a baker street irregular

Hello friends and welcome to another edition of Wacky WWII Hijinks! Get hype, today we’re gonna learn about rad spy shit

okay, first some background: the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services, was an American intelligence agency during WWII that was in charge of clandestine shit like espionage, propaganda, and counter-intelligence. It was run by a dude called “Wild Bill” Donovan, because that’s the kind of name people had back then somehow

More background: the SOE, or Special Operations Executive, was a British organization in charge of espionage, sabotage, and assisting local resistance groups in Europe. It didn’t have a director with a weird nickname, but it was sometimes called the Baker Street Irregulars, which honestly I think is even better

as you can imagine, these two organizations came up with a lot of weird shit to help their agents infiltrate into occupied Europe, so let’s get to it already dang

  • Rodent bombs

this one comes to us courtesy of the SOE and were intended for use in boiler rooms, because the british figured that anyone finding a gross dead rat while stoking a boiler would probably just chuck the corpse into the fire and be done with it. Except this time the boiler would explode.

Rat asses, as you can see from the pencil fuse in the image, could also be rigged for timed explosions instead, for those occasions when you’re on a tight schedule about raining down petrified rat entrails in your enemy’s basement

unfortunately (???), the RATS, EXPLOSIVE, never saw actual combat use, as the first box the SOE dropped into Europe was intercepted by the Nazis, who probably had a read good “what the FUCK” moment when they opened it

  • Coal bombs

along similar lines but far less fucking weird were coal bombs, which were essentially the same thing as the rat bombs but with hollowed out coal instead. Both the SOE and OSS actually used these ones

  • Poop bombs (lol)

they then went a bizarre step further and developed mule dung bombs for use in Africa- “specially sculpted” replicas of mule poop that were packed with explosives. These weren’t meant to be chucked into boilers, but rather left around for enemy forces to drive over. Here is an actual American soldier talking about collecting mule shit for war purposes, from O'Donnell’s book Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs

Mule turds were to be found in great abundance…we added a few samples of local mule dung, and this was carefully packed and sent to London. We took care to explain that the full, rich horse dung of the British countryside would not do in Morocco; it was the more watery, smaller mule type that would pass there without suspicion. Also, it was important to have it a deep sepia color, sometimes with greenish shades, the product of straw and grass, not of oats and hay. In due course of time the British London office made up explosive turds from these samples, and we used them to good effect later in Tunisia.

You do you, mule-poop-connoisseur-OSS-agent.

  • Bat bombs

this is not an actual picture of a bat bomb, but I found it while googling for images to use and I love it okay thanks

anyway are you sensing a theme here?

This one was, surprisingly, not the product of OSS or SOE, but of an American dentist named Lytle S Adams. Everyone needs a hobby I guess.

The idea behind bat bombs was that you take a bunch of bats (specifically Mexican free-tailed bats), tie some little bombs to them, and stuff them into a plane. Then the plane flies over Japan (because Japan has a lot of wooden buildings and therefore is particularly susceptible to incendiary use), and drops the bats. The bats fall down to building-level, then start flying around looking for somewhere to hide because they are having a seriously bad bat day. In theory, the bats would fly up into the eaves and roofs of the buildings, at which point the timers on their little bombs would go off, sending both bats and buildings up in flames.

This idea actually, somehow, made it into the testing phase, but was never used because honestly what the fuck

  • Aunt Jemima

guess what it’s another bomb! In this case, a plastic explosive that looked like flour (hence the name) and could even be baked into something resembling food products, although just a tad more poisonous than most food you find outside of school cafeterias. Aunt Jemima was easy to smuggle through enemy lines due to its innocuous appearance, and the OSS sent a bunch of it to Chinese resistance fighters against the Japanese

  • Silk printing

“wait what?”, I’m sure you’re saying. “finally something that doesn’t explode and it’s…just a totally normal thing?”

