What would happen if you asked sixteen top writers who don’t normally write about Sherlock Holmes, to write about Sherlock Holmes? What if you wrote to them, saying:
In 19th century England, a new kind of hero—a consulting detective—blossomed in the mind of an underemployed doctor and ignited the world’s imagination. In the thirteen decades since A Study in Scarlet first appeared, countless variations on that theme have been played, from Mary Russell to Greg House, from ‘Basil of Baker Street’ to the new BBC Holmes-in-the-Internet-age.
Now, you don’t generally “do” Sherlock Holmes. Which is precisely why we’re writing, because we suspect that you have in the back of your mind a story that plays a variation on the Holmes theme.
All we ask is that you let the Holmes stories inspire you. You might want to write a straight Holmes pastiche, or a graphic story, or a tale about Mycroft or Mrs Hudson or Billy the page. The story may take place in Victorian Baker Street, or in Mughal India—or on the first manned flight to Mars. Perhaps the plot takes inspiration from a Conan Doyle tale? Or your detective suspects that his case is related to one Holmes faced? Or…
Why, you’d have: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.
With Les Klinger at the Poisoned Pen