sherlock holmes fan fiction

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 19 Dec 2010



If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had written only about Sherlock Holmes without also inventing his faithful fictitious biographer, Dr. John Watson, I believe that quite a small number of people would have been so fascinated with London's famous consulting detective. Holmes' intellect needs to be portrayed in a manner accessible to the readers and put into an emotional context. The almost instant friendship between him and Watson is only rarely acknowledged by Holmes himself, although the two occasions he does so are forever etched into our memories. Doyle lets Watson write that Holmes' heart is as big as his intellect, and considering how guarded he keeps it from anyone save his closest friend and confidant, is it really surprising that many fans prefer to see him as hiding unaccustomed tender feelings for his friend than being as asexual as he claims to be? Sadly, though, doing Doyle's works justice is not quite as easy, and putting it all into the context of Victorian London even less. There are a few notable exceptions - but see for yourselves.



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Sherlock Holmes / John Watson.

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aragonite
e-mail: none livejournal: ljkarstcrystal
Title: An Ordinary Meeting [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9] (author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 299 KB
Series: none Rating: PG
Category: gen Warnings: none
Pairing: none Time Frame: Pre- & Post-"A Study in Scarlet"
Genres: Action/Adventure, Friendship, Humor Recommended: 14 Mar 2009
Summary: Lestrade meets the man mad enough to room with Sherlock Holmes.
Review: From Lestrade's first acquaintance with Holmes' roommate, the story moves through the intervening years, and focusses mainly on John H. Watson as seen through Inspector Lestrade's eyes. aragonite has created individual backgrounds for all members of Scotland Yard, and this story is but one glimpse into that universe. We are presented with a fully-fleshed out Gregory Lestrade, and he is the one to lead the readers from a bet at Scotland Yard to an adventure at the wharfs of the River Thames. The details of the latter even manage to astound Sherlock Holmes. Extremely well-written, and hilarious to boot.

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Cynthia K. Coe (aka Athea)
e-mail: cynthiak@e-fic.com, athea_holmes@yahoo.com Website: Cynthia's Fantasies
Athea's Writings
Title: The Problem [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13], [14] (story index) offsite Story Length: ~ 419 KB
Series: The Problem Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: graphic m/m sex
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson, OMC / OMC, Mycroft Holmes / OMC Time Frame: Post-"The Adventure of the Devil's Foot"
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, First Time, Romance Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Sherlock Holmes solves a problem of the heart - only to come up against a more mundane mystery involving a German Baron.
Review: I have to admit that Cynthia's portrayal of the characters in this novel has always been too emotional for me, plus I felt that the two OMCs she introduced took away too much focus from Holmes and Watson. I still like "The Problem" for the fact that it has a very long and involved storyline and for the author's efforts at fitting it into the Victorian era. It is rare that a writer in this fandom has the patience to show so much of the follow-up and the repercussions on their daily lives that such a change in their relationship would bring about. I very much regret that its sequel, "Phantoms of Stonehenge", is no longer available online.

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Kat (aka killalla, aka serenissima)
e-mail: cortigiana@gmail.com Website: ljvenetianarchive
livejournal: ljserenissima, ljkillalla
Title: The Rule of Three offsite Story Length: ~ 43 KB
Series: none Rating: PG
Category: Slash & Het Warnings: none
Pairing: John Watson & Martha Hudson, Sherlock Holmes & Martha Hudson, Sherlock Holmes / John Watson, Sherlock Holmes / John Watson / Martha Hudson Time Frame: Post-"The Adventure of the Empty House"
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Threesome Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Beginnings, endings and a most unconventional arrangement.
Review: I usually avoid threesomes at all costs because I cannot see how they would ever work. This story, though, proves that on very rare instances (and with very few pairings), it does indeed work. This is an understated, utterly believable account of Martha Hudson's life with Holmes and Watson as her lodgers, and the emotional ties they cannot help but develop, living as they are in their very own microcosmos. The years go by, and Baker Street 221b is only a home because they make it into one. Add to that Kat's style and her easy handling of canon, and you get a marvel like this one. Lovely.

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Katie Forsythe (aka Katie Hunter)
e-mail: kt_forsythe@yahoo.com Website: The Seventeenth Step
livejournal: ljkatieforsythe
Title: The Three Favours offsite Story Length: ~ 74 KB
Series: none Rating: PG
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: "The Adventure of the Empty House"
Genres: Angst, Drama, Established Relationship Recommended: 17 Oct 2007
Summary: Not all is well after Colonel Moran has been apprehended, for how could three years and a lie be overcome in a moment?
Review: Katie is one of those exceptional authors whose use of Victorian English never falters or reads wrong. The consistent high quality of her Sherlock Holmes fan fiction makes it difficult to choose a single story to recommend, but "The Three Favors", dealing as it does with the repercussions of Reichenbach and Holmes' return, succeeds in standing out. Her Watson has been deeply wounded and cannot forget the past three years, her Holmes is single-minded in his pursuit of forgiveness, and her Lestrade turns out to be a true friend who sees clearer than both of them. Outstanding.

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Kristophine
e-mail: kristophine@hotmail.com Website: none
Title: A Marrying Man Story Length: ~ 14 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton"
Genres: Angst Recommended: 14 Jun 2001
Summary: After the break-in into Milverton's study, Holmes and Watson ponder the events that occurred there - and Watson learns a new truth about his companion.
Title: What Remains Story Length: ~ 24 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson, Sherlock Holmes / OMC Time Frame: not specified
Genres: Angst, Drama Recommended: 14 Jun 2001
Summary: Holmes searches Watson's room for his cocaine-bottle the good doctor has hidden and finds an object that upsets all his beliefs - about his friend, his powers of observation... and himself.
Review: Kristophine's stories showed me that, yes, it is possible to do that seemingly impossible balancing act between Sherlockian prose and Holmes/Watson slash. Her style could be Arthur Conan Doyle's; her ideas are all her own, and you can feel the real Holmes and Watson behind her words. Utterly believable and heart-warming. Delightful.

