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Stephen Wade

"The Case of the Vanishing Inn" (2015)
Included in:
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part I: 1881-1889 (David Marcum)
Story Type:
Extra-canonical adventure of Dr Watson & Inspector Lestrade
Canonical Characters: Dr Watson; Inspector Lestrade; Professor Moriarty; (Sherlock Holmes)
Other Characters: Detective Constable Lees; Old Charger Customers; Landlord; Lizzie; Harry Devaney; Jim; Jim's Girl; Door Guard; Maurice Kunstlich; Gunman; Lisette; Policemen; Constable Hesslam
Date: Early June, 1888
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Poland Street; Old Charger Tavern
Story: With Holmes away, Watson is alone at Baker Street when Lestrade calls with the young Constable Lees, whom he is showing the ropes of policing.
Lestrade has received a note warning of danger to a royal personage, and asks Watson to accompany him and Lees to the Old Charger Tavern in Poland Street, for the demanded rendezvous. There they face a bar brawl and a blackmailer.

Howard Waldrop

"The Adventure of the Grinder's Whistle" (1977)
Included in:
Night of the Cooters (Howard Waldrop)
Story Type:
Fantasy Pastiche narrated by Edward Malone
Canonical Characters: Baker Street Irregulars; Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Inspector Lestrade
Fictional Characters: Edward Malone
Historical Figures: (Jack the Ripper; Arthur Conan Doyle)
Other Characters: Jenkins; Neddie; Mr Soakes; Aubrey; Malone's Mother; Toldo Wigmore; Police Sergeant; Police Officers; Doss House Manageress; Victim; Dr Daniels
Date: 1888
Locations: Baker Street; Irregulars' Basement; Whitechapel; Bremick Road
Story:
Holmes summons the Irregulars, of which Malone is hoping to become a member, to the site of the latest Ripper murder. A witness has heard a tuneless whistle and the sound of knives being sharpened. Malone and Watson come face to face with the killer, and the murder is solved, but the Ripper remains at large.

Karen Wallace & Emma Damon

The Case of the Fiendish Dancing Footprints (2002)
Story Type:
Children's Story
Sherlockian Detectives:
Sherlock Hound & Dr WhatsUp Wombat
Other Characters: Telegram Man; Sir Sid Whisper; Birdbrain; Professor Ha-Ha Hyena; Dr GreyMatter
Locations: Hound's Rooms; Secret Service Building; GreyMatter's Laboratory; Hyena's Treehouse; 221B, Barker Street
Story: Sherlock Hound tries to teach Dr Whatsup Wombat to waltz.
They receive a telegram from Whisper, head of the secret service who asks them to investigate the disappearance of Dr GreyMatter, the inventor of a mind-reading device. At the professor's laboratory they find mysterious dancing footprints in wet cement and hyena pawprints. Whisper is also abducted, so Hound uses a parrot and a cheese and pickle sandwich to discover the evil Professor Ha-Ha Hyena's lair.

Penelope Wallace

"The World According to Uncle Albert" (1982)
Included in:
John Creasey's Crime Collection 1982 (Herbert Harris)
Story Type:
Homage
Detective: Uncle Albert
Other Characters: Frances Stephen; Hound, the Great Dane; Mrs. Hubbard; Roger; Jane; John Canning; Batty Annie; the vicar & his wife; Mr. & Mrs. Payne; Mrs. Caxton; Dr. Spence; Simon Lantern; Don; Susan; Sammy; P.C. Brown; Inspector
Locations: Uncle Albert's country estate.
Story: Uncle Albert is a Sherlock Holmes buff. During Frances, his niece's 19th birthday party, her jewelry is stolen. During the night Frances hears a faint hissing from the front of the house, and the footprints of a man walking on his toes are discovered. Uncle Albert is convinced that the theft was an inside job, but it is left to the local police to solve the crime.

Michael Walsh

"The Song at Twilight" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes In America (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Mycroft Holmes; Mrs Hudson; The Scowrers; Von Herling; (Dr. Watson; Birdy Edwards; Von Bork)
Historical Figures: H.H. Asquith; (George V; Sir Edward Grey)
Other Characters: Mrs Murphy; Maddie McParland; Rooftop Women; Blind Pig Ptrons; Piano
Player; ; Barman; The Boss; Charlie Morey; Lefty Louie; One-Eye; Happy Jim; Paddy the Priest; Irish Street Arabs; Wild Geese Patrons; Barmaid; (Mr Callahan; Maddie's Father)
Date: July, 1912 - July 1914
Locations:
USA; Chicago; Holmes's Sussex Cottage; Mrs Murphy's Boardinghouse; Bridgeport; 3154 S. Normal Avenue; Blind Pig; New York State; Buffalo; Altamont Hotel; Ireland; Skibbereen; The Wild Geese Pub
Story:
Mycroft sends Holmes to America to deliver a sealed envelope to Maddie McParland in Chicago. He is told by the Prime Minister that should his mission go awry the government will deny all knowledge. After delivering the letter, he is lured to a bar, drugged and held captive, at the end of which he is branded and accepted as a member of a Fenian gang. The gang move to Buffalo to lay low, and Holmes grows a goatee, takes Irish and American lessons, and works for a motor mechanic. As she lays dying in his arms, he learns Maddie's true identity, and sets off in pursuit of her killer to Ireland, where he also encounters Von Herling.

