Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The NON-Sherlock Holmes Stories


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created many non-Sherlock Holmes Stories.  

 His most famous creation (after Sherlock Holmes) was Professor Challenger.  Unlike Conan Doyle's cool, analytic Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger is an aggressive, dominating figure.  He was also a pretentious and self-righteous scientific jack-of-all-trades. His ingenuity could be counted upon to solve any problem or get out of any unsavoury situation, and be sure to offend and insult several other people in the process. Challenger was, in many ways, rude, crude, and without social conscience or inhibition. Yet he was a man capable of great loyalty and his love of his French wife was all encompassing.

 Below is a list of some of Doyle's  mystery, terror and science fiction  stories.

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1.  The Adventure of the Dying Detective  (1st story in short story # 9)
  • The Beetle-Hunter
  •  Black Doctor
  • Brazilian Cat
  • Case of Lady Sannox
  • Horror of the Heights
  • Leather Funnel
  • Man with the Watches
  • New Catacomb
  • Jew's Breastplate
  • The Lost Special
  • Terror of Blue John Gap
  • Japanned Box

3.  Lost World   (A Professor Challenger Adventure)

4.  The Poison Belt  (A Professor Challenger Adventure - 6 chapters)
5.  The Parasite  (4 Chapters) - In this short novel of 1894, Conan Doyle describes a character with seemingly extraordinary powers. Are these powers occult or are they only in the minds of other people? There is no Sherlock Holmes to solve this mystery.
6.  White Company  (Set during the Hundred Years’ War with France, The White Company tells the story of a young Saxon man who is learning what it is to be a knightDoyle considers this his greatest novel).
7.  The Great Shadow - Set in an English-Scottish border village during the waning days of the Napoleonic era, this adventure story introduces us to Jock Calder, whose quiet way of life is shattered when a mysterious stranger steps ashore near his home. The stranger changes forever the lives of Jock, his cousin Edie, and his best friend Jim, sending the young men into the jaws of the final battle to defeat The Great Shadow that threatens to devour the whole of Europe. This is a glimpse of life at the end of the Napoleonic era, including an exciting rendition of The Battle of Waterloo. 
8.  The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard - The hero, Etienne Gerard, is a Hussar in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Gerard's most notable attribute is his vanity - he is utterly convinced that he is the bravest soldier, greatest swordsman, accomplished horseman and gallant lover in all France. Gerard is not entirely wrong since he displays notable bravery on many occasions, but his self-satisfaction undercuts this quite often. Obsessed with honour and glory, he is always ready with a stirring speech or a gallant remark to a lady.
9.  The Silver Mirror   (10th story in LibriVox's Ghost Story Collection 004)
10. The Ring of Thoth  (5th story in Ghost Story Collection 005)
12. The Blighting of Sharkey  (1st story in short story collection 39)
13. How It Happened  (4th story in Ghost Story Collection 006)
14. The Leather Funnel  (5th story in Ghost Story Collection 006)
15. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley  (13th story in Short Story Collection 42)
16. The Brown Hand  (3rd story in Short Ghost Story Collection 08)
17. The Secret of Goresthorpe Grange  (12th story in Short Ghost Story Collection 08)
18. Juvenilia (8th story in My First Book)
20. The Adventures of Gerard - Volume 2 - The swashbuckling, eponymous hero, Etienne Gerard, is one of Napoleon's gallant French Hussars, who considers himself the finest of them all. Through these "Boys Own Adventures", Conan Doyle pokes gentle fun at both the French and the English. This is the second volume containing eight adventures. 
21. The Cabman’s Story (3rd story in short story collection 44)
22.  Uncle Bernac: A Memory of the EmpireLooking for a replacement to Sherlock Holmes after the author had killed him off in 1894, Doyle wrote this murder mystery in the dying years of the 19th century. Set in Napoleon's era, it involves a Frenchman returning to his native land to join the Emperor's ranks.

23.  The Mystery of Cloomber - Story is narrated by John Fothergill West, who tries to discover why the tenant of Cloomber Hall, General Heatherstone, is nervous to the point of being paranoid. Why are his fears becoming stronger every year at the fifth of October? And why doesn't he let his children leave home? This is a great mystery novel with a sharp twist at the end." 

24.  The Captain of the Pole-Star by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (14th story in Short Ghost & Horror # 15)

25. The Field Bazaar by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (5th story in Mystery Story Collection # 7) 

26. A Foreign Office Romance by Arthur Conan Doyle (6h story in Mystery Story Collection # 7) 

27. The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  (8th story in Mystery Story Collection # 7) 

28. The Lost Special by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  (10th story in Mystery Story Collection # 7) 

29.  Sir Nigel - By 1348 the House of Loring has fallen on hard times. Together, the Black Death and the greedy monks of Waverley have bled away all of the Loring wealth. Even the manor house will have to go to pay their debts.  Then a chance encounter with the King of England provides Nigel, the last of the Lorings, with the chance to seek his fortune in the constant wars with France. 

30.  The Coming of the Fairies - After a number of deaths in his close family, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle turned to spiritualism in hope of finding proof of the afterlife. Being open in this way, he wanted to believe that spirits and other supernatural being including fairies were real. Because of this he believed the photographs of fairies taken by the Cottingley girls were proof of the existence of such beings. In this book he presents his stance on the issue. Eventually it was proven that the photographs were indeed a hoax. 

31.  The Doings of Raffles Haw - The people of the small town of Tamfield are not used to exciting things happening. When millionaire Raffles Haw moves to town, rumors spread like wildfire about him. The advent of Mr. Haw, however, changes the town, and particularly the lives of the McIntyre family, in ways no one could ever have guessed. 

