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Title: Three Eleven
Publisher: 10-13 Enterprises
Editor(s): Terri Beckett and Chris Power
Date(s): June 1984
Medium: print
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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cover by Freda Hyatt

Three Eleven is a 195-page slash Starsky and Hutch anthology edited by Chris Power and Terri Beckett.

The front cover is by Freda Hyatt. Other art by Marie A., Carol Davis, Sanje, Ruth Kurz and Susan Wyllie.

The editors note:
We make no apologies for including not one, not two, but three death stories... We happen to like death stories. Maybe 'like' is the wrong word... We appreciate them, okay?
A 1983 comment from one of the editors:
3-11, however, will be with you sooner than [1985].[1] We now have all the material except the artwork, and we hope to have the thing ready for publication before the end of October (in time for DobeyCon, for the Brits reading this). The zine is predominantly S/H in theme, but not everything is S/H. Okay? That clear? Just want to make sure y'all know what you're getting.[2]
A 1984 comment from one of the editors:
Well, let's see how coherent I can be, with 110pp of 3-11 safely typed and another 70plus staring m3 in the face. It s gonna be a big month, even without all the extraneous poetry I had to return (sadly, sadly!) and it's possibly just as well I wasn't snowed under with art... What we got is quite spectacularly beautiful, and matches the rest of the contents. By the time you road this, friends, at least some of you will agreeing with me. Some may not, but those are the breaks...[3]

Regarding the Title

The California Penal Code 3-11 is 'Indecent Exposure'.

In 1992, the editor dabbled with the idea of publishing a zine called "Once More, With Feeling" and referred to the tile "Three Eleven":
Zine update. I did think of calling the thing 3-11-2, but my partner reminded me that in LAPD code, this is 'knowingly distributing pornographic literature'.... I'm still haunting the doormat, waiting for submissions. Deadline is now the end of the year. Oh, boy... [4]