Ray Walsh

The Mycroft Memoranda (1984)
Story Type:
Pastiche narrated by Watson & Holmes, & in Minutes from the Diogenes Club
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes; Billy; Tobias Gregson; Mrs Hudson; Wiggins; Mary Jane; Watson's Brother; Mary Morstan; (Athelney Jones; Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes; Baker Street Irregulars; Tonga; The Matilda Briggs; The Netherlands-Sumatra Company; Mrs Cecil Forrester)
Fictional Characters: Lord John Roxton; (Duke of Pomfret)
Historical Figures:
Major Henry Smith; Arthur Conan Doyle; Sir Charles Warren; Inspector Frederick Abberline; Mary Jane Kelly; Caroline Maxwell; PC Robert Spicer; Amelia Palmer; Jack the Ripper; William Druitt; (Dr Thomas Openshaw; F.S. Reed; Catherine Eddowes; George Lusk; PC Edward Watkins; Elizabeth Stride; Louis Diemschutz; Michael Ostrog; Aaron Kosminski; Queen Victoria; Lord Salisbury; James Monro; Henry Matthews; Rosy; Brixton Doctor; Dr Thomas Bond; Sarah Lewis; Colonel Fraser; Annie Chapman; George Street Lodging House Deputy; Montague John Druitt; Mr Valentine; Druitt's Clerk)
Other Characters: Cabbies; Berner Street Ruffians; Casual Ward Men; Loafers; London Hospital Porter; Scotland Yard Desk Officer; Everson; Ringer's Clientele; London Hospital Patients; Orderly; George Street Tenants; Sloane; Roxton's Man; Ah Cheong; Chinese Servant; Seaman; Policeman; (Plain Clothes Policemen; Peshawar Staff Surgeon; Bruiser Bradshaw; Mycroft's Housekeeper)
Date: 20th October, 1888 - 7th January, 1889
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; St James's Park; Marylebone Road; Trafalgar Square; Mitre Square; Whitechapel; Berner Street; Whitechapel Road; The London Hospital; Scotland Yard; The Embankment; City Police Headquarters; Whitehall; Mycroft's Office; York Terrace; Commercial Road; Everson's Warehouse; Court off Brady Street; Junction of Lamb & Crispin Street; The Britannia Pub; White Street; Miller's Court; Dorset Street; George Street; Palmer's Rooms; The Albany; East India Dock Road; Limehouse; T'ien Shen Opium Den; Southsea
Story: Having returned from Baskerville Hall, Holmes is visited by Smith bearing the kidney sent by Jack the Ripper, and he and Watson travel out to the East End to examine the scenes of the murders, running into Conan Doyle in the process. A meeting with Gregson is disrupted by Charles Warren, and results in Holmes's refusal to assist the Yard. Abberline attempts to change his mind, and he is reinforced in his task by a summons from Mycroft to a meeting at which Holmes is offered Warren's job. Refusing it, he takes to the streets of Whitechapel in an unlikely disguise, but is unable to stop an old acquaintance falling victim to the Ripper. Watson finds himself accused of being the murderer, but Holmes asks him to find a woman among his London Hospital patients to act as a Judas goat to trap the real Ripper. When the woman is attacked, Mycroft takes a firmer hand and assigns Roxton to assist Holmes, who reveals to them the identity of the Ripper and the reason for Watson's absence. Roxton and Holmes face the Ripper in Baker Street and an opium den before the case reaches it's conclusion.

NOTE: Not all those listed under "Historical Figures" are named in the text, being referred to only by description.

Walt Disney Productions

The Mystery of the Missing Peanuts (1977)
Story Type:
Children's Story
Sherlockian Detective:
Donald Duck (as Detective Donald)
Fictional Characters: Mickey Mouse; Chip 'n' Dale

Other Characters: Camel; Kangaroo; Ostrich; Elephant; Penguin; Hippo; Monkey; Octopus; Bears
Date: February 18th, 1886
Locations: The Zoo; Detective Donald's Office
Story: When zookeeper Mickey notices that peanuts are disappearing from the animal food shed he calls on Detective Donald to investigate. Donald finds a hole in the shed wall, and makes each of the zoo animals try to reach the peanuts through the hole to narrow down his list of suspects.
When that fails he sets a trap in the food shed

Daniel Ward

Sherlock Holmes ~ The Way of All Flesh (2004)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters:
Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes; Mrs. Hudson; Athelney Jones; (Clive) Thurston; Baker Street Irregular; (Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes; Percy Phelps)
Historical Figures: Dr Robert Donston Stephenson; Minna Mabel Collins; Jack the Ripper; (Mrs Stephenson)

Other Characters: Patients; News Vendors; Baker Street Pedestrians; Cab Drivers; Simon Eversham; Constable Andrews; Inspector Toller; Police Driver; Josiah Rumney; East Ham Hospital Attendant; Charing Cross Hospital Porters; Green Atlas Omnibus Conductor; Dock Workers; Charles Adams; Vagrants; Arthur Warren; Mrs. Thurston; St Luke's Matron; Buxton's Porter; Brothel Doorman; Clientele; Girls; Pianist; Barman; Stephenson's Jarvey; Captain Hughes; Jeremiah Bootle; Mrs Bootle; (Templeton; Gianluca Carletti / Pietro Buffón; Buxton's Porter; Duty Manager; Constable; Police Sergeant; Dock Workers; Victoria Dock Bobby; Buxton Manager; Wharfinger; Jarvey; Brand & Co. Bank Manager; Sergeant Cox; Young Solicitor; Dr McAuliffe; Urchins)
Date: February 18th, 1886
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Clerkenwell; Chadwell Street Surgery; Baker Street; Holborn Post Office; Plaistow; Marsh Lane; East Ham Hospital; Charing Cross Hospital; Victoria Dock; Nelson Street Tavern; Brompton; The Thurston Residence; St Luke's Hospital; Buxton's Hotel; Chelsea; Brothel; Hampstead; Stephenson's House; A Train
Story: While Watson is serving as locum for a colleague in Clerkenwell, Holmes is called upon by Mycroft to investigate the murder of an Italian government envoy whose mutilated body has been found in the Thames. He begins his investigations at the docks disguised as a sailor turned groom. Meanwhile, Athelney Jones arrests a vagrant who has pawned the dead man's possessions. When the body of a young solicitor is found at Plaistow, Watson is sent undercover to locate a house of ill repute, an investigation which takes him into a circle of spiritualists, into captivity, and into a bizarre sacrificial ritual.

