Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes

Edited by Tom Ue and Jonathan Cranfield

Edited by Tom Ue and Jonathan Cranfield

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

164 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781783202058 Published July 2014
Few could have predicted the enduring fascination with the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. From the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the recent BBC series that has made a heartthrob out of Benedict Cumberbatch, the sleuth has been much a part of the British and global cultural legacy from the moment of his first appearance in 1887.

The contributors to this book discuss the ways in which various fan cultures have sprung up around the stories and how they have proved to be a strong cultural paradigm for the ways in which phenomena functions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Essays explore the numerous adaptations, rewritings, rip-offs, role-playing, wiki and crowdsourced texts, virtual realities, and faux scholarship Sherlock Holmes has inspired. Though fervid fan behavior is often mischaracterized as a modern phenomenon, the historical roots of fan manifestations that have been largely forgotten are revived in this thrilling book.

Complete with interviews with writers who have famously brought the character of Holmes back to life, the collection benefits from the vast knowledge of its contributors, including academics who teach in the field, archivists, and a number of writers who have been involved in the enactment of Holmes stories on stage, screen, and radio. The release of Fan Phenomena: Sherlock Holmes coincides with Holmes’s 160th birthday, so it is no mystery that it will make a welcome addition to the burgeoning scholarship on this timeless detective.


Tom Ue and Jonathan Cranfield


Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare

Tom Ue


Holmes and the Snake Skin Suits: Fighting for Survival on `50s Television

Russell Merritt


Fan Appreciation no. 1

Anthony Horowitz: Author of The House of Silk


Doyle or Death? An Investigation into the World of Pastiche

Luke Benjamen Kuhns


Fan Appreciation no. 2

Ellie Ann Soderstrom: Author of Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus


Sherlock Holmes, Fan Culture and Fan Letters

Jonathan Cranfield


Fan Appreciation no. 3

The Team behind The Young Sherlock Holmes Adventures


Sherlock Holmes in the Twenty-second Century: Rebranding Holmes for a Child Audience

Noel Brown


Fan Appreciation no. 4

Scott Beatty: Co-author of Sherlock Holmes: Year One


On Writing New Adventures on Audio: Into the Interstices of Canon

Jonathan Barnes


The Creation of ‘The Boy Sherlock Holmes’

Shane Peacock


Fan Appreciation no. 5

Robert Ryan: Author of Dead Man’s Land


Getting Level with the King-Devil: Moriarty, Modernity and Conspiracy

Benjamin Poore


Contributor Biographies

Image Credits

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