yeah. Here’s the thing: if you sent an agent or resistance fighter into occupied territory, there was a pretty good chance they were gonna get frisked at some point, because that was a pretty routine occurrence in places like occupied France. If said agent/resistance member were carrying, say, a map showing escape routes or a code sheet for them to use to send information, and they got searched, either that paper is gonna be found with their other papers or, if hidden on their person, make a pretty distinct crinkling noise when the Gestapo agent gets friendly with that area. Plus, you know, paper doesn’t do great when wet

the solution to this was printing stuff on silk, like this:

this is Leo Marks, the creator of the silk code keys and one time pads that SOE used for their agents, holding a one time code pad that has been printed on silk

these silk documents could be sewn into an agent’s clothing while still being totally undetectable to a pat-down, or even hidden somewhere like rolled up in a thin tube and then stuck inside a shoelace. If you went a step further and printed the document using invisible ink, agents could carry maps around in plain view as handkerchiefs or have their codebook printed directly onto their underwear, because hey why not

I know it sounds boring after all this exploding wildlife, but silk-printed documents were hugely important to covert operations during WWII

  • things that should not be guns but are, in fact, guns

tbh I’m just gonna let the pictures speak for themselves on this one

apparently there was an umbrella one too but I couldn’t find a picture of that one

  • suitcase radio

if you’re dropping people into enemy territory to gather intelligence, you need some way to communicate with them. This was a problem, since cell phones hadn’t been invented yet and radios at the time were like, fucking huge, which is not great when you’re trying to hide them from the Gestapo

SOE got around this problem by creating the suitcase radio, which is exactly what it sounds like- a big old radio disguised as a suitcase. Obviously they weren’t gonna stand up to any examination more rigorous than “yes that is suitcase shaped”, but it allowed agents to at least walk around in public with it without attracting too much attention

  • Joan-Eleanor system

keeping with the “problems with radios” theme, we have the OSS’ Joan-Eleanor system. See, normal radio frequencies were monitored by both sides in the war, which was Not Great. It meant both that radio transmissions could be intercepted by the enemy (and subsequently decoded, like Germany’s Enigma messages), and also that you could use radio direction finders to pinpoint the location of a broadcasting radio. Every time a covert agent turned on their radio to report something, they ran the risk of being located and hella murdered

the Joan-Eleanor (or J-E) system, in contrast, was a Very High Frequency (VHF) system. VHF bands couldn’t be easily monitored, unlike the frequency bands used by other radios.

Why? I actually have no idea. Listen I just read things and ramble about them on the internet, I don’t know jack shit about radios

anyway, as a result the system was hard to detect but very short range, so it worked by giving the agent on the ground a hand-held transmitter (the Joan), that talked to a bigger transceiver (the Eleanor) that was in a plane. At prearranged times the plane would fly over wherever the agent was and they could have an undetectable chat

  • compass buttons

it’s a compass! It’s a button! It’s a compass hidden inside a button!

  • The BBC

okay this one isn’t technically equipment, but it’s cool and was used by spies so you can deal with it

it turns out that during the war pretty much everyone listened to the BBC, even at risk of arrest in occupied territories. The SOE used this to their advantage by working with the BBC to broadcast seemingly meaningless words or phrases at certain times, which were actually pre-arranged coded messages  or orders to agents or resistance members

if an agent had to win over the resistance’s trust or prove they were actually spies and not just random dudes, they could ask the person whose trust they were trying to win to provide them with a personal word or phrase. Then the agent could radio the SOE, give them the word/phrase and ask it to be broadcast at a certain time, which the other person would hear, and bam best friends

  • invisible ink

is there anything more quintessentially spy? agents were often supplied with a little vial of invisible ink before being dropped into occupied territory, for communications outside radio broadcasts. the ink could be developed (made visible) by means of chemicals or exposure to ultraviolet light (some invisible inks are developed by heat, but the SOE at least avoided those because of the worryingly high risk of accidental exposure. “whoops I sat to close to the fire and now everyone can see I actually drew little devil horns on this poster of Hitler you gave me”)

REAL COOL FACT: Josephine Baker, the famous Black singer, was actually a spy for the French Resistance during the war, and smuggled information during her concert tours of Europe by writing it in invisible ink on her sheet music! wow!

okay I’m gonna stop now because I keep thinking of more shit to add and if I do this will literally never end (sorry). For further reading I recommend the O'Donnell book mentioned above and Leo Marks’ Between Silk and Cyanide. Also apparently H. Keith Melton’s OSS Special Weapons & Equipment is really good, but I haven’t read it personally (though I totally stole the pictures of the OSS guns from there, hooray the internet)


Detective Conan 999 [Japanese to English Translation]

Chapter 999! 

