Wednesday, February 24, 2016
2/24/1909 August Derleth arrives
But our main interest in him is through the creation of Solar Pons, a consulting detective who lived in London with a physician friend who narrated his cases. In short, the Pons stories were pastiches of Sherlock Holmes - as close as Derleth could get to writing about the Master without incurring the rather of Arthur Conan Doyle's estate. (In 1946 the family tried to stop him anyway. They failed.)
Derleth's stories were considered by many, including Ellery Queen, to be among the best of pseudo-Sherlock.