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Sherlock Holmes Fans Rejoice! Solar Pons is Back!! Available on Kickstarter!

Sherlock Holmes Fans Rejoice! Solar Pons is Back!! That's right! Belanger Books and Arkham House Publishers are proud to announce that The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street is back in twelve new stories written by Sherlockian scribe David Marcum.  “It is with great pleasure & excitement to announce this news; The Derleth Solar Pons character will be coming back to life in the 21st Century!” said Danielle Hackett and Damon Derleth, co-owners of Arkham House Publishers Inc., in a joint statement. The book, The Papers of Solar Pons is now available on Kickstarter in paperback, hardcover, and e-book editions. 
Who is Solar Pons? Solar Pons was a detective character created by August Derleth in the 1920s to act as a continuation of Sherlock Holmes. Derleth, who famously created Arkham House Publishing to preserve the writings of his friend, author HP Lovecraft, had corresponded with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking whether Doyle would be providing any new Holmes adventures. When Doyle …

The Little That Remains... The Death (and Resurrection?) of Twin Peaks and Sherlock Holmes

This article contains spoilers for both the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and the television show Twin Peaks, up through and including the end of both of these series.Read on at your own peril…
"Is it future or is it past?"
--- The Man From Another Place, Twin Peaks

“A few words may suffice to tell the little that remains.” --- John Watson, The Final Problem

BRIAN:  There is nobody alive today who knows what it was like to read Doyle’s “The Final Problem” when it was first published.According to all accounts, the shockwaves that this story sent throughout that era’s pop culture were devastating.Holmes was dead!Sherlock Holmes --- the Great Detective, champion of the oppressed, the one person who could always be counted on to solve the crime and bring justice to the wronged, be they privileged or poor.His stories had regaled the readers of The Strand magazine for years; had become a very part of those readers’ lives; and now, those readers learned to their d…

Do the Errors of Sherlock Holmes Explain the Errors of Twin Peaks?

Do The Errors of Sherlock Holmes Explain The Errors of Twin Peaks?
Spoiler Alert:  This article contains several spoilers for both the original canon of Sherlock Holmes stories and all three seasons of Twin Peaks.  Do not read this article if you're not caught up!
"As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be." --Sherlock Holmes, The Red Headed League
DERRICK:  One of the joys of being a Sherlockian is "playing the game".  This is when Sherlock Holmes fans pretend that Holmes and Watson were real people and that the original Sherlock Holmes stories are based on real cases.  What makes this particularly enjoyable is trying to explain all the errors Doyle made in the original stories, and - oh boy - there are tons of them.  They go from the relatively minor to all-out whoppers. For example, Colonel Sebastian Moran makes a nearly impossible shot from his position when killing Roger Adair in "The Adventure of the Empty House"…