Robert Bloch is best known as the author of Psycho, which became a spine-chilling movie by Alfred Hitchcock. He authored several books and short stories. He also was a fan of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street. In fact, he even wrote a poet about Pons, working several well-known detectives and private eyes in. So, I give you, Robert Bloch’s A Toast To Solar Pons.
We don’t dispute the toil
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Invested in creating Sherlock Holmes;
And Miss Marple, fat and frisky,
Thanks to Miss Agatha Christie
Appears in a variety of tomes.
And a MacDonald – Ross –
Is never at a loss
For getting Archer into quite a bind;
While MacDonald’s namesake – John D. –
Created Travis McGee
Whose problem is that he is color-blind.
Wolfe, Poirot and Vance
Perchance enhance romance
Detection and deduction are their field;
And while Philip Marlowe guzzles,
Charlie Chan solves Chinese puzzles
And Perry Mason’s cases aren’t appealed.
But we salute a sleuth
Who dignifies, in truth,
The mantle of the master that he dons;
All the others, irrespective,
Must defer to our detective-
So, gentlemen-I give you -Solar Pons!