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The Shameless Website of the Conan Doyle Estate Limited

The brazenness of the Conan Doyle Estate Limited continues to know no bounds. A glossy new website, www.conandoyleestate.com, falsely claims “ownership” of U.S. trademarks in the character of Sherlock Holmes (it has applied for a broad range of trademarks but does not own them yet–and will not if the public speaks up). The CDEL’s website…

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The Monster is Coming!

I’m thrilled to share the cover for New Annotated Frankenstein, to be published by W. W. Norton/Liveright Publishing on July 25, 2017. Guillermo del Toro is writing an introduction, and there’s a fine afterword by Professor Anne Mellor of UCLA, one of the world’s great Frankenstein scholar. There are over 200 illustrations and photographs, and…

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Upcoming Events!

Three events are set for Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: October 1 at 2:00 PM The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ. The Les & Laurie Show returns to the Poisoned Pen, talking about Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell,Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, and Mary Russell’s War & Other Stories of Suspense. ________________________________________ October 8 at 5:00 PM: Les Klinger…

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A Memory of Don Cannon

Don Cannon, a long-time mystery buff, Sherlockian, and friend died last week. I thought I’d share this memory of Don: Back in late 2009, I was slated to attend the 2010 Left Coast Crime, in Los Angeles. Don was in charge of programming (or at least in charge of programming me), and it was no…

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Watchmen and More!

I’ve announced this elsewhere, but I’m still so chuffed that it’s worth repeating: I’m busy working on Annotated Watchmen for DC Entertainment. This came about because, when we were wrapping Annotated Sandman, I happened to say that my other dream project would be to take a similar approach to Watchmen, one of the great works of art of the 20th century.…

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More Lovecraft!

I’m very pleased to hear from my publisher Liveright/Norton that New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is doing very well—so well that they’d like me to do a second volume, tentatively titled New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond the Mythos! Although the first volume contained 22 stories, we omitted a number of great tales simply to…

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Pub Dates Never Get Old!

Well, today is the publication date for Annotated Sandman, volume 4, out from Vertigo/DC Entertainment, and I have to say that #32 (yes, this is my 32nd book, not counting self-published) is just as exciting as #1, published way back in 1994. The Sandman project was a great thrill for me for many reasons. First,…

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Black Week in Istanbul

I’m wrapping up my week in Istanbul, where I was invited to be a special guest at “Black Week,” a new crime-writing book festival sponsored by the Pera Palace Jumeira Hotel. It was a great honor to attend, inasmuch as there was only one other English-language author attending, the Scot writer Alexander McCall Smith, whom…

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On Writing Nonfiction

I thought that I’d share this essay that I wrote for the February 2015 issue of the newsletter of the Horror Writers Association. I hope that it illuminates or stimulates! On Writing Nonfiction by Leslie S. Klinger, HWA Treasurer In working on the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund [a new program providing grants to writers…

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Two More 2014 Events

We’ve added two more events in 2014 to the calendar: Wednesday, December 3–A Conversation about Lovecraft, Holmes, etc., with Sherry DeWane (sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank), Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmer’s Market, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, West Hollywood, CA, 7 pm Saturday, December 13–Reading and signing “In the Company…

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