The gentleman who brought us all together, Twitter's very own Lieutenant Columbo and myself have been thrashing out an idea for the last few weeks: a definitive Columbo book, written by the fans. To include: production history; reviews; interviews. And if anyone has any other bright ideas for inclusion, we are open to suggestions.
It will be self-published via Lulu.com, which costs nothing.
I have been collecting behind-the-scenes information on the series for many years and looking for the perfect place to include it. This seems ideal.
Columbo, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, is the property of Universal Studios. No copyright infringement is intended. As we are only writing about the subject - since the bulk of the book will be reviews - and not using material owned by Universal, all being well we remain within our rights.
Of course won't be able to include official photographs, but if we make sure the content is exemplary, I don't see why this can't be a first rate publication. And speaking of which - artistic contributions would be very welcome, too, given that we cannot use photos.
|"The Columbo Phile" by Mark Dawidziak (Mysterious Press, 1989)|
We must credit Lewis Christian first and foremost for this idea. His “Celebrate, Regenerate” – a 50th anniversary Doctor Who review book by fans – gave us the impetus. Last year he invited DW fans to contribute, and earlier this year the book was published, entirely off Lewis’s own back, to great acclaim. If you haven't seen it, it's superb and believe me, you really would like to see a similar volume about the good Lieutenant C.
|Lewis Christian's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary fan project|
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
The way we'll do this is: contributors choose what episode or episodes they want to write about. Two viewpoints per ep would give a nice balance, so there should be plenty up for grabs.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and get commissioned.
We encourage as many people to as possible to contribute – the more the merrier and of course, everyone will be credited for their work. As the Tweet-a-longs prove, you've all got plenty of interesting things to say about the show!
RULES FOR SUBMISSION
Choose an episode or episodes to write about from the list below and, as I said, email us at email@example.com. We'll indicate the episodes as they are taken.
The word count is up to you, but a maximum of 600 words.
The format? Well, again that’s really up to you but basically it should be a structured review explaining why you like (or don’t like) the episode in question. By all means choose an episode you don't like! I think the book should be critical if required. Write about the story, writing, direction, acting, and maybe add a personal touch if you wish. What Columbo means to you, etc.
So no strict rules. And any bright ideas for something else you'd rather contribute? We're listening! But we would like all the episodes to be reviewed so that the book feels complete.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
I suggest a deadline of three months from now – so let’s say Friday 28th February 2014 for completion. This is open to renegotiation if people are having difficulties.
Please do contribute folks! The finished product will be fantastic, we promise, and a fitting tribute to the late, great Peter Falk and everyone else who helped to make the wonderful Columbo.
Any further questions? Anything really obvious we've missed? Let us know via the email address, or Lieutenant Columbo and myself can be found on Twitter.
Thanks to you all!
Update 28.2.2014 - 67 out of 69 episodes represented; 27 episodes completely commissioned; approx. 50 contributors so far. Receiving your wonderful contributions on a daily basis now - thanks everyone!
Just spent a rewarding few hours assessing how the book is progressing. Delighted with the results so far, but still a way to go. Deadline no.1 has now been reached, but I am happy to extend until all contributions have been received. I'll be doing some chasing up in the next few weeks!
I'm not sure we'll achieve the original goal of two reviews per episode, but that's not a problem. As long as we get all the eps covered, that's perfectly fine.
All being well, the book will be in our hands/on our eReaders/etc. a few months from now.
A tentative title for the book: "Peter Falk as COLUMBO: Celebrating TV's Greatest Detective". Alternative suggestions very welcome.
THE EPISODES TO CHOOSE FROM...
TV Movie (1968):
Prescription: Murder - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Ransom For A Dead Man - 1 reviewer
Season One (1971-2):
Murder By The Book - 1 reviewer
Death Lends A Hand - 1 reviewer
Dead Weight - 1 reviewer
Suitable For Framing - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Lady In Waiting - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Short Fuse - 1 reviewer
Blueprint For Murder - 1 reviewer
Season Two (1972-3):
Etude In Black - 1 reviewer
The Greenhouse Jungle - 1 reviewer
The Most Crucial Game - 1 reviewer
Dagger Of The Mind - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Requiem For A Falling Star - 1 reviewer
A Stitch In Crime - 1 reviewer
The Most Dangerous Match - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Season Three (1973-4):
Lovely But Lethal - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Any Old Port In A Storm - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Candidate For Crime - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Double Exposure - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Publish Or Perish - 1 reviewer
Mind Over Mayhem - 1 reviewer
Swan Song - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
A Friend In Deed - 1 reviewer
Season Four (1974-75):
An Exercise In Fatality - 1 reviewer
Negative Reaction - 1 reviewer
By Dawn's Early Light - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Troubled Waters - 1 reviewer
Playback - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
A Deadly State Of Mind - 1 reviewer
Season Five (1975-76):
Forgotten Lady - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
A Case Of Immunity - 1 reviewer
Identity Crisis - 1 reviewer
A Matter Of Honor - 1 reviewer
Now You See Him - 1 reviewer
Last Salute To The Commodore - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Season Six (1976-77):
Fade In To Murder - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Old Fashioned Murder - 1 reviewer
The Bye Bye Sky-High I.Q. Murder Case - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Season Seven (1977-78):
Try And Catch Me - 1 reviewer
Murder Under Glass - 1 reviewer
Make Me A Perfect Murder - 1 reviewer
How To Dial A Murder - 1 reviewer
The Conspirators - 1 reviewer
Columbo Goes To The Guillotine - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Murder, Smoke, And Shadows - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Sex And The Married Detective - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Grand Deceptions - 1 reviewer
Murder, A Self Portrait - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Columbo Cries Wolf - 1 reviewer
Agenda For Murder - 1 reviewer
Rest In Peace, Mrs Columbo - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Uneasy Lies The Crown - 1 reviewer
Murder In Malibu - 1 reviewer
Columbo Goes To College - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous To Your Health - 1 reviewer
Columbo And The Murder Of A Rock Star - 1 reviewer
Death Hits The Jackpot - 1 reviewer
No Time To Die - 1 reviewer
A Bird In The Hand ...
It's All In The Game - 1 reviewer
Butterfly In Shades Of Gray - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Undercover - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Strange Bedfellows (1995) - 1 reviewer
A Trace of Murder (1997) - 1 reviewer
Ashes to Ashes (1998) - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Murder With Too Many Notes (2001) - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)
Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) - 2 reviewers (COMPLETE)