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Title: The Vampires of London
Author: consultingdetective
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 72K
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Major character death
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Over one hundred years after the first battle, a series of murders have caught the attention of London's police force and Sherlock Holmes. While most of the city has forgotten the vampire that once walked its streets, the descendants of the Van Helsing, Harker, and Seward families have not.

Reccer's comments: Perfectly timed to coincide with the recent announcement that Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue will be teaming up again to bring Dracula to the BBC, this unites Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a casefic full of classic Gothic horror, secrets, ancient magic, and the past coming back – sometimes quite literally – to bite. The fic delights with twist after earth-shattering twist, simmering Johnlock UST, and John Watson as the baddest BAMF to hit the streets of London since 1897. The OCs are deliciously wicked, and in true ensemble style, secondary characters such as Mycroft, Molly, Moran, Lestrade, and even Sally Donovan all have crucial and prominent parts to play. There is a modicum of gore and major character death, but it’s not a sad ending and I mean, without spoiling… vampires. ;)
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Title: Flesh and Blood
Author: Indybaggins
Pairing: Mycroft/Sherlock
Length: 12909 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Mycroft becomes a vampire, and Sherlock finds it intriguing, until it becomes all too real. Hunger, addiction, desperation... and giving in.

Reccer's comments: If I'm going to cop to reading an iddy distilled-essence-of-fanfiction incestuous vampire AU, I could cop to a lot worse than this little gem. Indybaggins gets right down to the deliciously physical nitty gritty of Mycroft being turned (for Queen and Country!) and explores the tension between addiction and denial, need and refusal, and the inextricable link between monstrous hunger and animal eroticism.

I'll just be over here dabbing my face with a cool washcloth.
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Title: The Vermilion Problem (series of 4 short fics)
Author: gardnerhill
Pairing: none
Length: 3,968 for the entire series
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: blood, mentions of killing/ dying
Verse: ACD (AU)
Author's summary: Vampire!Holmes.
Reccer's comments: I first discovered gardnerhill through July Writing Prompts, and happily made my way through a number of the their fics on AO3. This series, though, really stood out to me; I generally prefer my ACD fics to remain free of supernatural / mythological elements, but gardnerhill blends vampires and the classic Holmes personality brilliantly. They also include great details - like a morroco case of holy water and garlic instead of cocaine - that make the stories more real for the reader. The series is a lovely little collection of drabbles/ one shots, and left me feeling both very satisfied and wanting more.
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Title: Fundamental Things
Author: merripestin
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1108 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Five universes where Sherlock is not human, but certain other things remain the same, in five 221bs.

Reccer's comments: This vignette does more in 1100 words than I've seen some fics do in 50k.  The prose is gorgeous, lithe and adept and precise, the worldbuilding is rich, and the characterization is perfect.  The different times and possibilites are like looking through a prism.  221b's are an underappreciated art, and merripestin is a master at them.
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Title: And With Him Disaster
Author: [ profile] eggshellseas
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: sexual content that includes elements of coercion; some blood and death, though nothing graphic
Verse: AU of Ritchie films
Author's summary: John Watson is being stalked by a vampire.
Reccer's comments: The author's summary is short and sweet,and doesn't begin to capture the complexity of emotion in the fic.
Reccer's Warning: This is a Vampire AU. If that makes you to want to run screaming away, best go quickly, because this fic will inexorably suck (sorry!) you in if you don't.

It's set in the Ritchie-verse, because Clarky makes an appearance; but otherwise it reads as pure Canon to me. Eggshellseas is able to capture the innate sexuality inherent in the vampire, meld it with the Holmes/Watson dynamic, and somehow keep them true to their own characters while doing so. If you had told me I would be recommending a vampire AU, I would never have believed it, but this is definitely a worthy one.
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Title: Blood Brothers
Author: 221b_hound
Pairing: Gen
Length: 32,000 words
Rating: G to Mature, depending on the individual story
Warnings: Graphic violence, including child harm
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: I couldn't resist filling this prompt: Vampire fic with no consent issues. I want to read about supernatural shenanigans without thralls or vampires as a superior race or all that. ...
In this story, John and Sherlock are the epic BFFs I always consider them to be.
Reccer's comments: Vampire!Sherlock stories are common enough, but in this series John is the one who's been turned into a vampire. He reacts, as John would, in a completely down-to-earth way, with no patience for all of the ridiculous vampires with their secret covens and opera capes.