  • Everything is for the School Field Trip… He’s desperate!

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Ruler (Sherlock Holmes)

The most famous detective in the world, the brother of Mycroft Holmes and the archenemy of James Moriarty from the novels of Arthur Conan Doyle.  With his companion, Doctor John Watson, Sherlock solved countless crimes and mysteries thought to be impossible through his incredible deductive reasoning, from his base in 221b Baker Street.

Other individuals such as Irene Adler and the Baker Street Irregulars were also impartial in his crime-solving career. Eventually, through perseverance and his own sacrifice, he rid the world of Moriarty forever and has become a legendary figure in the world of fiction. Countless other writers have continued his adventures, some even giving him an older brother, Sherringford or a younger sister, Enola.


Go to the source…Observations

40 days past March 8th is Easter.

So, this year we will observe Easter.

Lent / Ash Wednesday
Sherlock: 243 types of tobacco ash. Deleted!
Sherlock TSoT: I know ash!
Creepy Guy SiB: I know human ash.

ACD: Holmes monograph on the subject of tobacco ash, first mentioned in A Study in Scarlet. Used to solve The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear (arguably the 40th story).

Observe animal behavior…

BBC Sherlock: Sherlock experiments on John in HoB by using idea of an animal that attacks in the lab, and Eurus makes remarks about experimenting on them in TFP. She also calls them pack animals, which could have two connotations: pack animals like wolves or pack animals like elephants. Mycroft refers to them as lab rats. Sherlock and John discuss murderous zoo animal in TLD. Murderous Mary elephant is placed on thelostspecial.com site. The Veiled Lodger has this attack animal concept, and is chronologically the 40th story.

Observe women…

The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes (ASH for short), a scion of The Baker Street Irregulars, which was founded by female fans, because BSI did not allow women membership.
“We must certainly lose to them.” -TAB Mycroft (Who Sherlock gives 2 years, 11 months, and 4 days to live at the end of the bet. Oct 2018 from TAB release date?)

Observe the spirit…

Love /AMMO/, Faith (Culverton), Charity? The greatest of these is love, if Sherlock is a resurrection figure. And to have John. Originally, Mary meant love (Egyptian), then sea (Maria or Stella Maris connects it to Venus), then bitterness or wished-for child (Biblical).

Observe scripture…

Genesis has a creation story that is partially covered in the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Garden Of Paradise. This story also features the East Wind, North Wind, a fairy, water-phobia/a very wet Prince, talk of forests (we know part of Sherlock was filmed in a forest), angels, apples, panes of glass, mirrors, weeping tears of blood, what constitutes sin (desire itself or acting on it), defying death, and the Arctic (Sherlock North).

Matthew 13: 9-16 Jesus and the disciples discuss using parables to teach, but people that do not perceive what they should.

Observe Moriarty:

Is he not the celebrated author of The Dynamics of an Asteroid, a book which ascends to such rarefied heights of pure mathematics that it is said that there was no man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it?

— Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear

This topic had been covered by *Newcomb about 20 years before, and it may have been him that inspired the character of Moriarty.

Mary reading Dynamics of Combustion, and 221B is blown up, but the book was written by Sherlock’s mother so in EMP, regular MP or John’s unconscious state, the boys would be unscathed. It represents the love of a true mother, rather than the feeling of AGRA Mary who leaves her child behind and jumps in front of a bullet in T6T.

Observe the sky:

Mid-March, observers equipped with binoculars may attempt to detect the tiny crescent of Venus (love). Telescopes show a large, thin crescent at this point, the image split into the /rainbow / colours by an effect called dispersion.

Currently the Obliquity of the ecliptic is around 23.4°, slightly less (by about 0.013°) than it will have been 100 years ago, when measured by the American astronomer and mathematician *Simon Newcomb. (This means things are off kilter, so consider the camera shifts in TAB and TFP.)

@impatient14 @jenna221b @whimsicalethnographies

Things We Know About the Riddler from TheRiddlerSpeaks blog:

·         He considers himself the “information broker of Gotham”.

·         He’s fond of Harley Quinn to a certain extent, but finds her tiring and the company she keeps unsavory.

·         He finds Scarecrow insufferable.

·         His worst fear is losing his intelligence and thus making everything he’s worked for worthless.

·         He’s a coffee drinker (three milk, no sugar) who doesn’t like tea.

