eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock Holmes/Damn Impudence)
Happy birthday to Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May, 1859 – 7 July, 1930)!

Portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


"I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories."
- Dr. Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet (1887)
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Paget)
Happy birthday to the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. May you party like it's 1895!

blodega sherlock


"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last."
- Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Red Circle” (1911)
eldritchhobbit: (DS9/Science Fiction)
I'm very excited about heading off shortly to a convention that never fails to be great fun, ConCarolinas.

This year's planned events look great!

I intend to post updates from the con on my Twitter feed.



Here is the schedule of my events at the con:

Friday
3pm: "Star Wars Literature: New Canon and Legends" (I'm moderating this panel.)
5:30pm: "Star Trek and Diversity" (I'm moderating this panel.)

Saturday
12:30pm: "Fifty Years of Star Trek"
2:00pm: "Where's Rey?"
6:30pm: "We Are SHERLOCKed!" (I'm moderating this panel.)

Sunday
1pm: "Disney-Era Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One" (I'm moderating this panel.)
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Paget)
Happy birthday to Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May, 1859 – 7 July, 1930)!

Portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


"I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories."
- Dr. Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet (1887)
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/John and tea)
I'm very excited about heading off shortly to a truly fantastic convention, RavenCon. This year's schedule looks terrific! I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there.

I plan to post updates from the con on my Twitter feed.




Here is the schedule of my events at the con:

Friday
5pm: "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction" (This is my solo presentation.)
7pm: Opening Ceremonies

Saturday
11am: "Star Wars Literature: New Canon and Legends" (I'm moderating this panel.)
2pm: "Going Where No Man Has Gone Before: Roddenberry's Star Trek vs. Abrams' Star Trek" (I'm moderating this panel.)
5pm: "Podcasting"
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Impudence)
Happy 162nd birthday to the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. May you party like it's 1895!

blodega sherlock


"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last."
- Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Red Circle” (1911)
eldritchhobbit: (Tori/I was here)
It's time for my year-end review post.

Apologies for being quiet of late. I've been dealing with both shingles and sinus-related nastiness for which surgery looms in 2016. Ick. I do hope your holiday season has been more enjoyable!

But back to taking stock of 2015...



What I Published in 2015

In Books

* “Seeking Dumbledore’s Mother: Harry Potter in the Native American Context” in Harry Potter for Nerds II, Kathryn McDaniel and Travis Prinzi, eds.

* “Harry Potter and the Dystopia After Tomorrow” in Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Artistry and Meaning of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga, The St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference, John Patrick Pazdziora and Micah Snell, eds.

* [Note: Also written in 2015 and accepted for 2016 publication: “His Fordship in the Capitol and Big Brother in the Districts: The Hunger Games and the Modern Dystopian Tradition” in Critical Insights: The Hunger Games, Lana A. Whited, ed., Grey House/Salem Press, forthcoming in 2016]

In Reason Magazine

*“Star Wars, Remixed: George Lucas’ Universe Is a Mashup Masterwork,” Reason (January 2016) online here

* “The Many Resurrections of Sherlock Holmes: Why the Great Detective Is Always in Fashion,” Reason (October 2015) online here

* “Feminism, Frankenstein, and Freedom: The Individualistic Works and Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley,” Reason (June 2015) online here


What I Read in 2015
What I Read in 2015 )

Links!

Dec. 23rd, 2015 01:23 pm
eldritchhobbit: (Mediaeval face)
Some of my friends (who also happen to be former graduate students) have been doing some fantastic things online:

* from Curtis Weyant (on Star Wars and Star Trek): "The Force is not magic."

* from Emily Strand: "Kylo Snape? Is The Force Awakens the Eighth Harry Potter Story?"

* and also from Emily Strand via Mugglenet Academia: "The Second War was Won on the Quidditch Pitch of Hogwarts: Quidditch as a Symbol Set in the Harry Potter Narrative."



And here are a couple more links for your enjoyment:

* from The British Library: "Medieval Star Wars."

