A Companion Volume to The Baker Street Irregulars' Expedition to the Valley of Fear
Edited by Steven T. Doyle
For Sherlockian scholars, finding the actual historical events behind the Canon is an enjoyable pastime. However, in the case of The Valley of Fear no such literary detective work is needed. The events depicted in the novel's flashback are well-documented fact. And yet, the historical memory of the Molly Maguires is more complicated than the account found in The Valley of Fear. Competing claims of guilt versus innocence, provocation versus retaliation, and oppression versus terrorism permeate the tale of this secret organization of Irish-Americans in the 1870 mining districts of Pennsylvania.
In 2004, the Baker Street Irregulars mounted its first expedition – to the actual locations where those singular events occurred in order to shed further light on The Valley of Fear. This companion volume was produced specifically for the expedition and provides a very thorough overview for those who weren't there.
98 pages, trade paperback, October 2004
Ordering Details Price: $19.95
Table of Contents
Introduction by Steven T. Doyle
An Expedition to the Vermissa Valley by Julia Carlson Rosenblatt
The Mollies vs. The Scowrers: Fact and Fiction in The Valley of Fear by Steven T. Doyle
Bad Company by David Hammer
The Overthrow of the Molly Maguires: Stories from the Archives of the Pinkerton Detective Agency by Cleveland Moffett
Vermissa, PA - Inferno, USA by Pasquale Accardo
It Is an Old Manuscript: The Notes for The Valley of Fear by Peter Blau
The Strange Case of Birdy Edwards: The First Hardboiled Detective? by Gary Lovisi
The Ancient Manor House of Birlstone by Catherine Cooke
A Single Triumph? The Valley of Fear on Film by Pat Ward
Miss Porlock, I Presume? by Jon Lellenberg
About the BSI Expedition Booklets
The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society focused on Sherlock Holmes, publishes volumes for special Sherlockian events.