Albion

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Title: Albion
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Editor(s): Helen L. Avry and Laura Chevening
Date(s): 1987-1997?
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Language: English
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Albion is a gen Robin of Sherwood fanzine.

Related zines are Apocryphal Albion and Albion Special.

Issue 1

Albion 1 was published in 1987 and is 98 pages long. Cover by Terry Proctor. Cover design by H. Avril and L. Chevening. Interior art by Debbie Linn, Paulie, and Terry Proctor (see gallery below).

front cover of issue #1
  • Mneme’s Garden by Maddog (1)
  • Robert by L. Chevening (poem) (3)
  • Brothers In Blood by H.L Avril ("A young man arrives in Wickam with a message from Robert from a dying Lady Gisburne) (4)
  • Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream by Debbie Linn ( (winner of Scorpio Writer's Contest) (28)
  • Edith/Edwin by Terry Halasz (5 pages) (33)
  • Father and Son by L. Chevening ("Word spreads that the Earl of Huntingdon has been murdered in ambush - by Robin Hood") (38)
  • The Dragon and St. George by Debbie Linn (84)
  • Sherwood Reunion Banquet by Debbie Linn (88)
  • Robin In Bunnyland by "The Old Prisoner" with help from Arthur (89)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Having worked my way through most of the past Albion issues, I must say I am very impressed at the improvements through the years. You guys have come a long way since 1987.

"Mneme's Garden" is an excellent vignette. I love the use of "odd brick/even brick" to mark off Marion's memories. The contrast between ttie cold, lifeless stone of the convent and the vibrant forest is well done.

"Robert" is a beautiful poem, capturing the subject's spirit perfectly.

"Brothers in Blood" is well-written. Guy's reactions to his mother's confession and death are believable. Having the animosity remain between the two brothers at the end gives the story a realistic touch. Know ing of their trfood tie is not going to immediately make life easier for either of them.

The illo of p. 28 is quite amusing.

"Last Night l had the Strangest Dream" is one of the best pieces of RoS fanfic I have read. It depicts the innermost fears, conflicts and desires of each outlaw simply and beautifully. I loved it!

"Father and Son" is great! At first I thought that Robert's reaction to his father's "death" was a bit hysterical, but then I realized how cleverly his self-imposed exile fit into the resolution of the story. This is an excel lent mystery, as well as an outstanding piece of RoS fanfic. Well done!

The Dragon and St. George" is very sweet. I like this a lot.

"Sherwood Reunion Banquet" is hilarious! "Robin in Bunnyland" is pretty funny, too.

All in all, a great 'zine! Congratulations! [1]

Issue 2

Albion 2 has a Guy and Robin front cover. It contains 100 pages and was published in 1989. Authors/Artists: Cindy Fairbacks, Jenni Hennig, Laura Chevening, L.A. Carr, Maddog, Marianne Evensen, Carol Stuart, H.L. Avry and more.

cover of issue #2, Deb Walsh
  • The Worst Page That Ever... by Laura Chevening (8 pages)
  • Nothing Is Ever Forgotten by Cindy Fairbanks (7 pages)
  • April In Her Eyes by L.A. Carr (4 pages)
  • What Is Courage Now (2 pages)
  • At Huntingdon by Laura Chevening (8 pages)
  • This Is Now by Maddog (3 pages)
  • A Knight's Obsession by Marianne Evensen (20 pages)
  • A Matter of Duty by Carol Stuart
  • The Answer (13 pages)
  • Lady Elizabeth by Terry Halasz (5 pages)
  • By Darkness Pursued (8 pages)
  • The Sherwood Chainsaw Massacre (4 pages)
  • Dear Robert (1 page)
  • Bunnies From Hell by "The Old Prisoner" (10 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

I happen to like the bright colors for your covers. It will be your signature mark for the zine and it will certainly help me find my issues quickly when I need to find them.

Bravo for your LOC's! They are the first for RoS fanfic I have seen anywhere. How else are we to know we are doing the stories right if no one tells us? I never intended mine to be so long. Ahem! I love the column title also. Chain Mail! I love it!

I'm always pleased to see zine editors unafraid to improve each successive issue of their zines. I have seen improvement in #2 where it was needed and I'm very pleased. I especially liked Deb Walsh's cover art, a nice depiction, and very true (referring to the title of the piece) for the zine's contents (dare I write it, The Guy of Gisburne Memorial Issue. I had to do that. Sorry.) Okay, back to being serious.