* from I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere: "Celebrating Christmas on Baker Street."
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/three/I Believe)
My latest article is now out in the print edition of Reason Magazine (Oct. 2015 issue): "The Many Resurrections of Sherlock Holmes: Why the Great Detective is Always in Fashion."

When it's online, I'll post a link.


eldritchhobbit: (Dracula/Gorey)
Christopher Lee's elegant and intelligent presence looms large in so many of the 'verses I love and study and research and teach: the Gothic, Holmesiana, Tolkieniana, Star Wars, etc. I'm handling the sad news today by imagining his *epic* reunion with his dear friend, Peter Cushing. Two one-of-a-kind gentlemen.

*moment of silence*

eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Paget)
Happy birthday to Arthur Conan Doyle (22 May, 1859 – 7 July, 1930)!

Portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


"I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories."
- Dr. Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet (1887)

Happy May!

May. 1st, 2015 07:04 am
eldritchhobbit: (Excalibur/Arthur)
Here are some Calls for Papers that may be of interest:
- Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Sherlock Holmes Onscreen
- Monstrous Moral Messengers: Supernatural Figures in Children’s Picture Books & Early Readings
- Monsters, Demons and the Jewish Fantastic
- Journal of Dracula Studies

Here is some of the oldest film of London still in existence, including amazing old footage plus modern shots of the same locations today. This also features maps carefully researched to show where the camera was during different takes.



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eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Paget)
Here's some great news: "The Man in the High Castle, Amazon's Biggest Pilot Ever, Greenlit for a Full Series."

And here's more great news: "Lost Sherlock Holmes Story Discovered in Man's Attic." (Then again, the story's authorship is disputed. Nonetheless, this is a very interesting find!)

Recreation of the Sitting Room in 221b Baker Street


In addition, I hope you'll be joining us online on March 14-15 for SofaCON 2, a weekend of virtual, live, interactive SF convention goodness. Tickets are now available and are expected to sell out this weekend.

Here's the lineup. Please note that the schedule is listed in London time, and you may need to adjust for your time zone.

SATURDAY, March 14 (Tickets are here.)

5:00 PM - Welcome
6:00 PM - Cheryl Morgan in Conversation with Joe Haldeman
7:00 PM - Lightspeed Magazine panel
8:00 PM - Kim Stanley Robinson talks to Diane Severson
9:15 PM - Cyberpunk Panel - Paul Di Filippo talks to Bruce Bethke, Pat Cadigan, Marc Laidlaw
10:00 PM - SofaQuiz featuring Geek's Guide To The Galaxy vs. Stupefying Stories

SUNDAY, March 15 (Tickets are here.)

5:00 PM - "Women Destroy Science Fiction" panel
6:00 PM - Dr. Amy H. Sturgis in Conversation with Guest of Honour David Brin
7:00 PM - Gareth Powell reading from Ack Ack Macaque
7:30 PM - "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction" with Dr. Amy H. Sturgis
8.30 PM - World Science Fiction panel featuring Rajan Khanna and Aliette de Bodard
9:30 PM - The British Empire panel - Dave Robinson talks to Adam Roberts and Peter F. Hamilton
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Impudence)
Happy 161st birthday to the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. May you party like it's 1895!

blodega sherlock


"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last."
- Sherlock Holmes in Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Red Circle” (1911)
eldritchhobbit: (SF/Weird Tales)
Remember the good old days of 2013? Back then, no matter where you were in the world, you could join with fellow science fiction fans for a day of talks, interviews, readings, trivia, and fellowship. Back in 2013, StarShipSofa sponsored its first-ever international, interactive SofaCON. That was a great day, wasn't it?

Wait a minute. We're science fiction fans. We look AHEAD, not BEHIND.

And that's appropriate, because the good old days are getting even better.

