Thursday, October 3, 2013

And in an odd non-Sherlock moment . . . .

Well, if Arthur Conan Doyle wasn't spinning in his grave last week, he just might be after the latest fiction series popping up on the radar.

In 1912, after Sherlock Holmes was well established, he published a little novel entitled The Lost World, wherein the larger-than-life Professor Challenger discovers dinosaurs living on a hidden plateau in South America. It was one of the earliest, if not the first fictional encounter between man and dinosaur.

In the years that followed, we got the dinosaurs of Skull Island in King Kong, cowboys versus Mexican dinosaurs in The Valley of Gwangi, dino-based human civillization in The Flintstones and herds of other dinosaur-encounter fictions leading up to Jurassic Park and its sequels. And now, the works of Christie Sims and Alara Branwen: Ravished by the Triceratops, T-Rex Troubles, Ravaged by the Raptor, and others are out there on Amazon (Not the South American one.), bringing humans and dinosaurs together like Conan Doyle never dreamed. And if you want to credit Conan Doyle with inspiring works like Kong and Jurassic Park, well I guess this winds up at his doorstep, too.

If Professor Challenger winds up putting down his binoculars and rubbing his eyes like a cartoon character at this one, don't be surprised.

1 comment:

  1. I looked up one of those titles to see what you were talking about. I couldn't believe it! There was one title (and description!) - The Hounds of Lust - which make me think that the Hound of the Baskervilles wasn't after Sir Hugo at all! Poor girl!