#GuestPost from the editor David Marcum, of The MX Books of New Sherlock Holmes Stories @mxpublishing @CarolineBookBit #bitsaboutbooksblogtour

Posted November 16, 2018 by Zoé in Guest Posts, Reviews and Stuff / 2 Comments

#GuestPost from the editor David Marcum, of The MX Books of New Sherlock Holmes Stories @mxpublishing @CarolineBookBit #bitsaboutbooksblogtour

Today is an exciting post to share with you, it is a guest post from David Marcum, the editor of this exciting series of books! 

So what is included in these books?

So first we have The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes stories. Part XI : Some Untold Cases. 
I am looking forward to snuggling under a blanket and by a fireplace would be nice! 

So what are these books about?

Part XI: 1880-1891 includes contributions from Jayantika Ganguly,Will Murray, Tracy Revels, Hugh Ashton, Matthew Simmonds, David Ruffle, Paul W.Nash, Mike Hogan, Craig Stephen Copland, Gayle Lange Puhl, Deanna Baran, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Roger Riccard, Robert Perret, Kevin P. Thornton,Stephen Herczeg, and M.A. Wilson and Richard Dean Starr, and a poem by Arlene Mantin Levy and Mark Levy.

Part XII: 1894-1902 features contributions from C.H. Dye, DavidMarcum, Thomas Fortenberry, Daniel D. Victor, Nik Morton, Craig Janacek, S.Subramanian, Jim French, Robert Stapleton, Nick Cardillo, Paul D. Gilbert, MikeHogan, Derrick Belanger, John Linwood Grant, Mark Mower, Jane Rubino, andArthur Hall, and a poem by “Anon.”

34 new traditional Holmes adventures in two simultaneously published volumes

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at CharingCross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch box with my name, John H.Watson, M.D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine. . . .” – Dr. John H. Watson

So wrote Dr. Watson in “The Problem of Thor Bridge” – and ever since, Sherlockians have been bringing us new adventures from this legendary tin dispatch box. While his original Literary Agent only edited the pitifully few sixty stories that make up the original Canon, there have since been literally thousands of traditional adventures about the true Sherlock Holmes –and there will never be enough!

Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases – The Giant Rat of Sumatra .. . The Abernetty Tragedy . . . The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, the latest MX anthologies present thirty-four of those adventures in two simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School atUndershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes.

Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.” 

Each volume contains forwards by Lyndsay Faye, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.

Buy Part XI here  and Part XII here

So now one to the Guest Post and the interesting words from David Marcum

In early 2015, I awoke early from a dream where I had edited a Sherlock Holmes book – something that I’d never done before. I’d written and had published a few Holmes books by then, and I’d also edited a number of professional engineering reports over the years, but I’d never had this type of experience – and I’m not sure where the dream came from.

If I’d simply gone back to sleep, I might have forgotten about it. But I got up and looked over my Sherlock Holmes collection, which consists of several thousand volumes. I was checking to see which authors that I knew and could ask for stories, and identifying others that I’d like to invite to join the party. I emailed Steve Emecz of MX Books, who had published my previous books, to see if there was any interest, and he said to go ahead.

Over the next few days, I started sending emails, and the response was phenomenal. Over the first half of 2015,more and more Sherlockian authors heard about the project and wanted to be apart of it. What had initially been envisioned as a trade paperback of perhaps a dozen stories grew into two – and then three – massive volumes, published simultaneously, containing 63 new Holmes stories by some of the best Sherlockian authors from literally around the world.

I had insisted from the beginning that the stories be absolutely traditional and Canonical – no parodies, no actual supernatural encounters, and no anachronisms. And of course, the stories had to be good too. I believe that these requirements led to the immediate popularity of the books.

From the beginning, the author royalties have gone to support the Stepping Stones School for special needs students at Undershaw in Hindshead, England, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’sformer homes. In just a little over three years, we’ve raised over $40,000 for the school, with no end in sight.

When the first three volumes were published in October 2015, I believed that it was a one-time thing. However,almost immediately previous participants talked about new stories that they had written, and new authors wished that they had been a part of it. Since all the production decisions had already been made for the first three books, it was decided to go ahead and see if there was interest in a fourth. I was a bit nervous when I put out a call for new stories, but I didn’t need to be. The next book. Volume IV, was published in the spring of 2016, and was as successful as the first three. And in fact, so many new stories were coming int hat it became necessary to publish yet another book, Volume V, in fall 2016.

Since then, the books have gone from success to success. There have now been over 300 new Holmes stories included in this series that wouldn’t have been written otherwise – and there can never be enough traditional and Canonical Holmes adventures! Additionally, we are approaching having 200 authors participating. So many excellent stories are regularly submitted that the spring or fall collections are now usually expanded to become two simultaneous volumes. Thus, in November 2018, only three years after the first publication, we are at Volumes XI and XII. And I’m already receiving stories for the spring and fall volumes of 2019!

We’ve had stories by both professional and amateur authors, as well as forewords by bestselling authors such as Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Nicholas Meyer, and Lyndsay Faye. For the last couple of years, every volume has been very favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly. I’m most proud of the money raised for the school, and also by the fact that several first-time authors were part of this, and have gone on to write other things – some now having their own books published too!

As a diligent editor, I’m always on the lookout for new stories and new participants. As mentioned, these have to be in the style of the original Holmes narratives. If anyone would like to submit a story for consideration, or if I can provide any additional information, I can be reached at:


I’m personally living my Sherlockian dream by being a part of this, and I can’t thank everyone enough who has participated in or supported these books. Long may they continue!

David Marcum

Amazon Author Page: author.to/DavidMarcum

Author Website ‘A Seventeen StepProgram’ http://17stepprogram.blogspot.com/

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And who are MX Publishing that have made this all happen?


MX Publishing is a social enterprise focussing on publishing the very best in Sherlock Holmes fiction and related historical works. We also have a division working on coaching, NLP and business books. We run MX alongside our day jobs with the help of a team of supporters and volunteers. We’re involved in a number of projects, but have two main organisations we support, both logistically and financially. One in the UK and one in Kenya.


HappyLife Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Sharon and Steve volunteer there every xmas, fundraise, work on special projects etc). Happy Life rescues abandoned babies in Nairobi and works to get as many children as possible adopted. The remainder stay with the project through to school age and the program has about 110children (having saved around 500 in total). In 2014 Sharon and Steve wrote the book ‘The Happy Life Story’ which the team use for fundraising and awareness around the world– especially in the USA where a lot of the fundraising comes from. In additional to sponsorship and general fundraising we also do special projects. In 2016 we funded two table tennis tables and all the associated equipment to set up a new indoor sport for the older children at the Juja Farm site. As a former county player Steve was able to then teach the teachers and children last Christmas.

SteppingStones School is one of Europe’s leading schools for children with learning disabilities of which Steve is now a patron. Their new home since September 2016 is Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home and where he wrote many of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Our main project with them is The MX New Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories. Inspired by editor David Marcum, it was originally planned to be one volume of around thirty stories in October 2015, but this quickly snowballed into a huge ongoing project.

Volumes I-VIII of the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories have come out with over100 authors taking part. With at least 2 volumes a year, it’s the largest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories in the world by far. All authors donate their royalties to Stepping Stones school. It’s been licensed into India and Japan too. The latest project at Undershaw we are helping funding is the creative writing centre.


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