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Keith Oatley

The Case Of Emily V. (2003)
Story Type:
Pastiche narrated by Emily Vincent, Freud and Watson
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; Mycroft Holmes
Historical Figures: Sigmund Freud
Other Characters: Emily Vincent; Charles S.; Sara Rosenthal; Bertha; Dr Woolf; Mr. Jones; Diogenes Footman; Diogenes Members; Diogenes Butler; Mrs S's Maid; Catherine S.; Cabbie; Mrs Mountjoy; S's Mistress; Herr Kydorf; Frau König; Sara's Maid; The Psychological Wednesday Society; Constable; Lotte; Coachman; Railway Official; Ticket Inspector; Trient Porter; English Family; Cab Driver
(Sara's Cook; Sara's Father; Emily's Friend; Emily's Father; Emily's Mother; Caroline; Emily's Governess; Sara's Servant; Thornton; Watson's Colleague; Charles's Colleague; Colleague's Wife; Augustus Pemberton; Oberlander; Oberlander's Secretary; Von Oldenburg; Headmistress; Boy; Stadt London Hotel Chambermaid; Zwierschütz Waiter; Ida; Ida's Friend; Kitchenmaid; Hotel Manager; Telegraph Clerk; Grosvenor Porter; Stadt London Night Porter)
Date: 12th May, 1904 - 1916
Locations: Vienna; Sara's House; Berggasse; Freud's House; Emily's Apartment; G---------; A Mountain; 221B, Baker Street; Hospital Library; Baker Street; St Marylebone High Street; Restaurant; Diogenes Club; Pall Mall; B-------; S's House; Clifton Gardens; Edgware Road; Regent's Park; Hotel Imperial, Vienna; Berlin; Clusius Gasse, Vienna; A Train; Sudbahnhof; Train to Italy; Trient; Medical Bookshop; A Train; Paris; A Hotel; St-Germain Apartment; The Flche d'Or; Grosvenor Hotel
Story: Emily is sent to Freud by friends who are unaware that she has killed Charles S. He reports on her case to the Psychological Wednesday Society. Emily tells in her diary how S., her guardian, a British diplomat, tracked her from England to Vienna, and how he met his death in the mountains. She becomes increasingly scared that Freud will uncover her secret. When she tells Freud about her guardian's childhood abuse of her, he is sceptical. She also shares the details of her therapy and past with her friend Sara. Her fears become worse when the body is discovered. She finds herself becoming closer to Sara, whom she tells of the death of S. Emily and Sara plan to deliberately mislead Freud regarding the nature of Emily's problem.

Watson takes up a study of psychopathology in the belief that he can help Holmes during his bouts of melancholia. Holmes and Watson travel to Vienna at the request of the Foreign Office to investigate S's death. Mycroft believes he may have been assassinated by German intelligence agents. He also asks Holmes to contact Emily whom he regards as a possible recruit for his intelligence agency.

After interviewing Mrs S. and deducing that Emily is in Austria, and meeting S's mistress, Holmes sets out for Vienna with Watson. He stops off in Berlin to inquire into Oberlander's intelligence agency. In Vienna he sets about locating Emily, who becomes worried when she learns that he is looking for her. Holmes discovers evidence of S's intelligence activities which suggest he may have been working for the Germans. Sara resolves to deliberately mislead Holmes, and to set up a network of spies at his hotel. Watson attends a lecture by Freud and develops his own reasons for wishing to divert Holmes from solving the case. Sara arranges for the two women to disappear. Holmes meets with Freud and learns more about the case and about himself, and in return Freud learns more about Emily.

Holmes brings the case in Vienna to an unsatisfactory conclusion, and expresses his admiration for Sara as an adversary. He still retains doubts about the circumstances of S's death. He encourages Watson to send his account of the case to Sara and Emily, now living together after fleeing to Paris. Emily still worries about her part in the events and Holmes's intentions, and Sara forces apa confrontation upon her friend in London, and herself strikes a deal with Holmes and Watson.

J.C. Ochiltree

"Sherlock Holmes Baffled" (1895)
Included in:
The Sunday Journal (Indianapolis), 14th April 1895 and on this site
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; (Mrs Watson)
Other Characters: Butcher; (Sailor; Butcher's Wife; Butcher's Lad; Janes; Janitor)
Date: June
Locations: Watson's House; 221B, Baker Street; Butcher's Shop
Story:
Holmes visits Watson and tells him of his investigations into licorice root, and of an series of thefts from a butcher's shop which he has been unable to solve. Holmes's janitor reveals the truth to Watson.