·         He can finish any newspaper puzzle in less than 20 minutes.

·         His favorite movies are Forbidden Planet and Dr. Strangelove, and his favorite actor is Peter Cushing, whom he sees as a role model.

·         He flat-out hates the Joker and his methods.

·         He used to love watching late-night horror movies, especially the Hammer Horror films.

·         He swears quite a bit when he’s frustrated or especially angry.

·         His morning routine consists of a copy of the Daily Planet and a large coffee.

·         His mother was a meek woman who often kowtowed to his abusive father and would insist he change his behavior to make his father happy.

·         He doesn’t at all hate people with genuine mental handicaps, reserving his ire for the proudly and willfully ignorant.

·         He considers Black Mask a decent cohort, if not a decent human being, but doesn’t think he has the proper flair that a rogue needs.

·         He has a great deal of respect for his henchgirls, trusts them to take care of themselves, and feels secure enough around them to poke fun at them in their presence.

·         He doesn’t consider killing an emotional endeavor, preferring to look at the bigger picture the death would be part of.

·         He’s thought about pursuing martial arts, but considers himself too old for it these days.

·         He used to be merely a petty thief, but dabbled in blackmail with important figures, one of whom killed himself under his influence

·         He has quite a bit of disdain for the Mad Hatter, thinking he’s a childish one-trick pony who takes the easy way out with his methods.

·         He dropped out of high school and never got a college education.

·         He’s published quite a few of his riddles and get annoyed at how many of these sites and books get the answers wrong.

·         He’s a history nerd who can quote several past rulers and philosophers.

·         He has the following qualifications for henches:

o   You have to have survived in the Gotham underworld for a minimum of four years (eight months for ex-Joker henches.)

o   You have to be able to shoot straight, knock a man unconscious, crack a safe, create and use basic explosives, and answer three out of five introductory riddles correctly.

o   You have to have at least somewhat stable mental health.

o   You have to have some intelligence and common sense with a healthy enough ego not to take remarks personally.

·         He jokes that his dream pet is a robotic spider with the brain of Albert Einstein.

·         He regards golf as “where testosterone goes to die”.

·         He used to use “the Fish” (in reference to Einstein’s logic puzzle) as shorthand for the answer that must be found, but had to stop after the girls started making “fish stick” jokes.

·         He hopes that after his death his brain will be preserved for a clone or robot body; if the brain is unsalvageable, he’s told his henchgirls where he wants his ashes scattered.

·         He did appreciate his secretaries while he was a private detective and is still fond enough of them to keep in touch.

·         He quit being a P.I. after he got bored and sick of not getting any more respect than he did as a criminal.

·         He’s more scared than he cares to admit of Poison Ivy and avoids her at all costs.

·         He gets his suits and masks from “Paul the crime tailor”; he has suits based on seven different basic designs and prefers black slacks because they show less blood.  He also prefers domino masks and three-piece suits.

·         He’d been working odd jobs at 19 years old and making money on the side winning crossword puzzle contests until he was blacklisted by the New York Times.  His first girlfriend convinced him he was better than the Minnesota education system and gave him his first access to someone else’s private records, which he sold for all the money he needed to get to Gotham.

·         He likes purple because it’s a royal color and green because it’s the color of ambiguity and tends to stimulate critical thought

·         He used to be a hardline atheist, but now is more of an agnostic.

·         He sees sex as an inevitable fact of life, but a pointless and pleasureless one; he subscribes to the “Tesla method” of keeping it from being a priority in his life.

·         He finds Victor Zsasz’s methods pretty genius in their own way.

·         He doesn’t like villain team-ups, viewing the clashing egos as a hindrance to accomplishing the task at hand.

·         He thinks the Baker Street Irregulars were an ingenious use of resources and considers them one of the best parts of the Holmes stories.  He looks down on Moriarty as a rarely-used plot device.

·         He doesn’t listen to music very much and sticks to classical on the rare occasions when he does.

·         He was subjected to chemical injections that gave him crippling migraines and a near-death experience under Lock-Up’s reign of terror and was too ill to attend the famous hearing.

·         He does enjoy travelling, though he rarely has the occasion, and went on a national tour outside of Gotham City during No Man’s Land.  He’s also “unashamedly a town mouse”.