The series is currently comprised of ten short stories. It made me laugh out loud several times, and truly moved me at other points. In the latest installments, the author is doing something spectacular with a sympathetic Sally Donovan, and I am intrigued to see where she takes these characters next.

excerpt )

Enjoy ( Blood Brothers )
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Title: The Dhampir Cycle
Author: malacophilous
Pairing: Sherlock/John and John/Mike Stamford
Length: 20,248
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: John's not human. All he can do is try his best.

Reccer's comments: This is a funny, understated vampire AU that features John finally coming to terms with himself after years of denial. Mike is the loveliest person ever and completely supportive in all of this, as is Sherlock (in his own utterly terrifying sort of way).


‘How do you feel about role-playing?’ John asked Mike. They had been having drinks and sex with each other for about half the term, but not much else. Neither felt the need to uncork any hackneyed words of short-lived devotion; they were both too sensible for that.

‘Curious, since it’s coming from you,’ Mike laughed, ‘Mr John Missionary Position Look-Into-My-Eyes Watson.’

John threw a pillow at him. ‘I just wondered if you’d like me to...’ he hesitated, wondering if it would sound stupid, ‘to bite you, and things.’

Mike’s eyes lit up. ‘Louis-and-Lestat sort of biting and things?’

‘Yeah,’ said John, looking at his hands, slightly embarrassed.

But Mike’s response was yes, yes, of course, I’d like that, without a second thought, and John, despite himself, gave in to what he was.
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Title: Thrall
Author: Velvet Mace
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: Around 100,000 words in four chapters
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Nope...well, I guess there are hints at non-con, but not really.
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock is sober, but his life is still spiraling down hill. Despite this, he has resisted the notion of ever getting a mate. The very idea of having a human balancing his life is abhorrent. As Mycroft, a case, and a new flatmate all vie for his attention, he misses the most important clue of his life: that his mate has found him.
Reccer's comments: (This is a sequel to the Mycroft/Lestrade story Mate, which you don't have to read to understand this story, but you should read if M/L is your thing.)

Imagine "A Study in Pink" told with everything pretty much the same except that Sherlock is a powerful vampire and John is one of those people suitable to be a vampire's mate, though he doesn't know it.  Here's an excerpt from near the beginning:

"Sherlock looked up, suspicious. A short man, normally of stocky build but now hiding his thinness under a loose  checked shirt and a heavy jacket, limped into the room. Soldier hair cut. Injured. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome – still shedding vitality, willy-nilly like he expected his life to end any moment. Mouthwateringly eager to have some monster snatch him up and steal away his blood, take him to the brink.

"Sherlock let out a breath. Mystery solved. Just a twitchy ex-soldier. For a second he'd been worried the man might be a mate or something."

Very fun and super hot like only Velvet Mace can make it!
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Title: like a lost lamb returning to the fold
Author: Sarah T
Pairing: Mycroft Holmes/Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes/Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 3,222
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Incest, bloodplay, blood drinking and all that sort of stuff that goes hand in hand with 'Vampire AU'
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Fragment of a vampire AU.
Reccer's comments: This fic is a scintillating little peek into that most marvellous of guilty pleasures, the Vampire AU. What makes it stand out is the quality of Sarah T's writing, which is consistently wonderful whatever her subject matter and this is no exception. It has a sort of clean lyricism to it which I really love. Here, the dynamic between Sherlock and Mycroft as seen through the eyes of John is what I find most compelling - the lovely, quiet intimacy of their actions have such a delicious eroticism to them, and the way a slightly reluctant John is at first shocked and then intrigued and finally utterly seduced by the two of them (because really, who wouldn't be?) is wonderfully done.

'"John likes to be frightened," Sherlock whispered. "Just a little. Just enough."'
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Title: Twisting And Turning The Colours In Rows
Author: leopardwrites
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 28,500 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC and 'Let the Right One In' (Låt den rätte komma in) fusion (No knowledge of the book or film needed to enjoy the story)
Author's summary: John Watson is an isolated thirteen year old boy: he’s got a distant mother, a resentful older sister, and a sadistic bully at school called Moriarty who’s got it in for him. When Sherlock Holmes moves in next door, he and John form a rapid, intense friendship based on their mutual loneliness. Unfortunately for John, Sherlock has issues that go much deeper than loneliness.
Reccer's comments: This is an intense and atmospheric teen AU. The author does a fantastic job of painting young John's bleak existence in his cold and snowy London council flat. She makes us yearn for those glimpses of Sherlock right along with John. The story certainly qualifies as magical realism and has moments of horror, but it was seeing John struggling with his own emotions and sexuality that made me fall in love with it.
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Title: The Halloween Party
Author: faviconXistentialAngst
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 19,044 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock and John attend a Halloween party on the trail of a vampire killer -- a man who's been seducing his victims and taking all their blood. Sexy costumes, bad puns, hideous danger, frantic sex in hidden places and some Halloween-flavored fluff are all on hand to "treat" you. Boo.

