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Could Sherlock Holmes, Franz Kafka, and H.P. Lovecraft Make Sense of Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 8?

DERRICK:  Okay, in our last article I had said that this entry in our Sherlock Holmes/ Twin Peaks blog series would compare the errors of Twin Peaks to Doyle's errors in the original Sherlock Holmes canon. However, after Twin Peaks episode 8 that entry will have to wait. There's just too much to discuss in episode 8 to let this one go by without a blog response.

Be forewarned that, as always, there are spoilers ahead. Whether anything we write could spoil episode 8 is its own topic for debate.

Depending on who you ask, episode 8 was either a clear explanation to much of the mystery of Twin Peaks (perhaps too much of an explanation), pure unadulterated madness upon the screen, or some degree in the middle.  What is our opinion of the episode? We used the Sherlockian approach to observe, analyze and deduce.

This was easy enough to do as the episode was one of the most captivating hours in the history of television. We saw:

*Doppelganger Cooper gets shot to death by Ray.…

WOW BOB WOW: Professor Moriarty and the Doppelgänger Syndrome (Another Entry in Our Twin Peaks/ Sherlock Holmes Series)

"Anybody here watching the new Twin Peaks?" --- Dave Vanian of The Damned Paradise Rock Club Boston MA May 24 2017
Apparently, A LOT of people are watching Twin Peaks: The Return!  Our blog series of the Twin Peaks/ Sherlock Holmes connections has been highly successful, and we already have a steady stream of readers for a blog that is not even a month old.. We had been responding to every one or two episodes of the new Twin Peaks with insights on Sherlockian connections; however, we are now far enough along to make broader statements about the show and the Sherlock Holmes canon. The blog series will continue in a slightly different format. We won't comment on every episode, but we will have an entry when we feel we have a Holmesian correlation which cannot be ignored. For today's entry, Brian comments on the Professor Moriarty of Twin Peaks: The Return. 

As far as I can tell, Professor James Moriarty is the first example in literature of the hero’s evil …

Debating the Trifles of Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 5 Through a Sherlockian Lens

"It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles." --Sherlock Holmes 
This is our take on the new season of Twin Peaks through a Sherlockian lens. Be forewarned that spoilers abound!

Brian:  Man, was I disappointed by this week’s episode (5) of Twin Peaks: The Return.It proved that Lynch and Frost simply don’t have a strong enough story to sustain the length of this new season.We get it:Coop is confused.Coop the Insurance Agent was mixed up in some shady business.Coop has apparently become Peter Sellers from Being There since, unbelievably, nobody seems to think he has a concussion or is taking heavy tranquilizers. PLEASE, can we resolve this storyline and bring back the Agent Cooper who we’ve been waiting twenty-five years to return?In Sherlockian terms, at least when Doyle padded his stories like A Study In Scarlet or The Valley of Fear, the diversions were interesting – you actually cared about the subplots with the Mormons and the Masons.But this …

Sherlock Holmes in the Realms of H.G. Wells Submissions, Neil Cole's New Sci-Fi Museum, and Stone of Destiny Kickstarter

We have some exciting news at Belanger Books. We are currently accepting submissions for an upcoming anthology. This is a book which we have wanted to put together for years now. Back in 2015, we originally had the idea of putting together an anthology of stories based on The War of the Worlds. While we still may someday put that collection together, we changed our plans when we received a wonderful story submission from author GC Rosenquist. Mr. Rosenquist submitted "The Mystery of the Last Martian". This excellent story has Holmes and Watson solving the mystery mentioned in the title, and it got us thinking, Why not make an entire anthology of stories where Holmes is in the realms of H.G. Wells?  Thus, Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells was born.  See story submission guidelines below:

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells Submissions Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of an invisible man, matching wits with a traveler from out …

Author Interview with Richard T. Ryan on his Latest Sherlock Holmes Novel, The Stone of Destiny

Belanger Books will continue to showcase author interviews as part of our blog, and today we have an excellent author interview with Richard T. Ryan on his latest book The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure. A lifelong Sherlockian, Richard Ryan is the author of The Official Sherlock Holmes Trivia Book as well as a book on Agatha Christie trivia. His first novel, The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, is available from MX Publishing, London. It was recently announced that Mr. Ryan has accepted the position of MX Publishing's full time editor.  We interviewed Mr. Ryan on his latest novel The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure which is released from MX Publishing today.

Belanger Books (BB):Tell us a little bit about your latest Holmes book The Stone of Destiny? Will readers get a traditional Sherlock Holmes adventure?

Richard T. Ryan (RR): The Stone of Destiny finds Holmes and Watson trying to recover the Coronation Stone after a group of Irish separatis…

Is The Great Hiatus of Sherlock Holmes the Key to Understanding Twin Peaks: The Return?

The Great Hiatus!
Those three words conjure wonderful and powerful images in the minds of all Sherlockians. Holmes and Watson’s flight from England and the battle with Professor Moriarty atop Reichenbach Falls. Spending time in Lhasa with the Head Lama. Danger while passing through Persia and Mecca and Khartoum. A stop in Montpellier with those puzzling coal-tar derivatives, before finally returning home by way of an Empty House in Baker Street.  -- David Marcum, from  Holmes Away From Home: Adventures from the Great Hiatus
Yes, the Great Hiatus is the time in Holmes's life when it was believed that the Great Detective was deceased having perished by going over the Reichenbach Falls in his final battle with Professor Moriarty.  But Holmes was not dead, just as Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks was not trapped forever in the Black Lodge in his final conflict with Wyndham Earl, his own arch-nemesis.  
What clues could this time in Holmes' life have for determining the fate of his m…