I remember, as a youth, a series on ITV, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, based on a collection by Hugh Carleton Greene, brother of Graham, former Director-General of the BBC and, incidentally, the man who brought radio back to the German airwaves following the fall of the Nazis in 1945.
Several of the resurrected Victorian and Edwadian detectives resonated with me – Ernest Brahma’s blind sleuth Max Carrados, and Guy Boothby’s Raffles clone, Simon Carne – but the one who stuck was Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, not really a detective at all, and played by the entirely unsuitable Donald Pleasance.
Now, finally, I’ve started writing my own Carnacki stories. These are not cases mentioned in the original, which others have done over the years. They are entirely original but start with the characters created by Hope Hodgson in the first decade of the 20th Century (albeit they start after the author’s death) and they follow on from one another. Hence the series title CARNACKI CONTINUUM.
Published so far, and FREE to download from Smashwords are THE SAIITII MANIFESTATION and THE RELICT. Next in the direct line of the series (though I might sidetrack into back story first) is THE FOURTH SIGIL.
Included with THE RELICT is the first part of WHH: Scenes from a short life, which frames the story of Carnacki’s creator, William Hope Hodgson, about whom much has been inaccurately written.
I’m enjoying the journey inordinately. I hope you will come join me.