THE CREATOR OF SHERLOCK HOLMES DESCRIBES THE END OF THE WORLD AS FORECAST BY HIS SPIRIT GUIDES
“…A PERIOD OF TERRIFIC NATURAL CONVULSIONS DURING WHICH A LARGE PORTION OF THE HUMAN RACE WOULD PERISH. EARTHQUAKES OF GREAT SEVERITY, ENORMOUS TIDAL WAVES…”
Arthur Conan Doyle. English author; creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Corrected Typescript (mimeograph), with ten handwritten words, four full pages, quarto, undated. With the rare pamphlet, A Word of Warning [London: The Psychic Press, n.d.]. The typescript is a preliminary to the printed pamphlet and was evidently sent to selected friends to asses their reaction to Doyle’s intimations of the end of the world as conveyed by his spirit guides. Headed Confidential in Doyle’s hand. Fine condition.
“These various forecasts of the immediate future of the world should be used with the utmost discretion. We have above all to avoid sensationalism and undignified newspaper stunts…. Our circle seems to have been chosen as the clearing house for these messages, for though we would not venture to claim that all have reached us still it is very remarkable how they have converged upon us from all quarters. Some have been oral but..it would not be an exaggeration to say that we have had one hundred messages all independent of each other…. As to time we never have had anything really definite in our own circles such terms as “soon” and “very soon” being always used. It is a belief that the control sees things in pictures and not in terms of worldly time. My American cooperators working with a proved and excellent medium were told on the 8th of Jan that six months of preparations from that date could be relied on. They did not say that that was an absolute minimum and clearly they have placed the date too early. We have ourselves always been given the autumn as the time of year.
“If we state the course of events as outline in these various documents and check them with our own information the result is overwhelming. It would entail a period of terrific natural convulsions during which a large portion of the human race would perish. Earthquakes of great severity, enormous tidal waves would seem to be the agents. There is mention of war but that would appear to be only in the early stages…. What makes the matter more difficult to understand is that we are always told that the deaths are not indiscriminate but selective…. The following general details may be gathered. That the crisis will come in an instant. That the general destruction and utter dislocation of civilized life will be beyond belief. That there will be a short period of utter chaos followed by some reconstruction…. It is however continually rubbed in that the really important side is the psychic side and that all the physical is subservient to that. During the whole course of events there is a psychic accompaniment with manifestations of spirit power which is to culminate in a complete rending of the veil so that spirit and matter will be face to face for a time…. Others of the “Elect”…are retained for a few years to establish the new order on a sold basis…. The whole object of the spiritualist movement from the beginning has…been to prepare a body of thought which will understand and be able to cooperate in such a crisis….Spiritualism is the basis of the religion of the future…. We want no hysterical developments…. At the same time…I should wish to let individuals know my own individual point of view is so that they may now watch the course of events for themselves….”