Solar Pons – I named this blog after him

Pons_MyLibraryThis blog is named Almost Holmes. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to know that. And most of my posts are Holmes-related. But the name is really meant to be about Solar Pons.

You can go to Amazon, type Sherlock Holmes, and an almost uncountable number of stories by authors not named Arthur Conan Doyle will come up.

Some are very good, some are very bad, and others fall in between. I happen to think that August Derleth’s Solar Pons is the best Holmes pastiche you will find. For the most part, it’s not even debatable.

This post I wrote for my The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes column over at the Black Gate website is a pretty good overview of Pons. And if you want to delve a bit more deeply into “the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street,” is the only website dedicated to him.

I would love to see Les Edwards draw some more Pons

I would love to see Les Edwards draw some more Pons

Another Black Gate post I wrote looked at the four science fiction Pons tales that Derleth wrote with Mack Reynolds and I think it’s worth a read. We’ve even got a growing Facebook community, with over 130 members (I was just hoping to reach 20 when I started it).

The Pons tales are not out in ebook form, and the last major reissue of Derleth’s stories was by Pinnacle circa 1974. So, you need to look a little (but not too much) for used copies of a few of the collections. But if you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan, there’s a treasure trove of stories out there for you to discover. Come, Parker, the game’s afoot!

2 thoughts on “Solar Pons – I named this blog after him

  1. Joe Allegretti

    I’m always surprised when owners don’t issue ebooks of “fan favorites.” Not only Solar Pons, but The Shadow and Doc Savage. I guess I just don’t understand publishing.

    1. Bob Byrne Post author

      Joe – I get that there is some cost and work involved: I’m not minimizing that. But with Pons, the Derleth heirs have a large output, high quality property. It’s tied-in to Holmes, and that brand is as globally popular as it has ever been.

      In this digital age, an ebook reissue seems like a pretty easy win. Now, there could be plans in place I know nothing about (in fact, there is an ongoing effort to get new paperback editions out) . But it’s been 40 years since the Pinnacle releases and I think Holmes fans would buy Pons. Especially an affordable ebook

      I compare it to Nero Wolfe (a hugely successful series, of course), which periodically sees new paperbacks come into print.


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