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Post by Peter Why » October 18th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Some years ago, someone suggested that I read a short horror story by Conan Doyle called Lot No. 249. I didn't follow up on it at the time, but this evening I tried to find out a little more about it. It was first published in Harper's Magazine in 1892, but although it's been published in a recent Penguin collection, it's not in any of the Conan Doyle books on Gutenberg. However, I did find a reproduction of the original magazine pages, as a PDF on the Harper's Magazine site.

Does this make it acceptable for someone to read here?

I'm not able to read it myself, as I've got a lot of recording to do already.
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Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Published in Harper's Magazine in 1892

Wikipedia article about the story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot_No._249

and PDF of the relevant sections from Harper's Magazine: https://www.harpers.org/sponsor/balvenie/wp-content/uploads/Lot%20no%20249-Doyle.pdf
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Post by Availle » October 18th, 2018, 3:47 pm

Excellent find! :clap:

While this does look like a scan, it is only the relevant pages and doesn't say anything about a publication date. The last page where the next story starts has a footnote saying "Begun in March number, 1892", I'm not sure if this would be sufficient for the rest of the admin team.

However, Hathitrust has a whole bunch of Harper's Magazines and with full view even! And No. 84 from 1892 is available there as well. Maybe with a little bit of more sleuthing in honor of Mr. Conan Doyle, you can find the original there:

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008919716
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Post by pschempf » October 18th, 2018, 7:00 pm

Following Ava's lead, I found the story in Volume 85 rather than 84 here -
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924080776879;view=1up;seq=535
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Post by Elizabby » October 19th, 2018, 3:50 pm

It's a good story!
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Post by Peter Why » October 19th, 2018, 11:11 pm

Thanks for all the detective work! I didn't read it through, though, but I did like the sound of the Wikipedia summary.

I do hope someone picks it up.
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Post by Treefairy » October 23rd, 2018, 12:44 am

What a find! I'm relatively new here and would love to read this!

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Post by Peter Why » October 23rd, 2018, 12:49 am

Go to it! I'm glad to see a Conan Doyle story surface like this.
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Post by Elizabby » October 23rd, 2018, 1:20 am

I think you would be best adding it to a short story collection rather than as a standalone project. Have a look in the Short Works forum to see the currently open collection.
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Post by Availle » October 23rd, 2018, 5:21 am

13000 words, it's too long for a single section. Worth asking if the BC of the short story collection would allow two sections though.
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