Today I wanted to share some information about some Sherlockian goodies you can expect this year. They might keep you going during the wait for series 4 of Sherlock.
Beyond Watson is a compilation of tales about the great detective told by characters other than Doctor Watson. Editor Derrick Belanger says:
Would you like to know how Holmes met Mrs. Hudson? How about the time when Charlie Chaplin befriended Billy the Page? Or, the time when a little girl learned that Yes, Virginia, There is a Sherlock Holmes?
Those are just three of the incredible adventures recounted in Beyond Watson, the first Sherlock Holmes anthology published by Belanger Books, and what is sure to be our second successful kickstarter campaign. All of the stories are told, at least in part, by a character who is not John Watson, and are written by some of the best current Sherlock Holmes authors including David Marcum, Daniel D. Victor, Don Everitt Smith Jr., Elizabeth Varadan, Geri Schear, Kieran Lyne, Luke Benjamen KuhnsMarcia Wilson,David Ruffle, and me, Derrick Belanger. I am also excited to announce that the great science fiction author Jack McDevitt will have his first Sherlock Holmes story in this collection, and another sci-fi author, Richard Paolinelli, will have his story included as long as we reach our Kickstarter stretch goal.
I will post more updates on the Beyond Watson anthology as we get closer to the Kickstarter date in March. Look to this blog for author interviews and other exciting news about Beyond Watson and other upcoming Sherlock Holmes anthologies. And if you’d like to preview some of the products we will offer as Kickstarter rewards, check out the Belanger Books Redbubble page here: Belanger Books
I’ll post more about this fabulous project in a few weeks. I’m really excited not only to be included in such a stellar line up (the Mrs Hudson story is mine), but to read everyone else’s tales.
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Vol.4
Volume IV of the largest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories ever attempted. Bringing together over sixty of the world’s leading Sherlock Holmes authors this three book anthology includes only traditional stories set in the original Sherlock Holmes period. Between them these authors have sold millions of books and they come together for a common cause. The authors are donating the royalties to the restoration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw. The building was in terrible disrepair and was saved from destruction by the Undershaw Preservation Trust (patron Mark Gatiss). Today the building has been bought by Stepping Stones (a school for children with learning difficulties) and is being lovingly restored to its former glory. Royalties will go to Stepping Stones for specific projects such as the restoration of Sir Arthur’s study which will be open for visitors outside term time. Our our initial goal is £500.
The stories are broken into volumes of approximately twenty stories each, 400 pages each, relating to a period in time. Book 1 – 1881-1889 Book 2 – 1890-1895 Book 3 – 1896-1929. Book 4 is the 2016 Annual with more traditional stories.
The books are being produced in traditional hardback with dust jackets and Volume IV will be released in May. Backers of the project will be getting first edition pre-publication copies ahead of the public release.
The list of participating authors includes:
VOLUME I: John Hall, Hugh Ashton, Adrian Middleton, David Marcum, Jayantika Ganguly, Denis O. Smith, Amy Thomas, Kevin David Barratt, Luke Benjamen Kuhns, Summer Perkins, Deana Baran, Shane Simmons, C.H. Dye, Mark Mower, Derrick Belanger , Daniel D. Victor, Steve Mountain, Stephen Wade, John Heywood, Will Thomas, Daniel McGachey, Martin Rosenstock, Craig Janacek, (and a poem from Michael Kurland).
VOLUME II: Ann Margaret Lewis, Vincent W. Wright, William Patrick Maynard, Matthew Booth, J.R. Campbell, Robert V. Stapleton, Sam Wiebe, Jeremy Branton Holstein, Bill Crider, Peter Calamai, Lyndsay Faye, Marcia Wilson, Jack Grochot, Bert Coules. Christopher Redmond, Mike Hogan, Carl Heifetz, Wendy C. Fries, Dick Gillman (and a poem from Carole Nelson Douglas).
VOLUME III: Geri Schear, Paul Gilbert, Stuart Douglas, Lyn McConchie, Phil Growick, Seamus Duffy, Leslie Coombs, Mark Alberstat, GC Rosenquist, Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett, Andrew Lane, Peter K. Andersson, Matthew J. Elliott, Jim French, Tim Symonds, Bob Byrne, James Lovegrove, Larry Millett, Kim Krisco, C. Edward Davis, Joel and Carolyn Senter (and two poems from Bonnie MacBird). The editor is an experieced Sherlockian author, David Marcum (Papers of Sherlock Holmes Vol 1&2, Quantity of Debt, Tangled Skeins).
VOLUME IV: Derrick Belanger, Deanna Baran, Daniel D. Victor, Mark Mower, Craig Janacek, Jayantika Ganguly, Denis O. Smith, Matthew Booth, J.R. Campbell, Bonnie MacBird, Arthur Hall, Bob Byrne, Andrew Lane, Roger Johnson, Hugh Ashton, David Stuart Davies, Vincent W. Wright, Daniel McGachey, Nicholas Utechin, Jeremy Holstein, David Marcum, and Marcia Wilson.
For more information, check the Kickstarter page.
RETURN TO REICHENBACH
Later in the year I’m hoping to release the third in my Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice novels Return to Reichenbach. An almost-naked man is found gibbering on the moor. A figure dressed as Death terrifies a respectable family. Tarot cards and séances lead Holmes to a terrifying adversary known only as The Sorcerer. Here is a peek at the opening page:
The telegram said only, “Man found on moor in nightshift. Please come.”
On the train, Watson said, “What on earth could have possessed a man to go wandering around the moors in such a state, Holmes? Can he be a lunatic?”
“You know my process, Watson. It is a capital mistake to theorise in advance of the facts. Even I cannot be expected to develop a reasonable analysis based on six words.”
He fell silent for some minutes, but I knew he was merely framing his next question. As the train pulled into Clapham Junction station, it came. “You must have formed some theories, Holmes,” he said.
My cold stare did nothing to thwart him. He is too used to me by now, I suppose, to take my aloofness very seriously. I said, “I have formed seven hypotheses that broadly cover the very little that we know. Until I have facts I cannot determine which is most likely.”