- Would you like to know how Holmes met Mrs. Hudson?
- How about the time when Charlie Chaplin befriended Billy the Page?
- Or, the time when a little girl learned that Yes, Virginia, There is a Sherlock Holmes?
Those are just three of the incredible adventures recounted in Beyond Watson, the first Sherlock Holmes anthology published by Belanger Books, and what is sure to be our second successful Kickstarter campaign. All of the stories are told, at least in part, by a character who is not Dr. John H. Watson, and are written by some of the best current Sherlock Holmes authors including David Marcum, Daniel D. Victor, Don Everitt Smith Jr., Elizabeth Varadan, Geri Schear, Kieran Lyne, Luke Benjamen Kuhns, Marcia Wilson, David Ruffle, and me, Derrick Belanger. I am also excited to announce that the great science fiction author Jack McDevitt has his first Sherlock Holmes story in this collection, and another sci-fi author, Richard Paolinelli, will have his story included as long as we reach our Kickstarter stretch goal ($1,000).
The funds from this project will be used to pay the authors, cover editing expenses, and promote Beyond Watson when it is officially released in June (backers get the anthology a month before the publication date).
Also, we will use the profits as seed money for additional Sherlock Holmes story collections.
Authors and the Stories
Here are the Beyond Watson authors with excerpts from their stories.
"It was at the British Museum that I first met him. Mr Holmes, I mean. At the time, he was newly returned to the city. He had been studying, he later told me, in some university or other. Mr Holmes returned to London to complete his education, he said. He was engaged in a practicum of his own devising, and London was his laboratory. I had no idea what this meant and merely nodded. I thought him the oddest and the cleverest man I ever met..." - Mrs. Hudson in Mrs. Hudson's Lodger.
“Ah, yes. Tarleton you say? My goodness, young man, that does take me back so many years. This was a time long before my biographer had come to glorify me, for I was freshly arrived in London and had taken a set of rooms in Montague Street. Do you know it? Oh well, it is of no importance. The suite of rooms were exceedingly modest, but for a student of crime, their location could not be bettered other than taking up residence in Scotland Yard itself.” - Sherlock Holmes in The Tarleton Affair.
"This is Lestrade’s eternal problem: the highest price in consulting the services of Sherlock Holmes is knowing his case is no longer his own. Holmes takes over like a force of nature." - Inspector Lestrade in "The Mortal Condition."
"After Holmes and his pal went back to London, the policemen were drinking in the pub, discussing the case. I happened to overhear them laughing about how Holmes had managed to theorize somehow that the Professor was involved in the case. Apparently they thought his whole obsession with my boss was just a bee in Holmes’s bonnet. I knew better..." - Colonel Sebastian Moran in "Some Notes upon the Matter of John Douglas."
"I must admit, I did not expect Lucas Reeve to cross my path. When he did, he wore a red mask and went by a different name. Why did he do this? He did so to bring hope...He truly had no equal... save for one man. Sherlock Holmes." - Larkin Cobb in "Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Cairgannham"
"The incident with Mr and Mrs Jones, members of our parish, brought back those memories of Mr Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. I guess I did not think that I would ever need to cross paths with those men again. I am no narrator like Doctor Watson, who has published a few adventures of Sherlock Holmes in The Strand Magazine. I do, however, wish to recount the trouble that befell our parish and Sherlock Holmes’ aid in that matter." - Violet Hunter in "The Tiger's Master."
"I trusted the police to do their best. But two years ago, not far from here, several women had been murdered, and no one knew yet who the killer was. Could a kidnapper and a missing boy be found if constables only asked questions? Did they know the right questions?" - Mrs. Parker in "Kidnapped."
“There is perhaps no establishment more singular than The White Cedar Hotel, Mr. Holmes; famed as the most desirable, yet also most queer of destinations in London, it holds a fascination unheard of for such a modest origin. ..The front door is locked at all times, apart from between four and five in the afternoon: this is the only time that Mr. Walberswick will interview for new guests. Not even I have a key to this door, and all guests and employees are required to leave by a back exit, which also must be kept locked." - Mr. Percival Tremayne in "The Adventure of the White Cedar Hotel."
" What teener wouldn’t want to be employed at the residence of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective? Especially if that teener wanted to be a writer. For Dr. Watson, Mr. Holmes’ friend and biographer, frequently gives me suggestions concerning my own writing, advice that I have much appreciated since I regard his own work so highly. " - Raymond Chandler in "An Adventure in the Mid-Day Sun."
"I find the most common question asked of me is not what I consider my greatest accomplishment as Prime Minister, but rather what I consider to be the darkest time of my career. So you can imagine my interrogators’ surprise when they discover that the moment of darkest despair in the entire life of Winston Churchill did not come during either World War. Not even the double blow of the Gallipoli and Lusitania disasters that led to my removal as First Lord of the Admiralty left me in a state of despair as the one I found myself in after my fourteenth birthday." - Winston Churchill in "A Lesson in Mercy."
PLEASE NOTE: This story will only be included if we reach our stretch goal of $1,000.
"When Watson, supported by a cane, appeared, he had a slight limp, probably resulting from the injury he’d suffered in the Second Afghan War. But he made it onto the stage and took his place at the lectern without any help. The applause was thunderous, and I wondered if maybe I should put the philosophers aside and start writing crime stories." - Henry Mencken in "The Lost Equation."
"From what I’ve heard from men far more learned than myself, Dr. Watson is also a real man in the flesh, though I can’t say I’ve ever met him. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle acts as his literary agent and puts his name on the stories, again, so no one will believe that there’s any part of the tale that’s real. But beyond the story, we can see Holmes’s influence all around us. Look at the advances in police work. They aren’t falling over each other, messing up crime scenes, and arresting someone just for standing outside a home where a robbery occurs. No sir, now they check for fingerprints and footprints. That’s all because of Holmes." - Bert Provencher in "Yes, Virginia, There is a Sherlock Holmes
Final Reward: As a bonus, artist Brian Belanger (MacDougall Twins Mysteries w/Sherlock Holmes) is donating his original two pencil sketches and two inked pages that went into creating the Beyond Watson cover image. This artwork (shown below) is a limited, one-time-only reward for pledging at the $250.00 level!
Risks and challenges
Risks are minimal. All of the stories have been written and submitted by the authors. The only risk would be completing the editing and publishing of the book on time. We have never been late on a project before, and we do not expect any delay which would make this book later than the expected early release date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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