As mentioned here [x] I have decided to try and pull together the efforts of the Sherlock fandom to make a book supporting Undershaw House.
(The home of Sherlock Holmes mastermind and altogether eccentric English inspiration, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.)
Today I’m starting to take submissions of any form (of any adaptations).
- Short Stories
- Long stories (extract)
- Anything else that can go in a book
Just submit it here and title it under one of the following themes:
- Beneath the Hat: Who is Sherlock Holmes? (So, profiles and facts, quotations etc about the character)
- Domestic Life at 221b (Everyday comings and goings of Baker Street)
- The Fall (Yes, that fall. Angst welcome through the tears)
- 1895 (Things of the era, the style, the general feeling of the Victorian Age)
- The Game is Afoot (The general chase within cases, fighting and chasing and lying in wait)
- Please keep “crack” to limit, remain as canon as possible (inside jokes are fine: a pot of jam lying around or a stray kitten) and feel free to recommend artists I should contact.
- I will not use artist content without permission, and I am currently drafting letters to various companies to get the all clear on the use of Sherlock Holmes.
- The profit is pride: the money is for charity. (Undershaw cannot currently accept money, so anything raised will go to a charity which will be voted for.)
- There are no deadlines yet. I just need samples to send of with the letters some time in the sort of distant future.
- Working title for the book is “The Art of Deduction”.
#Sherlock Holmes Fandom! Artists! Writers! Enthusiasts and lovers! This is your call to arms! Submit something and help Save Undershaw.
Go go go and submit stuff people.
An Historical Overview of the Whereabouts of Gnomes and Elves, Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites, and Dryads, Past and Present.
by Buck Young
There are quite a lot of them actually - gnomes and elves, fauns and faeries, goblins, ogres, trolls and bogies, nymphs, sprites, and dryads - running around in human bodies, doing crazy things like writing on walls, working in co-ops, running inns in the mountains, talking to themselves in the streets, making pottery, illustrating children’s books, spiking trees and blowing up tractors. They are planting bio-dynamic gardens, sitting in the back yard naked, arguing with Satan. They are in asylums pumped full of thorazine, in the classroom on Ritalin and lithium. They live with Indians. They run recycling centers. They are starting revolutions, corrupting the young, inventing paranoid conspiracy theories, making up religions. They’re directing movies, gobbling acid, drinking heavily and writing poetry.
So we were just quizzed about the “carry-over” between Sherlock fandom and interest in the Canon and I mentioned the guided walk that we did as part of the meetup.
What happened was that I knew these walks existed, and they were Canon-based, and that I really wanted to go, but I wasn’t sure about the meetup participants. Sure, there were some people who I knew, and some people whose history with Holmes I knew, but with most people, I really had no idea because we’d never met before.
So I put it out there as a suggestion for something we could do and asked if people were interested, and basically 30 people got back to me with responses that ran like this:
You’re doing a Sherlock meetup.
You’re suggesting an ACD-Canon-based walk as activity.
… sorry, why do you even think you have to ask us if we’re game?
OF COURSE WE ARE!
Which, to me, is proof enough that the carry-over exists, and to no small effect. If you really just watched the show for the cheekbones you would not travel all the way to London and walk around Whitehall in the dark on a tour that has nothing to do with the BBC show and everything to do with ACD and previous adaptations.
I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but I just wanted to put it out there :)