One finds endless discussion over the question, "Who is a Sherlockian." This seems to perplex and vex many people. Yet to us, the question seems simple: You are a Sherlockian if you think you are. If you find your thoughts frequently straying toward Baker Street. If you know who the unhappy John Hector McFarlane is or can name the three Garridebs, you are a Sherlockian. If you've made it a point to eat at Speedy's, you are a Sherlockian. If you've spent too much time listening to Sherlockian podcasts, tweeting pictures of moustaches, observing Red Pants Mondays, or posting photos of otters and hedgehogs on Tumblr, you are a Sherlockian. If you've deconstructed Watson's timeline in The Hound of the Baskervilles or pastiched an unraveling of the remarkable worm, you are a Sherlockian. And if you subscribe to the Baker Street Journal and eagerly read each article, you are a Sherlockian.
Of course, the traditional way of being a Sherlockian—belonging to a Sherlockian society—is probably the best method. It needn't be live. Virtual meetings do work and allow a great flow of exchanged views and information. But there is something wonderful about gathering round a table with other Sherlockians, seeing their faces light up as they talk about their favorite Baker Street byway. If there is no group in your area, you can start one and meet congenial souls. Use this greatest of all friendships to make more friends yourself. All of us who love Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are Sherlockians.
The Editor's Gas-Lamp, Summer 2016, Vol. 66, No. 2.