John C. Sherwood retired in 2012 from his work as a reporter and editor for daily metropolitan newspapers in Michigan and Delaware. During and after that time, he continued his work as a freelance writer and editor. Selected projects to which he has contributed appear here.
McAleer, Neil, "Visionary: The Odyssey of Sir Arthur C. Clarke," The Clarke Project (Baltimore, Md.: 2012). McAleer's revised, definitive biography of the late futurist and internationally acclaimed author of science fiction and science fact includes an overview of Clarke's career and works. This revision of McAleer's 1992 biography of Clarke was edited by John C. Sherwood, who contributed significantly to the text, including one full and several partial chapters.
Sherwood, John C., “Friends and Fiends: Sherlock Holmes in the Mirror of Mythology,” published in "Sherlock Holmes is Everywhere," edited by David Marcum et al (Belanger Books, Manchester, New Hampshire: 2019). An essay exploring ancient mythological themes found in the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
----, “The Adventure of the Rational Actor,” published in "About Being a Sherlockian," edited by Christopher Redmond (Wildside Press, Rockville, Md.: 2017). An essay relating the author's experiences in portraying Sherlock Holmes over many years.
----, “The Speckled Band,” published in "About Sixty: Why Every Sherlock Holmes Story is the Best," edited by Christopher Redmond (Wildside Press, Rockville, Md.: October 2016). An assessment of the classic story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and its place in the Sherlockian Canon.
----, "Sherlock Holmes's Ten Essential Lessons," published in "Irene's Cabinet," vol. 8, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2010). A revision of "The Seven Vital Lessons of Sherlock Holmes," first published in "The Hounds' Collection, Vol. 5" (2000).
----, "Identifying the Ripper: Some Sherlockian Conclusions," published in "Irene's Cabinet," vol. 7, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2009). Focusing on the 1888 serial killings from a Sherlockian perspective. This was the third part of a series of writings for the publication about the criminal case.
----, "The Case of the Overlooked Hamlet," article identifying the Norfolk, England, location Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had in mind while writing "The Adventure of the 'Gloria Scott,'” in "The Baker Street Journal," Vol. 57, No. 3 (Baker Street Irregulars, New York City: Autumn 2007).
----, "Roaming Sherlockian Norfolk," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 5, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2007).
----, "The Schemer and the Pit," published in "Irene's Cabinet", vol. 4, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2006). Focusing on the use of mythological motifs in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
----, "The Serpent and the Sorcerer-Knight," published in "Irene's Cabinet," vol. 3, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: Spring 2005). Focusing on the use of mythological motifs in throughout the Sherlockian Canon and comparing those motifs with similar themes in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."
----, "The Shadow of the Magician," article about the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, in "The Baker Street Journal," Vol. 52, No. 2 (Baker Street Irregulars, New York City: Summer 2002).
----, "Mothman, Saucers and M.I.B.: Gray Barker's Book of Bunk," article with photos in "The Skeptical Inquirer," Vol. 26, No. 3 (Amherst, NY: May/June 2002). Translated into Swedish by Stefan Roslund as "The Secrets of the Moth Man" for UFO aktuellt, issue 4 (December 2003), pp. 12-14. Publication led to consultation and on-screen appearance in "Shades of Gray," a film by Bob Wilkinson, 2009.
----, "Gray Barker: My Friend the Myth-Maker," "Skeptical Inquirer," Vol. 22, No. 3 (Amherst, NY: May/June 1998). Referenced in The Skeptic's Dictionary entry on the Men in Black. Publication led to consultation and on-screen interview in "Shades of Gray," a film by Bob Wilkinson, 2009.
----, "One Flame in the Inferno: Marshall's Crosswhite Case," article with photos and graphics in "Michigan History" (Lansing, MI: March-April 1989). This article was reprinted in the Quarterly Review of the Henry County, Kentucky, Historical Society (Box 570, New Castle, KY 40050), in the March 2005, June 2005 and September 2005 issues. Sherwood also served as consultant and on-camera interview in 1999 regarding the "Crosswhite Incident," for Kentucky Educational Television's production "Kentucky and the Underground Railroad," winner of a Public Broadcasting System Eddie Award. Article also cited in "The History of Michigan Law" (Law Society & Politics in the Midwest) by Paul Finkelman and Martin Hershock, 2006.
