About us

Doings of Doyle is a podcast dedicated to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Professor Challenger, Brigadier Gerard and Sherlock Holmes. We aim to promote knowledge, appreciation and study of Doyle's writings, both fiction and non-fiction.

Paul M. Chapman (L) and Mark Jones

Paul M. Chapman has written widely on Victorian and Edwardian genre literature, with a particular focus on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James. He was a staff writer on Sherlock magazine for ten years, and edited The Ritual for the Northern Musgraves Sherlock Holmes Society. He is also the author of Birth of a Legend: Count Dracula, Bram Stoker and Whitby, and has contributed articles and reviews to ACD: The Journal of the Arthur Conan Doyle Society, The Musgrave Papers, All Hallows, Ghosts & Scholars and Wormwood.

Mark Jones (BSI, MBt, ASH) has been fascinated by the works of Arthur Conan Doyle since he read the canon one wet summer holiday as a twelve-year-old, before diving into The Lost World. He studied and taught the history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and continues to work in higher education as a consultant. He has written several books on television, film and literature including Dark Matters (co-written with Lance Parkin), an introduction to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novels for young teenagers. He has contributed articles to The Baker Street Journal, Canadian Holmes, The Serpentine Muse and numerous blogs.

Both Paul and Mark are members of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London and The Scandalous Bohemians – a Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle society based in the north of England, which holds regular meetings in Leeds and York. In 2018, together with Paul’s partner, Teresa Dudley (Secretary of The Scandalous Bohemians), they organised the ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ M. R. James conference in York.

You can read an interview with Paul and Mark at Dan Andriacco's Baker Street Beat blog (20th November 2019) or listen to Mark on the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast (May 2020).