When most people think of a British mystery, they’re usually thinking of the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, two authors who practically dominate the genre with their characters of Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Perot, and...Show More Summary
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, remembered for creating the staunchly rational Sherlock Holmes, was also a devoted spiritualist.
In 1912, when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his novel, THE LOST WORLD, movies were still in their infancy and technology wasn’t available to do the fantastic story justice, but by 1925 Willis O’Brien had begun to perfect stop motion, allowing him and his small team to bring these prehistoric creatures to life. THE LOST WORLD created a sensation then, […]
So here's what you need to know: The canonical Sherlock Holmes, as written by Arthur Conan Doyle, has a brother named Mycroft who is presented as being arguably smarter than the famous detective, but far more secretive, choosing to spend...Show More Summary
Earlier on Smart Bitches I reviewed Houdini and Doyle, a new TV series in which Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve mysteries. The series was pretty meh, but you can get a great Houdini and Doyle fix from the non-fiction book, The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. Show More Summary
The trick to Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories is that they aren't, strictly speaking, "Sherlock Holmes stories", but stories about Sherlock Holmes, written by the esteemed Dr John Watson. Baker Street's most eminent...Show More Summary
For many bestselling authors, hitting it big didn’t happen right away. From Arthur Conan Doyle to Anne Rice to Stephen King, some of our favorite writers toiled away at some pretty unexpected day jobs. This infographic is courtesy of Rachel Lui of The Expert Editor. Show More Summary
Harry Houdini, the legendary illusionist and escape artist, has been brought back to life in a rather unexpected way. Houdini & Doyle, the new Fox mystery series, is based on the idea that Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle teamed up to solve crimes and mysteries. Show More Summary
Sure, Arthur Conan Doyle once killed off Sherlock Holmes, but it took Paul Cornell to do terrible things to his ghost. He does it in Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? and today in his Big Idea, he explains why he thought this might be such a great plan. PAUL CORNELL: The big idea behind Who Killed Sherlock […]
The detective-mystery genre is dominated by male heroes—white male heroes, to be precise. There is Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Elmore Leonard and Dashiell Hammett’s leading men. Show More Summary
Oh, Houdini and Doyle. How can you hurt me like this? You have so much going for you! How can you be so…boring? Houdini and Doyle is a new show on Fox Network in which Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle solve mysteries whilst bickering over whether or not the supernatural exists (Doyle says yes, Houdini says no). Show More Summary
In a wonderful new Ted-Ed lesson written by scholar Dr. Neil McCaw and animated by Lasse Rützou Bruntse of The Animation Workshop, narrator Addison Anderson explains how how some of the most universally iconic items identifying Sherlock Holmes (the pipe, the cap, the cape) didn’t actually appear in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, […]
Gotham on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Houdini & Doyle on Fox at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is a television series based on the friendship of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle. I would have high hopes for this series...
Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve mysteries in a British-Canadian-U.S. co-production you’re probably only just hearing about! Person Of Interest’s fifth and final season! And what are these continuously promised deaths on Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon A Time? Let’s figure it out, on This Week’s TV! Read more...
The public fallout between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the most dramatically satisfying soured friendships of the 20th century. Conan Doyle, famous for creating the world’s most skeptical detective in Sherlock Holmes, developed a passionate interest in spiritualism in the wake of the First World War. Show More Summary
Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, May 2. All times are Eastern. Top picks Jane The Virgin (The CW, 9 p.m.): It’s Mother’s Day on Jane The Virgin, and as far as we can tell, Julia Roberts’ wig is nowhere in sight. Qué lástima. Show More Summary
FOX’s new series, Houdini & Doyle (Mondays 9/8C), has a delightful premise: real-life friends Harry Houdini, Master illusionist, escapologist and debunker of supernatural charlatans, and Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and devout believer in the paranormal, team up to solve crimes. Show More Summary
Houdini and Doyle, you may have guessed (or known!), is a show that reimagines and highly exaggerates the real-life friendship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series, which premieres on Fox in the USA this Monday (it’s already out in England), sees Houdini and Doyle banding together in the early 1900s (though they actually […]