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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – S. Subramanian

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent S. Subramanian.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

Through a Classics Illustrated version of The Sign of Four at age 9. That was enough to set me off on the originals at age 10. I had the great good fortune of reading the short story collections in their chronological order: The AdventuresThe MemoirsThe ReturnHis Last Bow, and The Case-Book.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

In two words: David Marcum.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place?

The story is about the perceived vampyric persecution of the tobacco millionaire John Vincent Harden, and deals with the question of whether the persecution is delusional or ‘real’. The tale is set in London, where, as the great Vincent Starrett put it, ‘it is always eighteen ninety-five.’

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?

I’ll be grateful if they enjoy any part of it! In particular, I hope they’ll appreciate my bringing together Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown, and that their voices will be found to be recognizably authentic.

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

Two favourites, if I may be allowed the luxury! ‘The Speckled Band’ (what atmospherics!) and ‘The Sussex Vampire’ (one of Doyle’s particularly human stories).

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

Meiringen!

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

I’m red-headed, I wear golden pince-nez, and I have a swamp adder for a pet. No, just kidding! Seriously, though: (1) I am a retired professor of Economics; (2) I live within three hours by bus from Pondicherry (yes, as in ‘Pondicherry Lodge’!), in the city of Chennai (formerly Madras); and (3) believe me or not, I’ve never had a jezail bullet lodged in any of my limbs.

Any upcoming projects?

Some ‘Bulldog’ Drummond spoofs, if anybody will read them!

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Kevin P. Thornton

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Kevin P. Thornton.

Kevin is on Twitter and Facebook – and his short stories have found their home in the world of Sherlock Holmes. As well as being in MX Volumes IX, XI, XIII the upcoming XV, and more to come, he has had stories in other anthologies featured here. A seven time finalist in the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards, he will next be in the Mesdames of Mayhem collection due in the fall.  In the key of 13 launches in Toronto on Saturday, October 26, Sleuth of Baker Street.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

I started out as a child, the youngest  of a long line of readers. The family had the Reader’s Digest condensed Sherlock Holmes which I gobbled up as a precocious 6 year old before getting into the Canon 2 years later.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

Catholicism, trying to make sense of nonsensical beliefs, and the unnatural world’s ability to unsettle Holmes on occasion.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place?

It is a manor mystery, typical of so much of the Canon. Something strange is happening at the Marquess of Mollington’s country estate, and Holmes and Watson ride to the rescue, as is their wont.

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?

I like to see SH as occasionally imperfect, and quite often I explore those little imperfections that make him seem more human. This is one of those cases.

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

His Last Bow, because as a writer it gives me so much more to hope for.  What did he actually do in retirement; there must have been more to it than bees. Others have explored the senior Holmes with much success, as have I. In Belanger Books’ upcoming collection Sherlock Holmes and the Great Detectives, I have a look at Holmes as a man over ninety years old, and his latter-years friendship with Father Brown, while in It Came From The North I investigate the intersection of Tesla, SH and time travel in WW II.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

The Toronto public library collection. It is so un-museumlike. You can sit in a replica of his rooms, take books down and page through them, make notes, take photos of books you want for your own collection. I go there every time I am in the city.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

1) I live in Northern Canada, Fort McMurray. When the entire community was evacuated due to wildfires in 2016, I ended up writing about it for the New York Times.
2) The year I was a finalist in the short story category of the Arthur Ellis Awards, Margaret Atwood also entered. I didn’t win.

3) I used to work in Afghanistan as a contractor for the NATO Task Force.

Any upcoming projects?

There are more Marcum and Belanger related works down the line as well as the aforementioned Mesdames of Mayhem collection. I’m also working on a short story or novella about one of the least written about characters from the Canon. More on that to come.

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Kelvin Jones

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Kelvin Jones.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

Through my public library in London.

‘I am an omnivorous reader.’ – Holmes

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

The true story of Edmund Kelly and Dr John Dee, both Elizabethan necromancers.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place?

The story concerns the discovery of an ancient box, which the owner of a large Elizabethan house, discovers. This is tale from the early years of Holmes, as told by him to Dr Watson.

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?

The gothic and almost supernatural and sinister atmosphere.

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

Undoubtedly the Hound of The Baskervilles. As Doyle commented to his mother ‘It’s a real creeper!’

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

The Cedars in Lee, now London, where Jean Leckie, Doyle’s 2nd wife, lived, as did Neville S Clair, the central character in The Man  with the Twisted Lip and which was also  the birthplace of my favourite Victorian poet, Ernest Dowson.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

I have  edited a six volume edition of the shocking erotic memoirs of a Victorian gentleman, under the title of ‘Satryiasis.’ I have recently reissued a 2 volume, annotated edition of Krafft Ebing’s ‘Psychopathia Sexualis.’ which, as a study of deviant human sexuality, I am convinced Holmes as a criminologist, would have read.

Any upcoming projects?

A biography and new edition of the work of Ernest Dowson, 19th C. lyrical poet and decadent. I hope to persuade the London Borough where he lived to raise a plaque on the house where he died in 1900 and thus help promote his outstanding work..

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Author Interview

Today’s featured Sherlock Holmes writer is Paul Hiscock –  his story, ‘The Cassandra of Providence Place’, is in vol. XVIII – now on Kickstarter

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What is your story about? Where does it take place?

