£3 Note Series

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Zine
Title: £3 Note Series
Publisher: Oblique Publications
Editor(s): M. Fae Glasgow
Date(s): 1991-1993
Series?: yes
Medium: print zine, online as pdf
Size:
Genre: slash
Fandom: The Professionals
Language: English
External Links: £3 Note Series online
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The £3 Note Series is a set of three Professionals slash anthologies, with most of the stories written by M. Fae Glasgow.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

...As a £3 Note was published February 1991 and has 138 pages. It contains eleven stories by M. Fae Glasgow (some written under various pseuds). On the cover, "Issue Number One in the Bent Coppers Series."

From Media Monitor: "Oblique's first Professionals zine. The ever-versatile Glaswegian touches on many Pros fanfic themes: Xmas, gay couple undercover, outdoor sex, a feminized Doyle, Murphy, sports, death, and teddy bears! Full range of stories: romantic, humorous, shocking, angst-ridden. and tear-jerking."

  • A Summer's Outing by M. Fae Glasgow - 19 pages
  • Panoramic View by Edi N. Burgh - 6 pages
  • Murphy's Law by L. A. Scotian - 9 pages
  • Nanny's Teddy Tales and Other Bedtime Stories: Exeunt by Emma Scot - 4 pages
  • Nanny's Teddy Tales and Other Bedtime Stories: An Abarent Abearation by Gael X Ile - 9 pages
  • I Saw Three Ships by Gael X Ile - 13 pages
  • In Flagrante Delecto by M. Fae Glasgow - 18 pages
  • Own Goal by M. Fae Glasgow - 8 pages (read aloud as a WIP at Escapade #1)
  • Footbridge by Cally Donia - 10 pages
  • Devices and Desires by M. Fae Glasgow - 26 pages
  • Silence = Death by M. Fae Glasgow - 2 pages

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for A Summer's Outing, and Devices and Desires.
See reactions and reviews for Murphy's Law.

M. Fae Glasgow in all her guises is what I call a gritty writer. Her work is good if sometimes uncomfortable to read. She also has the knack of making the reader think. Quite a lot of her work has the feeling of realism about it. All these comments are applicable to the stories in this zine.

There are two death stories in this zine. EXEUNT is a death and suicide story, and SILENCE = DEATH has Bodie dying of Aids. Both are gut-renching to read.

A SUMMER OUTING is also an uncomfortable read though not as difficult as the death stories. The story itself left me wanting to shake both Bodie and Doyle. The sequal, DEVICES AND DESIRES goes some way to righting their relationship. Or at least putting them on a level footing to go forward.

OWN GOAL and FOOTBRIDGE are more romp fun type stories. OWN GOAL is outdoor sex, and FOOTBRIDGE has them both playing their cards right.

I SAW THREE SHIPS is a nice Christmas romance story. PANORAMIC VIEW investigates the subject of dominance and submission, as does MURPHY'S LAW.

I've only touched on the stories which have stuck in my mind, but there is plenty of good reading in this fanzine for everyone. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

...As Two £3 Notes is a slash 119-page anthology. It was published in October 1991. On the cover, "Issue Number Two in the Bent Coppers Series."

From "Media Monitor": "Stories range from dark and hard to sweetness and light with a special stop at consensual SM"

This issue contains the infamous "catheter story," "Blessed Are the Meek."

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for November.
See reactions and reviews for Ambush.
See reactions and reviews for Flight of Fancy.
See reactions and reviews for Grievous Bodily Harm, a series of three stories, one which contains the "infamous catheter story."
[zine]: 3-pound Note 2. I just re-read it this weekend, lying in front of the fan. That is a fine all-round zine, with 'heavy' stories by Shoshanna, Sebastian and Thomas and several amusing stories by M. Fae under her lighter pseudonyms. No rapes for Erzebet, but this is the zine with the infamous Foley catheter story; I managed everything up to this one, but the catheter story was too much for me. Everything else, including the stories leading to the catheter, worked for me, although I do have reservations about Bodie as a bottom in S&M; I don't really understand it, and that's what bothered me in the catheter story as well. Great zine, though [2]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

...As Three £3 Notes was published May 1993. It has 127 pages and contains eight stories, one Bodie/Cowley, the rest Bodie/Doyle, all written by M. Fae Glasgow.

  • Step We Gaily - 26 pages
  • Permanently Attached at the Hip - 10 pages
  • Subject to Change - 8 pages
  • Room Service - 15 pages
  • Pulling the Other One - 8 pages
  • Rough Trade - 36 pages
  • Beating Around the Bush - 9 pages
  • Wednesday Morning - 4 pages

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Rough Trade.
See reactions and reviews for Subject to Change.
See reactions and reviews for Step We Gaily.
[zine]: I'll have to go through and look at the stories I have again, but I can tell you off the top of my head what my least favorite story of [Glasgow's] is: Pick one from the last 3 Pound Note. I thought most of them were pretty surface for her and the humor was more...I'm not sure how to describe it. It seemed like she was getting bored with Pros or with doing the zines. I assume that wasn't the problem (I asked her about it at one point and she looked at me like I was nuts. Not a new experience for me, but...), but that's the feeling I got from it. There was just something very flip in the execution and very little that did anything for me. [3]

References

  1. from a fan in Short Circuit #15 (December 1993)
  2. from [{Virgule-L]], quoted anonymously (July 19, 1993)
  3. Michelle Christian at Virgule-L, quoted here with permission (November 27, 1996)