I really must try to make it to one this year. Not sure about Sherlock Holmes though
I know - but think Arsene Lupin & Clovis Dardentor - then you have a semblance of a theory and in which direction he might be going.
I think this must be the connection - "L'Heritage Maudit de Rennes-le-Chateau", a Harry Dickson "Le Sherlock Holmes Americain" comic book adventure.http://www.comicvine.com/harry-dickson- ... 37-309241/
More on the Harry Dickson adventures here, the first of which appeared way back in 1929. The fictional biography of the character includes a reference to Arsene Lupin.
The adventures of Harry Dickson and his young assistant, Tom Wills, have delighted several generations of French readers. Because they were written by a master of horror fiction, they are far more fantasy-oriented than the true Holmesian canon. The best and most fondly remembered Harry Dickson stories are those that pit the Great Detective against some supervillains such as Professor Flax, the mad scientist known as the Human Monster, and, later, his daughter, the equally deadly Georgette Cuvelier, a.k.a. The Spider (with whom Dickson had a love-hate relationship); Euryale Ellis, a beautiful woman who had the power to turn her victims into stone and who may be a reincarnation of the legendary gorgon Medusa; Gurrhu, a living Aztec god who hid in the Temple of Iron, an underground temple located beneath the very heart of London, filled with scientifically advanced devices; the last, living Babylonian mummies who found refuge under a Scottish lake; a nefarious blood-drinking serial killer dubbed the Vampire with Red Eyes; the enigmatic, tuxedo-suited avenger known as Cric-Croc, the Walking Dead; the supervillain Mysteras, who relies on elaborate and deadly illusions; the bloodthirsty Hindu god Hanuman, etc.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Dickson
Harry Dickson's fame in France rivals that of Sherlock Holmes and Arsène Lupin.
This is the French Wikipedia page on Yves Lignon, who is giving the talk in RLC. An academic and parapsychologist, his investigations have included the tomb at Arles-sur-Tech, as well as more typical fare, such as the prophecies of Nostradamus and the Shroud of Turin. Most pertinently of all, perhaps, he is said to be the inspiration behind the character of a British parapsychologist in the later Harry Dickson comic books.http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yves_Lignon
Also, Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was interested in spiritualism and the paranormal, and belonged to The Ghost Club, so there might also be some linkage to the RLC lecture there.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ghost_Club
Incidentally, comic books, cartoon strips, graphic novels, etc. tend to be treated more seriously in France than most other places, in the sense of being seen as part of mainstream literature, and being accorded a respectful position within their literary canon, as attested by the mass of these titles that you find in French bookshops, often on prominent display in the main body of the shop, rather than being consigned to the children's section, as they might be over here. The quality of the illustrations is usually extremely good, and it's not uncommon to see esoteric-type subjects covered. I have a copy of "Et In Arcadia Ego" from the L'Aude Mysterieuse series, along with the well known "Le Secret de l'Abbe Sauniere" book by Antoine Captier and Michel Marot. So a lecture on this subject in RLC isn't perhaps quite as eccentric as it might appear at first sight.
All of the ARTBS talks sound quite good - not that I'll be there, or would be able to understand them if I was - but the subjects sound interesting. Not too sure about "2012 or 2442" (hedging their bets, perhaps?!?) but generally it looks like a really interesting programme, and a nice way to spend a late afternoon on a Friday. I assume the "Capitelle" room is part of the Marie's offices, where I think they also screened "Bloodline".
Thanks to Nicole, as ever, for keeping us up to date on what's going on in the village and thereabouts.