Abode of the Beast

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Title: Abode of the Beast
Publisher: Dapplewood Press
Editor:
Author(s): Catherine Victoria Lee
Cover Artist(s):
Illustrator(s):
Date(s): 1989-1991
Series?: 3 novels
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast
Language: English
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Contents

Abode of the Beast are het Beauty and the Beast fanzines by Catherine Victoria Lee. Required an age statement. They take place in a Tolkienesque fantasy world. It required an age statement.

Abode of the Beast 1

cover of issue #1, artwork by Marilyn Cole. The image is similar to another work by her with Spock in exactly the same pose. (see Otherwhere/Otherwhen #1 from 1990); also on a Beauty and the Beast T-Shirt, see Victim of CBS Beast Abuse

Abode of the Beast 1 was published in 1989 and has 162 pages. Art information: Art by Marilyn Cole (front cover), Sharon Wells, Rita Terrell, Anna Deavers-Kelley, others.

Summaries:

In this fantasy novel, Vincent and Catherine fight over his unwillingness to express their love physically. In fleeing from Catherine, Vincent is transported into another time and place where he meets 'Kityra,' is sold into slavery and does battle with a dragon. Buyers should be aware that Vincent does fall in love and sleeps with Kityra - who feels like Catherine through a similar Bond. [1]
Vincent, in turmoil within due to his inability to consummate his relationship with Catherine, is thrown into another world, a world of sorcery and war, a world where he must learn to live a different life. In this strange new world where he is separated from all those he has known and love, Vincent is enslaved and trained for the arena. Is it a dream or another reality? He must decide and live accordingly. [2]

List of the Art:

  • Vincent in Chains of Gold, by Marilyn Cole (cover)
  • Vincent, by Sharon Wells
  • Hooded Vincent, by Sharon Wells
  • Vincent Meets Fingoias, by Rita Terrell
  • Meyzar Studies Vincent, by Sharon Wells
  • Vincent Rages, by Sharon Wells
  • Training, by Rita Terrell
  • Rising to Stop Gundar, by Sharon Wells
  • Fighting the Giant, by Sharon Wells
  • Vincent on Arthur, by Anna Deavers
  • Vincent and Kityra, by Sharon Wells
  • To the Misty Woods, by Rita Terrell
  • Vincent the Protector, by Anna Deavers
  • In Pentahbrook, by Sharon Wells
  • With the Staff of Power, by Sharon Wells
  • Vincent the Archer, by Sharon Wells
  • Vincent and Groth, by Kathy Costello
  • Moving Towards the Light, by Kathy Costello

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Excellent fantasy novel with a most memorable cover. Vincent falls (literally) into a strife-torn, Tolkienesque fantasy world, is captured, sold to an evil wizard, fights a giant in an arena, falls in love with Catherine's counterpart, consummates the relationship—more than once—and kills a dragon that threatens an Elven stronghold. Vincent spends a good part of the time in chains and/or brief clothing, but the characterizations are good, too. Suspenseful adventure, generally excellent art by Sharon Wells, Rita Terrell, Anna Deavers-Kelley, others. A “must,” says the reviewer. [3]

Abode of the Beast 2

cover of issue #2, Marilyn Cole

Abode of the Beast 2 has the subtitle: Journeys in Darkness. It was published in 1991 and has 195 pages. Art information: Pam Martin, Alice Baltes, Sharon Wells, Rita Terrell, Barbara Gipson, Marilyn Cole (cover).

Summaries:

Both V & C are magically dumped into the fantasy world and have a few adventures, including a fight with slavers, healing among matriarchal quasi-Arabs, C's awakening of a bespelled Elf, attack by a werewolf, and V's capture by an evil vampiric demon. [4]
Hurt by Vincent's love for Kityra, Catherine leaves Vincent but is plagued by dreams that convince her she and Kityra are linked. She returns to Vincent and they are magically transported to another world. Together, they begin a quest to find Kityra, consummating their love along the way. The reader is taken on a wild ride encountering elves, wizards and a cliffhanger ending that will take your breath away. [5]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

In this installment-which ends in a cliffhanger-Catherine is initially jealous over returned Vincent's lovemaking with her otherworld counterpart. Not to worry: both V & C are then magically dumped into the fantasy world and have a few adventures, including a fight with slavers, healing among matriarchal quasi-Arabs, C's awakening of a bespelled Elf, attack by a werewolf (or wolfwere; don't ask), and V's capture by an evil vampiric demon. Also occasional V/C sex. Good reading if you don't mind being left hanging at the end. Variable art by Pam Martin (always excellent), Alice Baltes, Sharon Wells, Rita Terrell, Barbara Gipson, Marilyn Cole (cover). [6]

Abode of the Beast 3

cover of issue #3

Abode of the Beast 3 has the subtitle: Escape to the Realm of the Snow Elves. It was published in 1991 and is 173 pages long. Art information: Pam Tuck and Sharon Wells.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

This third (and, likely, last) installment of the saga of V/C in a Tolkienesque fantasy world doesn't bring the tale as a whole to a conclusion, but it's galloping-good storytelling, all the same. In it, High Elf Berengolas combines with C, a dwarf, and a half-elf to rescue V, kept as the helpless love-slave of Kaulderon (a sort of super vampire) and his acolyte, Jazra. Incidentally, if you're into highly detailed descriptions of manacled, unwelcome but irresistible sex the captive is powerless to prevent, this is probably the zine for you. There's also V/C sex, vampire/Elf sex, and a couple of other variations. Once V is freed, the company enters the realm of the Snow Elves. Pursued and occasionally attacked by Jazra, they fight an underground battle. Though the story's larger issues aren't settled, this is probably as much as we're going to get. The prose and mechanics are, at times, really awful. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, you'll have quite a lot of fun with this. The art is variable and occasionally nude. Artists are Pam Martin Tuck (including the handsome cover) and Sharon Wells. [7]

References

  1. from The Beauty & the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines
  2. from Datazine #57
  3. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997
  4. from the Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review Online
  5. from The Beauty & the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines
  6. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997
  7. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997
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