Why us? That’s a good question.
Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon and Comic-Con, and he teaches regular courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times. He is the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of comic books and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula.
Les attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. He and his wife Sharon have five adult children and live in Malibu with their dog and three cats. By day, Klinger practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law. Find out more about Les and the books he’s written at his website, LeslieKlinger.com
Nancie Clare is the former editor in chief of LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and co-founder of the iPad single issue publication, Noir Magazine. A life-long fan of mysteries and crime fiction, she’s had the privilege to work with and/or interview writers such as Megan Abbott, Lin Anderson, Cara Black, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Lyndsay Faye, Alex Gray, Sara Gran, Denise Hamilton, Stephen Hunter, Elmore Leonard, Lou Manfredo, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Jo Nesbø, Carol O’Connell, T. Jefferson Parker, Otto Penzler, Craig Robertson and Joseph Wambaugh. She’s looking forward to working with these authors and many more during the course of the SoM podcasts.
Nancie is a freelance writer with recent articles published in The Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles Review of Books. She is currently at work on The Battle for Beverly Hills: How Stars of the Silent Era Saved Their City from Annexation to Los Angeles forthcoming from Thomas Dunne. She was the events editor at Los Angeles Magazine for more than a decade and was the editor in chief of LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine until 2012 when it ceased publication. Nancie is the author of Assouline’s In the Spirit of Beverly Hills (alas, not a mystery, but rather fine nevertheless).
Nancie has a BA in History from UCLA. She lives on the wrong side of the right hill in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.