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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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Upcoming Events

It’s going to be a very busy balance of the year for me, and although the calendar isn’t completely set yet, here’s what’s happening (please double-check all times): Sat., Oct. 18 at 1:30 pm: Reading and signing New Annotated HPL at the Sulzer Library, 2255 No. Lincoln Ave.,Chicago, IL Sun., Oct. 19 at 2 pm:…

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Anatomy of Innocence

I guess it’s official now, because Laura Caldwell and I talked about it during her interview for the podcast “Speaking of Mysteries” conducted by Nancie Clare and me (www.speakingofmysteries.com): We’re engaged…in a project together! I’m deeply honored that Laura (Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, founder and Director of Life…

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7th Circuit Denounces the Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd.

In a scathing opinion issued today, the 7th Circuit granted in full our petition for reimbursement of legal fees in the case of Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. More importantly, the Court ripped the Estate’s position, saying: “The Doyle estate’s business strategy is plain: charge a modest license fee for which there is no…

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Supreme Court Denies Conan Doyle Estate’s Petition

Justice Kagan today denied the “emergency” petition filed by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. The Estate sought to have the Supreme Court of the United States stay the effectiveness of the order of the 7th Circuit in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.. For the details of the case and a copy of the Estate’s…

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Conan Doyle Estate keeps on trying but loses again…

On July 3, the Conan Doyle Estate announced that it intended to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the decision of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. (called a “petition for certiorari”). The Estate also asked the 7th Circuit to “stay” (put on hold)…

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My Writing Life–So Far

I had a sobering thought this morning, confirmed by a quick check of the c.v. that I egotistically keep up to date (and have never published): My first piece of non-legal writing, an article on Sherlock Holmes and wine, appeared in the Baker Street Journal in June 1994, 20 years ago. There are 24 completed…

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Sherlock is Free–At Long Last!

With remarkable speed, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion today, upholding the ruling of the District Court in our favor in Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. The opinion itself can be found on the www.free-sherlock.com website. The results are: (a) Our new book, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, will come out in November…

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A Writing Day

Yesterday was a joyful day as I returned to work on The New Annotated Frankenstein. I know that it’s not due to be turned in until June 2016, but I have no other active projects as the moment: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, the new anthology with Laurie R. King, has gone off to…

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New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

A reader asked for more information about my next book, coming from Liveright in October. In a perfect world, I would have liked to annotate all of Lovecraft’s stories, numbering about 85. However, this would have made the work almost 2,000 pages and put it into a different price category. As a result, we decided…

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