Norman W. Ward

"Colonel Warburton's Madness" (1955)
Included in:
The Best of the Pips (The Five Orange Pips of Westchester County)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters:
Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Colonel Warburton
Other Characters: Robert Warburton; Vincent Harrison; Mrs. Atkinson; Trap Driver; Sergeant Nicholson; Barney Hutton; (Shopkeeper; Mrs. Atkinson's Son)
Date: Spring, 1890
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Northumberland; Bellingham; The Warburton Arms; Warburton Manor
Story: Holmes is visited by Robert Norberton, who, it transpires, is the nephew of the commander of Watson's old regiment. He is worried about his uncle, who, on a recent visit, seemed not to recognise him. Holmes sends Watson to Northumberland to visit Warburton, who he finds sitting unresponsively in a chair, and who fails to recognise, or even acknowledge him. All he learns is that a package addressed to Harrison, his servant, arrives every week. Back in Baker Street, Holmes seems inordinately interested in the servant's right ear, and intercepts a package of tea, before restoring Colonel Warburton to his senses.

"Report of a Recent Conversation in a Remote Cottage on the South Downs" (1955)
Included in:
The Best of the Pips (The Five Orange Pips of Westchester County)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters:
Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Locations: Holmes' Sussex Villa
Story: Watson visits Holmes in Sussex. Holmes deduces that he came by train and left in a hurry. Watson is outraged at a series of stories by a relative of his literary agent and someone named Carr, which, he says, they are claiming are genuine Sherlockian adventures. Holmes reassures him, and tells him they are to old to be worried by such things.

Mark Wardecker

"The Adventure of the Docklands Apparition" (2013)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #10 (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes; Wiggins; Baker Street Irregulars; Adolph Meyer (Lang)
Other Characters: August Pierpont; Lombard Street Clerks, Businessmen & Workmen; Policemen; Sailors; Stevedores; Imperial Bank Staff; Bank Patrons; Diogenes Club Servant; District Messenger; Buckley; Lewis Owen / Lester Owen; Lestrade's Men; (Helena; Imperial Bank Clerks; Sailors; Dockworkers; Riffraff; Ruffian with a Truncheon; Docks Constable; Peters; Detective; Imperial Bank Director; Stinson)
Date: Spring, 1896
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Finsbury; Christopher Street; Lombard Street; Imperial Bank of England; Tobacco Shop; Christopher Docks; Diogenes Club; Aldgate; Pub; 110, Vine Street; Owen's Flat
Story: Holmes is consulted by Pierpont, an accounts manager at the Imperial Bank of England. He has found a photograph of a beautiful woman on the front stoop of his house. He has since seen the woman in the vicinity of his bank and near his home. Watson, on stakeout, fails to spot the woman, but the following day, Pierpont says that she has led him to the Christopher Docks, where he has seen his colleague, Owen, murdered.

"The Adventure of the Second Round" (2011)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #5 (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Lord Maynooth; Mrs Hudson
Other Characters: Growler Driver; Inspector Nicholson; Lord Morris; Lady Morris; Maid; Perkins; Boggis; Bagatelle Club Servant; Members; Theatre Manager; Cecilia Benson; Dr Smythe; Hospital Inmates; Nurses; (Dr Edmund Samuels)
Date: November
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Kensington; Sherrinsthorpe Manor; Regent Street; Bagatelle Club; The Strand; Burbage Theatre; St Veronica's Hospital for Women
Story: Holmes and Watson are summoned to Kensington by a letter from Inspector Nicholson. They arrive to find that Lord Morris has been shot at his desk. The gun used is on the desk and has been reloaded. Watson finds his appointment book with pages torn out. From Lady Morris they learn of a stranger who has visited the dead man, and from his coachman they hear about the Bagatelle Shakespeare Society. A meeting with Lord Maynooth at the Bagatelle Club puts them on the track of a missing actress at the Burbage Theatre, and Watson makes inquiries at Bart's to bring the case to its unexpected conclusion.

Kaaron Warren

"The Lantern Men" (2014)
Included in:
Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets (David Thomas Moore)
Story Type:
Homage
Sherlockian Detectives: Sherlock Holmes; John Watson
Other Characters: Grandfather; Bachelor; T-Shirt Man; Peter Jones; Dead Man; Pathologist; Bakery People; Teenagers; Sam; Builders; Drifter Girl; (Boys)
Date: 2010s
Locations: Australia; Peppertree; Peppertree Lodge; Peppertree Museum; Bakery; Holmes's Office; Council Offices
Story: Australian architect Holmes is called by Watson, his builder colleague, to the old mansion that they are converting into the town museum. A body has been found in the walls. Events bring back memories of their teenage years and uncover a town secret.

Richard Warren

"An Epilogue" (1976)
Included in:
More Leaves from the Copper Beeches (The Sons of the Copper Beeches)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters:
Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Victor Hatherly; Lady Brackenstall; Captain Jack Croker; Teresa Wright; Fowler; Alice Rucastle; J.H. Neligan; Captain James Calhoun; Birdy Edwards; Biddle; Hayward; Moffat)
Other Characters: (Adelaide-Southampton Line President; Bank Watchman)

Date: August, 1923 / January, 1898
Locations: Holmes' Sussex Villa; (Mauritius; Port Louis; St Helena)
Story: Holmes summons Watson to Sussex, where he tells him of a letter received in 1898 from St Helena, which appeared to refer to Lady Brackenstall & Captain Croker. He contacted Brackenstall, who told him that Croker's letters to her had recently stopped. From the president of the shipping line which owned the Bass Rock Holmes learned of Croker's involvement with the wife of the Governor of Mauritius, the former Alice Rucastle, and of their disappearance. Twenty-five years later he received another letter from Croker telling him of the arrivals of a number of familiar figures in St Helena in the intervening years, and of a recent bank robbery, asking him to travel to the island to investigate. Holmes announces his decision and leaves Watson a letter, only to be opened if he does not return.

