“A trusty comrade is always of use, and a chronicler still more so.” (TWIS)
I’d like to acknowledge the Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia and its creator, Alexis Barquin. Plus all its contributors. This splendid resource was and is a daily helpmate during the writing of my novels, These Scattered Houses and Remarkable Power of Stimulus. Always open on my internet browser right next to the thesaurus.
It’s true my dogeared copy of The Original Illustrated Strand Sherlock Holmes was very well-thumbed, too. And this was my second reference book, I retired my twin Doubleday Sherlock Holmes because it was literally falling apart. I have Baring-Gold’s and Leslie Klinger’s Annotated books and my Bradshaw’s Handbook open on my table for research, too. For 19th-Century London & England it can’t be beat!
There were many many times when I searched through the Encyclopedia for Holmesian accuracy and quotes and always found what I needed. As the forward thinker, he was, I’m sure Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud and happy to find this tribute to his life and works so easily accessible on the internet.
It is a compendium of everything Doyle. Filled with images of original magazine pages, artwork, and history of the man and his works. I have been led many times to purchase or read from the site books and stories I discovered there about from this prolific author. It is for me one of those most necessary writer’s companions. And for an author of new Sherlock Holmes books, it is a constant well of inspiration. Many thanks.