Sunday, August 16, 2015
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Friend Houdini
Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were great friends despite that fact that their belief systems were almost one hundred and eighty degrees. Sir Arthur became a staunch advocate of Spiritualism, while Houdini devoted his efforts to unmasking unscrupulous mediums and spirit guides. Houndini and his wife, on more than one occasion, visited with Doyle and his second wife Jean at their country home Windlesham.
Both of these larger than life historical characters are found in a new addition to the Doyle canon: Sherlock Holmes-The Golden Years. In the story, The Cure that Kills, Houdini meets Holmes and Watson aboard ship as they steam to America in pursuit of the diabolical Ciarán Malastier. Later, in The Kongo Nkisi Spirit Train, Sherlock meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at a séance in which Holmes subtly unmasks a “mostly fraudulent” medium called Margery.
You can read these tales, and three others, in Sherlock Holmes-The Golden Years – available on Amazon and most other on-line and on-street bookstores.