|This is not the cover of the latest issue, but it's what's inside that counts!|
Devotion to Dr. Watson, the faithful friend and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes, may be sufficient reason to belong to the John H. Watson Society, but The Watsonian is a great reason.
In just four issues, this twice-yearly journal already has proved to be a scholarly publication worthy of carrying the good doctor's name.
The Baker Street Journal is the gold standard in Sherlockian scholarship, of course. And over the years decades Watson has come in for his share of the attention in that famous quarterly. But The Watsonian gives contributors free range for concentrating on the detective's adventurous friend.
The recently published Spring 2015 number (Volume 3, Number 1), for example, checks in at 208 pages and includes a host of familiar authors, many of which have also graced the pages of the BSJ. Among the contributors whose names I know are Kieran McMullen, Alexian Gregory, Michael J. Quigley, Judith Freeman, John Foster, Robert S. Katz, Andrew L. Solberg, Nicholas Utechin, James McArthur, Sandy Kozinn, Hugh Ashton, and Roger Johnson. The quality of their work, and that of the other writers, is extremely high.
This issue also includes Donald A. Yates's tribute to Don Libbey ("Buttons"), founding member of the society and publisher of The Watsonian. Although I never had what I am sure would have been the great pleasure of meeting Don Libbey, we exchanged many friendly e-mails before his untimely death. I find myself missing a man I never really new, but the Society carries on his spirit.
The Watsonian comes with a two-year membership in the society, which costs a modest $50. It belongs on your bookshelf.