wytchcroft: heavent sent (holmes)

i've been working out a list of my favourite Sherlock Holmes tales (not as easy as it sounds!) - not necessarily the best dozen but those which i can read and re-read with undiminished pleasure despite the passage of time.

the illustrious client - casebook
the 
devil's foot - last bow
the red headed league - adventures
the dancing men - return
charles augustus milverton - return
the greek interpreter - memoirs
the bruce partington plans - last bow
the man with the twisted lip - adventures
the final problem - memoirs
the lion's mane - casebook
the cardboard box - memoirs
a scandal in bohemia - adventures

As for which stories i dislike... well there are a few of course, considering the number of stories, the time span in writing (30 odd years) and the circumstances of their composition it would be impossible for there NOT to be a few duds. 

However, there is a story that i dislike strongly but which is often touted as one of the very best in the canon: The Speckled Band, that melodramatic blot on the Holmesian copybook.

Here's why:

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The Great Detective Defeated!
Respected Doctor forced to clean up mess!




The dog did something in the night-time.

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Fittingly, it was through the fogs of the Turkish bath that young Malone spoke to Dr Watson, for if not quite a land of mist it was at least a cubicle. “So you see, the Daily Gazette have quite thrown me to the wolves and the central enigma of the Professor's spiritualist obsession remains unsolved.”

“Devil’s Foot Root,” whispered Watson.

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this was inspired by the adventure of the devil's foot and by spacemutineer and the good people at Sherlock60 
i have always thought that Dr Sterndale and Professor Challenger could be one and the same man.


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… or The Adventure of the Chattering Teeth.

An interesting day, if I do say so myself.

There I am doing the wytchy rounds of sundry drab public offices, all for some housing related reasons too dull to describe, but wait – things pick up of a sudden when a complete stranger in the seat next to me falls into conversation and we get to talking, talking about Sherlock Holmes.

Why? I have no idea, (at the risk of sounding like Tony from the second season of Skins) I don’t remember. But, mostly due to the intelligent stranger, it was a really fascinating chat about the nature of Holmes and Watson as people, their different attributes and characters, and why they so clearly needed each other.

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Computer specialist Dr Anna Willis moved back from her programmer’s terminal with a frustrated groan. Dr Roberts was instantly at her side. “You groaned?” he laughed. “Anything I can help with?”
Willis was biting on a pencil and moved it into the recesses of her hair so she could speak. 

“I don’t understand,” she said, slowly and with irritation, “I’ve run the Holmes Mystery game a dozen times now…”

“And?”

“And he keeps calling ME the murderer.”

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Re-reading the Lovecraft biography, Against the World, Against Life – by Michel Houellebecq and I was struck again by the Holmes reference. Houellebecq talks of the pressure put on Doyle to resurrect the Great Detective* after Holmes had become established as a popular myth, he talks primarily in regards to the UK which is a little unfortunate – for Holmes's mythic appeal caught on in the USA and Russia with equal force.
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more notes redrafted:

   
Livanov as Holmes in disguise       Oleg Dal sans costume sans disguise


notes.. )
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This is an example of some of the notes i have been making in regard to Holmes/Florizel etc. i don't know if they are of any interest. The specific notes on productions; e.g. actors, script, filming etc are being piled through now! And i'll see what is worth posting.
some words )
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Now I have been reading an amusing speculative treatise by that learned man's man of rugged history Rex Stout.

He declares without fear of disproval that Watson is a woman! 

Of course many of you will rear back in alarm - spluttering loud enough to wake the Diogenes yelling, "Nonsense!"
"Heresy!!", "Watson - a woman?!?", "Watson cannot be a woman!", "Holmes is a woman!", some of you, perhaps the bravest, may cough discreetly and declare, "I am a woman."

Well, be that as it may - let us put this aside, such melodrama is unbecoming to the reasoning mind, the deductive faculties are only clouded by emotion.

Let us consider instead more interesting areas of investigation.
If Watson was a woman - WHICH woman? Whom? Or even Who?
Was Watson Dr Who?

And suspects - well the canon is not short of these. Mary Morstan for example -whose name bears such a resemblance to MORAN that one wonders indeed if the dreaded Colonel, he of airguns and tiger hunting,
was in fact not so much the big game shooting, card cheating cad - but rather an irate Victorian father out to rid himself of the man that had made off with his daughter...
A tangled skein... )
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The wreckage of the container drone was sat on a neat square of white plastic, and he surveyed it with a melancholy air. "Some things rust quickly don't they.."
read on... )
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Read here... )
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"It's a vacation Mulder - some of us have them."

Dana Scully looked at Fox Mulder and hoped the expression of irony on his face would fade.
Fox Mulder looked at Dana Scully, clad in an over-size lumber shirt and a pair of steel spectacles and he thought -

Is the Truth in here?... )
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(for translation go: Alex Morse)

The Agra Treasure - Len-Film 1983

Pt 2: Becoming Sherlock Holmes - A Victorian Gentleman

down here Watson... )
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Baker Street, the fog.

The sound of a violin

like a waterfall...


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A dialogue in progress.

Добро пожаловать всем посетителям.
Я надеюсь, что вы сочтете этот разговор интересным.


Искусство не имеет границ!
 




The Hound of the Baskervilles -
a Russian adaptation as seen from the West.

Details of the case / Детали случая... )
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The Adventure of the Holy Terrors:

 


Over the years some few cases brought to conclusion by Mr Sherlock Holmes whilst still in the callow blush of his early manhood have become a matter of public record, both through my efforts as biographer and by various journalists and members of the literary press; such cases as the Gloria Scott and The Musgrave Ritual.

 

However, such scattered anecdotes aside, the background and personal history of my esteemed companion have remained as much a mystery, as abstruse a puzzle, as any of his famous cases. It was indeed fortunate therefore that having been driven into the attic by a mixture of boredom and the frustrations of the early March gales, I once again obtained some insight into the early career and personality of my friend.

More under the microscope... )
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The Agra Treasure - Len-Film 1982
Part One: Adapatation - Character - Setting and Narrative.
Down here Watson!... )
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I have remarked elsewhere, that such humble efforts as I have made to chronicle the cases of my friend Sherlock Holmes, were met, despite the widening they caused to both his reputation and his clientele, by the Detective himself with at best a shrug and at worst a diatribe on the folly of romanticism and the need for cold objectivity; the application of which would produce something resembling lecture notes – or perhaps his own abstruse monographs. Read More... )

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I have remarked elsewhere, that such humble efforts as I have made to chronicle the cases of my friend Sherlock Holmes, were met, despite the widening they caused to both his reputation and his clientele, by the Detective himself with at best a shrug and at worst a diatribe on the folly of romanticism and the need for cold objectivity; the application of which would produce something resembling lecture notes – or perhaps his own abstruse monographs. Read More... )

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