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Penumbra
e-mail: penumbra@clinched.net Compiled at: Strange Attractors (slash fiction masterlist @ livejournal)
livejournal: ljpen_and_umbra
Title: The Adventure of the Buttoned Glove Story Length: ~ 119 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: not specified
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst Recommended: 06 Apr 2006
Summary: Holmes is called in to aid in the investigations of a high society kidnapping, to some startling consequences.
Review: In a long time, Penumbra's story has been one of those painfully few in which everything just fits - language, style, the art of stopping the narrative at the bedroom door instead of applying far too many modern descriptions to the acts that follow, plus this pastiche is for once a case file whose plot, while it has some correlations with the emotional developments in the story, is not simply means to an end, but an adventure in itself. We need more stories like these.

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PetLunatic
e-mail: petlunatic@hotmail.com Website: none
Title: Black Ink, white Paper Story Length: ~ 22 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: Post-"The Adventure of the Empty House" not specified
Genres: Humor, Romance Recommended: 01 May 2001
Summary: Holmes finally loses patience after a case and decides to seize the opportunity with both hands - acting abilities coming in handy.
Review: This short piece is almost too humorous to fit into the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the characterization, even if a bit over the top, is still quite accurate. No angst, no drama, just a bit of fluff about a Holmes who for once knows what he wants, and sets out to pursue it... ruthlessly, as is his character. Sweet and lighthearted.

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Pythoness
e-mail: zigi@ravenland.com Website: Ravenland Arts Home Page
Title: The Secret Diary of Dr. Watson Story Length: ~ 66 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: Post-"The Final Problem"
Genres: Angst, Drama Recommended: 31 Oct 2001
Summary: In the aftermath of Sherlock Holmes' supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls, his old friend and companion sits down and puts to paper a story the public has never read.
Review: A story that could be written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, so much it captures both his style and the atmosphere of the Victorian era. Pythoness' Watson is the doctor we've come to know and love, and his voice is indistinguishable from the one in Doyle's works. Pythoness' Watson speaks from the heart, and his descriptions of their "sin", their carnal acts, are tasteful and still immediate. I could see the sex happen - for once without having to suspend my disbelief. Here, the figure of Holmes isn't made a paradox by adding love into the mix, no, it's just expanded. Simply addictive.

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rabidsamfan
e-mail: rabidsamfan@gmail.com livejournal: ljrabidsamfan
Title: Haunted | Revenant (author page @ ff.net) offsite Story Length: ~ 58 KB
Series: none Rating: R
Category: Slash Warnings: adult themes
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: Post-"A Study in Scarlet"
Genres: Character Study, Drama, Hurt/Comfort Recommended: 11 Mar 2009
Summary: No matter what scars Afghanistan left, Dr. John H. Watson is a doctor first and foremost.
Review: These two stories are Watson-centric, and set very early in his and Holmes' acquaintance. Watson lends his aid as a doctor during a larger-scale accident, and pays for it with vivid recollections of living through the Battle of Maiwand. In the aftermath Holmes shows his heart, not just his brain, and the end result is a look at a friendship between the two of them that is already surprisingly solid, even mutual. A special delight are the scenes of sexual and yet so carefully phrased innuendo.

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Susannah Shepherd
contact: [contact form] Website: Susannah Shepherd's Fiction Collection
Title: Hidden Depths Story Length: ~ 44 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: adult themes
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: Pre-"The Sign of Four" not specified
Genres: Challenge Response, Drama, Friendship Recommended: 23 May 2000
Summary: Watson inadvertently lets slip that his war injuries are far more extensive and crippling than he has formerly admitted. Holmes encourages him to confront his fears and find new hope.
Review: In canon, there's a slight disagreement where Watson's war wound now really happens to be - and Susannah offers us her explanation for the mix-up. Something Watson desperately tried to hide, and even the great detective didn't deduct right away. Cress' story challenge on [holmesslash] put the things into motion, but Susannah picked up the ball and ran with it. More than skillfully, she lets us have a part in the painful unraveling of a hidden truth. And although she refuses to settle for the happily ever after, I couldn't help but like this story. A lot. In-character, good style and a Watson you can't help but empathize with.

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Telanu
e-mail: telanu@thirteenblackbirds.net Website: The Rag and Bone Shop
livejournal: ljsomniesperus
Title: Leaving Story Length: ~ 21 KB
Series: Prequel to "Left" Rating: PG
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: Pre-"The Final Problem"
Genres: Angst, Drama Recommended: 16 Feb 2002
Summary: Holmes and Mary have it out, Victorian style - two adversaries who wield words like swords.
Title: Left Story Length: ~ 14 KB
Series: Sequel to "Leaving" Rating: PG
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson Time Frame: Pre-"The Final Problem"
Genres: Angst, Drama Recommended: 16 Feb 2002
Summary: The same evening from Watson's perspective. Ignorance is bliss.
Review: Telanu's Mary Watson, née Morstan, is an intelligent and fiercely possessive woman who even manages to defeat Holmes in a verbal duel. A battle of wits - and a battle of ownership over a man who doesn't even realize what a war is raging around him. This storyline is precise and beautiful in its skillful way with words. Telanu's interpretation of why Holmes let Watson believe he died at the Reichenbach Falls is because he saw no other way to flee a situation that, for him, had become intolerable. Beautiful.

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