The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Volumes XXXI-XXXIII is currently running on Kickstarter and we're interviewing the contributors. Next up is Steve Herczeg.
1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and your story.
I’m an IT Geek from Canberra, Australia (that’s the capital by the way, a lot of people presume it’s Sydney). I’ve been writing for over twenty-five years, concentrating mainly on movie scripts for the first part, but returned to prose writing about seven years ago. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to have over a hundred short stories published, including a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, and two sci-fi, horror novellas.
My story is loosely based on the circumstances of the real-life disappearance of Donald Mackay in the 1970’s. He was an anti-drug campaigner living in outback New South Wales. No trace was ever seen of him again.
It’s a story that has always fascinated me and was even turned into a TV series a few years ago, but with a confected solution. I’ve reset it to Holmes’s London, changed the character from a businessman to a doctor and added my own opinions on how he was disappeared.
2. Why did you want to participate in this project?
MX Publishing has been very good to me over the last few years. They placed faith in my work and published “The Curious Cases of Sherlock Holmes.” So, any callout from MX for the latest anthology of New Sherlock Holmes stories immediately springs to the top of my to do list, and I’m more than happy to dedicate myself to producing stories for them.
3. What are your current and upcoming projects?
At this very moment I’m working on a piece of fan fiction that I’ll be submitting to a callout for an anthology built around a 1970’s TV show. The original show mixed crime mysteries with supernatural explanations. It was my favourite show growing up, so I’m hoping I can nail the brief.
I’m also hoping that by writing this, I’ll have a whole swag of ideas to plough into the MX Fall 2022 anthology, However Improbable …
In between, I’ve got a couple of other submission callouts to address. Never a dull moment.
4. Any last thoughts?
Again, thanks to MX Publishing for having the confidence and faith in my stories. This was a fun one to write, and every new Holmes project presents its own unique challenges. As long as my stories are acceptable, I’m happy to keep pumping them out.