A Study in Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Revolutionary Stories of Fear and the Supernatural Volume 1


"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of those authors whose literary creation is much more famous than the man himself. Those who do know the name Arthur Conan Doyle tend to know him only as the inventor of the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. A smaller segment of this group goes further and remembers Doyle as the inventor of the great detective who squandered his fame with crackpot beliefs in faeries and the supernatural. Sadly, there is so much more to the man who revolutionized the writing not just of detective fiction but also of the genre of horror, the supernatural, and even influenced history itself. This two volume anthology's point is to put Doyle back on the pedestal he so rightly deserves. Its aim is twofold. First, to introduce readers to Doyle's lesser known (yet no less important) works. These works speak for themselves in showing a master writer at his craft. The stories are timeless, enjoyable, and hopefully will lead to new fans embracing a great author's somewhat forgotten tales. The second aim is to show the relevance of Doyle's works. Through a collection of articles written by current scholars and experts, readers can see just how revolutionary Doyle's writings remain even today. "


"Volume 1 of A Study in Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Revolutionary Stories of Fear and the Supernatural, edited by Derrick Belanger. The influence of Poe on Conan Doyle wasn’t limited to his stories of detection: the tales of mystery and imagination left their mark as well. ACD didn’t write very much in that vein, but the best of it can be classed with the best of Poe. Here are eight stories – ‘The Terror of Blue John Gap’, ‘The Horror of the Heights’, ‘The Captain of the Pole Star’, ‘J Habakuk Jephson’s Statement’, ‘The Leather Funnel’, ‘The Silver Mirror’, ‘Through the Veil’ and ‘The Parasite’ – of which at least the first three and ‘The Leather Funnel’ are absolutely in the top rank. They come with three good essays, the most interesting to me being Derrick Belanger’s ‘Revisions of History: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mary Celeste Mystery’, which tells how ‘J Habakuk Jephson’s Statement’, though not his best, became perhaps Conan Doyle’s most influential short story. A second volume is due on 19 November. " The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Bibliographic Information