John O'Connell

Baskerville (2011)
Also published as: The Baskerville Legacy
Story Type:
Homage

Historical Figures: Arthur Conan Doyle; Bertram Fletcher Robinson; Duke of Norfolk; Lady Sarah Wilson; Ivor Guest; Harry Baskerville; Joseph Fletcher Robinson; Rosalinda Fletcher Robinson; Sir John Robinson; Arthur Pearson; Gladys Hill Morris; Major Kitson; Madame d'Esperance
(Louisa Doyle; Jean Leckie; Philip Richard Morris; Charles Altamont Doyle)
Characters Based on Historical Figures: (Barnes (Frederick Bowden); Alice Barnes (Alice Bowden))
Other Characters: Soldiers; Johnny Porter; Hospital Orderlies; Patients; Hospital Sergeant; Lord Edward Talbot; Sergeant-Major; Girl on Paddington Station; Swindon Clerk; Taunton Woman; Newton Abbot Station Porter; Mrs Saxham; Nancy; Pearson's Secretary; Cabbie; Warren Street People; Betty; Franny; Bouncers; Golf Caddy; Royal Links Waiter; Old Woman with Keys; Ned; Phyllis; Ipplepen Parishioners; Prison Governor; Prisoners; Guards; Grimspound Tourist; Duchy Hotel Manager; Duchy Hikers; Molly; (W.E. Crimp; Major Matson; Undertaker; Mrs Higgins; Henry King; Gladys's Actress Friend; Anna)
Date: December, 1906 / July 11th - April, 1901
Locations: France; Paris; Rue-Saint-Lazare; Hotel Concorde Saint-Lazare; South Africa; Cape Town; Aboard SS Briton; Paddington Station; Swindon; Taunton; Westbury; Newton Abbot; Ipplepen; Park Hill; St Andrew's Church; Addison Crescent; Fleet Street; Daily Express Offices; Purley; Riddlesdown; St John's Wood; Southampton Row; Warren Street; Norfolk; Cromer; Golf Course; Royal Links Hotel; Devonshire; Dartmoor; Bovey Tracey; Haytor; Hemsworthy Gate; Widecombe; Bowerman's Nose; Hound Tor; Jay's Grave; Heatree House; Princetown; Two Bridges; Wisht Wood; Duchy Hotel
; Dartmoor Prison; Fox Tor; Childe's Tomb; Grimspound; Yelverton Road
Story:
1906: Fletcher Robinson sends a manuscript detailing the "Baskervilles business" to his solicitor with instructions that it not be read until his and Doyle's immediate descendents are dead.

1900: Robinson meets Doyle aboard the SS Briton sailing out of Cape Town. Doyle buys a story idea from him. He witnesses Doyle's strange attempt to save the life of a sergeant-major. Back in England, Robinson contemplates Doyle's offer to collaborate on a story. After visiting his parents, he goes to stay with his uncle, Sir John, in London, and begins work at the Daily Express. His fiancée Gladys persuades him to contact Doyle, and he accompanies him to Cromer, where they hear of local ghosts, and Black Shuck, and conceive the idea for The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The two writers travel to Dartmoor, where Doyle announces his decision to include Holmes in the story. Robinson decides to write his own Dartmoor story to rival the Hound. Doyle arranges a séance with Mme d'Esperance, and an old friend of Robinson's makes contact from the spirit world. Robinson has an argument with Doyle and sees a vision on the moor.

Gerry O'Hara

Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania (2011)
Story Type:
Supernatural Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Fictional Characters: Lucy Westenra; Dracula; Landlord of the Golden Krone Hotel; Landlady of the Golden Krone Hotel; Country Folk; Bistritz Coachman; Coach Passengers; Dracula's Brides; Gypsies; Peasant Mother; Renfield; Berserker
Characters Based on Fictional Characters: Mina Svbado (Mina Harker); Janos Svbado (Jonathan Harker); Brother Arminius (Arminius of Buda-Pesth University); Dr Josef Westenra (John Seward); Sandor Reviczky (Arthur Holmwood); (Herr Hofner (Peter Hawkins); Barge Captain (Captain of the Demeter); Barge Crew (Crew of the Demeter))
Historical Figures: King Carol
Other Characters: Ambassador; Entourage; Military Band; Bucharest Women; Courier; Westenra's Servants; Asylum Inmates; Westenra's Cook; Postman; Hotel Royal Waiter; Peasant with Lieter-Waggon; Monks; Asylum Attendants; Eva; Graveyard Man; Cab Drivers; River Patrol NCO; Urchins; Policemen; Dog Handler; Westenra's Cook; Budapest Carters; Asylum Gatekeeper; Anton; Petrof; Dr Lukacs; Undertakers; Zoo Superintendent; Zoo Keeper; Brother Tamas; Funeral Guests; Dr Vajda; Hospital Houseman; Gypsy Orchestra; Tavern Customers; Policeman; Abbot; Coachman; Nuns; Lawyer; Bruno; Sandor's Batman; Farmer & Wife; (Romanian Royal Family Member; Pallbearers; Hofner's Manservant; Westenra's Deputy; Labourer; Sandor's Men; Sailors; Mina's Children)
Locations: Romania; Bucharest; Train Station; A Train; Vidin; Budapest; Train Station; Westenra's House; Graveyard; Klausenberg; Hotel Royal; Transylvania; Bistritz; Golden Krone Hotel; The Mittel Land; The Carpathians; The Borgo Pass; Castle Dracula; Monastery; Seward's Asylum; Chapel; Cafe; Obuda Quays; Aboard a Barge; Constanza House; Kriszna; Tavern; Westenra Tomb; Monastery; Leopold District; Summer House; Town House; Farm
Story:
Leaving Bucharest after a case involving a member of the Romanian royal family, Watson receives a letter from his niece Mina, in Budapest, whose husband Janos, a solicitor, has disappeared on a trip to Transylvania. His partner has also been found dead.

