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Improbable Press

Improbable Press books add romance to the adventure, set in a world where Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s relationship steps beyond friendship. 

Improbable Press is a for-profit press with its home base in London—"that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained". (A Study In Scarlet)

It's not all loungers and idlers, of course: it's also full of creative people with stories to tell about the greatest friendship of the literary world—that of the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his friend and colleague, Dr John Watson.

For over 128 years, people have been devouring the original tales by Arthur Conan Doyle as well as imagining new ones, both in the original Victorian setting, in 21st century guises, and in all times between and beyond!

Many publishers small and large tell adventure stories about Holmes and his Boswell, (and sometimes without the good doctor as well).

Improbable Press is also here to tell adventure stories—but always of Holmes and Watson together, and always with an emphasis that takes their great friendship into the realm of a great love affair, too.

Two great men destined to meet and fall in love time and again, whenever the world needs them—and whenever they need each other.

Mystery. Deduction. Seduction.

IP's Editor

A long-time editor and writer  Atlin Merrick/Wendy C Fries is Improbable Press' acquisitions editor. Writer of books, short-stories, and essays about Sherlock Holmes, she is devoted to just about every iteration, from Arthur Conan Doyle's gentleman detective to the BBC's frenetic and fey modern-day sleuth. 

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