Arthur Conan Doyle, the Scottish writer who created Sherlock Holmes, was a spiritualist who believed in fairies.
Did you know that?
Last year Geek Native had a copy of Queen of the Dark Things to giveaway . Since C. Robert Cargill’s book features two boys spirited away into a dark world of myth and folklore the competition to win a copy of the book was all about Conan Doyle and faeries. We asked whether knowledge about Doyle’s belief in fairies changed how the reader thought about Sherlock Holmes.
The results are clear. Writers are five times more likely to change how they think about the great detective knowing that his creator believed in fairies. 60% of writers said it would change their view whereas only 12% of non-writers thought the same. In fact, non-writers didn’t really care at all; 88% saying the knowledge didn’t change their view of Sherlock Holmes at all.
Does your view of Sherlock Holmes change?
Does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualism and belief in faeries influence how you view Sherlock Holmes?
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