The Worst Page That Ever I see Laura is establishing her own timeline focusing on Guy and I approve of what she is doing. I applaud your historical accuracy and references in your writing. This will be a major point with me as I read RoS fanfic. If the writers are to use or mention history, they dam [sic] well better be right because I know if they aren't. My favorite part of the story was Sir Roger and Guy staying at Scathelock's Tavern. Starting the Will-Guy hate relationship early, eh? Great work Laura!

Jenni and LA and I have been in constant contact with each other over the past year talking story ideas. Since Jenni prefers Loxley and LA prefers Robert and I prefer both. It's a nice three-way balance, I still enjoy reading their work again (and wish I could write as well!)

At Huntingdon I have always wondered what happened while Robert was away from Huntingdon (and I've written my version), but I like Laura's focus on David. Surely he must have been mystified, terrified and somewhat angry at Robert's disappearance. And David has become such an interesting secondary figure in the series.

This is Now Yes, I believe it is time for Much to have a lady friend. But I never figured he would find someone like Ann. Also the story had a lesson for Much: it may be better at times to lie than to tell the truth and now hopefully Much understands better what Robin did for him.

A Knight's Obsession and Lady Elizabeth: two versions of Guy finding the love of a good woman. I enjoyed Knight's better because it was a more fleshed out story and delved into the characters' feelings and conflicts. Still, I wonder how many lady loves Guy must lose before he truly finds the love of a good woman who will not leave him for whatever reason.

A Matter of Duty I read this story and thought, I've read this story before. And I have. At Scorpio V while standing in line to get Gareth Thomas' autograph, several of us began to talk about RoS and Carol very timidly pulled out her story and let me read it. Glad to see it has been published. It's an answer to the big secret I've never considered nor has it come up in any of the talking my fellow fen and I have done.

By Darkness Yeah, my promised sequel to Brothers in Blood. I especially liked the dream sequence which was very vivid and very chilling. Now, Helen, is this a continuing story line? Where is Guy to go? (I have several ideas, but I will try to be patient to read what you develop.)

Again the funny bits were hilarious and enjoyable and I do understand why Arthur and the Old Prisoner are in the dungeon, for near on 28 years!

I've found only a few typos (but every zine has that) and overall I'm very pleased with your second effort. I'm already waiting for Issue 3 to be published! [2]

Issue 3

Issue 3 was published in 1989 and contains 305 pages. It was edited by Helen L. Avry & Laura Chevening Blunk and has a b/w Robin & Robert front cover by Jeanine Hennig and a b/w Nasir back cover by Barb Johnson. Interior artwork by L. Bess, Vicki Brinkmeier, Laura Chevening, David Chamberlain, Sue Collins, Wilma Douglas, Cindy Dreifort, T.J. Goldstein, Christine Haire (tie - Major Oak Gold Award for Independent Artwork), Deb Hense, Jeanine Hennig, D. Jordan, Debbie Linn, J. Luther, Jim Markle, Paulie, Kenneth Pawlak, Rache, Roseanne Rice (Major Oak Silver Award for RoS Illustrations for "Nothing More Precious in England"), D.C. Weiner.

Story contents:

