Release Day: Compound a Felony is here!
It's finally here! Compound a Felony: A Queer Affair of Sherlock Holmes hits e-book stores and (if you pre-ordered, aha) your e-readers today, and I'm so excited for you to finally read it (or read it again in its new form, whichever). You can get it from Full Fathom Five, or from your favourite e-book retailer. I first read the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was a kid, before I could really appreciate them. The book my dad owned was a tome, with a brown cover and no dust-jacket, and it wasn't until very recently that I discovered this single volume was a coveted 1930 Doubleday edition, one of the first “Complete” collections published after the last Holmes stories were written. Still, I hefted it around, thumbed the pages, and eventually forgot all about it.
A few years later, I watched Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century on television before school, and the stories stuck a little better. Watson is a robot, Moriarty is a clone, and some man turns into a snake. Also there are werewolves on the moon. But it wasn't until 2009 and the release of the Guy Ritchie/Warner Brothers/Robert Downey Jr. movies that I was really hooked. I watched the first one in the theatres, clutching my face in joy at the action and the explosions and the Holmes & Watson banter and thought, This is it. This is the end. I wonder if there's fanfiction about this. Spoilers: there was.
The first fic I read in my new fandom was One Week by Jane Turenne (it was still on LJ at that point), and I knew at once how slippery the slope was.
I'd been a fangirl for years by then, wandering through television show fandoms, movie fandoms, and and book fandoms, making friends, writing fic, and enjoying myself. I'd been around the block a few times. But something about the Sherlock Holmes fandom sucked me in: possibly because it was composed of all three. I went back and read the canon again, and fell in love. I watched Jeremy Brett and his two Watsons, David Burke and then Edward Hardwicke, and fell in love. The BBC turned up right on time with the modern adaptation Sherlock, and I was so in love. I started writing fic, some of it for the 21st century Sherlock and John, but it was the voice and atmosphere of the canonical Holmes and Watson that captivated me, and canon fic is where I've really made a home for myself.
Compound a Felony first materialised while I was living in Ireland in 2010, suffering through a snowy November with a lot of time on my hands and not much to do. I was reading and writing Sherlock Holmes fanfiction like it was my job, and I was beginning to notice a pattern: in my mind, Sherlock Holmes was a needy sub. I had a flash of Holmes and Watson in the middle of a row, Watson shouting, “You're completely out of control!” and Holmes yelling back, “Well, control me then why don't you?!” and there being this deafening silence as they both realised they'd gone too far.
The Felony universe developed from there over time, story upon story, until I had this whole BDSM reality for them where Watson's dominance helped Holmes's brain run smoothly and Holmes's submission gave Watson balance. They push and pull one another, testing limits both physical and emotional, and run each other ragged, but in the end they are hopelessly devoted. That's obvious in the books, it's evident in every adaptation under the sun, and it is the foundation upon which I built my queer pastiche. I hope it shows, and I hope you enjoy it.
Compound A Felony: A Queer Affair of Sherlock Holmes
Consulting detective Sherlock Holmes is a veritable whirlwind of intellect and perception, tearing through the fog of intrigue and criminal activity with tremendous force. But behind the locked sitting room door at 221B Baker Street, his biographer and intimate companion, ex-army doctor John Watson, holds the reins.
Elinor Gray is re-imagining the best-loved, essential classics of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through an erotic lens of domination and submission. As longtime fans have often identified, Holmes and Watson share an undeniable chemistry. Compound a Felony: A Queer Affair of Sherlock Holmes sheds light on their potential relationship, from wild passion to absolute control.
Devoted fans of the Sherlock Holmes canon and newcomers alike will find unbound levels of secrecy, suspense, pain, and reward.