The Sherlockian world is filled with wondrous things. No, not Sher-lock Holmes's deductions—though they never cease to amaze—but rather, the people who make up that world. Sherlockians, by and large, are witty, wise, wonderful folk, filled with curiosity. They set up groups to share their enthusiasm; they give talks, often at great inconvenience, to (sometimes sparse) audiences, traveling great distances to do so. They write blogs, poems, stories, and books about a man who never lived. They fill the Internet with clever podcasts, posts, and tweets, giving an immediacy to Holmes's never-changing world. And they write for The Baker Street Journal, entirely free of charge.
No editor of the BSJ can ever express enough thanks to the selfless throng of Sherlockians who spend so much of their time thinking about, researching, and writing the pieces that fill our yellow wrappers. Almost seventy year ago, Christopher Morley famously riffed on Winston Churchill, observing, "Never has so much been written by so many for so few." That, of course, was the take of a professional writer, but one who himself happily and freely filled pages in each issue for years. Morley was comparing the subscribers list to the contributors list. A specialty publication like the Journal owes so much to its readers (who are also its contributors), who choose to subscribe.
As the new year of 2017 looms, we want to extend our heartiest thanks to each of you and to wish you a year of games afoot, of three-pipe problems, of hearthside conversations with close friends, and of all of us sharing our delight in Holmes with each other and the world.
The Editor's Gas-Lamp, Winter 2016, Vol. 66, No. 4.