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Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press August 2011

Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press August 2011

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Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has been published monthly ink-on-paper, with occasional illustrations and enclosures, for thirty years. Much of the gossip is quite trivial, but most of it is Sherlockian or Doylean. This is the August 2011 issue. More can be found at http://members.cox.net
Links to the content are available at: www.bakerstreetblog.com/search/label/scuttlebutt
Scuttlebutt from the Spermaceti Press has been published monthly ink-on-paper, with occasional illustrations and enclosures, for thirty years. Much of the gossip is quite trivial, but most of it is Sherlockian or Doylean. This is the August 2011 issue. More can be found at http://members.cox.net

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Aug11#1Scuttlebuttfrom
the
SpermacetiPressLaurieR.King'snewnovelabout
Mary
Russell
and
SherlockHolmesisPIRATEKING
(New
York:BantamBooks,2011;204
W.,
$25.00);it'ssetin1924,
and
has
RusselltmdercoverinvestigatingaBritishmvieconpanythat's
making
arovie
about
amviecompanythat's
making
anovieofGilbert
&
Sullivan's"PiratesofPenzance".Therearevisits
to
Portugal
and
Morocco,realpir-ates,plentyof
surprises,
and
atrulysplendidsetof
openingparagraphs.
Laurie'sweb-siteisat<www.laurierking.com>,whereshe
has
detailsonherbooktour,whichbeginsonSept.6
and
takesherasfareastasChicago.ABritishedition(withadifferentcover)is
due
onSept.12.RomancedetectiveJamieMcJackreturns(inSherlockiancostume)inDanielleCorsetto'son-linecomicstripavailableat<www.girlswithslingshots.com>
(Dec
10#4).Thecastofcharactersincludescataswellaspeopleofvar-iousgenders
and
persuasions;checkthearchiveforJuly25-28.JohnBaeschspottedanarticleintheN.Y.Times(Jtme9)withquotesfromJackiMari,also
known
asSherlockjacki;she
and
her
husband
are"intuitiveinformationspecialists,free-lancepsychicprofilers,andcorporateintui-tives,"
and
herweb-siteat<www.sherlockjacki.com>IOOreinformationabouttheirservices,aswellasSherlockianartwork.WhatactorplayedDr.Watson
in
35"SherlockHolmes"programsonAmericanradiointhe1940s,butisn'tmentioned
in.
any
of
the
Sherlockianreferencebooks?Thisisn'treallyatriviaquestion,ofcourse,sinceitisn'teasytofindhim.RogerJohnsonreports"The
Legacy
ofSherlockHolmes"
I
a55-minutedocumen-tarywritten
and
producedbyJamesHodder
and
broadcast
by
theBritishra-diostationResonance104.4fmonJuly26.
The
programincludesinterviewswithSherlockians
I
actors,
and
authors,
and
canbeheardat
and
downloadedfrom<www.soundcloud.com/radiohodder/the-Iegacy-of-sherlock-holmes>.Anglofile,offeringdetailedcoverageofBritishentertainment
and
formerlyavailable
by
mail,
now
isablog
by
LeslieKing,
and
youcanreadherlat-estnewsat<anglofileplus.livejournal.com>;sheoffersearlynewsofpro-gramstocomeonPBS-TV
and
onBBCAmerica.Tina
Rhea
spottedanaRllSingbasset
hound
inSherlockiancostumeinaten-minutevideo("TheMysteriousAdventuresofSherlock
Hounds")
thatwascre-ated
by
CharlieFoleytopromotetheKingCounty(Washington)LibrarySys-tern's"catchaClueattheLibrary!"SUJJDereadingprogramin2007.MontystarsasSherlockHoundsat<www.youtube.oom/watch?v=ztkWKwBi2bQ>RobertA.
Moss'
"ArthurConanDoyle
and
SherlockHolmes:APhilatelicCele-bration"isthecoverstoryintheAugustissueof
The
AmericanPhilatelist(thejOl~loftheAmericanPhilatelicSociety);
Moss,
amemberofThe
Ba-
kerStreetIrregularsaswellasaphilatelist,hasdoneanexcellentjobofsurveyingthemanystampsthathavehonoredConanDoyle
and
Holmes,
and
thearticleisprofuselyillustratedinfullcolor.
$4.95
i
100HatchFac-toryPlace,Bellefonte,PA16823<www.stamps.org>.
Bob
has
kindlymadethearticleavailableon-lineat<WWW.box.net/shared/f607ed80Bskv5egbo1m6>.
 
