Sherlock in The Empty Hearse- aka TJLC slogan (via bookaddled)
late to the party, but hey this is a version of the quote “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact” from BOSC.
I was just asked if there is a trick to writing a great Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Apart from being honored I was asked that question, I was honored to answer it, and here is what I said.
In order to write a great Sherlock Holmes pastiche, you have to love the characters first. Passionately. That is the only absolute requirement, in fact, but one can go further. You need, as well, an eye for detail—a dog cart is not a hansom, and a gasogene is not a tantalus. You need to know the terminology. Next, you need to understand that John Watson is the most important character in the series, period, full stop. Finally, you cannot listen to a word John Watson or Sherlock Holmes says when describing themselves, or you will run into trouble—you need to pay attention to how they act in their actual lives. People screw up pastiches constantly by making Holmes a misogynist when he is actually very kind to women and feels quite chivalrous toward them. They screw up pastiches when Holmes is constantly angry and brooding, forgetting that the man plays pranks for the sheer joy of surprising people and is more of a showman than an iconoclast. But this last bit harks back to my initial advice—love the characters and read the stories often enough, and you will already know that about Sherlock Holmes.
…The seafaring town of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, is the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first started stockpiling short stories in 1882. He had nothing much else to do at the time, as he was attempting to set up a medical practise and patients were slow to enroll on his books.
Four years later, his first Sherlock Holmes story—A Study In Scarlet—was published, and slowly public interest in this hawkish detective began to grow.
Now Portsmouth is hoping to claw back some public recognition as the spiritual home of Sherlock Holmes with a £25m (about $42m) theme park near Sir Arthur’s old house in Southsea.