‘The Cassandra of Providence Place’ is about a young girl who can see the future. She turns to Sherlock Holmes hoping that he can prevent a tragedy that she has predicted. It is set in one of the London slums where she lives.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

I came across a photo of the residents of Providence Place The sense of community in that picture just leapt out at me and it seemed like the perfect setting for a story.

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

Most of my favourites are in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and one that stands out is ‘The Red-Headed League’ as it is such an elaborate piece of misdirection. However, I find that I change my mind about my favourite quite frequently.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

For me, Sherlock Holmes belongs on the streets of London. He feels like such an intrinsic part of the city that I almost expect to see him and Watson rushing to their next case whenever I am walking through town.
Paul’s links are:

Website: Detectives and Dragons

Facebook     Twitter       Amazon

Paul also appears in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk Volume 2 – Mechanical Men and Otherworldly Endeavours from Belanger Books, which includes his story, ’The Deductive Man’.

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Robert Stapleton

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Robert Stapleton.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

I don’t remember when I first became fascinated with Sherlock Holmes, but it must have been nearly sixty years ago now.  I do know that it was in 1966 when I visited London wearing a deerstalker and smoking a pipe.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

My pastiche was inspired by a book I own which records travels in the Caribbean during the early years of the 20th century. I was so intrigued by the book that I imagined a Sherlock Holmes adventure taking place there.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place?

In the story, You Only Live Thrice, set in early 1901, Inspector Baynes of the Surrey Police is sent to Barbados in order to arrest a fugitive who has swindled a large number of people, including members of the London underworld. On Barbados, Baynes encounters a voodoo priestess, who helps the fugitive to fake his own death on two occasions, until he finally vanishes from a the ship returning him to England. It takes the unexpected arrival of Sherlock Holmes to make sense of what is going on.

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?

I hope people will enjoy reading my description of a tropical island, and, assuming I’ve got it right, a brief but hopefully unbiassed examination of voodoo.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

My favourite place connected with Sherlock Holmes is Winchester.

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Andrew Bryant

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Andrew Bryant.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

I was first introduced to Sherlock Holmes through the 1940’s films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. From there I started reading the novels and stories. I soon had the complete Holmes library. ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ was the first Holmes book that I read, and it remains my favourite today.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

The inspiration for ‘The Blue Lady Of Dunraven’ comes from personal experience. I was born five miles from Dunraven Castle, and remember the Blue Lady ghost stories from a very early age. I visited the Castle prior to its tragic demolition in 1963. The Castle, the headland upon which it sat, and its ghost make the perfect atmosphere for a supernatural tale.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

My favourite Holmes-related place would have to be 221B Baker Street. A visitor can easily imagine Holmes and Watson in the sitting-room discussing their adventures among the eccentric collection of artifacts.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

Something about me that few people would guess? Once a year I rappel from the roof of Toronto City Hall wearing a kilt to raise money for Make-A-Wish Canada.

Any upcoming projects?

I am currently working on my third Holmes story.

‘It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.’ – Arthur Conan Doyle.

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Steven Philip Jones

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Steven Philip Jones.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

I honestly can’t remember a time when Sherlock Holmes was not one of my favorite fictional characters.  Holmes has become such an intrinsic part of Western society – you hear of him everyone, to paraphrase Mycroft – I imagine I learned about him that way and was just naturally drawn to him.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

“The Case for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared” is one of a series of Holmes stories set during the Great Hiatus that I have been wanting to write for a number of years.  Even though there are plenty of Great Hiatus stories, the period seems like a no-man’s land to me.  If I write a pastiche set during any other period of Holmes’s career I am very cautious about how my story fits within the confines of the Canon.  Writing those stories is a little like how Bruce Dern describes acting in an Alfred Hitchcock film: you are relegated to a very small space in which you have incredible freedom to perform just so long as you do not stray outside that space.  When it comes the Great Hiatus, however, my only limitations are the comments Holmes makes in “The Adventure of the Empty House” about his time away that I must be adhere to.  It is very liberating.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place? 

The story is set in 1920 after “His Last Bow.”  Holmes and Watson have not seen much of each other since the end of The Great War, and circumstances arise where the men have the opportunity to exchange information on separate cases they worked on at the behest of Mycroft Holmes during The Great Hiatus.  During the discussion they uncover that the cases were actually very much related in a way that had a tremendous effect on world events at the time.

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale? 

Hopefully they will enjoy the adventures presented in the tale and find them to be at least somewhat imaginative.

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

The Hound of the Baskervilles. I am a nut for Gothic literature and Hound is not only one of the best Holmes stories but also one of the great Gothic novels.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

I have never thought about that.  221B Baker Street, I suppose, but if I must choose some place that actually exists I would have to say the Devonshire moors.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

I am not sure why anyone would want to guess anything about me, but:

1)      I love antique cars,

2)      I love the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,

3)      I have always wanted to be a writer, but when I was growing up I also wanted to become an astronomer or a stand-up comic.

Any upcoming projects?

My newest book is Lovecraftian: The Shipwright Circle.  It is the first in a series of Lovecraftian novels that re-imagine H. P. Lovecraft’s weird tales into one epic story.  It is available through my website (www.stevenphilipjones.com), my Amazon author page, and from the publisher Caliber Comics (http://www.calibercomics.com/).

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