The Sandman’s Q and A

Time for another Sandman quiz. Either answer the questions in a reply or create a new posts and a ping-back to my page.


Do you believe in Ghosts and/or a Spirit World?

Who is your favourite literary Detective?

Should a film or TV adaption of a book deviate from the source material? Why?

Would you ‘video’ yourself and your partner?


1. Now some of you might expect that this will be a simple yes or no answer, but I don’t think it is.  I believe it to a matter of perspective, do I believe in groaning, clanking chained tortured souls then no. What I believe is that ghosts, as people like to call them, are little more then residual energy. Now as we all know, energy cannot be created or destroyed, it is just transferred from one form to another. As our selves were are pretty much electro-chemical impulses, so I believe that our mind minds operate on a spectrum and certain materials can preserve the imprint. Which is why modern buildings don’t seem to be haunted and older buildings made without synthetics are. These also explains why ghosts follow a set pattern.

Spirit world? We only perceive in so many dimensions, so a spirit world as such is just somewhere operating outside our perception with occasional blips either way.

2. The most obvious answer would be Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes so I will go for two others.

First up, Sexton Blake. Created by Harry Blythe under the pen-name of Hal Meredith, Blake first appeared in the pages of the Halfpenny Marvel in a story called the Missing Millionaire. It is absolute shite, devoid of character and a coincidence ridden plot and the following stories by Meredith aren’t much better and the character was soon farmed out to other writers including Robert Murray Graydon, GH Teed, Jack Trevor Story, Michael Moorcock and a curious chap called Michael Storm, who is worthy of an article all to himself. Often dismissed as the office boy Sherlock Holmes, Blake has been some what out of favour in the crime fiction world. There are a number of comparisons between the two, both take up residencey in Baker’s street, both have bouts of deductive reasoning and a simmering relationship with the police. However Blake was aimed at a younger crowd so there is less reasoning and far more thumping. Blake appeared in the pages of various magazines including Union Jack and the Penny Pictorial and during the period of the 20s and early 30s he had more in common with Boy’s Own Adventures then Holmes as he faced of a series of supervillains.

My other is George Simeone’s Inspector Maigret.

3. That’s a tricky one as they completely different medias. I would say if it is justified in terms of translation to screen.

4. I have thought about it and at one point did joke about it with Mary, but in the long run no.


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