Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on those twin icons of the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. He is the editor of the three-volume collection of the short stories and novels, The New Annotated Sherlock Homes, published by W. W. Norton in 2004 and 2005, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for every other major award in the mystery genre. His new work, The New Annotated Dracula, to be published by W. W. Norton on October 31, 2008, promises a similar in-depth examination of Bram Stoker's haunting classic and its historical context.
Since the 1960's, the study of the rich fantastic literature of the Victorian writers has been Klinger's consuming passion. He has written dozens of articles on Sherlockiana, published 12 books on Sherlock Holmes in addition to the Norton work, and regularly teaches a UCLA Extension course on Sherlock Holmes and His World. Klinger's Sherlock Holmes Reference Library has been called by the Baker Street Journal the standard text of reference for all serious Sherlockians. Recently he delivered a paper at the 2007 symposium of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, and he is a member of several international Dracula societies.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Klinger received an A.B. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a J.D. from Boalt Hall (School of Law, U.C. Berkeley). Since then, he has lived in Los Angeles, pursuing a legal career in tax, estate, and business planning. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, the Horror Writers of America, and the Mystery Writers of America and serves as the Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of MWA and on its National Board of Directors.
In the first half of the show, long-time scholar, Leslie S. Klinger, discussed his latest project which showcases the work of authors who were inspired by the masterful tales of terror penned by Edgar Allan Poe. Followed by Open Lines.
In the latter half of the show, long-time scholar Leslie S. Klinger discussed his latest project on the work of New England poet and author H.P. Lovecraft, who is increasingly being recognized as a foundation for American science fiction and horror genres.
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Ian was joined by writer Leslie Klinger, one of the world's foremost experts on two major literary icons of the Victorian period, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. Klinger touched on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, particularly noting Holmes' habitual use of drugs (cocaine, morphine) to keep him stimulated between cases. Klinger also mentioned some upcoming movies about the crime... More »