The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Volumes XXXI-XXXIII is currently running on Kickstarter and we're interviewing the contributors. Next up is Paul Hiscock.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and your story.
I am a writer of crime, fantasy, horror, and science fiction tales, and live with my wife and two children in Kent (England). My story in volume XXXII is The Commotion in the Diogenes Club. In it, Holmes’s observational skills are put to the test when he is presented with a room full of witnesses who refuse to speak.
2. Why did you want to participate in this project?
It is always a pleasure to contribute to the MX anthologies and to be able to support the work at Undershaw. In this instance, I was inspired by my favourite pastiche, The Abergavenny Murder by Bert Coules, which is a marvellous showcase of Holmes’s deductive skills. For a while I have wanted to write a story that similarly focusses on Holmes’s ability to read a crime scene, and the Diogenes Club with all its rules and traditions seemed like the perfect setting.
3. What are your current and upcoming projects?
I have more Sherlock Holmes stories coming out soon including an encounter with an occult detective and a medical mystery, both in collections from Belanger Books. I am now starting work on a couple of stories set in the early years of Holmes and Watson’s partnership, and my contribution to the next set of MX anthologies.
4. Any last thoughts?
It is a pleasure to see how well these anthologies are received, and to watch them soar past their initial funding targets within minutes every time. I am very grateful to David Marcum for including my stories, and look forward to contributing to many more volumes.
You can find out more about all of Paul's stories at www.detectivesanddragons.uk.