After reading letters from Janos to Mina, Holmes decides he and Watson must travel to Janos's destination - Castle Dracula. Before they leave, they witness Mina's cousin Lucy sleepwalking out to a graveyard. They travel by coach to the Castle, meet the Count, and Watson is visited by three vampire women. Exploring the castle, they find the Count in a coffin, and Janos a prisoner.

They return with him to Budapest, where Westenra shows them Renfield, an inmate of his asylum. A barge, its crew all dead, loaded with boxes of earth, drifts into Budapest during a storm. Lucy continues to be visited by Dracula in various forms. More deaths occur and Holmes and his companions track the Count back to Castle Dracula for a final brief showdown.

NOTE: Much of the text of this novel is transcribed directly from Bram Stoker's Dracula with the British settings switched to Romanian ones and some changes of character names.

James O'Keefe

"The Adventure of the Deadly Interlude" (2014)
Included in:
The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes (Loren D. Estleman)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Dr Watson; Mary Morstan; Sherlock Holmes; Colonel Moran; John Douglas / Jack McMurdo / Birdy Edwards; (Porlock; Inspector Alec MacDonald; Professor Moriarty; The Scowrers; McGinty; Ted Baldwin; Mrs Douglas)
Other Characters: Jean-Baptiste Thibadeau; Laughing Friar Proprietor's Wife; Dandridge's Butler; Dandridge's Guests; Pianist; Sir Cecil Dandridge; Trevor Atkins; Marie L'Espanaye / Yvette Rousseau; Inspector Thompson; Constable McGregor; (Dandridge's Man; Antwerp Man; Leonard Trelawney; Trelawney's Wife and Children, Peer; Royal Lion Bank Officer; Jebediah Watts; Mary Watts; Watts's Child; French Police)
Date: During the Hiatus / 1894
Locations:Watson's Office; Paddington Station; Sussex; Dickencroft; The Laughing Friar; Maple Meadows; Cherry Lane; Constabulary; 221B, Baker Street; A Train; Belgium; Antwerp; Sidewalk Café; Norwood Station
Story: After Holmes's death at Reichenbach, Mary advises Watson to take a break from his practice, so he travels to the Sussex village of Dickencroft, where he has a number of encounters with men who seem familiar to him. He is invited to dinner by Sir Cecil Dandridge, but the evening ends in veiled threats, and the murder of the host. Watson becomes a suspect when links to Moriarty are discovered.

After his return and the arrest of Moran, Holmes tells Watson of a case of mistaken identity in Antwerp during the Great Hiatus, which takes them Back to Dickencroft. Holmes explains how events there are linked to the Valley of Fear case.

NOTE: Marie L'Espanaye's name is derived from the female murder victims in Poe's stories "The Mystery of Marie Roget" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".

C. O'M

"Why Musical Comedy Has No Plot" (1904)
Also published as "Potluck Bones Dissects Musical Comedy"
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches I: 1900-1904 (Bill Peschel); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press)
Story Type:
Parody
Detectives: Potluck Bones & Cotsun
Characters Derived From Canonical Characters: Mrs Budson
Other Characters: Plantagenette Bailey; Hi-ti Girl Audience; (Critics; Leading Comedians; Lancer; Authors; Composers; Nonden Scones; Kitty Hi-Fly; Covent Garden Salesman; Leafette)
Locations: Bones's Baker Street Rooms; Legall Theatre
Story: During a lull in crime, Bones and Cotson are visited by Plantagenette Bailey, producer of musical comedies at the Legall Theatre. He asks Bones to counter the critics' claims that there is no plot to his new musical The Hi-ti Girl.

