I swear David Marcum has a 28-hour day. Otherwise I can’t imagine how he accomplishes everything he does. Apart from being editor par excellence of the MX Sherlock Holmes anthologies, he’s one of the very best Sherlock Holmes writers out there.
Now comes David’s first collection of his short stories. Because the man is so prolific, I say first. Did I mention that this is a five volume collection bringing together 77 Sherlock Holmes adventures? Like I said, prolific. The collection contains most of what has been written (so far) by David Marcum. It should be no surprised to learn he has written more Holmes stories than anyone else. And if that weren’t enough, he has also edited an astonishing 825 stories by other writers. Again, so far…
If I sound like a fan-girl, it’s because I am. Well, the fan-part anyway. Not so much with the girl anymore. And I’m not the only one who is truly awed by Mr Marcum’s talent. Here are some of his other admirers:
“Among the best I must number David Marcum, who, by this point has written more Holmes stories than Doyle himself. Characterized by unflagging imagination and ceaseless ingenuity, along with felicitous prose, these tales continue to provide what we all crave: more Sherlock.”
– Nicholas Meyer – New York Times Bestselling Author
“Marcum could be today’s greatest Sherlockian writer . . . .”
– Lee Child – New York Times Bestselling Author
“David Marcum is the reigning monarch of all things Sherlockian . . . .”
– John Lescroart – New York Times Bestselling Author
“Marcum himself again demonstrates his gift for emulating the feel of The Canon . . . .”
– Publishers Weekly
The Collected Papers of Sherlock Holmes
by David Marcum
Foreword by Nicholas Meyer
At the age of ten in the mid-1970’s, David Marcum discovered Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and from that point, he knew that the original 60 Canonical adventures would never be enough. This, coupled with his life-long desire to write, meant that eventually he would find a way to add new stories to The Great Holmes Tapestry.
The years passed, and David collected, read, and chronologicized literally thousands of traditional Canonical Sherlockian pastiches. Then, in 2008, with time on his hands while laid off from his civil engineering job during the Great Recession, David finally found his way to Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box, producing The Papers of Sherlock Holmes. These first nine short stories originally sat on a shelf in his Holmes book collection before he eventually decided to share them with others. That first collection was initially published by a small press in 2011, and then in 2013 by the premiere Sherlockian publisher, MX Publishing – and after that, there was no turning back.
Since then, in addition to editing over 60 volumes (most of which are Sherlockian anthologies), David has written and published over 80 Sherlockian adventures in a variety of anthologies and magazines, such as The Strand, Titan’s Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes, and The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021, edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler. Now these are being collected – along with a few others that haven’t been seen before. These first five volumes contain the majority of David’s Holmesian stories, with additional adventures to be collected and published as part of this ongoing series in 2022.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the man described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
For more information, check out the Kickstarter site here.