The upcoming 'Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Trials' is set to be the last in the series of Sherlock Holmes in Lyme Regis pastiches. Lyme Regis being such a small town (op. of probably only 2800 in Victorian times) makes it a hard task indeed to keep the believability of events occurring here which would necessitate the intervention of Holmes and Watson at regular intervals. The three novellas which make up the series (Horror, Legacy and Trials) take place in 1896, 1898 and 1903 respectively, I fear to increase the number of visits to the town by the pair would really stretch the limits of credulity and the series would limp on interminably, running out of steam slowly or even quickly! So as much fun as it has been (and it has been) it must end with 'Trials'. That is not to say it is the end of my scribblings for the next novel will be set in Scarborough and if the childrens illustrated book is recieved well ( coming soon folks) then, who knows, it may turn into a series, so the world has not heard the last of me...cue evil laugh. I would like to thank all those In Lyme who have supported me....and so manyn of them find themselves in the pages of the novels....in fact, there will be a list of those very people at the end of 'Trials'!!
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What can you find here? Reviews of new and not quite so new Sherlock Holmes novels and collections. Interviews with authors, link to blogs worth following, links to where you can purchase my books and some reviews of my work garnered from Amazon sites. Plus a few scary pics of me and a link to various Lyme Regis videos on YouTube...see what we do here and how....and indeed why!!! Next to the Lyme Regis Video Bar is a Jeremy Brett as Holmes Video Bar and now a Ross K Video Bar. And stories and poems galore in the archives.
Wednesday 8 August 2012
The story so far and the story to come. Or is that stories? After self-publishing the original edition of 'Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror' I gave little thought to following it up. I did continue to write shorter pieces which appeared on Holmesian.net from time to time. I was fortunate in that when I did elect to attempt another Lyme based Holmes pastiche I was able to gain a publisher in the guise of the excellent MX Publishing. As well as having the new novella 'Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy' published along with shorter Holmes pieces ( and ghost stories plus a brief history of Lyme Regis) 'Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror' appeared in a new expanded 2nd edition. Since then, 'Holmes and Watson: End Peace has been published, a break from the norm in that it is not based in Lyme Regis and further, it is comprised solely of dialogue. I have been fortunate enough to garner some very good reviews for all these publications (more needed!!!!!). Currently in progress are 'Sherlock Holmes and the Scarborough Affair' and 'Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Trials' both around 15,000 words in and being written concurrently. 'The Scarborough Affair' is a collaboration with someone who cares not a jot for Holmes, has only ever read two of the original stories and has a thorough dislike of the character! Yet, the plot, synopsis, storyline, characters, setting etc are all hers and my input is a tiny percentage!! 'Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Trials' is likely to be the final Holmes/Lyme Regis adventure, there being a limit to how often I can bring the pair to a small town in Dorset. In between everything else I found time to select, compile two voulmes of assorted Holmesian stories/drabbles/poems, 'Tales From The Stranger's Room Volumes 1 and 2' proceeds from which go to The Beacon Society. Published very shortly now will be 'Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman' achildren's illusrated book with excellent artwork by children's author and artist, Rikey Austin, really excited about the launch of this book, have a notion it will do very well. So that's what has happened, happening and will happen!