Following on from Sherlock Holmes The Australian Casebook published in 2017 , this is a fast paced ,grippingly written assortment of twelves short stories based on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, some of which are strange, bizarre and disturbing , blending Homes’ cold factual deductive reasoning and the supernatural and spooky. It is edited by Christopher Sequeira and has a forward by Leslie S Klinger.
A handy table of contents is available at the front and at the back there is a biography of all the contributors from around the globe. The cover design is by Luke Spooner and an illustration by Phillip Cornell of the Sydney Passengers is also included. Breaks in the stories are indicated by an image of a Meerschaum pipe.
A common theme is the letter M ( both for Mycroft and Moriarty for example ) but also Holmes’ other possible tenants who were different Doctors to Watson : including a Dr Mabuse. Much supernatural and philosophical debate arises from the revelations in Curtain Call. Yes, Moriarty is back in various guises. There are time travelling stories (Holmes and Dr Dee of Elizabeth 1’s time ), stories set possibly in different dimensions, and ones for example where Holmes and /or Watson are military people . Holmes also works in one story with Conan Doyle. There is a fascinating story with Holmes and Dr Jeckyll/Mr Hyde. Continue reading SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DOCTOR WAS NOT→
A most enjoyable collection of Australian Sherlockian stories as edited and collected by Christopher Sequiera who is renowned internationally for his Holmes-related writings.
Sequiera’s published work includes poetry, prose, and comic-book scripts, including Pulse of Darkness, Rattlebone: The Pulp-Faced Detective and The Borderlander.
It is a selection from both established and emerging writers (better known names include Meg Keneally, Kerry Greenwood and Lucy Sussex).
Other writers include Kaaron Warren, , L.J.M. Owen, T.S.P. Sweeney, J. Scherpenhuizen, Will Schaefer, Robert Veld, Doug Elliott, Philip Cornell, Raymond Gates, Jason Franks, Narrelle M. Harris and Steve Cameron).
Part of Australia’s Silent Film Festival at the State Library of NSW it was standing room only for the Australian premiere of the restored SHERLOCK HOLMES starring William Gillette. Our accompanist was the accomplished Mauro Colombis.
This film was long considered regrettably lost until the magical discovery and identification of a complete duplicate negative in the vaults of La Cinematheque Francaise last year. Great news! It has been a major ‘missing link’ in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. Produced at Essenay Studios in 1916 ( so , the middle of World War 1), Gillette at the time was regarded as the foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage, having played him approximately 1, 300 times since his 1899 debut. Gillette was a forerunner of some of our other favourite Holmes for example Rathbone, Barrymore, Brett and now Cumberbatch. Continue reading AUSTRALIA’S SILENT FILM FESTIVAL: WILLIAM GILLETTE AS SHERLOCK HOMES→
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