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Chris Chan is a consulting detective who only investigates fictional crimes.
Chris works for Agatha Christie Ltd. as a writer, researcher, and "International Goodwill Ambassador" who reaches out to Christie fans around the world. When fans, scholars, screenwriters, journalists, or anybody else has a question about Agatha Christie or her work, he does the necessary digging to provide answers. He's also worked on crime fiction investigations for publications, theater companies, scholars, authors, and avid fans; digging into the works of Golden Age mystery writers, reading manuscripts to test the difficulty of the literary crimes, tracking down potential plagiarism and copyright infringement, and answering questions ranging from "How many times did Agatha Christie use arsenic in her books?" to "What was Father Brown's first name?" to "How many times was Doctor Watson married?" If you have questions about a mystery writer's work, or need help organizing information connected to fictional crimes, Chris Chan can help.
He's also a historian and an information scientist with degrees from Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee, specializing in literary history, the history of crime and punishment, mass consumption, the history of science, Asian-American history, and the history of Milwaukee. He teaches at the high school, college, and graduate levels; focusing on courses in history, literature, political science, and mathematics.
He's also a contributing editor for Gilbert! Magazine, a periodical devoted to the work of G.K. Chesterton, and a DVD and book reviewer for The Strand Magazine. His short mystery fiction and true crime articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies.
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In 2018, MX Publishing presented Parts XI and XII of this acclaimed and ongoing series, Some Untold Cases. Now that theme is revisited with 64 new Sherlock Holmes adventures that explore those many tantalizing references to some of Holmes’s other cases, as mentioned in The Canon.
“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine . . . .” - Dr. John H. Watson
So wrote Dr. Watson in “The Problem of Thor Bridge” - and ever since, Sherlockians have been seeking to know more about these tales from the legendary tin dispatch box. While Watson’s original Literary Agent only edited the pitifully few sixty stories that make up the original Canon, there have since been literally thousands of traditional adventures about the true Sherlock Holmes - and yet there will never be enough!
Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases - The Giant Rat of Sumatra . . . The Abernetty Tragedy . . . The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, once again MX Publishing brings us sixty-four of these adventures in three simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
Each volume contains forwards by Otto Penzler, Roger Johnson, Stepping Stones School, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum, as well as stories by the following contributors:
S.F. Bennett, William Todd, Geri Schear, Susan Knight, David Marcum, Bob Bishop, Tracy J. Revels, Chris Chan, Richard Paolinelli, Derrick Belanger, Stephen Mason, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Tim Symonds, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Ian Ableson, Chris Chan, Mark Mower, Robert Stapleton, Roger Riccard, Kevin P. Thornton, and Denis O. Smith, and a poem by Christopher James
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known."
In “The Sussex Vampire”, Holmes tells Watson: “This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.” In each of the stories presented in this huge three-volume collection, Holmes approaches the varied problems with one of his favorite maxims firmly in place: “. . . . When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth . . . .” But what, exactly, is the truth?
A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson, was first published in 1887. What an amazing journey the years since then have been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more!
The forty-nine stories in these three companion volumes represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Part XVII – Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1891-1898) features contributions by:
Charles Veley & Anna Elliott, Arthur Hall, Michael Mallory, Will Murray, Paul D. Gilbert, S. Subramanian, Roger Riccard, Stephen Herczeg, Hugh Ashton, Chris Chan, Bert Coules, Jane Rubino, Tracy J. Revels, Geri Schear, David Marcum, and Dick Gillman, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by David Marcum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Roger Johnson, and Steve Emecz
Imagine Holmes trying to stop a diabolical doctor creating human animal hybrids - attacking a cult that worships man eating plants - taking on a mermaid client - using his deductive skills to track down missing time travelers. These are just some of the stories included in the new all new anthology Sherlock Holmes: Further Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells.
