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: (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: (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: (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. :)
eldritchhobbit: (Sherlock/ and Holmes)
I'm back, staggeringly jetlagged and tired but very happy, from a fantastic visit to London and Loncon 3/Worldcon. I'll be catching up on emails shortly. Pictures and reports of my English adventures will follow. You have been warned.

For now, let me say that the third and final installment of my "Looking Back on Genre History" series entitled "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother: Harry Potter in a Native American Context" is now live on StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. Here are links to all three segments:
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 1 of 3
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 2 of 3
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 3 of 3

I'll leave you with a couple of my photos of notes left by fans at the The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London.

Notes Left by Fans at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Notes Left by Fans at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London
eldritchhobbit: (Cabin Pressure/Hey Chief)
I have my preliminary schedule for Loncon 3/the 72nd Worldcon. I'm really excited!

Friday, 15 August
11am-12 noon
Solo presentation: “Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction”


Saturday, 16 August
12 noon-1:30pm
Panel: “Commercializing Fans”

3pm-4:30pm
Panel: “Young Adult SF on the Big Screen”

6pm-7pm
Panel: “Young Adult and Middle-Grade SF”

8pm-9pm
I’ll be officiating at the Prometheus Awards ceremony.


Sunday, 17 August
1:30pm-3pm
Solo presentation: “Millennials and Worlds Gone Wrong: These Aren’t Your Parents’ YA Dystopias”

{245} Science Fiction


Following up on my recent post about Ruth Graham's article in Slate, here are a few more "must read" responses.
- From my friend and former graduate student, Curtis Weyant: "Unliterary Criticism"
- From Julie Beck: "The Adult Lessons of YA Fiction" (Thanks to Leslie!)
- From Maggie Stiefvater: "Here is a lie we've all been told: books will make you smart." (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] estellye!)
- From Heather Hogan: "Geek Out: No, Adults Should NOT be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books" (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brighteyed_jill!)
- And, in fiction form (You want to see this!), from Kathleen Hale: "A Young Adult Author’s Fantastic Crusade to Defend Literature’s Most Maligned Genre" (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] estellye!)

And regarding current television...
- How amazing was Fargo? So good.
- The new season of Longmire is off to a terrific start. Check this out: "The Top Five Reasons You Should Be Watching Longmire."
- I don't want this season of Orphan Black to be over.
eldritchhobbit: (Combs/Frighteners)
Ruth Graham started it with her article at Slate: "Against YA: Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children." Graham manages to diss not only all of YA fiction, but also fantasy, science fiction, and detective fiction, as well, in favor of big-L Literature.


One of my favorite contemporary authors, Lyndsay Faye, has just responded with a wickedly tongue-in-cheek "thank you": "Slate Nailed It: YA and Detective Fiction Are for Rubes."

Faye's reply is well worth reading for insightful sarcasm like this:
"In a knockout left hook of an argument that left me reeling at Graham’s perspicacity, she later suggests, 'the YA and "new adult" boom may mean fewer teens aspire to grown-up reading, because the grown-ups they know are reading their books.' This is not merely true of adults reading Harry Potter, a terrible series touching on love, bravery, ultimate self-sacrifice, and a truly unambiguous, almost cartoonish character named Severus Snape; it is likewise true of detective fiction. When I was very young, I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes at the behest of my dad, who loved The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. My father’s unabashed admiration for the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have stunted my capacity to comprehend literary fiction, razing my intellect like a nuclear winter, had a half-bespectacled, elbow-patched stranger not bashed me over the head with a first edition Finnegan’s Wake when I was a nubile sixteen years of age. If not for this vigilante illuminati (they have capes, and a lair), I would not now have To the Lighthouse and Beloved open at either elbow so I can read them simultaneously in my periphery while writing this article in praise of 'Against YA.'"

Books, again.


* Nope, me neither.
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: (Dracula/Gorey)
I finally saw National Theatre Live's broadcast of Coriolanus. Fantastic! Incredible staging, terrific performances by everyone (Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss included), and Deborah Findlay absolutely made the show. I just recently used Coriolanus in teaching The Hunger Games (there's good reason why President Snow's first name is Coriolanus!), and it was a delight finally to see this new and justly acclaimed adaptation.

