Document of Interest

 THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS (BSI) of New  York City is  the original Sherlock Holmes literary society

 in  the U. S. of  A. To be recognized as a “scion* society”  of  the BSI is (or  should be) the aim of every Holmesian  club  in the nation.  To certify our standing as a scion  society, an  image of the  original 1993 letter from Tom  Stix, at the  time BSI Wiggins  (Corresponding Secretary)  is posted to  the immediate right.

Click here to go to the BSI Web site. It is rather cryptic.

 * Scion = A descendant or child, especially a descendant of a wealthy,  aristocratic, or influential family [or organization.]

Links of Interest

Wire Addresses (Holmesians never use the neologism

   [faugh!] “e-mail!” We wire one another.) ...

Our Chief Constable: ​Lorraine REIBERT,

   Lady-L-Weaving (at)

Our Chancellor of the Exchequer: Ann SIEFKER,

   AnnSiefker (at)

Our Hapless Webmaster: Martin ARBAGI,

   Martin.Arbagi (at)

(Please note that all wire addresses on this site have been deliberately disabled to cut down on spam from ’bots that prowl the Internet. The phrase “(at)” has been substituted for the @ symbol. To wire us, you must type our respective addresses by hand. ) This the central Web site for Holmesians or, as Americans prefer to call themselves, Sherlockians. It contains a truly enormous number of resources, including links to the texts of the original cases. ( These vary in typographical quality.) Other sections include “Fans, Societies, and Events,” “England [and] the Victorian Era,” “Holmes, Watson, and Their World,” “Merchandise,” and “Arthur Conan Doyle.” (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a late Victorian and Edwardian author who is now remembered mainly as Dr. John Watsons Literary Agent. No doubt Watson went to Doyle, because Doyle was a fellow medical doctor and already a moderately successful author when Watson began publishing. Though immensely popular in his own day, Doyle is now largely forgotten except for his short science-ction novel, The Lost World, which has been made into a movie on a number of occasions.) For educators and their students, also has sections on “Teaching Sherlock Holmes,” and “Writing a Term Paper.” A newsletter for Holmesians published by our good friends in Cincinnati, Carolyn and Joel Senter. Alas! The fair city of Dayton is rapidly becoming a mere northern suburb of that ancient and majestic river metropolis. A free subscription to the E-Times is a must for up-to-date Sherlock Holmes fans. “Abbey Pen Baker” is the pseudonym of a local (suburban Yellow Springs) author of Holmesian pastiches and other works. You can find her real name by visiting her Web site. “Abbey” is also an editor and writing coach, and teaches English Composition and Creative Writing at downtown Dayton’s Sinclair College. We are honoured to have Ms. Baker as both speaker and vendor at HD&F this April. Please click on the events tab to learn details about her Conan Doyle birthday party on 22 May at the Booksellers of Austin Landing, just off Interstate Route 75, south of downtown. The Beacon Society is a scion society of The Baker Street Irregulars, an international organization of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934 by Christopher Morley and Edgar Smith. The Irregulars (known as the BSI) meet every January in New York City for a weekend of celebration and study. (Scroll further down this page to learn more about the BSI.) The Beacon Society serves as a link to other scion societies, providing teachers with local resources to bring the magic of Sherlock Holmes to life in the classroom. The Society has distributed thousands of dollars through its Jan Stauber Grants program.


ATTENTA--PERICOLO! The link below appears to have been taken down. We are investigating the problem, but meanwhile please be advised that this link no longer leads to the bookstore described.

_________________________  All Holmesians know of Dr. Watsons “battered tin despatch [British spelling] box,” containing records of so many unpublished Holmes cases. This site, bringing Watsonliteral object into the twenty-rst century by transforming it into a virtual  Web site, is truly an “Amazon” bookstore for Holmesians. It contains literally hundreds of pastiches, triing monographs, out-of-print rarities, etc., relating to Sherlock Holmes. It also has sections on such authors as August Derleth, Michael Harrison, and Vincent Starrettfamous Holmesians all. (Derleth was also an expert on Howard Phillips Lovecraft.) My favorite section (other than that devoted to Holmes) is the one on Stephen Leacock, a famous Canadian humorist, now, like Arthur Conan Doyle, largelybut unfairlyforgotten. “A Scintillation of Scions” is a major Holmes conference held annually in Baltimore, with a Web site far more sophisticated than our humble effort. The next Scintillation will be held in June 2015. Find out more by clicking on the link. (For what a scion society is, please scroll down.)