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Tracy Revels
Spartanburg, South Carolina
I am a history professor and the author of Shadowfall, a Novel of Sherlock Holmes! See it and other titles on the web at MX Publishing!
Interests: Sherlock Holmes, Victorian history, American history, creative writing
Recent Activity
In my previous blog, I credited the Baker Street Babes with being the operators of 221B Con. It has since been brought to my attention that this information is incorrect. 221B Con is actually run by a five person board: Taylor Blumenberg, Cathy Dodds, Heather Holloway, Crystal Noll, and Liz... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Strictly Sherlock
On April 13 I attended the inaugural meeting of 221B Con, a gathering of Sherlock Holmes fans in Atlanta. Organized by the Baker Street Babes, a group of young women who have, in little more than a year, made a major impact in the Sherlockian world, the event drew 629... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Strictly Sherlock
Last Saturday was Scholars’ Day at Wofford College, a time when high school seniors who are considering Wofford converge on the school to be interviewed. Particularly impressive candidates may receive scholarships as a result of their hour-long conversations with a panel composed of a faculty member, a current student, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Strictly Sherlock
During the holiday season, many people pause to re-read a seasonal classic. Whether it's the traditional Nativity tale, or maybe "A Christmas Carol" or "The Gift of the Magi," favorite stories help us focus on the meaning of this special time of year. For Sherlockians, no Christmas would be complete... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Yesterday, I presented “The Game” to my Sherlock Holmes Humanities class. Some of the students were really intrigued by it. I could see the wheels turning in their heads, and when I explained how Sherlockians had deduced Holmes’s January 6 birthday I got more than a few chuckles. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
This fall I am once again offering my humanities class on Sherlock Holmes. At Wofford, HUM 101 replaces the Composition 101 class that everyone is familiar with from their own college days. We hope to get students to read, write, think, and talk, by offering classes with a wide variety... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to be a featured guest on the Joy Cardin show on Wisconsin Public Radio. You might imagine that I was pretty amazed to get a call from Wisconsin, considering that I live in South Carolina. They wanted to discuss the 'renaissance' of Sherlock Holmes,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
A week from today, I'll be giving a lecture at Bainbridge College in Georgia. The title of the talk will be "Sherlock's Secret: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Immortality of Sherlock Holmes." I was invited to do this because the college has a program that takes students to Edinburgh,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
I've always been confused about which 'generation' I belong to. I think, technically, that I'm a Baby Boomer, as I've often seen that term defined as the cohort born between 1946-1964. (I'm a 1963 baby) But at the same time, I feel that I have little to nothing in common... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
It's turning into a working summer for me. Along with the presentation at SOS V, I'm on the calendar to give talks for the Florida Humanities Council and the Polk County Historical Museum (on Civil War topics) and for Bainbridge College in Georgia on the life of Sir Arthur Conan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
This past weekend I attended the Scintillation of Scions V, hosted by Watson's Tin Box in Laurel, Maryland. I'm a firm believer in the fellowship of Sherlockians. It's true that following in the master's footsteps can be a solitary pursuit, but the game is much more exciting when many Hounds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
I always make the point to my students that Sherlock Holmes has become more than just a world- famous literary character. He's also an iconic image. There aren't many characters who could be recognized by their silhouettes alone. I can think of only three, really: Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, and Sherlock!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
For anyone interested in writing a Sherlockian pastiche, inspiration can be as close as your local newspaper. Case in point---yesterday the Spartanburg Herald-Journal regaled its readers with a report on an utterly bizarre incident in one of the city's oldest cemeteries. A grave had been vandalized, a coffin broken into,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Yesterday I had the honor of teaching a session of "Living Words" at Spartanburg's Shepherd's Center. Living Words is a program developed by Professors Kara Bopp (Psychology) and Jeremy Jones (English/Creative Writing) at Wofford College. It engages Senior Citizens in discussions and writing exercises to improve cognition skills. It seeks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
I spent much of yesterday afternoon in the company of Taylor, one of the Baker Street Babes, who graciously travelled up from Charleston to record an interview with me for a future podcast. Let me say that Taylor is an absolutely delightful young woman, a student at the College of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Before you begin reading, be warned----there are some creepy pictures in this post! But they are part of the Victorian world, examples of a practice that would have been common in the era of Sherlock Holmes. As my pastiches are set in a dark, supernatural world, I often find myself... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
I'll confess that I'm obsessed with weddings. As a social historian I find them absolutely fascinating. The way traditions and expectations have changed over time is a running commentary on societal values, especially on the expectations for women. Weddings and engagements play a very significant part in the canon. Check... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Sherlock's style of observation and deduction is more than just a great literary trick; it is a gift to all of Doyle's readers, because it presents a method we can try for ourselves. A Sherlockian never has to be bored while waiting to catch a train/plane/bus. All around us, fellow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
As most everyone in the Sherlockian world knows by now, CBS is considering doing an American version of the critically acclaimed and wildly successful SHERLOCK. Here’s a link to one of many notices about it. Rant About CBS Version of SHERLOCK Most of the responses I have read to this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Sometimes it can be terriby hard to be an American. I consider myself very patrioticc; even my historical 'fields' are all in American history. We do make a mean apple pie, we've produced great statesmen and fantastic writers/artists, and our scenery is epic. But, on occassion, it can be awfully... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
This past Saturday, the Survivors of the Gloria Scott celebrated our annual Sherlock Holmes Birthday Gala. We've had some problems in the last couple of years, as our usual place for the party no longer has a private room. While some of us have no qualms about parading around in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
Today is Sherlock Holmes' birthday! Well, at least, we think it is. Watson never gave us the exact date of his friend's arrival on the stage of life, but most Sherlockians hail January 6 as the day because Holmes quotes Twelfth Night twice in the canon and because on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
I hope all my friends had a happy holiday season and are off to a prosperous new year! During the break I kept busy with reading, relaxing, and mentally working out the plot to the third novel in the 'Shadows' series. I hope I'll make good progress on it during... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Strictly Sherlock
No, he doesn't drive a sleigh (though he can handle a dogcart), or give out toys (he prefers blue carbuncles as holiday gifts), or wear a bright red coat (unless he's in disguise). In fact, about the only thing that Santa and Sherlock have in common---at least at first glance---is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Strictly Sherlock
Our scion, The Survivors of the Gloria Scott, has its monthly meeting next week. Since this is the December meeting, we will indulge in our annual holiday tradition, a re-reading and discussion of “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” No matter what pursuits we engage in during the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Strictly Sherlock