P.Orlovetz

"The Brothers' Gold Mine"
Included In:
Sherlock Holmes in Russia (Alex Auswaks)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Other Characters: Piotr Haritonovitch Hromikh; Mine Workers; Zinovy Andreyevitch Seltzoff; Mine Guards; Coachmen
Date: Ten Years before the Russo-Japanese War
Locations: Russia; Moscow; Siberia; Zima Station; Irkutsk; Hotel; Brothers' Gold Mine; The Taiga; Post House
Story:
Holmes and Watson travel to Siberia where they are asked to investigate suspected thefts from a gold mine. The owners, the brothers Hromikh, suspect the mine's manager, Seltzoff, of smuggling gold out, but have been unable, despite searches, to discover how he is doing it. They travel to the mine, where Holmes observes the workers. They follow the manager when he leaves the mine, and a carriage chase across the taiga ensues. When he is finally overtaken, no trace of the gold can be found, until a carriage accident forces them to walk, and the gold is found.

"The Railroad Thieves"
Included In:
Sherlock Holmes in Russia (Alex Auswaks)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Other Characters: Captain Zviagin; Baikal Waiter; Officer of Gendarmes; Zviagin's Subordinate; Station Staff; Train Conductors; Stationmasters; Burmistoff; Burmistoff's Stoker; Ivan; Railway Guards; Burmistoff's Assistant; Passengers; Building Workers; Shopkeeper; Traders; Carpenter; Bakhtadian; Chinese Shop Assistant; Depot Manager; Foreman; Labourers; Tunnel Watchmen; Quartermaster's Orderly; Ivan Nikolayevitch Bravoff; Trudin; Verkhoveroff; Zviagin's Gendarmes; Petroff; Sidorchuk; Robbers
(Mitayeff; Mr Yugovitch)
Date: Half a year after the withdrawal of troops from Mukden
Locations: Russia; Siberia; Baikal Station; Zviagin's House; Trains; Railway Stations; Village Shop; Sliudianka; Railway Tunnel; Cave
Story: Touring Siberia, Holmes and Watson are asked by Captain Zviagin to investigate a rash of pilfering of railway cargoes. As he travels through the country by train, Holmes becomes aware of the inefficiencies and corruption of the rail system. He poses as a black marketeer to learn more, and lays in place a plan to bring the gang of black marketeers to justice.

Maitland Leroy Osborne

"Lady Honiton's Diamonds" (1898)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Parody
Sherlockian Detectives:
Hemlock Holmes
Other Characters: Lady Honiton; (French Maid)
Locations: Lady Honiton's House
Story: When Lady Honiton's diamonds disappear, Hemlock Holmes appears and through a complex series of observations and deductions concludes that Apple's soap provides the final link in the chain of reasoning.

Stephen Osborne

"The Adventure of the Bloody Coins" (2011)
Included In:
A Study in Lavender (Joseph R.G. DeMarco)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes
Historical Figures: (Oscar Wilde)
Other Characters: Sir Miles Danvers; Mays; Pierre; Marshall Owen; Lestrade's Men; Hotel Clerk; (Lord Bettinger; Wallace Pound)
Date: November
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Diogenes Club; France; Paris; Hotel Montmartre
Story:
Holmes wakes Watson with the news that Mycroft has disappeared after a man he was seen with has been murdered at the Diogenes Club. The victim has been found naked in a private chamber, with blood-spattered coins and a match-book from a French hotel lying beside the body. After solving the crime, Holmes and Watson travel to Paris to find Mycroft.

Croton Oyle

"The Affair of the Lost Compression" (1903)
Also published as "Motoring with Sherlock Holmes"
Included in:
The Affair of the Lost Compression and Other Stories (Ferret Fantasy);Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches I: 1900-1904 (Bill Peschel); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press)
Story Type:
Parody
Detectives: Romes & Scotson
Other Characters: Gerald Goodley; Goodley's Aged Mother; Tom Fowler; (Mrs Scotson; Mrs Scotson's Friends; Women in Window; Small Boy; Miss Seebrighte; Ferdinand Smickton; Mechanic; Johnson Digby)
Date: November
Locations: Romes's Rooms; St Pancras Station; Norfolk; Goodley's House; The East End; Public House
Story: While his wife is away, Scotson visits Romes.
They are called upon by Gerald Goodley, a young motorist. He is in love with Miss Seebrighte, who has announced that she will marry the winner of a race between him and Ferdinand Smickton. Only that morning, Goodley has discovered that his car has been tampered with and lost its compression. He has found a hobnail nearby, and the word "Watoe" has been scratched on his car. A trip to Goodley's home is followed by and expedition, disguised as sailors, into the East End to meet the most dangerous man in London.