----, "A Better Way to Deliver Babies," article with photos, "Lady's Circle" (New York: August 1981), about personal application of theories of Frederick Leboyer, author of "Birth Without Violence."
----, "Ann J. Kellogg School – 1980: A Rededication," historical booklet (Battle Creek Public Schools, 1979).
----, "Elderhostel: Using Empty Classrooms," article with photos in Profiles, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI: Fall 1979)
----, "I'll Invest My Money in People ... W.K. Kellogg," biographical booklet, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI: 1979); summary and ordering information; a page with similar material on W.K. Kellogg. Booklet reprinted in "W.K. Kellogg Foundation - The First Half Century 1930-1980" and as a Battle Creek Enquirer insert; several reissues. Booklet's text appears as "Part 2: The Philanthropist," in a larger work distributed by the foundation.
----, "Bede: Occult Historian," article with photo "Beyond Reality" (Nanue, NY: July/August 1977).
----, "Legendary Heritage of Glastonbury," article with photo in Psychic World (Boulder, CO: May 1976). See a Glastonbury source page (not Sherwood's article).
----, "Thomas Maugham: The Ancient Order of Druids' Chosen Chief," article with photo in "Occult" (Boulder, CO: March 1975)
----, "Whatever Happened to Haunted Houses," article with photos in "Occult" (Boulder, CO: January 1975)
Weber, Ken, "Maximum Entertainment: Director's Notes for Magicians and Mentalists" (first edition, 2003); Sherwood was co-editor and writing adviser to the author, a fellow member of the Psychic Entertainers Association.
Rowland, Ian, "Sense of Touch," Full Facts Books (London, England: 2002); Sherwood's contributions noted in section "Sherwood's Two-Phase Routine," pp. 26-27
Waldron, Daniel, "Blackstone: A Magician's Life," David Meyer (Glenwood, Ill: 1999); reference to Sherwood's research contribution appears in Waldron's forward, p. xiii.
Sherwood, John C., monthly member profiles for "Vibrations" (Sibbernsen, Michael, ed.), official periodical of the Psychic Entertainers Association, from October 2006 to 2009.
----, "The Silent Speak," interview with magician Teller, with photo, "The New Tops," Gordon Miller, ed., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: November 1993)
----, "Lost in the Forest," monthly column, frequently with photos and original magical effects and routines, in "The New Tops," Neil Foster and Gordon Miller, eds., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: 1980-92)
----, "The American Museum of Magic," article in "The New Tops," Neil Foster, ed., Abbott's Magic Co.(Colon, MI: May 1978); Sherwood featured in cover photograph with American Museum of Magic curator Robert Lund.
----, "The Circuited Sorcerer," compilation of advanced magical and bizarre effects involving pocket calculators; Micky Hades International (Calgary, Alberta: 1977)
----, "The Conjurer's Calculator," compilation of deceptions and magic using pocket calculators; Micky Hades International (Calgary, Alberta: 1976)
----, "Just For Us Young Guys," monthly column, frequently with photos and original magical effects and routines, plus regular "Magician of the Month" feature, "The New Tops," Neil Foster, ed., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: 1966-80)
----, "Miscellaneous," regular column for "Top Hat," Magical Youths International (Mishawaka, Ind.: 1964-66)
Sherwood, John C., 2006 interview aired on "The Space Show." Broadcast No. 630, aired Nov. 26, 2006, in the United Kingdom, originally posted online but no longer available. Alan Marlow of the British Interplanetary Society introduced his preliminary interview with Sherwood about one-third into the program, discussing a meeting among J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Arthur C. Clarke and Val Cleaver to discuss the merits of space travel. Sherwood's later, more in-depth interview (seven minutes), conducted in December 2006 in Oxford, England, forms part of a two-hour BIS audio history compiled by Marlow, issued in CD format.
