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The complete original Solar Pons books including the complete novels in Book 6 and an 8th book of previously uncollected material
The complete original Solar Pons books including the complete novels in Book 6 and an 8th book of previously uncollected material
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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! Plus a never before released collection of rarities!  Including:

  • In Re: Sherlock Holmes
  • The Memoirs of Solar Pons
  • The Return of Solar Pons
  • The Reminiscences of Solar Pons
  • The Casebook of Solar Pons
  • The Novels of Solar Pons: Terror Over London and Mr. Fairlie's Final Journey (featuring the rarity Terror Over London)
  • The Chronicles of Solar Pons
  • NEW!!! The Apocrypha of Solar Pons (featuring all rare rare material previously uncollected in a single volume)
 Covers of the New Editions of the Final Four Original Solar Pons Books!!! Books Six and Eight feature hard to find material!
Covers of the New Editions of the Final Four Original Solar Pons Books!!! Books Six and Eight feature hard to find material!

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 complete, 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 a collection of ALL NEW Solar Pons stories in Early 2019!!!

 “[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 December release.

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