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Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Birthday: 24 Aug
Web Page: www.sherlocknews.com
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I was born in 1966 and am a native of Calgary, AB, Canada. I am a freelance writer, editor and reviewer. My articles, interviews, artwork and reviews have appeared in Scarlet Street, Sherlock, All-Hallows, and Canadian Holmes as well as fanzines Peladon Press and Into the Vortex. I've been acknowledged for various contributions in Starring Sherlock Holmes (Rev. Ed. Titan Books 2007), Sherlock Holm… Read more
I was born in 1966 and am a native of Calgary, AB, Canada. I am a freelance writer, editor and reviewer. My articles, interviews, artwork and reviews have appeared in Scarlet Street, Sherlock, All-Hallows, and Canadian Holmes as well as fanzines Peladon Press and Into the Vortex. I've been acknowledged for various contributions in Starring Sherlock Holmes (Rev. Ed. Titan Books 2007), Sherlock Holmes On Screen (Reynolds and Hearn 2002), Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History (Reynolds and Hearn 2001), In All Sincerity……Peter Cushing (Xlibris 2004) and Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion To The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Monkeybrain Books 2003). Along with my friend and frequent collaborator Jeff Campbell, I've edited three Sherlock Holmes anthologies - Curious Incidents Vols. 1&2 and Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes.
An avid reader from childhood, early obsessions included comic books, Doc Savage reprints, Burroughs’’ John Carter, Fleming’’s James Bond and John Norman’s Gor series. I've always had an appreciation for the works of Jules Verne, Victor Hugo, H.G. Wells, E. A. Poe, Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, and far too many others to mention. More recent interests include classic weird fiction and contemporary horror anthologies from small press publishers, although my favourite authors come from a variety of genres and include George MacDonald Fraser, Reginald Hill, Terry Pratchett, Kim Newman, Simon Clark, Steve Hockensmith, and Tim Lebbon.
In the mid-1980s a chance encounter with the Renegade Press Cases of Sherlock Holmes comic books and a television broadcast of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series sparked an eduring fascination with Arthur Conan Doyle's Great Detective, with a particular interest in film, television and pastiche interpretations of the character. An active member of Calgary's local Sherlock Holmes society The Singular Society of the Baker Street Dozen since 1987, I'm also a member of Canada’’s national Sherlock Holmes group The Bootmakers of Toronto, who in 2006 awarded me Canada's highest Sherlockian honour with the designation of Master Bootmaker. I've attended Sherlockian conferences in New York, London, Indianapolis and Toronto, and also spoken about Sherlock Holmes on local and national radio. My collection of Sherlockiana has appeared on display in Theatre Calgary's gallery during their 2005 staging of William Gillette's play Sherlock Holmes.
Leaving behind University studies in History and Education in 1989 I opened Calgary's only, now defunct, mystery specialty bookstore Mad For A Mystery, then went on to work for Smithbooks (where I met my wonderfully understanding wife Kristen), Books on Cassette, and Positive Concepts before settling in as operations manager for The Movie Poster Shop in 2001. A major film and television buff, favourites include classic adventure, screwball comedy, mystery and horror films (Universal and Hammer), Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Star Trek. On Sunday afternoons you can frequently find me down the pub, Guinness in hand and cigarettes within reach, blissfully chattering with my co-editor Jeff Campbell about any or all of the above.
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