Authors of Volumes 1 and 2 include Will Murray (Marvel Comics, Doc Savage, The Shadow), Michael Siverling (A Tribute to H.G. Wells), Robert Stapleton (The New Adventures of Solar Pons), Katie Magnusson (The Adventures of Watts and Sherlock), Claire Daines (The Hunting of the Nark: Sherlock Holmes Through The Looking Glass ), Mark C. Richardson, Mike Adamson (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine), Chris Chan (The Strand Magazine), Hassan Akram, Gretchen Altabef (Sherlock Holmes: Remarkable Power of Stimulus), M.L.D. Curelas (Ride the Moon), Mike Arsuaga (The First Servant), David Marcum (Editor of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes series), Liam Hogan (The Trouble with Time Travel), J. Rohr (MONSTERS), Ronald A. Rowe and Eric M. Blake (Beyond the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), Joseph W. Svec III (Sherlock Holmes in The Nautilus Adventure), Paul Hiscock (Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Mechanical Men and Otherworldly Endeavours), R. Micheal Magnini ( A Tribute to H.G. Wells), Jen Matteis (Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Edgar Allan Poe) and Laurence Trujillo (Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Tarot)
Anthology edited by C. Edward Davis and Derrick Belanger, the team behind the original Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells
PLUS an introduction written by Nancy Holder, BSI
Volume 1 Stories:
The Cult of the Orchid by Mike Adamson
The The Problem of the Weedy Wanderer by Will Murray
The Time Machine Theft by C. Edward Davis
Fishy Business by Robert Stapleton
The Mark of the Beast by Michael Siverling
The Bandaged Client by Katie Magnusson
The King's Ransom by Claire Daines
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Inventor by Mark C. Richardson
The Outline of Mystery by Chris Chan
The Alarming Visions of Ogden Drury by Derrick Belanger
The Adventure of the Crystal Egg by Hassan Akram
The Adventure of the Pale Death by M.L.D. Curelas
Now, with the release of Parts XIX, XX, and XXI, the series has grown to over 450 new Holmes adventures by nearly 200 contributors from around the world. Since the beginning, all contributor royalties go to the Stepping Stones School for special needs children at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes, and to date the project has raised nearly $60,000 for the school.
As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes’s retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries – some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest ... whom I have ever known.”
Featuring - Roger Riccard, Matthew White, Kevin P. Thornton, Chris Chan, Nick Cardillo, MJH Simmonds, Craig Stephen Copland, Will Murray, Ian Ableson, Thomas A. Turley, David Marcum, Dick Gillman, David Friend, Arthur Hall, Brenda Seabrooke, James Moffett, Robert Stapleton, Andrew Bryant, Will Murray, Andrew Bryant, Peter Coe Verbica, Sean M. Wright, and Tim Gambrell, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by John Lescroart, Roger Johnson, Lizzy Butler, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Sherlock Holmes —the name immediately brings to mind an image of the great detective sitting in his rooms in 221B Baker street, his fingers steepled before his hawkish nose, his sharp grey eyes focused on the client who has brought a little puzzle for him to solve. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when one reads the names of the other literary detectives of the time period, sometimes referred to as the rivals of Sherlock Holmes. Sadly, names like Lois Cayley, Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, The Old Man in the Corner, or Dr. Thorndyke are meaningless to all but the most ardent admirers of Victorian and Edwardian mysteries.
The Great Detective Universe series hopes to rectify this problem and expand the world of Sherlock Holmes by bringing the consulting detective and his purported rivals into a shared universe, in other words, a universe where not just Holmes and Watson lived but also Carnacki, Father Brown, The Grey Seal, and many other great detectives.
Sherlock Holmes and the Great Detectives has Holmes partnering with these other noted sleuths to fight crime and stop master criminals.
See Sherlock Holmes partner with:
• Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen a.k.a The Thinking Machine
• Carnacki, the Ghost Finder
• The Grey Seal
• Doctor Thorndyke
• “The Old Man in the Corner”
• Lois Cayley
• Father Brown
And many, many more