Mercer Warriner

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Hounded by Baskervilles (2002)
Story Type:
Children's Fantasy Novel
Canonical Characters:
Sherlock Holmes
Fictional Characters: Sabrina the Teenage Witch; Roxie; Aunt Zelda; Morgan Cavanaugh; salem; Aunt Hilda; Miles Goodman; Josh; Drell
Mythical Characters: Sisyphus
Other Characters: Students; Dr. Mortimer Cartwright; Baskers; Beatrice "Bea" Bodenheimer-Brown; Dr. Finius Allerzapper; Witch With Allergies; Flute Player; Swimmers; Bea's Lawyer; Six Council Witches; Orchestra
Locations: Sabrina's House; Adams College; Newman Hall; Zelda & Hilda's House; The Other Realm; Allerzapper's office; Hilda's Coffee Shop
Story: When she doesn't have time to read The Hound of the Baskervilles for a class assignment, Sabrina conjures up Sherlock Holmes to tell her the story. In the first class of the day she accidentally sneezes her animal communication teacher, Dr. Mortimer Cartwright, and his dog, Basker's (short for Baskerville) personalities into each other's bodies. She takes them to her aunts who are unable to reverse the spell. She gets an A+ in her English test. Her aunts decide she is suffering from an allergy and send her to Dr. Allerzapper. As she continues to sneeze, more people take on animal characteristics. She has to find a way to cure her allergy and restore Dr Cartwright to normal for a special presentation dinner at the weekend. Allerzapper diagnoses a guilt allergy which can only be cured by purging the guilt. His receptionist, Bea, an old flame of Salem's, is using Sabrina's allergy for her own underhand schemes. All Sabrina has to do to sort out everyone's problems is work out what is causing her guilt.

T.A. Waters

The Probability Pad (1970)
Story Type:
Psychedelic Science Fiction
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes (Altamont); Dr. Watson (Dr. Hudson)
Fictional Characters: Winnie The Pooh; Dracula; The Caterpillar; The Seven Dwarfs
Historical Figures: T.A. Waters; Michael Kurland; Chester Anderson
Other Characters: Uptown Girl; Piltdown & His Primates; Pentalpha Audience; Weinie; Wendy West; A Bum; Amy Muscar; Blonde; Mystic Jake Sheba; Nobody Bartender; Annie; Solidus Plim; officers; Chairman Plik; Null-T; Cops; A Parade of Children, Hippies, Winos, Optional Psychos, Photographers, Revolutionaries & Unclassifiables; Frederick Kurland; Shapeless; Girls; Coachman; Transylvanian Townspeople; Bartender; Big Tex; Alphonse; Velia; The Kwikantha Dead; What's That Clientele; Pair of Outlander Females; Party Guests; Triskans; Wake-Up Service Girl; Washington Square Park Crowd; Mounted Policemen; Knights; Children of Bacchus; Orchestra; Teen-age Thugs; Monster; (Perry Diogenes)
Locations: New York; Greenwich Village; The Pentalpha; Broome Street; Houston Street; Sullivan Street; Cafe Nobody; Waters' Apartment; Lower East Side; Kurland's Apartment; Second Avenue; The Jewel Bar; MacDougal Street; Bleecker Street; Rivington Street; Mystic Jake's Apartment; Trisk; Orchard Street; Transylvania; Town Square; Inn; A Coach; Castle Dracula; A Desert; Wonderland; The What's That?; Washington Square Park
Date: The Near Future; Saturday, April 30th, 1904 (Sherlockian section only)
Story: Chester disappears while coming downstairs from the loft and a stair rail appears, then disappears again; Waters & Kurland investigate. Returning to the Pentalpha bar they meet Chester, who denies having been at the loft, and says someone is impersonating him. Waters & Kurland learn that doubles of themselves have been seen in the city and soon discover that doubles of people and things are appearing throughout the Village. They realise the connection between all those duplicated is that they own vidiphones, and their chief suspect becomes Mystic Jake who claims not to own one, but to have met his own duplicate. In searching Jake's apartment Waters witnesses the arrival of a shape-shifting alien, and Kurland is adopted by an eight foot teddy bear who thinks he is 'Christopher'.

On a return trip to sabotage Jake's vidip they find themselves zapped through time and space to nineteenth century Transylvania. There they meet 'Altamont', who they immediately recognise as Holmes, and 'Dr. Hudson', who are investigating strange events centring on Castle Dracula. They travel to the castle with Altamont & Hudson, where as prisoners in the dungeon they witness Altamont carry Dracula to his death. They finally deduce how to return to their own time, but not before passing through a World War II desert battle and Wonderland. They throw a party, but it is interrupted by the arrival of Solidus Plin, an alien, in the guise of a standard lamp, a vacuum cleaner and a 3D TV set, who explains the Triskan invasion plan and asks their help to thwart it.

Alan Watkins

"Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Car Park" (1976)
Included in:
Beyond Baker Street (Michael Harrison)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Historical Figures: Stanley Orme; Edward Fletcher; Robert Carr; Dame Joan Vickers; (Fred Peart; Marcus Lipton)
Other Characters: Cabbie; Uniformed Attendant
Date: November, 1972
Locations: New Palace Yard; Palace of Westminster; Strangers Bar
Story: Holmes and Watson arrive at the Palace of Westminster to find the surface of New Palace Yard being churned up by cranes and excavators. Holmes reveals that an underground car park is being constructed, and explains to Watson the machinations that have taken place, and the threat to Big Ben.

