Yuletide Traditions: Sherlock Holmes

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–Photo courtesy of SH Addicted.

Many thanks to Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch for this one. Much as I love winter hols at home and in Chicago, these guys make me long to see the season in London.

Mr. Holmes and I got off to a rough start. I read the Illustrated Classics edition of Hound of the Baskervilles when I was nine years old. Looking for gothic literature and instead finding a modern narrative that unmasked the supernatural myth of the Hound as (*spoilers*) a facade for human venality, I spat on the cover image of the ghostly lycanthrope with the red eyes as false advertising.

That said, I enjoyed the character in other narratives — The Woman in Green was one of the first DVDs my father ever bought. The Sherlock Holmes Chronicles for PC by Dreamcatcher Initiative were the first interactive games I…

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