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The Shoso-in Bulletin


Type of material: Annual Journal
Author: edited by Hirayama Yuichi
Publisher:
Year: Volumes from 1997 to 2003
Pages:
Price: approx $12 each. US distributor: Classic Specialties, PO Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219 USA or Mel Hughes, 2664 Sam Hardwick Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 USA. Europe: available from UK in December. Send your check (sorry, check only, payable to John Hall, 20 Drury Avenure, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4BR, UK.

Reviews:

See The Shoso-In Bulletin website.

Volume 13
The Shoso-in Bulletin remains the most truly international of all the Sherlock Holmes periodicals. Volume 13 contains articles from the USA, the UK, Japan, Australia, France, Belgium, India, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. The topics include the sober (John Hall on The Boscombe Valley Mystery, Michael Duke on the other doctors in the Canon), the abstruse (Simhavalokana of Sherlockiana by Balaji Narasimham), the whimsical (Eric Monahan’s Beginner’s Guide to Holmes and Watson, Stu Shiffman’s claim that Sir Henry Merrivale and Dr Gideon Fell were the offspring of Mycroft Holmes), the nostalgic (Mike Berdan’s search for Holmes in present-day London, Lloyd Hedberg’s discovery of the Sherlockian world), the humorous (Jean-Pierre Cagnat’s brilliantly illustrated survey of the Vernet connection), and the factual (reports on the Sherlockian year from around the world).

The Shoso-in Bulletin is a grand plum-pudding of a book, equivalent to those big anthologies that The Illustrious Clients, The Sons of the Copper Beeches and other groups used to publish.

Reviewed by: Roger Johnson, [District Messenger 238, December, 2003]


Volume 11
This volume of The Shoso-in Bulletin sums up the international nature of our great game, boasting as it does contributors from Japan, the USA, the UK, the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Taiwan, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Belgium, Russia, Italy and Spain!

The names of John Hall, Hirayama Yuichi, Carolyn & Joel Senter, Stu Shiffman, Sébastien Le Page, Mia Stampe, Jean-Pierre Cagnat and Wladimir Bogomoletz alone should have the Sherlockian grinning happily. .

Reviewed by: Roger Johnson, [District Messenger 208, 2001]


Volume 10
Hirayama Yuichi, of course, is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Shoso-in Bulletin, the most international of all Sherlockian journals - and Mel Hughes is the editor. The 10th annual volume is available at £7.25, postpaid, from John Hall, 20 Drury Avenue, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4BR, England (cheques payable to John Hall), or at $12.00 (plus $3.75 postage within the USA; enquire about foreign rates) from Classic Specialties, P.O. Box 19058, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA The contributions - from Russia, America, England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain and Brazil! - cover the whole gamut: Sherlockian miniatures, Dr Watson's love life, historical identification, pastiche, parody, Holmes's family, the study of Sherlockians, poetry, astrology, parody . . . The Shoso-in Bulletin is one of the liveliest and most interesting of all publications in our field, and there really is something here for everyone. There's an English language website at .

Reviewed by: Roger Johnson, [District Messenger 201, 2000]


Volume 9
Volume 9 of The Shoso-in Bulletin, perhaps the world's leading international Sherlockian periodical, contains 200 pages of fascinating material from the likes of Paul Smedegaard, Stu Schiffman, John Hall, Eric Monahan, Harada Kakuko, Alan Olding, Jean-Pierre Cagnat, Hirayama Yuichi, Aziz Bin Adam, Michael A. Meer, Rosemary Michaud and Philip Weller - between them covering Canonical exegesis, pastiche, parody, reports on activities in the Sherlockian societies and more beside.

Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Roger Johnson, [District Messenger 201, 2000]


Volume 8
The Shoso-in Bulletin, an English language journal published in Japan by The Men with the Twisted Konjo, may be the only truly international Sherlockian publication. It contains 50 written and a dozen graphic contributions from ten different countries: serious surveys of Canonical adventures, reports of Sherlockian conventions, pastiches, parodies, poems. The information about Far Eastern publications and activities is especially interesting (Chinese editions of The Valley of Fear apparently state that Birdy Edwards communicated with his employers in Chinese!).

Reviewed by: Roger Johnson, [District Messenger 184, 1998]


Volume 7
This years volume of The Shoso-in Bulletin is fuller than ever. The Men with the Twisted Konjo have gathered contributions from Hong Kong, the USA, Britain, Germany, Sweden, Australia, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and, of course, Japan, in 200 packed pages.

Outstanding items picked almost at random include Gary Lovisi on the Tauchnitz editions, Ronald Knapp's sermon on Holmes's religion, J. Whitehouse on the Phoenicians, Alan Olding on Uncle Ralph Smith and Hirayama Yuichi's identification of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich as the King of Bohemia. There's much else to enjoy in this engrossing annual.

Reviewed by: Roger Johnson, [District Messenger 172, 1997]


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