Reccer's comments: As my last rec for the month, have this jolly Halloween romp. A casefic that has fun with itself without getting cracky, the story adroitly entwines Sherlock and John's investigation with the rapidly changing landscape of their relationship. All of the costumes are fantastically appropriate (including Mycroft's), and I'm having a really hard time not revealing them so I can rave about them, but I think it's better to let you 'see' them for yourselves.

Excerpt contains (hidden) spoilers for one of the costumes... )

The humour is irreverently indulgent, the fight scenes fast and hard, the case cleverly resolved, and the smut is hot while achieving a very satisfying emotional depth. In a nutshell: everything the author promises in their summary, and then some.
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Title: Strange Game (Series)
Author: eight_demands
Pairing: John Watson/Sherlock Holmes, Greg Lestrade/Mycroft Holmes
Length: 30 165 words
Rating: M
Verse: Sherlock BBC, AU (vampires)

Strange Game: John is a soldier in the war against vampires. A vampire happens to be his newest patient.

Not For Nothing: Sherlock and John experiment with feeding.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Greg and Mycroft negotiate their relationship.

Reccer's comments: This series consists of one long and somewhat plotty fic and two shorter asides (timestamps if you will). I like this fic because it is a decently written vampire fic, which has good world building without being too "in your face". The story is chiefly about the characters involved- the fact that some of them happen to be vampires is (almost) incidental. While it is clearly an AU, with key facts about the world altered, and the characters have different back-stories, the fic still comes together nicely and has a real feel of the BBC Sherlock. Also, this fic begins in a certain manner, and even though there is no big twist or anything, it seems to go in a direction you didn't entirely anticipate, which makes for interesting reading!

Excerpt The vampire still didn't move as he stepped further away, any fascination he felt completely dwarfed by the fearful need to put distance between them. John backed up until he had nearly crossed the room. The vampire seemed far more in control of his faculties than John had imagined he would be, which was a thoroughly frightening thought indeed. John had no idea how he was going to get close enough to drug him without getting killed for his trouble.

The vampire had refocused on him and was watching him with an intensity that was unsettling to say the least.

He looked back and let the silence stretch out, becoming uncomfortable. He fell back to politeness. Politeness he understood and could do. "Would you like some tea? Or, or some blood?"
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Title: Stranger at the Gate
Paring: Sherlock/John
Length: 82,000
Rating: NC-17
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: As far as initiation rites go, kidnapping a human doctor from a defended town ought to seem extreme. When James Moriarty offers him the challenge, Sherlock never considers saying no. (Fantasy vampire AU).  Author warnings: Vampires, blood, explicit sex, glamour (as in mind control/hypnotism), dubcon.

Reccer's comments: Don’t let the “fantasy vampire AU” fool you – this is NOT your average Sherlock-is-a-vampire story.  Bendingsignpost, who is also the author of the  amazing Watches ‘Verse,  has done an outstanding job of world-building here, with nuanced characters, amazingly hot sex and more twists and turns than a room filled with snakes.  Ben clearly has invested a serious amount of time in getting the details right, and I especially appreciated how he wove elements from the TV canon into this alternative reality.  Reading this chapter-by-chapter was an experience in masochism, because even though the updates were frequent, any delay in finding out What Happens Next was torture.  Lucky you, you get to read it straight through.  Go do so right now – you won’t regret it.

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Title: A Priori (& sequels)
Author: rubberbutton
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: ~6600 (For "A Priori")
Rating: PG13 - R
Warnings: Slave!fic, so: issues of consent (but no dub- or non-con)
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: In which vampires have enslaved humans and control, well, everything. Vampire!Mycroft insists his little brother get a slave -- even though it didn't work out with the dog -- and Sherlock chooses the one guaranteed to irritate his brother the most: an unassuming little doctor with an ugly past and absolutely no style to speak of.

