Issue One: Sherlocked

Benedict Cumberbatch | Hamlet - Stage Door (2015) | photo by Dixiebell

Receiving Arts: The Motivating Power of Fannish Love

Falling in love is not convenient; it’s overwhelming, irrational, and socially disruptive. This emotional intensity is easily pathologized outside of specific acceptable circumstances (a rare folly between unattached young adults) and the analogy between fannish love and passionate love has been used to trivialize the experience of fans, particularly fangirls. Without the possibility of a person reciprocating the affection, we must be wasting our time and effort...

The Joys Of Writing Fan Fiction – Or, How I Stopped Worrying And Wrote 700,000 Words Of Sherlock

There exists an utterly foolproof way to spark your imagination, to kindle a mental flame so intense, that you feel your brain will melt if you don’t get words down on paper (euphemism for computer screen.) There is a process so completely, devastatingly Real that you have no choice but to begin writing fan fiction and keep on writing for as long as you wish. Trust me; this works. Here it is. Four little words. You fall in love.

Those Were Different Times: The Sexual Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Those inclined to seek homoromantic subtext in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories have never had to work very hard to envision it. Even in Doyle’s own time, perceptive readers did some subtle winking and nodding and incorporated their findings into their own parodies and homages… Still, it would take nearly a century from Holmes and Watson’s first appearance on the page for them to get an explicit erotic romance of their own. This essay will focus on "The Sexual Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Dr. John Watson, MD.," published in 1971 by Olympia Press. The real author was Larry Townsend, (1930-2008), a California leatherman with a knack for pseudo-Victorian prose...