#4 - The Stolen Relic
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#4 - The Stolen Relic Terre Rybovich
The Art of Sherlock Holmes Based on a story by author David Marcum
50 x 70 cm Unframed Matte poster printed on durable, archival paper.
Christmas Eve 1881: Watson, still recovering from his wounds at the Battle of Maiwand the year before, is in a bleak mood. But then a visitor – an Orthodox priest – arrives at 221b Baker Street with a new case for Sherlock Holmes. It seems that one of the bones of St. Nicholas, believed to have mystical powers, has been stolen from the church in Turkey where they are kept and brought to London. Holmes agrees to locate the missing object. But there are complications, and before the day is over, Holmes and Watson may have witnessed a miracle or two . . . .This story is told within Vol. V of the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
Terre Rybovich A third-generation native of West Palm Beach, Florida, Terre is a daughter of Tommie Rybovich, the noted sports-fishing boat designer and builder. Like her father did, Terre chooses to explore the terrain that lies just beyond what’s known. Her drawing technique first came to her years ago, while delirious with the flu. “Drawing backwards” was the initial idea, i.e., removing charcoal to create an image instead of adding charcoal to a white sheet of paper. Because her focus was on figurative work, she used her body to remove the charcoal. One unexpected outcome was how her mind reacted—and still reacts—when confronted with creative input that it didn’t generate. Every new drawing requires a period of acquiescing before the mind accepts the body’s imprint and its influence on how the drawing is finished. The result is that Terre creates artwork that her mind couldn’t have imagined. It means she works in perpetual wonder. Terre’s education is in politics and economics. Her first career was in grassroots activism and grant-making. The activist experience forged an enduring commitment to this world. It also instilled a courageous drive that she now channels into art-making. Her drawings have been exhibited widely in South Florida, and she is grateful for a growing circle of collectors. Terre’s drawings have been part of the Viewing Program of the Drawing Center in New York City since 2004. www.terrerybovich.com
David Marcum plays The Game with deadly seriousness. He first discovered Sherlock Holmes at age ten in 1975. Since then he has collected, read, and chronicled literally thousands of Canonical Holmes adventures. In 2008 he began writing them and has since produced over forty well-regarded short stories and novels, as well as a number of essays about the world’s greatest detective. In 2015, he conceived the idea of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, now at twelve massive volumes and still going strong. Counting these books, he has now edited over two-dozen anthologies, as well as re-issues of the Solar Pons and Dr. Thorndyke books, while continuing to write new Holmes stories. He is a licensed civil engineer living in Tennessee with his wife and son. His blog can be found at http://17stepprogram.blogspot.com/