A Heart to Hold

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Title: A Heart to Hold
Author(s): J.A. Cliffe
Cover Artist(s): Inez Brown
Illustrator(s): see article
Date(s): May 1993
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
External Links: online here
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A Heart to Hold is an explicit het 96-page Beauty and the Beast novel by J.A. Cliffe.

Art by Inez Brown, Kriss Farver, Barbara Gipson, Mary Ellen Nicosia, Sally Perkins, Holly Reidel, Pam Tuck.

The editors were Patricia Kehoe, C. N. Clark, S. K. Dapoz, and J. A Cliffe.

Cover and Title Page

Inside Sample Gallery

Reactions and Reviews

An almost eventless Classic zine centering around C's impulse, following a balcony cookout Above for V, to have a winter picnic Below, which escalates into a fullscale project involving the whole community. This premise is a bit slight to support so much wordage. Most of the zine is taken up with intense V/C foreplay, which many readers may find enough by itself to keep them enjoyably reading. The pattern is that things get intense, then V goes into full retreat. C tries hard not to push him, but her emotions become too much for her restraint...and his. Eventually they become lovers in highly graphic lovemaking.

During a time when C is ill with a virus, there's a strong, vivid, effective portrayal of Mary, who insists on being resident nurse in C's apartment. This element stands out from the more erotic concerns of the rest of the story, which has occasional wording/proofing problems, none severe.

Includes poems by the author, Pat Leslie, and Margo Quigley. Art (including occasional sidal nudity) by Inez Brown, Kriss Farver, Barbara Gipson, Mary Ellen Nicosia, Sally Perkins, Holly Reidel, Pam Tuck (whose pictures of Vincent with the tunnel children are particularly charming). Though the price is high for a zine under 100 pages, take into account the varied and vivid artwork and the high word¬count, due to the columns, which would add greatly (and needlessly) to the zine's length if done in standard type across the full width of the page. You're getting a reasonable amount of zine reading for the money.[1]


  1. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997, Archived version