Sherlock Holmes for Christmas

I’m sure that I’m not alone in still having a lot of gifts still to buy. If you’re the same, and if you’re stuck for ideas, here are some goodies for the Holmes fan in your life:

The Sherlock Holmes calendar

Our calendar is printed on a glossy, heavy cover stock with Great Detective with quotes, and trivia related to Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. We’ve never produced the same Sherlock Holmes calendar twice, which is why our customers have been purchasing our calendars for decades.

Sherlock Holmes Calendar 2021 has a treat in store for fans of the art of illustrator Sidney Paget who brought Holmes to life in hundreds of illustrations for the original Strand Magazine. By the kind permission of several collectors, we have included the original paintings that Paget supplied to the Strand, and much to our surprise they were in glorious full color.

We have art by Jeffrey McKeever including his painting “Sherlock Holmes on the Trail Moriarty” and three other paintings that were commissioned by the Strand featuring Sherlock Holmes and Watson. And we’re proud to include paintings by the eminent Australian illustrator Phil Cornell who created several tributes to Holmes and Watson. Our quotes and trivia section looks at everything from the day that Sherlock Holmes was born to the publication dates of several short stories and novels from the canon.

The Art of Sherlock Holmes Global II

Artists and authors in this edition from Italy, Poland, UK, USA, Finland, Portugal, Oman, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Egypt, Austria and Morocco.

The Art of Sherlock Holmes Global Edition 2 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written, before our four volumes, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, USA and Global 1 and 2, there had never been volumes where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists. In this second Global edition, thirteen world-class artists have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable.  Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story. The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. 

Incidentally, the book received a wonderful review from the illustrious Sherlock Holmes Society of London (yes, I did get a mention):

Sherlock Holmes Society of London

A fourth volume in Phil Growick’s continuing project to commission original artwork to illustrate a range of new Sherlock Holmes stories. As with the earlier volumes, a share of the proceeds from the book goes to Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, and the American Cancer Society.

This is a sumptuous book, featuring thirteen stories with accompanying artwork produced in a variety of colourful mediums from artists across the globe. The stand-out works for me were three oil on canvas creations by Jolanda Richter (illustrating Tony Reynolds, ‘The Adventure of the Medium’), Davide Querin (for Nick Cardillo’s ‘The Adventure of the Burning Man’), and William Oxer (for Robert Perret’s ‘The Mystery of the Change of Art’). The tales in the book are no less colourful, intriguing and satisfying, and include contributions from some recognisable names: David Marcum, Mike Hogan, Daniel Victor and others. While all of the narratives are well chosen, my personal favourites were ‘The Case of the Cursed Clock’ (Gayle Lange Puhl), ‘Harbinger of Death’ (Geri Schear) and ‘The Coffee House Girl’ (David Marcum).

A worthy project and an inspiring blend of creativity.

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories

If books are your delight, and why wouldn’t they be, the latest three-volume set of Holmes short story collections from MX comes highly recommended from Publisher’s Weekly, no less. They say,

The New Sherlock Holmes Stories volumes consistently garner starred reviews from PW; the stories in a 2018 installment, for instance, “manage to remain faithful to Conan Doyle and to display the creative plotting gifts of their authors.” As of November, the number of short stories in the series totals more than 500, dwarfing the 56 that Conan Doyle wrote.

That impressive figure and sustained level of quality is a credit to the series’ editor, David Marcum. In 2015, Marcum, who had published Holmes pastiches with MX before, approached Emecz about editing an anthology of a dozen or so stories. “My requirements were that these new adventures had to be absolutely traditional,” Marcum says. “No parody, no anachronisms, no actual supernatural encounters, and nothing that showed any influence from the then-current Holmes-type television shows.”

64 new traditional Holmes adventures in three simultaneously published volumes

In 2018, MX Publishing presented Parts XI and XII of this acclaimed and ongoing series, Some Untold Cases. Now that theme is revisited with 64 new Sherlock Holmes adventures that explore those many tantalizing references to some of Holmes’s other cases, as mentioned in The Canon.

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine . . . .” – Dr. John H. Watson

So wrote Dr. Watson in “The Problem of Thor Bridge” – and ever since, Sherlockians have been seeking to know more about these tales from the legendary tin dispatch box. While Watson’s original Literary Agent only edited the pitifully few sixty stories that make up the original Canon, there have since been literally thousands of traditional adventures about the true Sherlock Holmes – and yet there will never be enough!

Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases – The Giant Rat of Sumatra . . . The Abernetty Tragedy . . . The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, once again MX Publishing brings us sixty-four of these adventures in three simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes.

Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”

Each volume contains forwards by Otto Penzler, Roger Johnson, Stepping Stones School, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum, as well as stories by the following contributors:

S.F. Bennett, William Todd, Geri Schear, Susan Knight, David Marcum, Bob Bishop, Tracy J. Revels, Chris Chan, Richard Paolinelli, Derrick Belanger, Stephen Mason, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Tim Symonds, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Ian Ableson, Chris Chan, Mark Mower, Robert Stapleton, Roger Riccard, Kevin P. Thornton, and Denis O. Smith, and a poem by Christopher James.

Sherlockian Stories and Studies by Gayle Lange Puhl

A Sherlock Holmes fan for most of her life, Gayle Lange Puhl has collected in this volume her latest stories and studies on the Great Detective.  Included here are her well-reviewed “Colonel Warburton’s Madness” and “The Blood-Splattered Bridge,” plus other entertaining adventures.  Essays on various Sherlockian subjects are also covered.  Notable among them are the history of the real Criterion Bar and the contents of the Agra Treasure box.  Discover the importance of pigs in the Canon (it is more than bacon!).  Join in the fun of linking actor Wiliam Gillette, the first filmed Holmes, to today’s BBC SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch.

Gayle Lange Puhl, ASH, is a past Solitary Typist of The Criterion Bar Association and the founder of two Sherlock Holmes scions.  She has been published in The Baker Street Journal, The Devon County Chronicle, and The Serpentine Muse, the magazine of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes.

Playing a Part — Jeremy Brett by Maureen Whittaker

A sublime history of the hugely talented, mercurial, fascinating Jeremy Brett. For many of us, THE Holmes.

“Maureen Whittaker’s PLAYING A PART presents a remarkable and highly readable compendium of the professional career of the scintillating actor Jeremy Brett – who thrilled audiences for four decades onscreen and onstage in roles ranging from Orlando to Dracula, William Pitt the Younger, and Freddie Eynsford Hill – culminating in his creation of what what is widely regarded as the definitive performance of Sherlock Holmes in Granada’s legendary series. As a deep Sherlockian and fan of Jeremy, I loved this book  –  it is a thrill ride and a suitable way to honour the remarkable career of a courageous, gifted gentleman.  Twinkle on, Jeremy.”Bonnie MacBird, BSI, Emmy winning producer, playwright, screenwriter (TRON) and author of  ‘The Sherlock Holmes Adventure Series’), HarperCollins.

Jeremy Brett - Playing A Part

This is just a small sample of some of the wonderful goodies still available from MX Publishing, and many are on special offer, too. If you want information on other new gems, check out their website here. There is something to please even the most particular Holmes’ fan in your life. Oh, and my own three novels are still available too. Just saying.

About Geri Schear

Geri Schear is an award-winning novelist, author of three Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice books published by MX Publishing. Her short stories have appeared in a number of journals. For further information, see her page at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Geri-Schear/e/B00ORWA3EU
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