Queen once described the difference
between pastiche and
parody: 'A pastiche is a serious and sincere imitation in the exact manner of the original author. But writers of parodies, which are humorous or satirical take-offs, have no such reverent scruples. They usually strive for the weirdest possible distortions, and many ingenious travesties have been conceived.' In 1944 Ellery Queen edited an anthology of Holmesian pastiches and parodies entitled "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes". He used "this form of flattery" to pay tribute to the most famous character in mystery fiction. It is but fitting to consider those same sort of tributes that have been made to Ellery Queen.
The first attempt at this was apparently was made by Queen himself. In 'The Devil to Pay' he masquerades as Hilary "Scoop" King, newspaper reporter and in the same year (1938) Queen, the editor also provided an anthology "Challenge to the Reader" in which the identities of 24 famous sleuths are disguised in the stories in which they appeared. "The Adventure of the Hanging Acrobat" was refurnished with Hilary King, detective. However we have to agree simply replacing a name of the main character will not sufice to talk of a real pastiche. In listing the stories (pastiches, spoofs, tributes,...) we do have to bear in mind that our figure is not only a detective (1) but also writer (2) and editor of a magazine (3). Starting of with the detective...
The Final Problem (1946) by Bliss Austin, a Baker Street
|Hardly a pastiche but surely a form of recognition albeith outside the field of mystery. In the Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Field' 1954 play "Anniversary Waltz", the leading character is subjected to a barrage of questions and responds by asking "Who are you, Ellery Queen?"||
While we are on the subject of 'non-printed' tributes
we can also add the doo-wop group 'The Olympics"
who, in 1959 had a
hit called "Private Eye" which
had the lines:
'I wanna be a private eye
I'm gonna get real mean like Ellery Queen'
Clearly written by someone who didn't read a lot of Queen novels...
Thomas Narcejac has written a book of pastiches of the great detectives called 'Usurpation d'identite' published in France in 1959. It hasn't been republished in English.
Queen had ever been a supporting player in pastiches from the
60s onwards this wasn't the case. In the amusing "The
English Village Mystery" by Arthur Porges (EQMM,
December 1964) we find Mr.Celery Green solving a
crime at Tottering-on-the-Brink, England. He is still in England when in
the nearby community of Fretful Porcupine he made his next and last
appearance In this "The Indian Diamond Mystery" (EQMM,
June 1965) he is described as "brash, airy,
sometimes flippant, and given to hasty conclusions". These ares the
first but not the last of pastiches who used Queen's early methode of
Eve Titus is the author of twenty children's books, including those about the "Basil of Baker Street". One of those stories made it into an enjoyable Disney movie. Both in "Basil & The Lost Colony" (1964) and "Basil & The Pygmy Cats" (1971) there are several cameos by Tillary Quinn.
Norma Schier wrote several stories in imitation of famous detective writers, she used anagrams for names of the sleuths and authors. She let Leyne Requel star in "Dying Message" (EQMM, July 1966) a fine example of titular gambit where almost everybody and anything to do with EQ was reduced to anagrams. These stories were collected in "The Anagram Detectives" (Otto Prenzler Mysterious Press, 1979).
|"Elroy Quinn' Last Case" (EQMM, July 1967) is a poignant pastiche written by Dennis M.Dubin and involves an old and very infirm EQ who's called upon by Inspector Velie, Jr to solve a crime which threatens any chance for worldpeace. If the clues are guessable, they are also fun for reader of the Queen canon.||An intermezzo of a different kind. Queen actually did return in a spoof, in a comic called "New Inferior 5" (Nr.7 March-April 1968) the five 'heroes' encounter "Allergy Queen" the sleuth for a criminal mastermind. Right before his great revelation Allergy is reduced to dust...|
In "The Cataloging on the Wall" by David Peel (Wilson Library Bulletin, Apr 1971) contained a Challenge to the Reader and had librarian Quellery Een find a replacement for his deceased cataloger Slinki Porter.