Mattias Bostrom, born in 1971, is a Swedish author, publisher, and Sherlock Holmes expert. He has written three books about Swedish popular culture history and has been an active Sherlockian for almost thirty years, publishing articles and editing books and booklets on the subject. He lives outside Stockholm with his wife and two young daughters.
Praise for From Holmes to Sherlock A Publishers Weekly Top 10 in Essays & Literary Criticism for fall 2017 Mattias Bostrom has done the impossible--encapsulated the journey of Sherlock Holmes from international literary superstar to modern day television hero. Meticulous, charming and, best of all, adoring of the original. --Lyndsay Faye, author of The Whole Art of Detection Just when you think you've read every great book about the history of Doyle and Holmes, Mattias Bostrom reveals startling new layers to the famous adventures of the greatest detective of all time. Written with skill, wit, and unmatched expertise, From Holmes to Sherlock is the new standard in the complete history of not only the original Doyle stories, but literally every adaptation, too. --Ryan Britt, author of Luke Skywalker Can't Read [Bostrom] comes up with some intriguing and fresh details . . . The canon of critical and biographical material on Holmes and Doyle is massive, of course, but even so, this latest entry makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how a bloodhound called Sherlock took over the world. --Booklist (starred review) A spirited account of how Sherlock became a household name . . . Bostrom's weaving of the Holmes story into the larger one of popular culture and the mass-entertainment industry is the best part of this very good book. For fans of literature, film history, and Conan Doyle alike, a fine complement to the best works of Sherlock-iana. --Kirkus Reviews Bostrom has succeeded masterfully in doing something no one has hitherto dared try: telling the whole Sherlock Holmes 'story.' It is an extraordinary tale. --Nicholas Utechin, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal, 1976-2006 From Holmes to Sherlock is a book based on a simple but brilliant idea. He traces the growth in popularity of Sherlock Holmes from an early idea of a physician who hoped to be a writer to a worldwide phenomenon recognized by most of the planet. Not just for Sherlockians, rather it is intended for anyone who has wondered about Sherlock Holmes. --Steven Rothman, editor of the Baker Street Journal Superb! I am deeply in awe of Mr Bostrom's comprehensive research, his meticulous selection and his enticing presentation. Mattias Bostrom is one of a select group of really important Holmesian/Doylean scholars. --Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal, coauthor of the Sherlock Holmes Miscellany From Holmes to Sherlock will be one of the four or five most important books among the scores of nonfiction volumes about Sherlock Holmes, and it's easy and entertaining reading as well. --Christopher Redmond, editor of Sherlockian.net [From Holmes to Sherlock] explores the world's continuing fascination with fiction's leading detective hero. The informal, accessible style of Gallagher's translation makes for an easy, if lengthy, read. --Publishers Weekly [A] unique, incredibly ambitious and wide-ranging volume . . . While it reads like a work of fiction, almost a literary mystery, it is a rich tapestry, filled with real-world heroes and villains . . . I can't recommend this book highly enough . . . A must-read for anyone with an interest in the character, the history or the fandom surrounding him. --Canadian Holmes Well written and recommended. --Peter E. Blau, Scuttlebutt newsletter