Aug11#2ASTUDYNSHERLOCK:TORIESNSPIREDBYTHEHOLMESANON,d-ited
by
LaurieR.
King
and
LeslieS.Klinger(NewYork:Bantam
Books,
2011
i
385pp.,$15.00),isanexcellent
and
interestinganthologyofnewstories,withauthorsrangingfromAlanBradleytoJacquelineWinspear;someofthestoriesarepastiches,
but
many
othersareindeed,
and
invari-ousways,inspiredbytheCanon.PeterH.
Wood
("TheSecondStain")diedonJuly31.HewasoriginallyfromtheIsleofMan,
and
wasateacherthere,
and
afterheemigratedtoCanada,inSaskatchewan
and
Alberta,wherehefotmded
The
EdJOOntonDeerstalker
and
The
C.P.R.Stockholder'sSociety;whenheretiredherovedtoVancouver
and
wasanenergeticmemberof
The
stormyPetrels.
The
BootmakersofTorontomadehimaMasterBootmakerin1983,
and
hereceivedhisInvestiturefrom
The
BakerStreetIrregularsin1985.
What
actorplayedDr.Watsonin35IISheriockHolmes"programsonAmericanradiointhe1940s,butisn'tmentionedinanyof
the
Sherlockianreference
books?
WendellHolmes.
The
"SherlockHolmes"seriesbroadcastbyWOR-MBSin1948-49iswidelylistedasstarringJohnstanleyasSherlockHolmes
and
IanMartinasDr.Watson,butthestory'squitedifferentifonelistenstotheseries
(and
they'rewidelyavailable
now).
WatsonwasplayedbyMartininonlythefirstfourofthe39episodes,
and
intheremainingepisodesbyGeorgeSpelvin,whoreallywasWendell
Holmes.
"GeorgeSpelvin"
has
beenusedasatheatricalaliasformanyyears,
and
theproducersof
the
seriesseemtohavedecidedthatlistenerswouldbe
confused
if
Watsonwasplayed
by
someone
named
Holmes.
As
farasI
know,
DanielJ.Morrowwas
the
firsttocon-firm(fromStanley)thattheseries
used
ItGeorgeSpelvin"asanalias.Theredoesn'tappearto
be
RJJCh
informationaboutWendellHolmes:theInternetMovie
Data
Base
notesthathewasbornin1914(asOliverWendellHolmes)
and
diedin1962,
and
appearedofteninfilms
and
ontelevis-ion.Here'swhathelookedlikein1949,whenhe
had
asupportingroleinthefilm"LostBoundaries".TheelectronicjournalRipperologistcastsitsnetwidely:theJulyissue(#121)reprints"Lot
No.
249
11
withaninterestingintroduction
and
annota-tions
by
thejournal'seditor
Eduardo
Zinna.There
is
alsoanarticle
by
~leffMudgettwiththeintriguingtitle"JackIsHolmes";
but
it'snotourHolmes:Mudgett'snewbookBLOODSTAINSells
the
storyofhisgreat-great-grandfatherHermanWebsterMudgett,better
known
asH.H.Holmes,who
ad-
mittedtokilling27peopleinChicagoin.1893.Youcancontacttheeditorat<editorez@yahoo.co.uk>forinformation
about
subscriptions.P.D.~laJ1lE>$roteTALKINGBOUTETECTIVEICTION(2009)at
the
requestoftheBodleianLibrary,whichbenefitsfromsalesofthebook,andthereisaninterestingchapteron
"The
Tenantof221BBakerstreetandtheParishPriestfromCobholeinEssex".
The
limitededition,signed
and
slipcased,is
now
outprint,buttheBritishedition
is
stillavailable(BodleianLi-brary,£12.99);theAmericaneditionfromKnopfisoutofprint,butthereisatradepaperbackpublishedthisyear(Vintage,$14.00).FansofG.K.Ch~stertonwillknowthattheparishpriestisFather
Brown.
 
