All-American or syphilitic?

The title of my serial, The Case of the Syphilitic Sister, has gotten a variety of reactions.

Someone on the Scribophile forum said it was the best title on the site.

But this blog post suggests I change it.

The story was originally called All-American Detectives, which was meant to sound like a comic book (I was probably thinking of Detective Comics, which was a comic featuring Batman, and is also where DC gets its name).

However the editors of JukePop Serials thought it was too generic. The Case of the Syphilitic Sister is meant to sound like a ‘hardboiled’ detective story.

Anyway, I’d be interested to know what everyone thinks.

Riddles in the Dark

In The Hobbit, the ring that Bilbo Baggins finds was originally ‘only’ a magic ring of invisibility. However, as Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, he changed it to the corrupting One Ring that we’re familiar with.

This was one reason why he made some changes to The Hobbit; specifically to the chapter ‘Riddles In the Dark’.

I recently came across a page which compares the revised version of this chapter to the original. It’s here.

With an innocent girl dead…

…America’s finest superheroic detective agency must find and destroy a sinister cult!

Chapter One of The Case of the Syphilitic Sister is now up on the new JukePop Serials site.

You can read it for free here:

I have enough written for a couple more monthly updates. Whether I make finishing it a priority will of course depend on the response the story gets.

from Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

One of the schools of Tlön goes so far as to negate time; it reasons that the present is indefinite, that the future has no reality other than as a present hope, that the past has no reality other than as a present memory. Another school declares that all time has already transpired and that our life is only the crepuscular and no doubt falsified and mutilated memory or reflection of an irrecoverable process. Another, that the history of the universe — and in it our lives and the most tenuous detail of our lives — is the scripture produced by a subordinate god in order to communicate with a demon. Another, that the universe is comparable to those cryptographs in which not all the symbols are valid and that only what happens every three hundred nights is true. Another, that while we sleep here, we are awake elsewhere and that in this way every man is two men.

Jorge Luis Borges.