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GOH Leslie S. Klinger

It’s Day 59 in our Sherlock Seattle countdown, which means that it’s time to introduce our next Guest of Honor, Leslie Klinger!

In Mr. Klinger’s case, I owe his involvement entirely to Laurie King. I hadn’t gotten around to asking him yet when she told me that she had been talking with Les over dinner about the convention and how he expressed interest in attending. I naturally invited him instantly and was delighted when he accepted my invitation.

For those who do not know already, Mr. Klinger is the New York Times-best-selling editor of the Edgar®-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and the critically-acclaimed New Annotated Dracula, as well as numerous other books and articles on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, vampires, and the Victorian age. He is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula.

Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, World Horror Convention,  World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon, and Comic-Con, and he teaches regular courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension.

He has been the technical adviser on many film and literary projects, including the two Warner Bros. “Sherlock Holmes” films starring Robert Downey, Jr. Klinger also authored live “Tweetnotes” for PBS during the broadcasts of the BBC’s Sherlock. His newest books are the four-volume The Annotated Sandman with Neil Gaiman for Vertigo and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft for W. W. Norton (to be published in 2014). He is Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association and former Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. Klinger is a tax and business lawyer who lives in Malibu with his wife Sharon, a large dog, and three cats.​