I first read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's wonderful spread of detective stories when I was still a child. I didn't own books, so I read them at the public library, or at my school library. There was no Internet of Things, no Internet at all at the time. I was very into books as a child, always a loner of sorts. Even though I loved people, I was somehow always more in love with books. Call me bookworm then. Now bookworm writer. Maybe. See a few of the Sherlock Holmes tales I've spun over the years.
Interestingly enough, Doyle was the first one to introduce me to science fiction as well as mysteries. His Professor Challenger series still to this day remain exciting and quite readable.
I went through the entire adult library in my hometown as a child, reading everything from fiction to non-fiction, science fiction to fantasy, and classic literature to modern. It didn't matter. It was words on paper. I loved the smell of books. Still do, even though I cater to electronic books at this time.
This is all a back-story of sorts to give you an idea of why my Sherlock Holmes while based somewhat on the canon of Doyle, are nevertheless much more than that. What would be the point of repeating what's already been done?
No, rather I saw this writing experience as an opportunity to allow my imagination to romp in his playground, but take elements from other famous authors and stories I've loved over the years.
Obviously, there are copyright issues when it comes to living authors, so even though I'd love to play in their yards too, that is forbidden territory. So I have contented myself to take my love of classic literature...Doyle, Verne, Wells, Dumas, Shakespeare and pour them into a mutual melting pot. Kind of a United States of Literature, so to speak.
Whereas the Sherlock Holmes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle functions out of London, England in the Victorian period; mine exists in a parallel world where all the authors who have ever lived and all their characters are alive at the same time.
Therefore, if you see me including Houdini and Sherlock together, Challenger and Conan Doyle, it makes more sense if they were alive on that world and not this one.
As a person with a strong scientific background...I wrote a treatise on reaching other dimensions (parallel worlds) as an 8th grader, which my Physics teacher was knocked out about...I believe quite strongly in an unlimited universe, where an infinite number of parallel ones/dimensions exist at the same time.
When I was in India I found that some there adhere to the belief that everything that man can do or imagine exists in a vast cosmic tapestry so that we do not so much physically exist, as mentally/spiritually move through that infinite tapestry, each choice we make...right or wrong...creating a branching point that we must follow, even though there were already an infinite number of other ones. Very close to the parallel world/alternate dimension approach that many scientists are now coming to accept as a reality.
When I was a kid the scientists barely believed in 4 dimensions...length, breadth, height and time. Now as an adult there is talk of at least 9 known dimensions. Not only that, but it is being spoken now of what is called a multiverse or omniverse...meaning parallel universes co-existing. So am I writing fiction or merely recording what is actually happening somewhere else? You decide.
But getting back to my stories, what makes them relevant and different is that I can populate them with any science, any character, any famous figure, writer, artist or whatever and they all fit! They fit because I created them. For fun. For pleasure. To be able to play in a field of dreams with no end in sight.
So as you read my stories, dear reader, keep in mind that the Tesla car in my story is not Elon Musk's electric car, but a vehicle invented by collaboration between Thomas Edison and Nicolas Tesla in my invented world. It runs not by electricity as we know it, but by a different energy discovered by Tesla.
In my world Sherlock Holmes is not the first one of the story, but one of several. Watson, likewise. Just as Spock was duplicated in the Star Trek series of movies to continue their worthy stories, so have I decided to include devices that will stimulate our imagination, take us to places we could never have gone before, and allow me to interject from time to time some of the wonderful insights I have been honored to receive as a maturing adult. So death exists in my creation, but it has many permutations and outcomes. All exciting and mysterious.
I write because I love doing so. I always have. I am currently working one expanding my work into more venues so I can do this full time. If you've been a fan of my Sherlock Holmes stories, you should also try Vortex: Seal of the Third Golden Eagle. It follows the adventures of Jules Verne and Alexander Dumas in a Victorian setting which has elements of the supernatural, occult and science fiction genres as well.
It was nice visiting with you. Come back again and frequently. I try to keep adding fun things to my site over time.
Bio, John Pirillo
The author was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, but lived in Avella, a small mining town some hundred miles away. He grew up loving snow, water, rain, cooking potatoes, eating doughnuts made fresh by his father, learned to love space (his father worked on many major space projects), read every book he could get his hands on, and generally had a youth filled with fantasy of his own making.
He got his final degree at Disney's school in Valencia, the California Institute of the Arts, which was an MFA in Experimental Animation.
He owned his own animation business, flower business, import business and worked as a teacher instructing kids how to be creative in the arts and express themselves without fear.
Today, he is focused on producing works of fantasy, science fiction and adventure that will thrill the hearts of those reading it, as much as he was thrilled as a child.
And by the way, he still reads at least several books a week. More, when he can keep his eyes open long enough.
Above is a sample of art I love. Fractal Flames. I have quite literally created thousands of them by now and still counting. I love all forms of fractals, but these remain my favorite.
I strive to include slideshows of new Fractal Flames on a weekly basis to my blog here.
Above is a slideshow of book covers for many of the author's Sherlock Holmes titles. All available from Amazon. Usually for 99 cents. Author will add more covers as time allows and new ones become available.