A~~
11
#3
The
KennedyCenter'sMarkTwainPrizeforArnericanHumorwillbeawardedtoWillFerrellon
Oct.
23.
He
isnotedforhisa{r-
psarances
on"SaturdayNightLive"andinfilmsandhis
one-man
comedy
showonBroadway,but(sofar)notforplaying
Dr.
Watsonwith
sesba
BaronCohenasHolmesinafilmannouncedbyColtUnbiaPictures(.luI08#3);thatfilm'sinwhat'spolitelydescribedas"developmenthell
ll
BritMovieToursoffersSherlockHolmestours
in
Londonthatincludeloca-tionsfeatured
in
film
and
televisionadaptations,withpublicwalks,pri-vategroupwalkingtours,
and
car
and
coachtours;you
can
visittheirwet>-siteat<www.britm::wietours.com/}:XX)kings/sherlock-holmes-london-tour>.
~~-""/'\'/'\.I""./\./\./'''',/"\",-,,,-
ron~
The
U.
S.PostalServicehashonoredthecentennialofRonald~Reagan'sbirth.Hewroteto
O.
DallasBaillio(directorofthepubliclibraryinMobile,Ala.)in
1911,
describinghisdebttopubliclibraries
and
the
books
hereadasayoungboyinDixon,
Ill.:
"Thencamethe
Zane
Greyphase,HoratioAlgerandSherlockHolmes,
and,
ofcourse,MarkTwainwith
Tom
Saw-yerandHuckleberryFinn."In1992theReagansdinedatTheSherlock
Holmes
inNorthumberlandStreet
and
weregreetedbyHolmes
and
Watson(costtUnedactorsStewartQuentinHolmes
and
John
Barrett-Watson);there'smoreaboutthat
in
astoryintheSherlockHolmesGazette(spring1993)."}WenSherlockHolmeswouldhavebeenperplexed
by
thismystery,"anadver-t.isement
by
GovMint.cornproclaimedintheWashingtonPost(Aug.5).It's"areal-lifemysterySirArthurConanDoylecouldn'twrit.e.
And
SherlockHo]me.c;COUldn'tSOlve,"theadvertisementpromised,buttheonlyconnectionseemstobethat
Conan
DoylekilledoffHolmes
in
a}:XX)kublishedin
1894,and
ahoardofRomanbronzecoinswasfound
in
England
in
1895.1,661ofthecoinsweresoldatauctionlastyearfor£46,694[$16,251]'
and
they'renowbeingofferedat
$179
(if
youbuyfiveormore);thecalculationisasinpleone,assomeoneoncesaid:anyonewhoactedquicklycouldhavehadthemallforamere$279,319.
The
InternetArchiveisafineresourceforresearchers:VirginiaAldrichreportsthattheyhaveli~c;toscansofthefirst64voltUneSof
The
StrandMagazine(fromboundvoltUneS);somescansarefastertoopenthanothers,but<www.archive.org/details/TheStrandMagazineAnIllustratedHonthJ.y>givesyouslow-speedaccesstoall64volurne.c;.Forec.ast:WINTERATDEATH'HOTEL,
by
KennethCameron(fromOrioninNovem-ber
r
£12.95)
i
ArthurConanDoyleandhiswifeLouisaarrive
in
NewYorkin,January
1896
tobeginhisfirstAmericantourandthereisaseriesofbru-talmurders
r
andwiththehelpofahard-bittendetectiveandanambitious
f~..ma]
enewsreporter
r
"Louisastartstopiecetogetherastoryofmadness,murder
I
anddepravity."Theauctionforthef.ordshipof
the
ManorofManatoninDevon
(.JlID
11#1)isunderway
r
and
detailsareavailableatthewelrsiteofManorialAuction-eers<www.msgb.co.uk>
i
theybelievethatManaton
Inspfred
THRHOUNDFTHR
BASKRRVTI.T..
ES
I
andestimatetheLordshipat£20
J
000to£30,000
(and
if
youintendtobid
I
you'll
need
topay£25fora"BaskervillePack").

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