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For the first time in the 21st Century! The Original Derleth Solar Pons, The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street, returns in New Editions
For the first time in the 21st Century! The Original Derleth Solar Pons, The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street, returns in New Editions
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Read the Original Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street!

Brand new editions of the original Solar Pons story collections written by August Derleth! Including:

  • In Re: Sherlock Holmes
  • The Memoirs of Solar Pons
  • The Return of Solar Pons
  • The Reminiscences of Solar Pons

Featuring ebook Editions of the books for the first time ever!

The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street
The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street

Who is Solar Pons?

“Solar Pons came into being out of Sherlock Holmes . . . .” – August Derleth 

 In 1928, college student August Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking if any more Sherlock Holmes adventures were going to be published. Upon receiving a negative reply, Derleth decided to provide some of his own. However, rather than relating more tales of Holmes and Dr. Watson, he ended up introducing the world to Solar Pons and Dr. Lyndon Parker, living in London during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Pons solved crimes using deduction and ratiocination, often referring to Holmes as “The Master” or “My illustrious predecessor”. Since his first appearance, Pons has been a favorite with Sherlockians. Between the 1920’s and the early 1970’s, Derleth produced over seventy Pons short stories and novels, publishing them through his own imprint, Mycroft & Moran. The Pons stories were beloved within the Sherlockian community, but little known elsewhere. In the 1970’s, the books were reissued as Pinnacle Paperbacks, opening up the world of Solar Pons to a much wider audience. However, it’s been more than a generation since those inexpensive paperbacks were available. Since then, both they and the original Mycroft & Moran editions have become extremely difficult to find – and quite expensive as well. 

Now, the August Derleth Estate, Arkham House, and Belanger Books are pleased to present this new authorized collection of the original Solar Pons adventures, taken from the original Mycroft & Moran editions by editor David Marcum. Join Pons and Parker as they venture forth into the mysterious London fogs during that murky period between the two World Wars. Along the way, meet some old friends, and discover why Pons is called “The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street”.

Covers of the New Editions of the First Four Original Solar Pons Books
Covers of the New Editions of the First Four Original Solar Pons Books

Please note: Extensively edited versions of the Solar Pons canon appeared in the late twentieth century, altering the language and chronology of the stories. For these new editions, Belanger Books has painstakingly restored the Solar Pons tales as they were originally written by August Derleth.

If the Kickstarter is successful then Belanger Books will release new editions of the additional original Solar Pons books by August Derleth in Autumn 2018.

“[Solar Pons is] a clever impersonator, with a twinkle in his eye, which tells us that he knows that he is not Sherlock Holmes, and knows that we know it, but he hopes we will like him anyway for what he symbolizes . . . The best substitute for Sherlock Holmes known.” – Vincent Starrett 

“This literary predecessor of the Master deserves the nostalgic sighs his exploits will bring from most dyed-in-the-red Baker Street Irregulars.” – Time Magazine 

 “Now, meet Solar Pons, the Pride of Praed Street . . . The Master is not too visible – that is, to the naked eye. But you will feel his dynamic presence once again . . . Yes, dear reader, but turn a page, and again – the game is afoot!” – Ellery Queen

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We are digitizing the original books which is time consuming. However, we feel that the books will be ready in time for the June release.

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    Deluxe Solar Pons E-book Reward

    Receive mobi and pdf copies of the original four Solar Pons books by August Derleth (In Re: Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Solar Pons, The Reminiscences of Solar Pons, The Return of Solar Pons)

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    David Marcum Holmes Pons Reward

    Receive all of the books edited by or written by David Marcum in the Belanger Books catalog! You receive the Complete Solar Pons Reward plus Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street, and Holmes Away From Home: Adventures from the Great Hiatus Volume 1 and 2. That's a total of 8 books!

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    Complete Holmes Pons Reward

    Receive the complete Belanger Books paperback Sherlock Holmes and Solar Pons collection. You get all five Solar Pons books plus our 9 Sherlock Holmes books (Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells Vol. 1 and 2, Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street, Beyond Watson, Holmes Away From Home: Adventures from the Great Hiatus Volume 1 and 2, Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance, Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Primal Man, and The Secret Diary of Mycroft Holmes: The Thoughts and Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes’s Elder Brother, 1880-1888)

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