Speckled Death: A Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction

Grimesby had always been terrified of snakes. The night was gaspingly hot, but the ayah still insisted that he wear a thick woolen nightshirt, convinced that the English couldn’t withstand the humid climate. He woke every hour, sweat burning and then freezing his skin. He rose, creeping past the bed where the ayah lay, breathing softly. Moonlight pooled on the floor, highlighting the whipping tail … Continue reading Speckled Death: A Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction

The Fireman: A Fahrenheit 451 Fanfiction

My first task was to follow the Fireman. He took the same path each day, cutting through the park, then up Harrison Avenue with a sharp left toward the fire station. He smoked as he walked, which seemed appropriate — burning paper flying into the air behind him. It was a challenge to blend into the dull landscape — or would have been, if the … Continue reading The Fireman: A Fahrenheit 451 Fanfiction

Remembering Christmas: A Gift of the Magi fanfiction

Della sat back on her heels and surveyed the tree. The servants had found an enormous one this year. Its candle-laden boughs nearly brushed the ceiling of the foyer. She stood, sighing. How different Christmas had become since that first one in their little flat, when Jim hadn’t had a pair of gloves and they cried together over their useless, heartfelt gifts. Della gently touched … Continue reading Remembering Christmas: A Gift of the Magi fanfiction

Lydia’s Perspective: A Pride and Prejudice Fanfiction

Lydia stared out the window. The London street below was bustling, but she saw none of it. Her hands, folded in her lap, twitched almost imperceptibly with growing panic. It had been two days since George came home, two days in which every drunken yell that flew down the street made her fly to the window. She knew where he was. Or at least, she … Continue reading Lydia’s Perspective: A Pride and Prejudice Fanfiction

Identifying First Editions

There are tons of reasons that people are drawn to secondhand bookstores – you never know, after all, what you might find among the shelves. At BookMarx, sometimes this means running across a first edition of a favorite story. Identifying first editions isn’t always straightforward. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the words “first edition” printed on the inside cover page, but it can be vastly … Continue reading Identifying First Editions