“There are racy plots, colourful characters, and well-paced action throughout this collection, and an accurate portrayal of the true Holmes. The book also benefits from lots of well researched period details. I very much look forward to reading lots more stories by the author.”
–Mark Mower, The Sherlock Holmes Journal
The Arrival of Solar Pons: Early Manuscripts and Pulp Magazine Appearances of Solar Pons is an expanded reprint of The Dragnet Solar Pons, which I edited and annotated (see below) and is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon.
“…Wardecker’s introduction and notes sections are [a] fascinating read for those looking to truly complete Derleth’s literary journey that spanned more than 40 years.”
–Mike McSwiggin, The Baker Street Journal
“The texts in the present book enable us to appreciate how the author and his characters developed and matured, and we are helped greatly by Mark Wardecker’s bountiful and perceptive annotations.
–Roger Johnson, The Sherlock Holmes Journal
I contributed a pastiche, “The Adventure of the Wandering Stones”, to The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XXXVII: 2023 Annual (1875-1889).
Available at Amazon.
“Mark Wardecker’s ‘The Adventure of the Wandering Stones’ is a thoroughly intriguing story with a satisfying denouement.”
–Sarah Obermuller-Bennett, The Sherlock Holmes Journal
I contributed another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, “The Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant”, to The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919).
“By far my favourite [of volumes XXXI – XXXIII] was Mark Wardecker’s telling of the truth regarding the Politician, the Lighthouse and the Trained Cormorant, which was incredibly canonical in feel and plot.”
–Paul Thomas Miller, The Sherlock Holmes Journal
The Dragnet Solar Pons, an edition of August Derleth’s early Solar Pons stories that I annotated and wrote the introduction for, is now available (ordering instructions). These Sherlock Holmes pastiches were written for various pulp magazines in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, and the annotations address the differences between these early versions of the stories and later anthologized versions published by Arkham House and Pinnacle, as well as parallels to the original Sherlock Holmes stories.
“An important collection.”
–Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop Newsletter
My Short Story, “Le Péril Vert”, appeared in the 4th issue of The Willows magazine.