Last weekend I was in New York City for my first official trip to the Baker Street Irregulars and Friends Weekend. I say “first official,” because I dropped by the dealer's room last year to see friends and get copies of A Study in Sherlock signed. If you haven't read A Study In Sherlock, an amazing collection of Holmesian pastiches, go now. I'll wait. But even after that brief hour or so, I knew I had to come back. For those of you who aren't familiar, the BSI (and Friends) celebrate all things Sherlockian. It is non-stop Sherlock—The Canon, books, television, movies, Victoriana, scholarship and fandom. It is a ridiculous amount of brainy fun, steeped in tradition.
The Distinguished Lecture was given by Kim Newman. He focused on the connection of “diabolical geniuses” in fiction, including books, movies, comics, and other popular fiction. (The connection is: they are all Moriarty.) The cocktail party (there were many!) was tremendous fun, because the best part of any weekend is the people.
I did sneak away to the MWA board event at Mysterious Books. Here we see Dan Hale (right, Executive Vice President) and Charlaine Harris (left, President); I got to chat with so many wonderful folks, but especially enjoyed discussing historical fiction and short stories with Frankie Bailey and Jeri Westerson.
There was also time—there had to be time!—to do some book business, meeting with my amazing agent Josh Getzler and folks at my publisher, 47North. We are all very excited about the launch of Seven Kinds of Hell in March. Below is the cover art, by the talented Christian McGrath. I ADORE this cover!