A couple of items of possible interest:

* From Heritage Daily: "‘A Study in Sherlock’ – The Case of a Revolutionary Detective."

* From Metro: "Sherlock Holmes Swaps Baker Street for the South Coast for New Museum."


We've recently covered Lord Ruthven, Varney, and Carmilla in my Gothic Tradition class (we're on a vampyre/vampire roll), and now it's time for Dracula. To celebrate, I'm reading Stephen Seitz's very canon-conscious Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula, which I'm enjoying immensely.



And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere ‘modernity’ cannot kill.
- Bram Stoker, Dracula
eldritchhobbit: (Space/Jupiter)
* I'm delighted to say it's official: I'll be giving an hour-long academic presentation on "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction" at Loncon 3: The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London this summer. (It's the perfect year for returning to London, as it's the 160th birthday of Mr. Holmes!) It looks like I'll be on some terrific panels, as well. I'll post my schedule when I know it.

* Speaking of Sherlock Holmes: "One Fixed Point: Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes, and the British Imagination." (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cookiefleck!)

* Check out the latest experience from StarShipSofa: The Sofanauts! You're invited! "Do you travel extensively to meet and hear the great creators of science fiction or wish that you could? Now you don’t have to do so! The Sofanauts will bring highly respected and sought-after guests directly to you for video talks and chats. Hear and interact with SF legends and rising stars from the comfort of your own home!"

join-the-sofanauts


Last but not least, here are several Calls for Papers that may be of interest:
* "Doctor Who: Twelfth Night" (book collection)
* "The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Phenomena" (book collection)
* "Sensationalism and the Genealogy of Modernity" (book collection)
* "New Approaches to the Jazz Age" (book collection)
* "Digital Games and Interactive Media" (journal special issue)
* "The Classical Canon and/as Transformative Work" (journal special issue)
* "Privacy and Dataveillance" (journal special issue)
* "Queens of Crime" (conference)
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Impudence)
Happy 160th 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)

PS. I am quite delighted thus far with the new series of Sherlock!
eldritchhobbit: (Tori/winter)
May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the season. Thank you for the gift of your friendship, my friends!

Virginia Holiday Card 2013


Don't miss the brand new Sherlock minisode "Many Happy Returns" (just released today)! It's brilliant.

And for your listening pleasure, here are some of my favorite seasonal songs...
- Favorite Holiday Song, Full Stop: "A Spaceman Came Travelling"
- Favorite Traditional Christmas Song: "I Wonder As I Wander"
- Favorite Contemporary Reimagining of a Traditional Song: "Holly, Ivy and Rose"
- Favorite Quirky Christmas Song: "Chiron Beta Prime"
eldritchhobbit: (Holmes/Impudence)
Fresh from Wildside Press, the new Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #10 includes my essay "Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction."

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #10 (October 2013)
eldritchhobbit: (Halloween/trick or treat)
Every year, my parents send their granddog, the fabulous Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear (as well as treats to bribe her to model for pictures). This year, my brilliant mother outdid herself, sewing a most remarkable costume indeed. I invite you to behold Virginia as the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Her creed is this: Once you have eliminated the inedible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be a treat.


Virginia as The Great Detective, Halloween 2013

Virginia as The Great Detective, Halloween 2013


To see Virginia in Dr. Watson attire, check out this Sherlockian post.

Under this cut are pictures of some of her previous costumes from recent Halloweens. )

As always, you can see many more pictures of Virginia here.

In honor of Virginia's costume, I offer a Halloween-appropriate excerpt from one of my favorite Holmesian stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" (1910):

I had hardly settled in my chair before I was conscious of a thick, musky odour, subtle and nauseous. At the very first whiff of it my brain and my imagination were beyond all control. A thick, black cloud swirled before my eyes, and my mind told me that in this cloud, unseen as yet, but about to spring out upon my appalled senses, lurked all that was vaguely horrible, all that was monstrous and inconceivably wicked in the universe. Vague shapes swirled and swam amid the dark cloud-bank, each a menace and a warning of something coming, the advent of some unspeakable dweller upon the threshold, whose very shadow would blast my soul. A freezing horror took possession of me. I felt that my hair was rising, that my eyes were protruding, that my mouth was opened, and my tongue like leather. The turmoil within my brain was such that something must surely snap. I tried to scream and was vaguely aware of some hoarse croak which was my own voice, but distant and detached from myself. At the same moment, in some effort of escape, I broke through that cloud of despair and had a glimpse of Holmes’s face, white, rigid, and drawn with horror—the very look which I had seen upon the features of the dead.

