Issue One: Sherlocked

The Great Game Frame by Frame

I desperately wanted to learn to speak cinematographer. Steve agreed to teach me. I spent the summer and fall cramming over piles and piles of production-focused cinematography blogs, textbooks and manuals, before we were officially to begin our work in the winter. My intellectual research could never have prepared me for the joyful journey ahead. I was to learn how to see Sherlock, a show I love dearly, in a whole new light. Through light.

Wallpaper Made of Light

Corinne Portmann is known in the Sherlock fandom for her academic knowledge of wallpaper, and Marcella Kligman for her professional knowledge of lighting and photography/cinematography. They decided to combine their interests in a photoshoot celebrating the distinctive wallpapers of Sherlock and its innovative cinematography.

Minding the Gaps: Reimagining the Women of Sherlock

Being an ardent fan of Sherlock (or any text) can be like playing a game of deduction; using the data you already have on the characters, you must often extrapolate and theorize if you want to know more about them. Writers of fan fiction must be especially comfortable with this process, since often they are filling in the gaps between scenes or between series, or even putting these beloved characters into completely different settings and situations.

Let’s Start with the Riding Crop

In the onscreen context of Sherlock the crop can only be used to make coy hints at possible meanings, because of the cultural obligation to present it within a frame of conventional titillation. In the open field of fandom, it becomes a reference point for remixing the gender and power dynamics of Sherlock’s opening scene, aka making it fun. Cast off the narrative of shaming, and ogle on your own terms, sisters.
"The detective on the roof" by Anke Eissmann

The Adventure of the Desperate Draftsperson

I remember actually yelling at the computer in frustration when the credits of “The Great Game” were rolling. ... Over the course of the following weeks, I mutated into a passionate Sherlock fan. Five years, two more seasons and a special, several visits to London and a number of fan-meetings, cosplay shoots and conventions, over 500k words of fan fiction and more than 500 pieces of Sherlock-inspired fan art later, my fascination with this series shows no signs of waning.

However Improbable

What follows contains no euphemisms. What follows talks about erections, damp knickers, and arousal. Because what follows is the brief tale of how Improbable Press, perhaps the world's tiniest publishing company specialising in Sherlock Holmes erotic and romantic fiction, began, and how it means to go on. Wet panties and all.

How to Set Yourself on Fire

I've written more about Sherlock Holmes than the man who created him. Books, fan fiction, articles, essays; three quarter of a million words. The thing is, I almost stopped so many times. Because I write professionally, people pay me to write about flu jabs and saving for retirement. They did not pay me to write 600,000 words of erotic and romantic Sherlock fan fiction over the course of five years. So I tried quitting...
"A Drawing Down of Blinds" by Kit Mills

Those Misty Centuries: Unfinished Tales of Sherlock Holmes’s Early Life

There's a constant drive to articulate what motivates Sherlock, what makes him Sherlock. Why did he jump off the roof of Barts Hospital leaving his best friend to believe he committed suicide? How does he feel about his decision? Almost universally (in Anglophone Sherlock fan works at least) the answer involves some kind of childhood trauma...