Reactions and Reviews

See reactions and reviews for Invictus.
See reactions and reviews for It's Always Toughest.
See reactions and reviews for One Night Stand.
[zine]: The Thunder and the Rain’ is probably the best, most, effective story in the zine. It’s also the story I had the most problems with, particularly in the S&H characterizations. Dawson’s S&H, here and in a previous story, The Water is Wide, seem to be almost unbelievably emotionally immature. For two people who supposedly ‘love’ each other so much, they both seem to spend an excessive amount of time being purposely cruel to each other, in ‘scoring points’ off each other, and generally putting each other through hell. Dawson seems to strive for ‘realism’ in her work but after all that S&H put each other through in this story, the ‘happy ending’ she’s given us seems to be just that much more Un-realistic, because of it. It’s almost soap-opera-emotionally-satisfying-and-somewhat-purging, yet, in the final analysis, not very plausible. However, the story itself was well-crafted… The three ’death’ stories – ‘Coda,’ ‘It’s Always Toughest,’ and ‘Invictus’ were all well-done and moving, but ‘Invictus’ was probably the best written. It’s also the hardest and most painful to read, with its gritty realism. The humorous pieces – ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Up the Amazon,’ ‘A Case of Consanguinity,’ and ‘Balboa Blues’ were all very enjoyable, but I especially liked ‘Balboa Blues’ – Marian Kelly is a genius with light humor. The image of Starsky’s ‘naked lady’ kite in conjugal bliss with Hutch’s ‘rainbow’ kit was priceless, just wish it’d been illoed. I really liked ‘Past Imperfect’ (Joan Collins are you there?) because for once Starsky didn’t freak out and act like a total jerk that he usually does in stories of this type. This time, when he learns Hutch is ‘gay,’ he decides that they can still continue as best friends and partners, and that this ‘revelation’ will in no way affect their ‘brother’ love for each other. How refreshing that was. Likewise, I found ‘One Night Stand’ refreshing – I don’t believe in that premise, because I ALWAYS want to see S&H as lovers, but I enjoyed seeing, for once, what WOULD happen if they tried a night of love, and then decided it might NOT be such a good thing for them. We don’t get to see this theme explored too often… ‘Papa’ and ‘Yesterdays’ were interesting insights of the ‘younger’ S&H. ‘Dear Diary’ I loved, because we got to see some fascinating insights on the developing S/H relationship, and from Minnie’s p.o.v. I don’t think we ever got to see enough of Minnie anyway… Two stories had ‘surprise’ endings: In ‘Six Lives and Counting,’ I figured it out early on, but it was still cute and a clever effort. ‘And Love’s Not a Game for Three’ has a very interesting twist at the end – after reading this, I don’t think anyone will ever be able to watch ‘Starsky vs. Hutch’ in the same frame of mind again. Likewise, ‘A Long Way Down.’ This little story says so much about the obvious strain between S&H in the Vegas episode. ‘Reflections’ was good, too – what if Huggy DID love Hutch? Interesting idea. The only ‘yawner’ I found in the zine was ‘Standing by the Wall.’ Two likes into the story, I knew exactly what the plot would be (Aumerle’s ONLY plot, by the way. Just as her S&H are entirely interchangeable. In this case, the protagonist is Starsky.) Starsky is, surprise! Consumed by a mad, intense, fierce and passionate need for Hutch. Of course, he can’t bring himself to confess this mad, intense, etc. need of his partner, so he finds another male lover to sublimate his need, end of story, with more agony and mental anguish. Let’s see – where’ve we read this before? Oh, yes – Graven Images, ‘Honor Thy Father,’ ‘The Boxer,’ etc. In all cases, notice how Hutch’s characterization is exactly the same as Starsky’s. Aumerle needs to learn how to differentiate between her characters, and also needs to desperately find another story plot. This one was dead and buried before it even began.[5]
[zine]: A cocktail of S&H fiction, poetry and art' they said -- they failed to mention 3-11 is a veritable feast for those who hunger after quality zines. It's not easy to decide whether the authors were damned lucky to have Beckett and Power accept their contributions, or if Beckett and Power were damned fortunate to receive such literary expertise. Whatever -- writers and editors alike all deserve praise for this 'classy number.' The contents literally flow from page to page, beautifully put together. You'll find yourself gasping, weeping, clutching your hankies, and alternately falling off your chairs with laughter. Some of the fiction hurts, some is stunningly visual, some may not appeal to everyone's tastes, but nevertheless hits you right between the eyes. The anchor story, 'The Thunder and the Rain' has to be read to be believed. I can only say that you'll feel you have shared an intimate period of time with the guys themselves. Miss Dawson's interpretations fo the characters is unquestionably perfect. The remainder of the fiction, and there's lots more, is thoroughly entertaining, a fine assortment which, once read, leaves you feeling you've had exceptional value for money. Whereas there are one or two pieces which contradict my own interpretations of certain characters, I must admit the exercises were interesting and completely held my attention. The poetry is varied and each piece is a pleasure to read. It's also nicely spaced out which is something a lot of zine editors fail to do. The production is not cluttered with artwork. What we are given is necessary and good. Freda Hyatt's cover 'Four Swords' deserves a special mention here -- it's positively breathtaking. If I sound enthusiastic -- I am. 3-11 is a must for all collectors and will surely be ranked amongst the greats in fan fiction. Everything touched by Beckett and Power seems to resemble gold -- 3-11 is no exception.[6]
Three Eleven...oh, the cover! Ditto on the TOC page here, too. Marie's illos..oh god! THE THUNDER AND THE RAIN... excellent, still here were other's I liked better. The thing is great. (I've gotta come up with now descriptive adjectives...) Favorites: Past Imperfect, Invictus... rave rave. Standing by the Wall...well. I'm sorry Jane, but haven't we worn this out? [7]


  1. ^ A joking reference to the author's estimation of when No Easy Answers would be completed.
  2. ^ from Hanky Panky #8
  3. ^ from Hanky Panky #12
  4. ^ Terri's comments in Frienz #18 (April/May 1992
  5. ^ from Between Friends #5, September 1984
  6. ^ from Between Friends #5, September 1984
  7. ^ from Hanky Panky #13