Sherlock Holmes fandom

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Sherlock Holmes fandom is an international, informal community of fans of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, especially of the Canon of Sherlock Holmes. The fans are known as Sherlockian or Holmesian.[1] Fans of the literary detective Sherlock Holmes are widely considered to have comprised the first modern fandom,[2] holding public demonstrations of mourning after Holmes was "killed off" in 1893, and creating some of the first fan fiction as early as about 1897 to 1902.[2][3][4]

Noted Sherlockian John Bennett Shaw[5] compiled a list of 100 books, pamphlets, and periodicals essential for Sherlockian study entitled The Basic Holmesian Library.[6] The list, along with Shaw's extensive Sherlock Holmes Library, resides at the University of Minnesota Libraries where it was donated a year after his death.[7]

Sherlockian game[edit]

Fans often play "The Great Game",[8] contending that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were real people and Conan Doyle was merely Watson's literary agent.[9]

Many authors have authored "biographies" of Sherlock Holmes such as William S. Baring-Gould's Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street,[8] Nick Rennison's Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography.[10] Both Baring-Gould and Leslie S. Klinger have edited annotated editions of the Canon of Sherlock Holmes.[8]


in 1934, Christopher Morley hosted a dinner in New York City in honor of Sherlock Holmes which led to the formation of The Baker Street Irregulars.[11] Later that same year in London, England the Sherlock Holmes Society was formed.[11] Since that time, organizations have formed all over the world devoted to Sherlock Holmes[4] with Japan being home to the largest society.[12]

List of societies[edit]


Various cookbooks with a Victorian era Sherlockian theme have been published over the years. 1976 brought both Dining with Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Cookbook by Julia Rosenblatt and Frederic H. Sonnenschmidt[13] as well as Sherlock Holmes Cookbook by Sean M. Wright and John Farrell.[13][14] The latter two authors are both investitures of the Baker Street Irregulars.[15][16] William Bonnell authored The Sherlock Holmes Victorian Cookbook[13] in 1997.[17]


Cosplay is often an aspect of Sherlockian fandom[18][19] with a Sherlock Cosplay World Record attempted at UCL in 2014.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McClure, Rosemary (October 30, 2018). "A not-so-elementary guide to Sherlock Holmes' London". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Scott (2009-04-20). "Scott Brown on Sherlock Holmes, Obsessed Nerds, and Fan Fiction". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2015-03-12. Sherlockians called them parodies and pastiches (they still do), and the initial ones appeared within 10 years of the first Holmes 1887 novella, A Study in Scarlet.
  3. ^ The editors (2015-02-06). "Sherlock Holmes". Fanlore wiki. Fanlore. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-03-12. The earliest recorded examples of this fannish activity are from 1902...CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b Britt, Ryan (August 29, 2016). "The First Modern Fandom Brought Sherlock Holmes Back from the Dead". Inverse. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Boström, Mattias (2018). From Holmes to Sherlock. Mysterious Press. p. 386. ISBN 978-0-8021-2789-1.
  6. ^ Boström, Mattias (2018). From Holmes to Sherlock. Mysterious Press. p. 435. ISBN 978-0-8021-2789-1.
  7. ^ Johnson, Timothy J. "The Basic Holmesian Library". University of Minnesota Libraries. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Bahn, Christopher (June 7, 2010). Sherlock Holmes. The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Plautz, Jason (September 14, 2011). "Did Dr. Watson Really Write Sherlock Holmes?". Mental Floss. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Charles Taylor (2006-11-12). "Baker Street Regular". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  11. ^ a b Riley, Dick; McAllister, Pam (1999). The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Sherlock Holmes. Continuum. p. 91-92. ISBN 0-8264-1116-9.
  12. ^ Boström, Mattias (2018). From Holmes to Sherlock. Mysterious Press. p. 438. ISBN 978-0-8021-2789-1.
  13. ^ a b c Manente, Kristina (November 14, 2018). "Cooking Sherlock Holmes' favorite foods". Syfy. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "Baker Street Meals And Menus: The Three Garridebs (1976)". The Fourth Garrideb: A Scion Society of The Baker Street Irregulars. June 18, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "The 1977 BSI Dinner". The Baker Street Irregulars. December 17, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "The 1981 BSI Dinner". The Baker Street Irregulars. February 19, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  17. ^ Richards, Linda L. "Review: The Sherlock Holmes Victorian Cookbook". January Magazine. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  18. ^ McAlpine, Fraser. "'Sherlock' Cosplay: How To Dress Like Sherlock". BBC America. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  19. ^ Foulkes, Imogen (September 17, 2012). "Sherlock Holmes and his fight to the death". BBC. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Sherlock Holmes Cosplay World Record Attempt". Red Carpet News. July 20, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2018.