Dr H.A.E. Watson

"The Lost Democratic Majority" (1904)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches: 1900-1904 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Historical Figures: (Marcus A. Smith; John F. Wilson; Mike Hickey; E.S. Clark; Joseph I. Roberts)
Other Characters: Client; Bystanders
Date: Monday, 7th - Tuesday, 8th November, 1904
Locations: USA; Arizona; Prescott; Hotel Burke
Story: Holmes and Watson are stayiong at the Hotel Burke in Prescott, Arizona, when they are called on by
an un-named client who has lost the democratic majority.

I.A. Watson

"Dead Man's Manuscript" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Volume One (Ron Fortier)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mary Morstan; Baker Street Irregulars; Wiggins; Mrs Hudson; (Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: (Rani Lakshmi Bai; Jayajirao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior)
Other Characters: Captain Henry William Lumley; Constable; Sergeant; Watson's Receptionist; Watson's Patients; Bow Street Duty Sergeant; Sir Tarrant Besting; Dr Hogan Forsythe; Museum Staff; Sergeant Potter; Mrs Lobb; Charles Cayden; Bow Street Constables; Satim Bey, Jr; Shedlow; (Colonel Sir Derrington Lumley; Clerk of the Court; Bow Street Officers; Museum Guards; Museum Visitors; Dr Moore; Mr Goodge; Lumley's Cousins; Satim Bey, Sr; Mr Reed; Mr Shawdene; Sybil Dawlish; Indian Man; Hector Dorner; Dansen; Besting's Servants; Mr Schott; Hauliers; Travoli Theatre Stagehand; Scotland Yard Officers)
Date: 1891
Locations: Watson's Paddington Practice; Bow Street Magistrates Court; 221B, Baker Street; Cresswell Museum; Clarges Street; Hanley's Hotel; Post Office; Besting's House
Story:
Watson is visited by Lumley, an old army colleague. He has no sooner told Watson that he has been seeing his father's ghost, than the police arrive to arrest him for the destruction of a valuable document. Watson takes Holmes to hear Lumley's story in the Bow Street Court cells. The document was a cursed manuscript that was part of a hoard of treasure looted by Lumley's father during the Sepoy Mutiny, and bequeathed, on his recent death, to the Cresswell Museum. Lumley says that his father's ghost instructed him to destroy it. Holmes and Watson visit the museum, and learn something of the manuscript's recent history, and the hotel in which Lumley saw the ghost, and are followed by a mysterious carriage. They are visited by Cayden, an old army friend of Lumley, Sr., who asks Watson's opinion about Henry's sanity, but who is disturbed by Holmes's passing reference to pepper. They take crown prosecutor Besting, and Lumley, back to Lumley's hotel, where Holmes demonstrates that none of the events witnessed there or at the museum were what they seemed to be.

Watson, Jnr.

"Sherlock's Dilemma" (1958)
Included in:
As It Might Have Been (Robert C.S. Adey)
Story Type:
Parody
Detective: Mr Sherlock Holmes
Other Characters: Miss Ellam; English Master; Baronsky; Headmaster Mr Sherlock; Games Master; Greaves; Inspector Titmarsh; Boys; Chung Ling; (Sir Hubert; Mannering; Webster)
Locations: School
Story: Miss Ellam arrives at the headmaster's study to find him prostrate on the floor, a kick from the sports master revives him, and he tells them of the twin oriental faces he saw at the window. The school trophies have been stolen. Mr Sherlock begins investigating. The Chairman of the governors was seen leaving with a sack, and the English Master and the Head Boy are both acting furtively. Mr Sherlock breaks up an opium den in the conservatory, and learns of a two-headed Chinaman who walks up walls. He finds himself held captive and facing almost certain death.

Ron Weighell

Robert Weinberg & Lois H. Gresh

"The Adventure of the Parisian Gentleman" (1997)
Included in:
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (Mike Ashley)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters:
Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Huret
Historical Figures: Casimir Perier; (Alfred Dreyfus)
Other Characters: Inspector Girac; Politicians; Girac's Men; The Belgian Ambassador; (Edward Ronet)
Date: October, 1894
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Paris; A Cab; The President's Club
Story: Holmes is called to Paris, in the wake of the Dreyfus affair, by Inspector Girac of the Sûreté, to protect President Casimir Perier from Huret, the Boulevard Assassin. He is able to deduce the time and place of Huret's attack, and, in disguise, to effect the capture of Huret, also in disguise. Returning to London, he reveals the truth about the men who hired the assassin.

David A. Weiss

"The Celestial Pastiche" (1948)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes By Gas-lamp (Philip A. Shreffler)
Story Type:
Homage
Historical Figures: Arthur Conan Doyle {Angel No.103}
Other Characters: The Recording Secretary; Members of the Avenging Angels; The Gabriel; Angel No.17; Angel No.5; Angel No.16; Angel No.82
Locations: Heaven
Story: After the speeches and papers at a meeting of the Avenging Angels, the Heavenly Sherlockion scion, the winning entry of the annual pastiche competition is read by the Gabriel. The story holds everyone spellbound, and its writer is introduced as the author of such works as The White Company.

Edward Wellen

"The House that Jack Built" (1987)
Included in:
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Martin H. Greenberg, Carol-Lynn Rössel Waugh & Jon L. Lellenberg)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Irene Adler (Adele Nerri); Professor Moriarty; Mrs Hudson; Hound of the Baskervilles; Giant Rat of Sumatra; (Moriarty Gang)
Fictional Characters: Cheshire Cat
Other Characters: Navvies; Idiot Savant; George Adkins; Schoolgirls; Clergyman; Publican; Weasel-faced Man; Gap-toothed Man; Scruffy Man; Matilda Mate; Matilda Captain; Pilot; Helmsman; Lookout; Sailors
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; The Monument; 42½, Threadneedle Street; The Eagle; The Matilda; Tropical Island
Story: Worried about Holmes's health, Watson attempts to conceal the Times from Holmes, but from it Holmes learns that Irene is missing from her London hotel. He also finds a cryptic verse in the agony columns, which he deduces is directed at himself, and that Moriarty, somehow having survived Reichenbach, is using Irene as bait to lure him to his death. Holmes sets out to follow the clues of the agony columns, and Watson follows Holmes, but is knocked out in Threadneedle Street. Holmes is led through a series of traps and puzzles via a thought-network device, to save Irene who has been imprisoned along with an idiot savant, who along with Moriarty is connected to the network, and in whose mind the challenges take place, and to avert an attack on the Bank of England. When Watson regains consciousness he realises the true nature of the events that have taken place.