Coming in 2015, StarShipSofa will bring you not one day but two: two days of fantastic talks, interviews, readings, trivia, and fellowship with some of the most stellar names in the SF scene. That's right, SofaCON is back: twice as long and twice as brilliant, with twice the SF attitude. From the comfort of your own home anywhere on Earth (and possibly other planets as well), you can be a part of the most innovative and exciting convention there is with an unbeatable guest list and schedule. Guests include David Brin, Charlie Stross, Cheryl Morgan, Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Diane Severson, Paul Di Filippo, Bruce Bethke, Pat Cadigan, Marc Laidlaw, Rajan Khanna, Aliette de Bodard, Dave Robinson, Adam Roberts, Peter F. Hamilton, and others - including Yours Truly.

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We hope you'll mark your calendars for March 14 & 15 and plan to join us online for SofaCON 2!
eldritchhobbit: (Phantom/Old School)
Breaking news! The long-lost 1916 film starring William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes has been found and will be restored! Here's the full scoop. Now back to our previously scheduled Halloween countdown...

Is it me, or is there something particularly creepy about vintage photos of people of the past in Halloween costume?

I highly recommend the book Haunted Air: Anonymous Halloween Photos from c.1875-1955 by Ossian Brown, which collects some of the best of these disturbing-yet-compelling pictures. (As I recall, this work first appeared on my radar thanks to suggestions from some of you! So thank you!) You can see a gallery of photos and quotes from the book here at BoingBoing.

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"All the clocks had stopped. A void out of time. And here they are - looking out and holding themselves still - holding still at that point where two worlds join - the familiar - and the other."
— David Lynch, Introduction, Haunted Air

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"These are pictures of the dead: family portraits, mementoes of the treasured, the held-dear-in-heart, now unrecognisable, other."
— Geoff Cox, Afterword, Haunted Air

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eldritchhobbit: (Ripper/suspicion)
I had quite a bit of archive-y, research-y, rambly fun before Worldcon. As for London, beyond the Sherlock Holmes Museum, I managed to drop by the Museum of London (my photos are here) and several Holmesian spots, such as Arthur Conan Doyle's home on Upper Wimpole Street (where he wrote the first five Sherlock Holmes short stories), St. Bart's Hospital (where Holmes and Watson first met and, in the BBC's Sherlock, where Sherlock fell), etc.

Arthur Conan Doyle's home on Upper Wimpole Street in London. He wrote the first five Sherlock Holmes short stories here while practicing as an ophthalmologist. St. Bart's Hospital in London


In one of the most amazing experiences of my trip, I was privileged to get to spend an afternoon one-on-one in Whitechapel with noted Ripperologist Richard Jones. I've annotated my photos to try to explain where we went and why. (Alas, I didn't take photos inside the Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives, which was utterly fascinating.) Even if you're not specifically interested in the subject of Jack the Ripper and the Autumn of Terror, you may find the historical architecture worth a look.

Here is the "virtual tour" of Whitechapel I've constructed with my photos and explanations.

I'll leave you with a teaser: this is the beautiful tile work inside The Ten Bells Pub, which has been standing since 1752 and remains largely unchanged on the inside from its condition in 1888, when it reportedly served at least two victims traditionally attributed to Jack the Ripper, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly.

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I'll be posting very soon about Worldcon/Loncon 3 itself. Thanks for letting me share! :)
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Paget)
Quick note, FYI: The latest Humble Bookperk Bundle from HarperCollins, featuring DRM-free, multiformat ebooks available for pay-what-you-want rates, includes works by two of my favorite authors, namely The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Check it out! (Thanks to Curtis.)

My new semesters begin next week at Lenoir-Rhyne University (where I'll be teaching the "Monsters and Mad Science" seminar for both undergraduate and graduate students) and Mythgard Institute (where I'll be offering the M.A.-level "Science Fiction, Part I: From Modern Beginnings to the Golden Age"), so I'm gearing up for those. In the meantime, I'm also trying to upload, label, and caption my photos from London.

Recreation of the Sitting Room in 221b Baker Street


One of the first things I did in London was make a pilgrimage to the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street. It was amazing. Here are all of my photos from the museum with full descriptions.

The original cane chair used by the artist Sidney Paget for his illustration of Sherlock Holmes in "The Greek Interpreter."


More very soon, I promise! Thanks for letting me share. :)

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