----, Transcription of the World War I diary kept by his grandfather, Clayton M. Sherwood, from August 1917 to February 1919, retitled Writing by Moonlight, with photographs from the period, definitions and additional notations.
----, "Can Thrill of Space Be Rekindled?," editorial originally published in the Battle Creek Enquirer in 1995, based on the author's interview of Capt. James Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, and augmented with a later online interview with Apollo 13 crew member Fred Haise.
----, "A Visit to the 'Clarkives,'" a survey of the collection of awards and personal materials held by Sir Arthur C. Clarke at Dene Court in Taunton, England, home of Clarke's brother Fred Clarke.
----, "Sir Arthur C. Clarke at the Smithsonian," a report on an electronic appearance by Sir Arthur C. Clarke at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum for the Wernher von Braun Memorial Lecture in June 2001.
Theater, television, film, audio and audiovisual projects ...
Sherwood, John C., "Sherlock by Wireless!" and "Sherlock by Wireless - Revisited!", playscripts produced in 2012 and 2018, respectively, by the Great Escape Stage Company of Marshall, Michigan. For each script, Sherwood edited and shaped three classic Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce radio scripts with original introductory material.
----, "Be Shameless: 10 Ways to Do It," original text and vocal recording for "Studio Time," monthly CD audio magazine distributed in 2000 by Brayton and Sons Productions, 49 S. Sunset Drive, Coldwater, MI 49036.
----, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Weekends and Dinners, 12 original formats created for The Victorian Villa Inn, 1987 to 2001, based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Titles: "The Nameless Corpse," "The Crying Woman," "The Insidious Assault," "The Hateful Brothers," "The Two-Fold Enigma," "The Disruptive Villager," "The Unknown Voice," "The Vile Descendant," "The Borgia Curse," "The Duplicitous Agent" and "The Maniac Murders." also, one-act theatrical adaptations "A Morning on Baker Street" and "The Final Toast," and original mystery dinner "The Horrid Family," first produced in Michigan and more recently produced in 2008 for the Howard County Libraries of Columbia, Md.; in 1995, an original mystery vignette was conceived for a televised episode of "Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco," originated byMaryland Public Television and distributed nationally on PBS stations.
----, "Jeeves and the Nasty Business," full-length play script, performed at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1995 and 1996, based on characters created by P.G. Wodehouse and on Sherwood's script, "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit," performed at the Villa annually 1985-95.
----, "The Mysteries of Houdini," full-length play script, performed at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1995 and 1996; performed at Marshall (MI) Civic Center, 1998, based on the life of Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss).
----, "They Know Your Thoughts!" original two-act play based on the methods and performances of Victorian-era "thought-readers," at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1997.
---, "There's A Reason: C.W. Post," original one-man historical play, based on the life of cereal magnate C.W. Post, commissioned by Heritage Battle Creek and the Historical Society of Battle Creek and presented in 1994 in Post's office at the Post Division of Kraft General Foods Inc. for 100th anniversary of founding.
----, "Idle Thoughts," original two-act monologue based on the writings of 19th century humorist Jerome K. Jerome, The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1995 and 1995.
----, "Six Words," one-act play based on the short story by Lew Gillis (with permission of the estate), performed at Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Kalamazoo, MI. Cash award as best one-act play of 1995.
----, "Bribes," original one-act script, Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Readers' Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (1992); Battle Creek Civic Theatre One-Act Play Festival, Battle Creek, MI, 1993.
----, "Still Safe," original one-act script, Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Kalamazoo, MI, Festival of Short Plays, 1992. Cash award as one of top one-act plays for 1992.
----, "In the Name of the Bee," original one-act monologue based on the works of Emily Dickinson, performed at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1992; Dawn Treader Bookshop, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992.
----, "Sherlock Holmes's Other Woman," original script, chosen for Actors and Playwrights Initiative,Kalamazoo, Readers' Theatre honorary mention, 1991.
----, "The Art of Coarse Acting," original script, Marshall Civic Players banquet, 1980.
----, "John Still Loves Mary," original one-act curtain-raiser based on "John Loves Mary," commissioned for 30th anniversary production by Marshall Civic Players, 1979.
----, "People Helping People," slide presentation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI, 1979.