Today we talk to Mike Chinn who appears in Part XLI: 1887-1894 currently on Kickstarter as part of the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories XL to XLII campaign.
What’s the name of your story in the collection?
"The Mystery of the Unstolen Document" and was inspired by London's 19th century pornography industry centred around Holywell Street.
Where did you first discover Holmes?
At quite an early age I was aware of Sherlock Holmes. He's one of those characters who has entered the public consciousness so that people who have never read of word or seen a film or TV episode know all about him (or at least think they do -- it's the clichéd image they'll be most aware of). My earliest memory of Holmes was from the 1965 BBC series starring Douglas Wilmer (I was 10 at the time) and then Peter Cushing in 1968.
Do you write on any other subjects?
Most of my fiction tends to be in the Fantasy and Horror genres, with the occasional foray into Science Fiction (and even Westerns). Given that (purists look away now) it's probably inevitable I have published a Steampunk mash-up of The Valley of Fear, retitled Vallis Timoris and partly set on the Moon (Fringeworks) -- oddly enough the first Holmes fiction I ever wrote -- and an occult detective team-up, "The Direction of Sunbeams", which was published in the second volume of Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives (Belanger Books).
I also have a slightly more canon story, with Moriarty as the central character, "A Function of Probability" in The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty (Robinson).
Where can fans find more about your work?
If after that I still have any fans, I have a Mike Chinn Amazon Author Page, and I (very) occasionally blog on http://saladoth.blogspot.com/.