"Voiceover" (1994)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space (Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh)
Story Type:
Humorous Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Other Characters: I Suppose; Lord Harry Nash; The Venusian Voice; A Policeman; The Cormorant Clientele; Barman; Woman; Waiter; Winthrop Morrill
Locations: New Baker Street; New London; The Cormorant Public House
Story: Watson is worried: not only does he seem to be having memory problems, but Holmes has brought home an irritating, Cockney-rhyming-slang-spouting, robot dog. They are visited by Lord Nash, who mistakes Watson for a Baker Street Irregular. He speaks of a voice that is ordering him to trigger volcanic eruptions in the Equatorial Belt. He has forgotten, however, that this is the day the clocks change, and realises that the voice can hear him. He dies in terror. They travel to the Cormorant public house, where they retrieve a document stolen from Nash by a pickpocket. From its list of times and dates on which Nash heard the voice they are able to deduce a threatened invasion from Venus. I Suppose (the dog) sets out to stop the Venusian threat, while an accident with a ray gun and a mirror reveals to Watson that Holmes is in fact a robot. He later learns about his own strange relationship to Arthur Conan Doyle.

Manly Wade Wellman

"The Man Who Was Not Dead" (1941)
(Also published as "But Our Hero Was Not Dead")
Included in:
The Game Is Afoot (Marvin Kaye); The Misadventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson
Other Characters: Amos Boling; Philip Davis; Constable Timmons
Date: During World War II
Locations: The Sussex Downs; Holmes's Cottage
Story: Boling, a German Intelligence agent parachutes into England during World War II, to activate a group of sleeper agents. Arriving at an isolated Sussex cottage, he attempts to get a telephone message through to his contact in Eastbourne, only to find his plans thwarted by the cottage's residents.

