The Haven Horror (“The Retired Colourman”)

The Haven Horror (Retired Colourman) dustjacket cover

The Haven Horror.

A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of
“The Adventure of the Retired Colourman”
by Arthur Conan Doyle
with Annotations and Commentary.

Edited, with an Introduction, by
Phillip G. Bergem, BSI.

Deception and secret romance often lead to murder. In “The Retired Colourman,” Sherlock Holmes traps a vicious yet clever murderer, and entertains us along the way.

This latest volume in the BSI Manuscript Series provides a high-quality full-color reproduction of Conan Doyle’s original writings, accompanied by a careful transcription and useful annotations. The manuscript’s history is followed by informative essays on a wide variety of topics, including illustrations, the telephone, railways, and even artificial limbs! A stellar cast of scholars and authors contribute to this perceptive analysis of the Canon.

This story is colorful both as metaphor and reality, and this volume treats the reader to a kaleidoscope of shades and hues that will provide hours of reading pleasure.

224 pages, 10″ x 7″ hardcover, December 2022
With the manuscript reproduction in color
plus 33 color & 23 b/w illustrations

The Haven Horror

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Table of Contents for The Haven Horror

General Editor’s Preface to the Series
by Andrew G. Fusco

Editor’s Introduction – My Astute Friend
by Phillip Bergem

Manuscript Facsimile of “The Adventure of the Retired Colourman”
with Transcription and Annotations by Phillip Bergem

Unmasking “The Retired Colourman”: Its History and Manuscript
by Randall Stock

The Holmesian Rainbow: Color in the Canon and the late Victorian Age
by Bonnie MacBird

Frank Wiles and the Wiles Family: Art (and Science) in the Blood, Indeed
by Burt Wolder

The Later Sherlockian Work of Frederic Dorr Steele
by Andrew Malec

The Purlieus of Little Purlington – and Beyond
by Nicholas Utechin

Riding the Rails: A Look at Watson’s Railway Journeys in “The Retired Colourman”
by Rob Nunn

“Thanks to the Telephone”: An Early History of Telephones and Their Place in the Canon
by Madeline Quiñones

Out of a Limb: Prostheses in the Canon
by Dan Andriacco

Do You Have Gas Laid on in the House?
by Steve Mason

A Small but Essential Shelf of Reference Books
by Catherine Cooke

“Time to Dress, Dine, and Enjoy”
by Paul Singleton

Coptic Patriarchs and the Great Holmes Tapestry
by David Marcum

A Pill, a Phial, a Pellet, and a Small Blue Bottle
by Marina Stajić

Victorian Detectives
by Doug Wrigglesworth

Knight Takes Queen: Media Adaptations of “The Retired Colourman”
by Charles Prepolec


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The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, in cooperation with leading libraries and private collectors, publishes The Manuscript Series to bring to the public facsimile editions of manuscripts and other documents relating to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with insightful commentary by talented Sherlockian and Doylean writers.

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