32.  A Desert Drama Being Tragedy on the Korosko -Also published under the title The Tragedy of the Korosko (1898). A group of European tourists are enjoying their trip to Egypt in the year 1895. They are sailing up the River Nile in a "a turtle-bottomed, round-bowed stern-wheeler", the Korosko. They intend to travel to Abousir at the southern frontier of Egypt, after which the Dervish country starts. They are attacked and abducted by a marauding band of Dervish warriors. The novel contains a strong defence of British Imperialism and in particular the Imperial project in North Africa. It also reveals the very great suspicion of Islam felt by many Europeans at the time. Racial attitudes are expressed that are offensive to the modern ear but were commonplace in Doyle's time.
33.  The Captain of the Polestar and Other Tales - This is a collection of ten of early Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short stories. It includes stories of mystery, comedy, shipwrecks and fantasy. 

34. The Green Flag and Other Stories of War and Sport - Arthur Conan Doyle was deeply affected by the many wars fought during his lifetime. As many other writers, he used the material for short stories, a collection of which 17 Short Stories are presented here.

35. Songs of the Road - Although best known for the creation of detective Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle did not only write works of mystery - he was also a rather successful poet. This is a collection of 32 poems written by the famous author. 

36. Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life -This is a collection of short stories focusing on the problems that present themselves to physicians and surgeons in the course of their work. The volume is named "Round the Red Lamp" as a reference to the red lamps that marked general practitioner's offices in Arthur Conan Doyle's times.

37. Danger and Other Stories -Ten Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

38The Secret Of Goresthorpe Grange by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (19th story from International Short Stories # 2)

39. Songs of Action - This is a collection of 28 poems by Arthur Conan Doyle centering around the theme of war, action and adventure.

40. A Visit to Three Fronts - “In the course of May 1916, the Italian authorities expressed a desire that some independent observer from Great Britain should visit their lines and report his impressions. It was at the time when our brave and capable allies had sustained a set-back in the Trentino owing to a sudden concentration of the Austrians, supported by very heavy artillery. I was asked to undertake this mission. In order to carry it out properly, I stipulated that I should be allowed to visit the British lines first, so that I might have some standard of comparison. The War Office kindly assented to my request. Later I obtained permission to pay a visit to the French front as well. Thus it was my great good fortune, at the very crisis of the war, to visit the battle line of each of the three great Western allies. I only wish that it had been within my power to complete my experiences in this seat of war by seeing the gallant little Belgian army which has done so remarkably well upon the extreme left wing of the hosts of freedom.  
My experiences and impressions are here set down, and may have some small effect in counteracting those mischievous misunderstandings and mutual belittlements which are eagerly fomented by our cunning enemy.” Summary by Arthur Conan Doyle, Crowborough, July 1916.

41. The Shark Munro Letters - As an epistolary novel it takes the form of twelve long letters written by J. Stark Munro between March 1881 and November 1884 and sent to his friend Herbert Swanborough of Lowell, Massachusetts. Stark Munro is a recent graduate from medical school, and the letters detail his attempts to create a medical practice in partnership with the brilliant but unorthodox James Cullingworth. The novel is in fact a thinly-disguised account of Doyle's experiences with George Turnavine Budd with whom he was in partnership, before finally setting up his own practice in Plymouth in 1882.
An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. 

42. The Guards Came Through and other Poems - This is a volume of 17 poems by Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1919. Many of them concern wartime experiences. 

43.  The Lift - (2nd story in Short Ghost and Horror Collection # 26)

44. Through the Magic Door - In this volume, Arthur Conan Doyle invites us into his library and discusses his favorite literature with the listener. 
I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, nor how lowly the room which it adorns. Close the door of that room behind you, shut off with it all the cares of the outer world, plunge back into the soothing company of the great dead, and then you are through the magic portal into that fair land whither worry and vexation can follow you no more. You have left all that is vulgar and all that is sordid behind you. There stand your noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks. Pass your eye down their files. Choose your man. And then you have but to hold up your hand to him and away you go together into dreamland. Surely there would be something eerie about a line of books were it not that familiarity has deadened our sense of it. Each is a mummified soul embalmed in cere-cloth and natron of leather and printer's ink. Each cover of a true book enfolds the concentrated essence of a man. The personalities of the writers have faded into the thinnest shadows, as their bodies into impalpable dust, yet here are their very spirits at your command (Chapter I). 

45.  Round the Fire Stories - These are seventeen (17) short stories that are tales of suspense and 
adventure, of the mysterious and the fantastic, meant to be read "round the fire" upon a winter's night. Murder, madness, ghosts, unsolved crimes, diabolical traps, and inexplicable disappearances abound in these exciting accounts narrated by doctors, lawyers, gentlemen, teachers, burglars, dilettantes, and convicted criminals. The titles are inviting "The Pot of Caviare," "The Clubfooted Grocer," "The Brazilian Cat," "The Sealed Room," and "Their Fiend of the Coopergate" and the stories are riveting. This is a rediscovered classic by a master storyteller."



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Brown Hand

Captain Sharkey  (4 Chapters.  This link takes you to the first Chapter.)

Disintegration Machine  (A Professor Challenger Adventure)

Land of the Mist  (A Professor Challenger Adventure)

Maracot Deep

Pirate of the Land

Pot of Caviare

ROMANS (12 Chapters. This link takes you to the first Chapter)

Sir Nigel (13 Chapters.  Pre-sequel to the White Company.)

Slapping Sal

When the World Screamed (A Professor Challenger Adventure)