* Read the complete story of "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" here.
* Listen to an unabridged audio reading of the story here.
eldritchhobbit: (Default)
It's here! Registration is open for my international and interactive online course "Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination," offered with the Mythgard Institute at Signum University for Fall 2013. Students may take the 12-week course for master's credit, and auditors may take it for the love of the subject. The course includes two 90-minute interactive lectures each of the twelve weeks (a total of 36 hours of lecture, which registrants may attend live or download for viewing/listening at their leisure), as well as options for the registrants to take part in online discussions with their peers and question-and-answer sessions with me.

This trailer offers an overview of the class:



The weekly schedule, lecture topics, and assigned texts, as well as additional materials, are available here at the official course website.
eldritchhobbit: (Dr. Horrible/Coming Along)
I have lots of links and news to share today!

* I've chosen my text assignments for the Fall 2013 semester. For my online graduate course "Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination" for the Mythgard Institute, here is the list.
Assigned Texts )

For my undergraduate/graduate cross-listed course "U.S. Exceptionalism: The American and the Frontier" for the Lenoir-Rhyne University, here is the list.
Assigned Texts )

* A news story very much worth a listen/read: "Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl." "This is the story of a three-year-old girl and the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a legal battle that has entangled a biological father, a heart-broken couple, and the tragic history of Native American children taken from their families. When producer Tim Howard first read about this case, it struck him as a sad but seemingly straightforward custody dispute. But, as he started talking to lawyers and historians and the families involved in the case, it became clear that it was much more than that. Because Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl challenges parts of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, this case puts one little girl at the center of a storm of legal intricacies, Native American tribal culture, and heart-wrenching personal stakes." Read/hear more here. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble.)

* The Force is strong with the Navajo! "Translated Into Navajo, 'Star Wars' Will Be". (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] agentxpndble.)

* Speaking of Star Wars, Luke Burrage of The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast has made his own edit of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Here's the tagline: "No illogical dialogue. No annoying voices. No racist accents. All the best visuals. All the best music. An all new script.” Check out Star Wars, Episode I: The Silent Menace.

* On July 19, Midnight Syndicate will release its sixteenth studio album, Monsters of Legend. This "tribute to the golden age of horror" will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. "We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films - that you've entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner," said composer Edward Douglas. Check out more information here.

Monsters of Legend cover for the Midnight Syndicate album


* A national conference on Whedonesque scholarship, Joss in June, is coming up on June 28. I'll be presenting a paper on Firefly/Serenity, and I hope to see some of you there!

* More than half of the tickets for SofaCON: An Online International Science Fiction Convention have sold. Be sure to get your tickets now before they're gone!

I hope you have a terrific day, my friends.


“I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
eldritchhobbit: (4400/place in time)
I have lots of links to share today!

First and foremost, various ways you can donate/help the efforts in Oklahoma are listed here.

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But wait: there's more! Literati Literature Lovers Blog is holding a fundraiser for the Red Cross to benefit communities affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Donate and enter to win signed books by a variety of different authors. This is a win-win-win scenario. Please check it out!


Science Fiction News

  • I have breaking news to report from SofaCON, the forthcoming international, online science fiction convention sponsored by StarShipSofa. As part of the programming, I will be conducting a one-on-one interview with the brilliant Hugo and Nebula winning author Lois McMaster Bujold! Ms. Bujold will also be taking live questions from con attendees at the end of our conversation. Mark your calendars for 28 July, 2013!


  • I recently was a guest of the fabulous Gary Mitchel and Deanna Toxopeus for Roundtable 197 of the RevCast podcast from Revolution SF, in which we discussed young adult dystopian fiction. This episode is now live and available via iTunes and here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy! It was great fun.


  • Are you a fan of Doctor Who? How about the works of Joss Whedon? You'll want to check out the brand new, coming soon and sure-to-be-brilliant Kat and Curt's TV Re-View podcast here. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes now! Look for the first episode next month It promises to be both shiny and fantastic. :)


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