Manly W. Wellman & Wade Wellman

Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds (1975)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche (narrated by Edward Malone & Watson)
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Morse Hudson; Fairdale Hobbs; Billy; Mrs. Hudson / Martha; Dr. Watson; Inspector Merivale; John Mason; Sir Robert Norberton; Shoscombe Prince; Percy Phelps; Victor Trevor; Mycroft Holmes; Dr. Fordham; Stanley Hopkins; Violet Hunter
Fictional Characters: Great Portland Street Dealer {Mr. Templeton}; Tall Dark Man In Grey {Sherlock Holmes}; Professor Challenger; Martians; Mrs. Challenger; Jacoby Wace; Lavelle; Stent; Henderson; Ogilvy; Lord John Roxton; Austin; (Edward Malone; C. Cave)
Historical Figures: H.G. Wells
Other Characters: Scotland Yard Inspectors; Seven Dials Forger; Murdered Policeman; Picture Frame Maker; Scientific Writers; Horsell Crowd; Bicyclist; Phelps's Servants; Messenger from London; Woking Postmaster; Newsboy; Brigadier Sir Preterick Waring; Surrey Refugees; Mrs. Hudson's Aunt & Uncle; Donnithorpe Rector; Postmaster; Blacksmith; Villagers; Telegrapher; London Refugees; Refugee Train Crew; Men on Cambridge Station; Newsboy; Telephone Caller; Crowd outside Challenger's House; Pallid-Faced Oldster; Telephone Operators; An Attorney's Clerk; Austin's Friend; Passerby; Policemen; Uxbridge Road Crowd; A Fat Man in a Derby Hat; Cyclist; Dray Driver; Chelmsford Committee of Supply; Sailors; Captain Howard Blake; Luke Tovey; Man on Horseback; Plump Bald Man; Regent Street Crowd; Blowsy Woman; Murray's Neighbours; Murray's Fellow Lodgers; Preacher; Mr. Morgan; (Ezra Prather)
Date: December, 1901 - 1902
Locations: Great Portland Street; Templeton's Antique Shop; A Hansom; Great Orme Street; Hobbs's Lodgings; 221B, Baker Street; Mars; West Kensington; Enmore Park; Scotland Yard; Shoscombe Old Place; Simpson's; Waterloo Station; A Train; Horsell Common; Chobham Road; Woking; Briarbrae; Woking Station; A Train; Donnithorpe; Village Inn; Refugee Train; Cambridge Station; Ware; Hackney Marshes; Hoxton; A Tobacconist's; The Mouth of the Blackwater River; A Church; Great Ilford; Camden House; Hyde Park; Kensington Gardens; Kensington Road; Cumberland Gate; Uxbridge Road; Edgware Road; Portman Square; A Public House; A Haberdasher's; Clerkenwell; Shoreditch; Mile End Road; A Meadow; An Inn; Chelmsford; Tillingham; A Cottage; A Stone House; Another Cottage; A Clothier's Shop; Cambridge Road; Whitechapel; Grosvenor Square; The Serpentine; Regent's Park; Baker Street; Regent Street; A Confectioners; Highgate; Murray's Lodgings; Kentish Town; Camden Road; Stoke Newington; Kingsland Road; Piccadilly; The Sussex Downs; Holmes's Cottage; Dollamore's Vintners; A Haberdasher's Shop; A Provision Store; Park Road; Clarence Gate; Regent's Park; Primrose Hill; The Martian Camp; St. Martin-Le-Grand telegraph office; Queen Anne Street; Watson's Rooms; Kensington; Venus
Story:
The Adventure of the Crystal Egg
While retrieving Fairdale Hobbs's stolen Cellini ring from Morse Hudson, Holmes purchases an egg-sized crystal from Templeton, an antiques dealer, intending it as a gift for Martha Hudson for Christmas. Morse Hudson seems eager to get his hands on the crystal. Back at Baker Street, Holmes sees a strange landscape appear in the crystal. The following day he takes it to Professor Challenger. Challenger is able to deduce that the landscape is, in fact, Mars. Templeton tries to buy back the crystal. It becomes clear that the crystal is a device sent to Earth by the Martians so that they may study this planet. Jacoby Wace, who had studied the crystal when it was in the ownership of Cave, another antique dealer, comes to Baker Street and asks Holmes to help him trace it, Holmes takes him to see Challenger. While Challenger studies the crystal further, Holmes investigates a number of unrelated cases, including that at Shoscombe Old Place. Holmes reads a magazine story about the crystal, by H.G. Wells, and Watson points out a newspaper story about flares erupting from the surface of Mars. Challenger shows Holmes that the view in the crystal has changed to the inside of a Martian craft. The first of the cylinders falls at Woking and Holmes is summoned by Sir Percy Phelps.
Sherlock Holmes Versus Mars
Holmes & Phelps travel to Horsell Common where they witness the destruction caused by the Martian heat-ray. After spending the night at Briarbrae, Holmes returns to Baker Street & Mrs. Hudson, Watson is absent, tending to Murray, who is sick. More cylinders fall, and Holmes sends Billy to stay with his mother in Yorkshire. He sends word to Challenger to look after the crystal, as it may be used to trap a Martian. Phelps asks him to be the Government's agent in London, the government having moved to Birmingham, and Mycroft having accompanied the Royal Family to Balmoral. He agrees to return after taking Mrs. Hudson to stay with Victor Trevor in Norfolk. In Donnithorpe, Trevor & Roxton are in favour of forming a volunteer militia, but Holmes advises against it. He receives word that London has fallen to the Martians, but resolves to return all the same. The train he travels down on is followed by a martian flying machine, and the crew resolve to go no further than Ware. Holmes walks the rest of the way into the city. Having heard the cries of the Martians, Holmes returns to Baker Street, where he encounters Hopkins who tells him of the battle between the Thunder Child and the Martian war machines. Holmes suggests he should stay in London, and investigate the Martians' capabilities, he sends Hopkins to Birmingham to report what they have learned so far. Exploring London, Holmes again encounters Morse Hudson, who wants to know where his wife, Mrs. Hudson, is. He attacks Holmes, but is captured by a Martian. holmes returns to Baker Street where he is pondering the possiblity of the Martians falling victim to Earthly germs when Watson stumbles through the door.
George E. Challenger Versus Mars
Returning from Horsell, Challenger theorises that Mars is just a staging post, and that the invaders come from elsewhere. He is unable to contact Holmes. In the crystal he witnesses Martians draining the blood from a human captive. Challenger sends Austin off to help man the refugee trains, and procures a horse and trap on which he and his wife join the tide of refugees leaving London. In Chelmsford a group of men try to take their horse. Eventually they reach the coast where Challenger sends his wife off on a boat to France. Meeting up with a cavalryman, Tovey, Challenger watches the battle between the Thunder Child and the Martians, then sets off for London to retrieve the crystal he had left there. Returning home he has a narrow escape from a Martian, but retrieves the crystal. After witnessing a massacre in Regent's Street, he goes to Baker Street where he finds Holmes & Watson.
The Adventure of the Martian Client
Watson stays with the ailing Murray until he dies, then makes his way back to Baker Street, evading the Martians, where he meets Holmes, who tells him about the crystal. Challenger arrives, bringing the crystal with him. He is followed by a Martian in search of the crystal. They are abkle to capture & subdue the Martian, which is diseased & dying, for further study.
Venus, Mars, and Baker Street
Challenger still believes the invaders to have originated on a planet other than Mars. After they have preserved the Martian's body in alcohol, Mrs. Hudson arrives back at Baker Street. Challenger hurries Watson outside to allow her and Holmes to be alone. Climbing into the Martian fighting machine, Challenger retrieves another crystal for further study. he and Watson continue to explore the city, and after a few days venture as far as the Martian's camp at Primrose Hill, where they find all the invaders dead or dying. After the invasion life returns to normal. Watson becomes engaged to Violet Hunter. He visits Challenger who has made contact with the invaders who are now attempting to colonise Venus. Challenger's assistant shows Watson an element of the Martian heat ray, but Watson is prevented from inspecting it by the arrival of Holmes and Hopkins, who reveal Morgan's true identity.
A Letter from Dr. Watson
Watson points out to H.G. Wells the inaccuracies in his version of the events.

Carolyn Wells

"The Adventure of the Clothes-line" (1915)
Included in:
The Game Is Afoot (Marvin Kaye); The Misadventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler); Sherlock Holmes Great War Parodies and Pastiches II: 1915-1919 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: C. Auguste Dupin; Ebenezer Gryce; Lecoq; Arsne Lupin; A.J. Raffles; Rouletabille; Scientific Sprague; The Thinking Machine; Luther Trant
Historical Figures: Vidocq
Other Characters: Inspector Spyer; The Chief of Police; Flossie Flicker
Locations: Fakir Street; The East Side; An El Train; A Tenement Block
Story: The members of the Society of Infallible Detectives, from their headquarters in Fakir Street, investigate the mystery of a woman, seen, by Inspector Spyer, hanging from a clothesline strung between two tenement buildings. Each offers his own solution, but the truth is finally revealed by the chief of police.