Reccer's comments: I could flail about this series for DAYS on end! I'm rather surprised it hasn't been recced here already. The world building is one of the best I have ever seen - there are so many tantalizing glimpses of what this [rather horrible and blood-curdling] world is like, but it's never quite enough to satisfy your curiosity of what's going on. If the author put up 10 k of nothing but background info for the actual stories... I'd probably read it. Ah, who am I kidding. I'd definitely read it.
Considering that a) John's a slave and b) Sherlock a vampire it's quite amazing how in character they both are. And even though they have nothing in common and shouldn't be able to get along the author manages the transition in their relationship flawlessly.
I also really love Mycroft in this. You definitely would *not* want to meet him in the dark... No matter how much I like his character on the show - this darker, more ruthless side of him is kind of exciting. Of course... he has nothing on vampire!Moriarty.
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Title: Two of a Kind (first in the "Being Sherlock" series) (You can find a podfic of the first story here.)
Author: [ profile] argyle4eva
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1,902 words
Author's summary: All the Werewolf!John and Vampire!Sherlock prompts over on [ profile] sherlockbbc_fic seem to have affected my subconscious. The crackbunnies popped out of the mental woodwork last night and gifted me with the prompt, "Sherlock's a vampire; John's a werewolf. Together, they fight crime!" How the hell could I resist writing that, I ask you?
Rating: PG
Warnings: Um...Werewolves and Vampires?
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Reccer's comments: Despite the name, this isn't so much a crossover with "Being Human" as supernatural AU. The stated "crack" level also ebbs and flows during the series, for the record. (I don't think it's really all that cracky, but then...I've really been enjoying all of the supernatural Sherlock AUs that have been popping up, so ymmv.) What can I say? I really love this version of our boys, and the Universe they inhabit. As the series progresses, the worldbuilding just becomes more detailed. I can't wait for more. (Also? I'd really like to podfic the whole series.)
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Title: When the War Fires Fade
Author: [ profile] snowdarkred
Pairing: Gen
Length: ~7000
Author's summary: The Wars turned the world on its head, and in that unrivaled chaos, John Watson was born with a rare gift. Sherlock, naturally, was born with an even rarer one. Years after the Wars end and the Others return to their dark lairs, two men are introduced by a well-meaning mutual acquaintance. And their world is upturned yet again.
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: magic!AU, violence, swearing, vampires that don't sparkle and are actually supposed to be somewhat scary, gratuitous descriptions
Verse: Sherlock BBC/Sunshine
Reccer's comments: This is an AU based on the book "Sunshine" by Robin McKinley, which I have not yet read...but because of this fic, I have checked it out of my library. (Though, honestly, knowledge of the book is not required.) In a fandom full of excellent crossovers and AUs, this is one of my favorites. And yes, the vampires in this story are not the friendly kind. Best of all, this fic includes one of those moments (near the end) that make you want to cheer...and beg for a sequel (of which there are rumours, btw.)
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Just a few words on our tags and tagging your recs.

Tags are useful search tools for grouping the recs by categories: by pairing, genre, content, and sources for the stories or other fanworks.

We ask that reccers attach tags that are relevant to the works they rec. You don't have to add everything that applies-- for example, not a character tag for everyone who might appear in the story, or every theme or content. But if Molly has a significant cameo, say, that you think people searching for her might appreciate, then by all means list her in a tag. Likewise if you think this is the addiction story people should read, then use the content: addiction tag.

The required aspects to tag are pairing (if it applies), relationship genre (i.e., gen, slash, or het*), and verse (the source: ACD books, Sherlock BBC, Granada, etc.).

The easiest place to see all of the tags available is in this list of tags.

Tagging is enabled only for the author of the post and the mods. Only the mods can add new tags. We have a beginning list up now, anticipating likely categories and characters. We'll add more as recs are made, if characters and pairings, for example, aren't covered already. You can request a new tag to be added by commenting here or by contacting one of the mods. Keep in mind, again, that we'll be adding character tags as additional characters appear in recs.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have been abbreviated as SH and JW in pairings and some other places (e.g., content: sick jw). Since this recs comm is open to all versions of Sherlock Holmes, it seemed the simplest way to identify the characters. Lestrade, Gregson, and Dimmock are listed as "inspector" following ACD book canon, and Moriarty is listed only once by his (their) surname alone. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is abbreviated throughout as ACD.

*We won't add a category for "slash-if-you-squint" or similar invitations for the reader to see subtext in a story. If the author hasn't labeled her work as slash, then it's genre: gen or genre: friendship.


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