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.

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.
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...

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...