21 August 2013
Five Red Herrings V
1. Sherlock and key
Got a from Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine in early March describing a fascinating event in their lives. Like good citizens they had purchased the right to use the Master's name on their magazine. Unfortunately the person who sold them said rights apparently didn't own them. Oopsies. Do a search for Andrea Plunkit and Doyle estate if you want the gory details.
2. Insecurity Questions
Wondermark is one of the most delightfully bizarre comic strips on the web. Monty Python goes cyberpunk, sort of.
3. Harlan Coben, here is the plot for your next novel
4. James Powell is going to happen
I don't know if you follow Something Is Going To Happen, the blog at Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, but they recently published a wild piece by Jim Powell who demonstrates that at an age even more advanced than my own he has a crazier imagination than any teenage gamer every dreamed of. Watch him free associate...
Though it isn’t a mystery story, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man in the Crowd” may be the short story at it’s best, for there are really only two characters, the man and the crowd. (Speaking of Poe, it has been a long time since the Sherlock Holmsing pigeon drove the Raven “nevermoring” all the way, from its perch on the bust of Pallas just above Poe’s chamber door only to come back to us again as a good part of Johnny Depp’s Tonto headgear in the new Lone Ranger movie. Sherlock’s pigeon would be replaced a few years later by the Maltese Falcon. I wonder what kind of bird will come next to roost on that well-encrusted and put upon piece of statuary?)
Have you seen the website Murder by Gaslight? True crimes of Victorian England. Quick, Watson! Call C.S.I.!