The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger

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The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger is a privately printed novella by Michael Moorcock writing as Dr. John H. Watson.

It was published by the proprietors of a central London guest house, No.2 Dorset Street, in 1995 as a gift for guests who stayed there. Only a limited number (200?) of copies were printed, making it one of the rarer of Moorcock's books, particularly since his name didn't appear in it, so many guests wouldn't have been aware of its significance.

The novella was revised(?) and reprinted in Tales from the Texas Woods as The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I: The Adventure of the Texan’s Honour.

Publication History

  • Hardcover, private edition, 1995.
  • Fantastic Metropolis, December 2001


Anthology appearances

  • The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Carroll & Graf, 1997, ISBN: 0786704772; reprinted 2009 by Running Press
  • Tales from the Texas Wood, Mojo Books, 1997, ISBN: 1-885418-17-5 - as 'The Adventure of the Texan’s Honour'
  • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Night Shade Books, 2009, ISBN: 978-1597801607

Mike Says

  • "I originally wrote it for some friends who had started a hotel in Dorset Street, as a special give-away for their first guests. So the first edition of the book is extremely hard to come by. No doubt some of those guests, who have no special interest in the book, will start to put some on the market one way or another. Always worth checking the thrift shops for that one, I'd say."[1]
  • "At one point I was discussing with Anthony Cheetham the possibility of doing a set of six Holmes stories to make a book. But as was often the case with Cheetham the proposal turned out to be pure bullshit and anyway relations with him broke down somewhat before it could get very far. I doubt if I'd do it now... I think another factor was that I started to develop Sir Seaton Begg and Taffy Sinclair as characters around that time and preferred the flexibility I could get with Begg stuff."[2][3]



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