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Scoundrel Cover - Front-1

Paperback: 102 pages (11 Dec. 2014)
ISBN-10: 1909573191
ISBN-13: 978-1909573192

In the wake of our teaser volume, Eliminating the Possible, comes the first volume in our continuing series of steampunk adventures. The Scoundrel of Bohemia by Adrian Middleton is a mash up of the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, A Scandal in Bohemia, and is availanle in paperback and ebook formats from Amazon.

When a masked Count hires Sherlock Holmes to retrieve incriminating evidence, he is plunged into a world of fraud, political intrigue and armed assassins. Will the scoundrel regain his property, or will Miss Adler become the first woman to truly outsmart the great detective? Meanwhile, thirty years earlier, a time traveller arrives in the slums of Old London, intent on exacting the most daring masterplan in history. His name… Professor James Moriarty.

Conspiracies. Assassins. Time Machines.

The Scoundrel of Bohemia begins a new journey for Sherlock Holmes, reinventing his career in the Moriarty Paradigm–a very different British Empire where the words of Conan Doyle stand alongside the science of Wells and Verne in the first of a series of mash-ups set to reimagine the original canon as it would happen in a steampunked world.

Additional content includes a second story plus essays on the steampunk canon and the Rookery of St. Giles. Add to that a fiendishly tough Sherlockian crossword and our letters column and you have our homage to the pulp editions of yesteryear.

Table of Contents

Cover – Darrel Bevan
Foreword – Adrian Middleton
The Scoundrel of Bohemia by Adrian Middleton
Theatre of Judgement by Adrian Middleton
The Steampunk Canon by Adrian Middleton
A Visit to the Rookery of St Giles by Henry Mayhew
The Baker Street Broadcast

Cover: The Scoundrel of Bohemia 2015 – copyright Fringeworks Ltd. Art by Darrel Bevan.

Posted by Fringeworks in Fringeworks News on Wednesday, July 31st 2013 at 1:58 AM
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SPECULICIOUS is Fringeworks’ creator-owned imprint. As part of our drive to better serve our authors, we felt that we should provide an imprint that told prospective buyers three things:

First, that these books are completely the creation of our more established writers and creators. They’re not based on themes or brands devised by Fringeworks, but personal works – stand-alone collections, collations or novels that entirely reflect the visions of those who created them;

Second, that these books are a sign of quality. Anyone can self-publish, but to publish through Speculicious means it’s been submitted, edited and quality-controlled.

Third, these books are often going to be speculative and/or experimental.

We can’t guarantee that these books are your cup of tea, but we stand by the quality and ability of the work that we publish. These works are not just by people with talent who have proved their ability and reliability by regularly doing work for us in the past, but by people we believe will one day have a following, whom we believe will be those who break through into the mainstream.

So, the name.


Well, as well as being a portmanteau of speculative and delicious, it is also a play on the word Spekulatius or Spekuloos, which is a spiced biscuit which forms the inspiration for our new imprint’s elephantine logo. Why an elephant? Well, besides being a common theme for the aforementioned biscuits, it also represents our belief that these are books we never want you to forget…

As for the books themselves, watch this space…

Posted by Fringeworks in Speculicious on Wednesday, July 17th 2013 at 11:26 PM
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