"The Adventure of the Lost Baby" (1912)
Included in:
The Sunday Star Magazine (Washington DC), 23rd February, 1913, and on this site
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Fictional Characters: Arsne Lupin; C. Auguste Dupin; Lecoq; Vidocq; The Thinking Machine; A.J. Raffles; Luther Trant; Rouletabille
Other Characters: Mrs Ezra J. Plummer; Ladies; Mrs Green; (Episcopalian Client)
Locations: Fakir Street; Mrs Plummer's House
Story: The Society of Infallible Detectives are called on by the widowed Mrs Plummer who has had a John Rogers statuette, "Weighing the Baby" stolen from her locked home. After visiting Mrs Plummer's home, each detective departs with a clue. They return to Fakir Street with a group of apprehended ladies from the Village Improvement Society.
"The Adventure of the Mona Lisa" (1912)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Arsne Lupin; The Thinking Machine; Lecoq; A.J. Raffles; C. Auguste Dupin; Luther Trant
Other Characters: Messenger Boys; Sandwich-Men; Washerwomen; The Chief of Police; The Thief
Locations: Fakir Street
Story: The members of the Society of Infallible Detectives, from the headquarters in Fakir Street, set out to recover the stolen Mona Lisa. Gradually the premises fill with more and more "genuine" copies of the painting recovered by the detectives, until a phone call from the chief of police announces that the thief has given himself up and confessed all.

"Sure Way to Catch Every Criminal. Ha! Ha!" (1912)
Also published as "The International Society of Infallible Detectives"
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes in America (Bill Blakbeard); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian
Parodies and Pastiches
(Charles Press)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Fictional Characters: Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen; Lecoq; A.J. Raffles; Arsene Lupin
Other Characters: Chief of Police; Messenger; Archaeologist; Farmer; Pastry Cook; Criminal
Locations: Fakir Street
Story: The members of the Society of Infallible Detectives, hold an indignation meeting, at their headquarters in Fakir Street, over the introduction of the 'Portrait Parle', a way of recording physical details of criminals, believing that it will remove the possibility of startling detective exploits in the future. The chief of police wants them to find a criminal in hiding and sends the man's portrait parle - a box containing a lantern, gimlet, hook, hatchet, scarab, apple, carrot, mutton chop and pie. The detectives make their deductions and are sent out by Holmes to find the criminal. They each return with a different man, but the police find the real criminal.

Zack Wentz

"Simplicity Itself" (2013)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #10 (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type: Pastiche narrated by the bastard son of Dick van Dyke apparently
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Mrs Hudson
Other Characters: Narrator and presumaby some others
Locations: 221B, Baker Street
Story: Oh, for goodness sake! Wentz has decided to try to write this as a Cockney. If you want to struggle through nine pages of stuff like "I'm 'oldin me 'at like I'm chauntin' lay, griddlin' inna street", go ahead. I'm really not going to be reading this one for you. It appears to be about a cheery Cockney drug-dealer delivering Holmes's stash.

Robert Weverka

Murder by Decree (1979)
(Based on the screenplay by John Hopkins)

Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Lestrade
Historical Figures: Jack the Ripper; Edward VII; Edward's Family; Catherine Eddowes; Mary Jane Kelly; Sir Charles Warren; Robert James Lees; Grace Lees; John Netley (John Slade); Annie Crook; Lady Gull (Lady Spivey; Sir William Gull (Sir Thomas Spivey); Lord Salisbury; Henry Matthews; (Polly Nicholls; Annie Chapman; Elizabeth Stride; Joseph Hyam Levy; Joseph Lawende; Constable Edward (Oliver) Watkins; Mrs Gull; John Kelly; Alice Crook; Duke of Clarence; Queen Victoria)
Other Characters: Opera Audience; Opera Performers; Sir Goeffrey [sic] Harlton; Opera House Concierge; Cab Drivers; Mr Makins; Mr Lanier; Mr Carroll; Makins's Companions; Mitre Square Crowd; Constables; Wharf Man; Dock Guard; Lees' Butler; Lees' Maid; Newspaper Vendor; Lees' Housekeeper; Nuns; Settlement House Inmates; Alehouse Patrons; Danny; Public House Proprietor; Police Sergeant; Prisoners; Telegram Boy; St Christopher's Chief of Medical Staff; Wickshire Attendant; Dr Hardy; Latimer; Head Nurse; Mother Superior; Downing Street Constable; (Lord Starkweather; Lady Starkweather; South American Businessman; Henry DeRyder; Inspector Foxborough; M. Poinard; Telegraph Boy; Park Lane Constable; River-Ferry Captain; Eddy's Friend; Catholic Priest; Midwife; St Christopher's Intern)
Date: September, 1888
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Covent Garden Opera House; Whitechapel; Mitre Square; Wharf; Wentworth Dwellings, Goulston Street; Elizabeth Wharf; 25, College Row; Scotland Yard; Catholic Setlement House; Public House; Police Station; St Christopher's Hospital; Victoria Station; Train; Reading; Wickshire Hospital; Brook Street; Spivey's House; Dorset Street; 13, Millers Court; Hospital; Providence Row Convent; 10, Downing Street
Story: Holmes is puzzled when, after the second Ripper murder, he has still not been consulted by the Yard. Returning from the opera on the night of the third murder, Holmes is visited by members of a citizens' committee from the East End who wish him to investigate the murders. That same evening, he receives an anonymous note, and, with Watson, travels to view the scene of the Eddowes murder, but they are seen off by Sir Charles Warren. He is given a tip-off about a further clue, and is able to chemically reconstruct the chalked message about "The Juwes". A further tip-off almost leads to a confrontation with a swordsman on the Elizabeth wharf, and sends him to talk to Lees, a medium who has seen the Ripper in a vision, and later in person. They read of the murder of Makins, leader of the Citizens' Committee, Holmes makes a connection between the murders and Freemasonry. He visits the Lees again, and sends Watson to Whitechapel to interview the victims' friends. He finds himself under arrest, but leads Holmes to Mary Kelly, who reveals a story linking the murders to the Royal Family. Holmes visits an asylum, is almost killed, and is called before the Prime Minister before the case reaches its unsatisfactory conclusion.

Ronald C. Weyman