·         He’s had his fair share of experiences with groupies and can spot them on sight.  He once hacked a database and put Condiment King at the top of a popularity poll just to see how many fangirls grouped to him at the Iceberg the next night.

·         He tends to mail back fan mail with grammatical corrections, commentary, and the occasional letter grade.

·         He claims to have written part of the Evil Overlord List and says that several of the points are impractical in real life.

·         He’s been inside The Pandora’s Box S&M club and didn’t think it was that shocking.

·         He’s a Leo—he doesn’t put much stock in astrology, but he finds horoscope descriptions fascinating in how broad and scam-like they are.

·         He thinks fetish gear is ridiculous.

·         He has a scar on his shoulder from Query.

·         He denies that his pursuit of Jessica from his “Joker’s Asylum” story ever happened.

·         He has no desire to get involved in any Gotham turf wars, preferring to wait until all the rogues kill each other and Batman off and rise to the top in their absence.

·         He does believe in multiple forms of intelligence, but believes that certain forms and applications are more valuable than others.

·         He doesn’t put much stock in modern art, especially interpretive dance and mime.

·         He despises the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” riddle and feels similarly toward the riddles in The Hobbit.

·         He never sleeps with his henchgirls, considering them too close to himself in intellect and personality.

·         He has a thing for “striking brunettes”.

·         He’s a big grammar Nazi.

·         He’s “crazy good” at Tetris.

·         He regards loyalty as the greatest weakness a person can have and doesn’t think family is important.

·         He’s very sarcastic and is practically incapable of not taunting people, even when he’s in no position to be mouthing off.

·         He used to have a bit of a crush on Catwoman, but has become more disillusioned with her since the “incident in Rome”.

·         He doesn’t like being called “Mister”—he thinks honorifics are a bit pretentious.

·         He felt a bit sorry for Enigma, but was largely ambivalent to her, regarding her as more of an interesting case than any kind of valuable relationship.

·         He doesn’t have any tattoos or piercings.

simplyshelbs16xoxo  asked:

1 and 43 because I'm dying for good Sherlolly angst lol (with a happy ending of course)

( 1. “Do you want me to leave?” 

43. “I am not losing you again!”

This is going to be a multi-chapter fic because while I have no problems doing short fluffy fics, I apparently cannot do short angsty fics. I’ll post the first chapter here, but this and the rest of the chapters will be on AO3 and FF.net)

Debt of Honor ch 1

Everyone knew the Holmes family was obscenely rich. Everyone also knew the Holmes brothers were cold and calculating, but never cruel.

No, Dr. Molly Hooper thought. To be cruel, you have to hate something. To hate something, you have to be capable of emotion.

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Part 32/83 of my Female Rogues of Gotham City series

Jervis Tetch by himself is already a far more formidable threat than his small stature and soft-spoken manner would indicate.  But put him with his loyal band of Wonderland citizens and he is nigh-unbeatable.  The motley crew known as the Wonderland Gang is sometimes a dysfunctional one, with arguments between members and accidental detonations in the lair all too common, but at their core they are a family.  And while the gossiping Tweedles, the deceptive gentle giant the Walrus, and the fast and furious getaway driver the Gryphon are certainly to be feared, one finds that the female of the species in this case can be even more dangerous.

Harriet Barnes—The March Hare—was the only evidence of the union between an innocent remarried civilian woman and a deceased high-tier criminal henchman and grew up in an environment full of resentment and cold stares; the only person in the world she loved was her younger sister, who joined her in her new life’s mission to spite her new family.  It was then she found a place among the Mad Hatter’s gang, where she became a gunrunner and stuntwoman par excellence, finally able to indulge in her love of adventure and perpetual adrenaline rush.  At times, however, Harriet still feels a bit of guilt for dragging her beloved sister into the underworld with her and in her lowest moments finds comfort in the bottom of a bottle of scotch; as long as her trigger finger stays steady, she’ll indulge all she feels like.

Trisha “Tick” Barnes—The White Rabbit—was the March Hare’s half-sister and had never known her family’s criminal roots until recently; her parents always pampered her and let her get away with everything, which planted the seeds of her own immorality and resentment, leading her to abuse their trust and side with Harriet over them. Never having learned right and wrong very well, she’d always been fascinated with Gotham’s rogues and even harbored crushes on a few, and so she was thrilled to find a place in the Wonderland Gang alongside her childhood heroes.  As the gang’s youngest inductee, Tick finds no greater joy than in making her own explosives and curious gadgets and gleefully watching chaos unfold around her, her love of misadventure managing to outstrip that of her sister.

