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Join some of the finest Sherlockian writers as they explore the early days of Sherlock Holmes, before Watson, before Baker Street.
Join some of the finest Sherlockian writers as they explore the early days of Sherlock Holmes, before Watson, before Baker Street.
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Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street

  • Edited by David Marcum

221b Baker Street! Just the mention of those words is enough to suggest mystery and adventure and heroism. Over many years, this humble London address was the destination of so many people – clients and policemen, the rich and the poor, those needing help and those with a secret. This famed location is known all over the world, for it’s the one most associated with the legendary . . . Sherlock Holmes!

But there was a time before Sherlock Holmes moved to Baker Street, before his fame had grown, when he was still learning his craft and struggling to create his unique profession – the first of its kind – Consulting Detective!

Join some of the finest Sherlockian writers as they explore those early days Before Baker Street.   Read about when Holmes was still a boy, learning from his older brother Mycroft, or later, when he had moved to London, living in Montague Street, just 'round the corner from the British Museum, waiting for the next adventure to begin . . . . The Game is afoot! 

SHERLOCK HOLMES: BEFORE BAKER STREET features contributions by: Jayantika Ganguly, Robert Perret, S. Subramanian, David Marcum, Arthur Hall, S.F. Bennett, Derrick Belanger, Daniel D. Victor, Mark Mower, Geri Schear, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a foreword by Steven Rothman

Funding

The book has been compiled by editor David Marcum and all stories have been submitted and accepted. The funds raised will help with the publishing costs attributed to a short story anthology.  It will also help with advertising costs and additional funds will be used to create more Sherlock Holmes anthologies in the future.

See Below for descriptions of other books included in our reward levels.

STRETCH GOAL #1

Since we have met our initial goal, we are adding a stretch goal. If the Kickstarter reaches $1,000 in backing then an additional early Sherlock Holmes adventure will be added to the collection, this one dealing with Holmes as a young pupil. Find out how Holmes solves what may have been his first case and the difficult lesson he learned through the process. All backers will receive this story as part of the collection if we reach $1,000! 

UPDATE: STRETCH GOAL #1 MET!!! 

STRETCH GOAL #2

We have met both our goal and our first stretch goal, so we are adding stretch goal #2!!  If the Kickstarter reaches 50 backers then we will include a special thank you section in the back of the book which will include all the names of the backers.  All backers regardless of their backing amount will get to see their names in print! We just need ten more backers to meet this goal!!

Other Books Included in Rewards

The Secret Diary of Mycroft Holmes: The Thoughts and Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes’s Elder Brother, 1880-1888 by S.F. Bennett
The Secret Diary of Mycroft Holmes: The Thoughts and Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes’s Elder Brother, 1880-1888 by S.F. Bennett

 “If Samuel Pepys could fill nine years’ worth of journals with tales of arguments with his wife, visits to the theatres, fire and plague, then I am fairly confident I should be able to achieve a similar feat – with the exception of the plague, that is.” Thus begins Mycroft Holmes’s valiant, if irregular, attempt to chronicle his doings. Rediscovered in 1976 and now fully translated from an obscure code, Mycroft’s diaries reveal that a brother’s lot is not always a happy one, especially when that brother happens to be London’s only consulting detective. In this humorous look at the world of Sherlock Holmes through Mycroft’s eyes, between avoiding amorous cleaning ladies and eccentric family members, appeasing hopeless artists and budding novelists, keeping the peace at the Diogenes and minding doting dogs, one question always remains: will Sherlock ever get a proper job? Devon-based journalist and lecturer, S.F. Bennett has written for the Baker Street Journal and the Journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, amongst others. This is the author's first novel.

Beyond Watson: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology of Stories NOT Told by Dr. John H. Watson
Beyond Watson: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology of Stories NOT Told by Dr. John H. Watson

 Imagine a Holmes Without his Boswell... Or, as is the case with the volume you now hold in your hands, imagine a Holmes without the voice of Watson. Is there a difference? After all, we have learned about the great detective not through his own voice and eyes, but through that of his loyal companion, his dear friend, his Boswell. What might we be missing? Who else could tell of the great detective’s feats? Find out as today's best Sherlock Holmes authors including Derrick Belanger, Luke Kuhns, Kieran Lyne, David Marcum, Jack McDevitt, Richard Paolinelli, David Ruffle, Geri Schear, Don Smith, Elizabeth Varadan, Daniel Victor, and Marcia Wilson tell stories from the perspectives of: Sherlock Holmes Mrs Hudson Colonel Sebastian Moran Raymond Chandler Inspector Lestrade Winston Churchill Violet Hunter Henry Mencken and many others... Experience Holmes like never before as you go Beyond Watson! Includes a special introductory toast from Mark Levy, BSI

Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume I: 1891-1892 (Volume 1)
Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume I: 1891-1892 (Volume 1)

 

Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume II: 1893-1894 (Volume 2)
Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume II: 1893-1894 (Volume 2)

 Sherlock Holmes! The very name of the world’s greatest detective conjures up images of Victorian London, gaslit streets, hansom cabs, and dense fogs. But there was a time, a dark three-year period, when London had to make do without Sherlock Holmes. From 1891 to 1894, he was presumed to be dead, having perished during the epic struggle with that infamous Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarty, atop the Reichenbach Falls. But unknown to most, even his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes survived. During those three years, he roamed the world, acting as an agent for the British Government and using his very special skills along the way. In Volume 1 of Holmes Away From Home, the incredible two-volume collection of new traditional Holmes adventures, we find Our Hero criss-crossing the world – Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. During this period known as The Great Hiatus, Holmes may have been in disguise, but there is no mistaking the person that Watson described as “. . . the best and wisest man whom I have ever known.” The game is afoot!

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack The Ripper by Diane Gilbert Madsen
The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack The Ripper by Diane Gilbert Madsen

 “The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper,” uncovers clues as to Why the Dog Did Not Bark in the Night. Sherlock Holmes concluded that it was because the intruder was known to the dog. Madsen’s new mystery questions whether the identity of one of the greatest criminals of all time, Jack the Ripper, was deduced by Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was already famous with his popular Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in October 1888. Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case? Find out in “The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper.”

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance by Derrick Belanger
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance by Derrick Belanger

 Winter, 1890. A deep freeze has fallen upon London, and its citizens remain huddled indoors. But the cogs of the criminal underworld never stop turning, and Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks the centre of the art world. Sir Wellington is disturbed in the middle of the night, apprehending a thief attempting to steal his rare and valuable 14th portrait of King Edward III. In the kerfuffle that follows, the painting is set ablaze and the thief escapes. When the police track down the criminal to take him to the station, he is fatally shot by an unknown assailant. But the labyrinth of deceit grows even more impenetrable, as the painting’s provenance is called into question and Holmes and Watson find themselves in the midst of a vast conspiracy. It seems that this incident is just one of many at the hands of a powerful crime syndicate, duping the London’s wealthy into buying imitation artwork – with the renowned National Portrait Gallery supposedly at the centre... With usurped identities, shootings, chases and conspiracies, Holmes and Watson find themselves enmeshed in a tangled web of theft, forgery and murder. Can the famous duo untangle the mystery and expose the criminal network before it is too late? Or will this case prove too complex for even their brilliant minds?  

"... well-paced, with just enough action to balance the domesticity and deduction, and the plot is cleverly executed." - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere

“This author truly captures the storytelling virtues with which Doyle imbued Dr. Watson. Belanger’s tale pulls you in from the first paragraph, and keeps you at Holmes’s side as this marvelous new tale unfolds step-by-step. If you love Holmes, you’ll love The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance.” - Kim Krisco, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Years

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure Of The Primal Man by Derrick Belanger
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure Of The Primal Man by Derrick Belanger

 London 1901. The city is in the grip of 'Monkey Man Mania'. Intrepid explorer, Drake Patterson has caused a media storm following his astonishing discovery of a frozen ancient man in the remote Himalayan mountains. This 'Primal Man' has been triumphantly transported back to England as proof of the 'missing link' in evolutionary theory. The upcoming auction of the specimen causes a stir amongst academics and the board of the British Museum. Whilst many are excited about bidding for this 'yeti', or 'mi-go', there are some with a more sceptical viewpoint. The story of the find just doesn't add up – neither does the fact that no one is prepared to insure the beast. Enter the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr Watson. Sherlock is in no doubt about the Primal Man's authenticity and takes great pleasure in enlisting the assistance of his cousin, Professor Ellington Dynamo to prove the case. The fraud investigation takes a dark turn when it becomes one of murder, and Sherlock's powers of deduction and skill are once again put to the test in this exciting adventure. Full of the skulduggery and surprises you would expect from a Sherlock story, and with the fearsome Professor Dynamo and his delightful inventions to boot, The Adventure of the Primal Man will not fail to please.  

"One thing is certain – nothing is as it seems, and Sherlock Holmes is the man to solve the case." David Marcum, author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt, and Sherlock Holmes – Tangled Skeins

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