock Gnomes, a fun if forgettable film with some surprising canonical references. Please note that this is a film review and some of the information may be considered spoilers.
The plot of the film begins with Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) moving to a new "fixer upper" home with their garden gnome family.  While the gnome duo is away at a flower shop, all of their gnome family is kidnapped.  Never fear for Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Dr. Gnome Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are on the case!  Sherlock Gnomes, Watson, Gnomeo, and Juliet team up to follow clues le…

Last Chance to Back Solar Pons, and The Return of My Peculiar Family!

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Last Chance to Back Solar Pons on Kickstarter! By the time this blog entry posts, there will be about 48 hours left to back the original Solar Pons books by August Derleth on Kickstarter.
“Solar Pons came into being out of Sherlock Holmes . . . .” – August Derleth 

 In 1928, college student August Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking if any more Sherlock Holmes adventures were going to be published. Upon receiving a negative reply, Derleth decided to provide some of his own. However, rather than relating more tales of Holmes and Dr. Watson, he ended up introducing the world to Solar Pons and Dr. Lyndon Parker, living in London during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Pons solved crimes using deduction and ratiocination, often referring to Holmes as “The Master” or “My illustrious predecessor”. Since his first appearance, Pons has been a favorite with Sherlockians. Between the 1920’s and the early 1970’s, Derleth produced over seventy Pons short stories and novels, publishing them thr…

The Original Solar Pons Returns, New Children's Book Page, and Sherlock Holmes Submissions

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Belanger Books New Children and YA Page on Facebook
While Belanger Books is mainly known for our publications of new Sherlock Holmes stories, we also have a growing line of children and young adult books.  To showcase these publications, we've started a new page on Facebook dedicated just to our children's and YA lit.  
Here you will learn about our current children's books, some Sherlockian (The MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes, Scones and Bones on Baker Street), and some not (Dragonella, The Tall Tales of Starman Steve).  

You will also learn about our upcoming Children and YA books including:
The Rascal in the Castle (A Sherlock Holmes Adventure) by Brenda Seabrooke
The Carnival of the Animals by Elizabeth Varadan
Albert's Voice by John Sutton
Look for more details and a Kickstarter coming soon! Join the Facebook page today!

Accepting Submissions for Two Anthologies
There's still time to submit to these projects!
Anthology #1 - Sherlock Holmes: Canonical Se…

Call for Stories! Belanger Books is Accepting Submissions for Sherlock Holmes and Solar Pons Anthologies!

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Hi everyone,

Belanger Books is accepting submissions for two exciting new anthologies, one will be a collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories and the other is a collection of new Solar Pons stories. Both books will be edited by the great David Marcum the author of The Papers of Solar Pons, New Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street and the editor of the Belanger Books anthologies Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street, Holmes Away From Holmes: Adventures from the Great Hiatus Volume 1, and Holmes Away From Holmes: Adventures from the Great Hiatus Volume 2.  If you are an author or aspiring author, please consider submitting to either of these anthologies.  See the submission guidelines below.

Anthology #1 - Sherlock Holmes: Canonical Sequels
Continuing the success of recent Belanger Books Sherlock Holmes anthologies, “Holmes Away from Home” and “Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street”, both edited by David Marcum, stories are now being solicited for a new anthology that will …

'Tis the Season for Sherlock Holmes Novellas, Hardcover editions of Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells, and Books From our Friends at MX Publishing

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This is our last blog entry on gift ideas for the Sherlockian in your life.  Do you have someone who enjoys a quick read? Prefers a short book to a long one?  How about trying out a Sherlock Holmes novella! We have two great reads to offer you.

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance
Winter, 1890.

A deep freeze has fallen upon London, and its citizens remain huddled indoors.

But the cogs of the criminal underworld never stop turning, and Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks the centre of the art world.

Sir Wellington is disturbed in the middle of the night, apprehending a thief attempting to steal his rare and valuable 14th portrait of King Edward III.

In the kerfuffle that follows, the painting is set ablaze and the thief escapes.

When the police track down the criminal to take him to the station, he is fatally shot by an unknown assailant.

But the labyrinth of deceit grows even more impenetrable, as the painting’s provenance is calle…

Sherlock Holmes Enter the Realms of H.G. Wells and More Christmas Gift Ideas from Our Author Friends at MX Publishing!

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There are still plenty of shopping days left til Christmas, especially for those with Amazon Prime.  We have a few more great gift ideas for the mystery lover in your life.  Let's start out with a two volume anthology which was the most successful Kickstarter from Belanger Books!

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells  This two volume collection of short stories combining traditional Sherlock Holmes pastiches with the fantastic worlds of H.G. Wells is sure to be a big hit with both mystery fans and sci-fi lovers alike.  
The World's Greatest Detective in the Realms of the Master of Science Fiction! Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of an invisible man attacking London - matching wits with a traveler from out of time - tracking down a human/feline hybrid - using his deductive skills to help fight Martian and lunar invaders! These are just some of the stories included in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells.  This one-of-a-kind two volum…