Sayana Kapoor—The Dormouse—moved from India to Gotham with her parents when she was six years old and, not long after, found herself an orphan when her parents were slaughtered, their corpses fashioned to look like human dolls; when she ran screaming for help, the killer found her and sewed her own mouth shut so she wouldn’t blab to the police.  Although her mouth has healed, leaving only scars behind, and she has effectively found a new family among the Wonderland Gang, the trauma remains so great that she is completely mute, preferring to communicate in sign language with her friends translating for her.  And with her new expertise in martial arts, throwing weapons, and smoke and mirrors stealth, Sayana hopes to someday avenge her parents’ murder.

Petra Tenniel—The Carpenter—was once a carpenter with dreams of being an architect who had been thrown into a dangerous situation in one of the buildings she was tasked with overseeing, resulting in a three-week coma and the loss of her unborn child. Outraged, heartbroken, and looking for justice, especially after the arrest of her husband after he tried to fight on her behalf, she built an elaborate trap and got revenge on the ones who’d wronged her; the Wonderland Gang took notice and offered her a job, which she accepted if her husband, soon to be christened the Walrus, was allowed to come with her.  Now, Petra works as Jervis Tetch’s personal deathtrap architect and technological consultant, and she’s all but adopted the gang’s younger members, giving her purpose and happiness once again.

The Daisy Chain is the Wonderland Gang’s eyes and ears; no one knows their names precisely or indeed how many of them there are, but so many of these young women were once urchins, streetwalkers, and desperate henchwomen looking for semi-honest work anywhere they could.  Now, they are the Mad Hatter’s version of the Baker Street Irregulars, slipping unseen into nightclubs, bars, and any seedy location in Gotham’s underbelly, sometimes in disguise, and gleaning what information they can before reporting back. And if things get violent, a hail of bullets, a whack with a mallet, or a flash of colorful smoke certainly would not go amiss, and all the while they will never breathe a word except to their boss.

The wonderful March Hare, White Rabbit, Dormouse, and Carpenter all belong to my good friend @mcgeeky25.

August Derleth, Sherlock Holmes fanfic writer

Solar Pons is a fictional detective created by August Derleth as a pastiche of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

August Derleth

Upon hearing that Doyle had no plans to write more Holmes stories, the young Derleth wrote to him, asking permission to take over the job. Conan Doyle graciously declined the offer, but Derleth, despite having never been to London, set about finding a name that was reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, and wrote his first set of Solar Pons pastiches. He would go on to write more stories about Pons than Conan Doyle did about Holmes.

Pons is quite openly a pastiche of Holmes; the first book, (pub. 1945), was titled In Re: Sherlock Holmes. The similarities can hardly be missed: Solar Pons has prodigious powers of observation and deduction, who can astound his companions by telling them minute details about people he has only just met, details that he proves to have deduced in seconds of observation. The Pons stories are narrated by Dr. Lyndon Parker. The pair share lodgings at 7B Praed Street. Their landlady is Mrs. Johnson. Solar Pons has a smarter brother named Bancroft.

Solar Pons isn’t merely Sherlock Holmes with the name changed, because Sherlock Holmes also exists in Pons’ world: Pons and Parker are aware of the famous detective and hold him in high regard, but while Holmes’ adventures took place primarily in the 1880s and 1890s, Pons and Parker live in the 1920s and 1930s (when Derleth began writing). Pons fans regard Derleth as having given Pons his own distinctly different personality, far less melancholy and brooding than Holmes’.

The Pons stories cross over, at times, with the writings of others, such as Derleth’s literary correspondent H. P. Lovecraft in “The Adventure of the Six Silver Spiders,” Fu Manchu author Sax Rohmer, and Carnacki the Ghost-Finder in “The Adventure of the Haunted Library.”

(Derleth’s’ other great claim to fame, of course, is that he ensured Lovecraft’s body of work was not lost to the ages. He was a co-founder of Arkham House, the only publisher to reprint Lovecraft’s fiction until fairly recently.)  

