If I were to tell you that there is a TV series in the works that is premised around the actual friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, you’d probably be very interested. Perhaps even more so when I informed you that this series, Among the Spirits, is a fictional account of how the two teamed up to solve murders in 1920s New York.
Sounds pretty intriguing all the way around, if you ask me. With Doyle responsible for the creation of one of Steampunk’s most beloved characters, Sherlock Holmes, and Houdini as quite possibly the greatest escape artist of all time, the series has the potiential to appeal to both Steam and Dieselpunks alike.
Unfortunately, though, the series is being produced by SyFy. The negotiations to acquire Among the Spirits was announced in a recent article on deadline.com. While the premise sounds absolutely fascinating, I’ve lost almost all faith in SyFy’s ability to produce anything actually worth watching. And the article talks about “Steampunk technology” in the 1920’s… I swear I just had a tirade about the Steampunk/Dieselpunk line just last week.
Your better bet, until Syfy proves me wrong, is to track down the self-published graphic novel Among the Spirits by writers Steve Valentine and Paul Chart. My search to find a means to purchase the graphic novel, however, have been largely fruitless. If anyone finds it, please let me know, and I’ll update accordingly.
If you can’t find Among the Spirits, try tracking down Nevermore, a novel by William Hjortsberg with an eerily similar premise.