The tales in the Pontine canon (as the collected Solar Pons works are known) can be broadly divided into two classes, the straight and the humorous, the straight being more or less straightforward tales of detection in the classic Holmesian mode, while the others—a minority—have some gentle fun, most notably by involving fictional characters from outside either canon, most notably Dr. Fu Manchu, Hercule Poirot, and The Saint.

Several of the Pontine tales have titles taken from the famous “unrecorded” cases of Holmes which Watson often alluded to, including the matters of “Ricoletti of the Club Foot (and his Abominable Wife),” “The Aluminum Crutch,” “The Black Cardinal,” and “The Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant.” Others are riffs on Holmesian tales, such as “The Adventure of the Tottenham Werewolf” paralleling (in some ways) Holmes’ case of the Sussex Vampire.

Solar Pons, in turn, inspired fanfiction that continued after his death in 1971, most significantly written by author Basil Copper.

A society, the Praed Street Irregulars (PSI), is dedicated to Solar Pons. The Irregulars were founded by Luther Norris in 1966 in the style of the better-known Baker Street Irregulars.

Source: Wikipedia


Sherlock Holmes inspired Morse code jewellery on Etsy.

anonymous asked:

you've mentioned that Jason wasn't around for long, in or out of costume, and I was wondering if you could talk a little about his character, and why he's not as much of a player in the sorrowful and immaculate hearts verse?

Jason had a big impact on Bruce but that’s part of why I haven’t written him much - because even though I made his storyline a lot less being-dead-centric, it’s still kind of emotionally intense? I think that as of right now the most intense thing I’ve written is chapter two of Christmas in Kansas, which is still pretty chill.

I like Batman having his own sort of Baker Street irregulars. He’s got the networks of kids with their Batman superstitions, alerting him to things in their own various ways without directly interacting with him; he’s got the banshees, some of whom he learns to trust for their information networks; and then there’s just Misc. Various street kids or petty criminals (by which I mean, criminals whose only crimes are things like growing weed or sex work) that he’s able to work with on a semi-regular basis.

(Bruce owns a lot of homes for wayward youths but some kids will never trust the system no matter how safe he tries to make it; those kids trust Batman exchanging help for information more than they’ll ever trust someone offering help for its own sake)

Jason Todd in Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts had a dead mom and an abusive father. He has an inherent distrust of male authority figures who say they want to help him. He doesn’t like to be touched. He learns, very slowly, to trust Batman. When Bruce finally brings him home and lets him in on the secret, it’s because Jason’s situation has become untenable and because Jason has more than proven himself. Jason is never officially adopted; the official line is that he’s the son of some cousin or another that left him with Bruce while they went gallivanting around on cruises or whatever it is that rich people do. There are limits to Jason’s trust, and giving Bruce legal authority over him is that limit.

He was always ready to leave, because he always assumed he’d have to.

(I’m being vague about a lot of things to avoid this being too spoilery or triggery and idk if it’s working).

When things go sideways with Jason, it’s because Jason has a hurt in him that Bruce will never really understand. It’s not like with Dick, where his hurt was like a mirror image of Bruce. It is a fundamental difference in the way they see the world. For Jason, there are some people in the world who are simply not worth saving; Bruce can’t accept that, but he also can’t say that he’s wrong.

Jason doesn’t stop being Robin because he dies. He stops being Robin because he leaves. Bruce doesn’t follow because Bruce doesn’t know what to do and he’s not sure if he’s ever known what to do but rather than appreciating the space Jason takes this as a final rejection. The fact that Bruce just let him go.

(and then there’s the red hood and then there’s talia and bruce has been keeping tabs in his own way and when things go sideways that time they really go sideways but that all comes later)

Rest in peace Jeremy Brett, who died on this day September 12th, 1995. I was fifteen years old, and–while I was introduced to Sherlock Holmes when my dad handed me the canon–we watched the Granada series religiously as a family. Or at least it was religiously for me, because now I am a Baker Street Babe, Adventuress of Sherlock Holmes, and Baker Street Irregular, I can look back and thank Mr. Brett for giving me the first version of Sherlock Holmes who wasn’t solely in my imagination, the first solid human Holmes I ever loved, and when people ask me my religious affiliation, my answer is “Sherlockian.” 

Thank you for all you did for Holmes fans everywhere. – lyndsayfaye