cover of issue #3, Jeanine Hennig
  • Of Future Things by Janet P. Reedman (4 pages)
  • Legend by Janet P. Reedman (poem)
  • Much Ado About Something by Denise Hamlin—First season. Hunting alone in Sherwood, Much encounters King Richard. (6 pages)
  • Fishing by Jeanine Hennig—First/second season. Robin and Marion try for a little quality romantic time together, but it's harder than it sounds. (1989 Major Oak Silver Awards - Silver for RoS Short Story) (13 pages)
  • Three Children's Dreams by Janet P. Reedman (poem)
  • Wolves' Heads by Lou Ann Qualls—First/second season. Crossover w/"Ladyhawke," as Navarre and Isabeau are robbed by the outlaws, only to join forces with them against a drunken Gisburne. (11 pages)
  • The Rain Came Heavily and Fell in Flood by Lorraine Mumaw—First/second season. Loxley and the men must join forces with Gisburne to repair a bridge under attack from a supernatural storm. (13 pages)
  • Rhiannon's Wheel by Janet P. Reedman (poem)
  • Cold Comfort by Marla Groves—First/second season. Outlaw Robin of Loxley and earl's son Robert help one another rescue lost peasant children from cutthroats. (7 pages)
  • Acceptance by Janet P. Reedman (3 pages)
  • He Stood There Thinking Of by Marla Reed (poem)
  • Distant Loneliness by L. Bess (poem)
  • Destiny's Call by Janet P. Reedman (poem)
  • Gisburne's Bride by Deb Hense—Third season. Gisburne's in love; the outlaws try to help his intended wife. (16 pages)
  • Arabesque by Debbie Linn (tie - Silver Major Oak Award for RoS Poem)
  • Marion's Prayer by P.L. Kennedy (poem)
  • Lost by P.L. Kennedy (poem)
  • Bitterness by Maddog (poem)
  • By Sunne and Candlelight by Sue Collins—Third season. Crossover w/"Beauty & the Beast," with Vincent time-traveling into Sherwood, where he is aided by the outlaws. (9 pages)
  • The Forest by L. Bess (poem)
  • Solstice by Laura Chevening (poem)
  • Disillusion by Laura Chevening—Post-third season. Under a spell, Robert experiences a happier but false version of his life. (1989 Major Oak Awards - Gold for RoS Long Story) (35 pages)
  • Will's Sweet Dreams by Maddog (poem)
  • Convent Thoughts by Debbie Linn (poem)
  • Nothing More Precious in England by Cindy Fairbanks—Post-third season. Part of the "In the Shadow of the Wheel" novella. Robert and Guy both find themselves at Caerleon Castle, involved with Isadora and Arthurian prophecy. (57 pages)
  • In Good Time by L.A. Carr—Post-third season. Robert dies and a new Hooded Man is chosen. (7 pages)
  • Prodigal by Laura Chevening—Post-third season. After Robert's death, Guy loses his mind and makes his way to Huntingdon. (12 pages)
  • Memories by Julie Phipps (2 pages)
  • This Is It by Christine Haire (filk)
  • Bad Reputation by Laura Chevening (filk)
  • Silent Running by Christine Haire & Denise Hamlin (filk)
  • Holding Out For a Hero by Christine Haire & Denise Hamlin (Major Oak Silver Award for RoS Adapted Filk)
  • The Leader of the Band by Denise Hamlin (filk)
  • Sherwood Graffiti
  • Merry Men, Merry Men by Maddog (3 pages)
  • Nottingham High Class of 1212 by Mad Rabbits of Albion (11 pages)
  • The Tale of Sir Guy of Gisbunny by The Old Prisoner and Arthur (2 pages)
  • Tuck's Diet by L. Bess (poem)
  • Merry, Merry by Maddog (poem)
  • Dear Robert by Mama (1 page)
  • Who Was That Hooded Man? by H.L. Avry—Parody third season. Robert keeps getting hit over the head and believing he's various other television characters, including the Lone Ranger. (12 pages)
  • Miserable Depressing Endings by Rache—Parody second/third season. Herne shows Loxley and Marion what would have happened if RoS ended like "Blake's 7." (1989 Major Oak Gold Award for RoS Short Story) (17 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

I must say ALBION just keeps getting better all the time. I think #3 was the best so far. I really loved Laura's story "Disillusion," which I think is the best Robert story I've read to date.[3]

... First, the over-all layout and LOOK of the zine. I particularly like the way you use Celtic art to fill in between stories, and I think you have a good balance of poetry and fiction. I've noticed that ROS fans seem to write more poems than those of other fandoms, or maybe it's just that more of them are published. The other ROS fanzines I've read seem to give more space to poems and consequently are lighter in the fiction department. As a non-poet, I buy fanzines for the stories, although I don't dislike poems. I like your two-column format also.

Now for the specific stories: My favorite was WOLVES' HEADS by Lou Ann Qualls, for three reasons. First, it was very well written; the dialogue was believable and everyone was in character. Second, I LUV CROSSOVERS! And last of all, I luv crossovers with LADYHAWKE! The only other LADYHAWKE fanfic I've read as good as this story was one in STARLINES #6 written by Esther Reese.

My favorite non-crossover was DISILLUSION by Laura Chevening. I particularly loved the ending--it was so believable, and so like Robert!

I like all of the stories, but some stood out. THE WIND CAME (or was it THE RAIN CAME . ..?) by Lorraine A. Mumaw was so believable as an episode in one of the first Robin's seasons that I almost expected to be interrupted by commercials! And IN GOOD TIME by LA. Carr was a sad, but well-reasoned continuation of ROS. NOTHING MORE PRECIOUS IN ENGLAND by Cindy Fairbanks was very well written, even though I was disappointed by some of the plot developments. And it had the most beautiful illustrations in a well-illustrated zine. Take a bow, Roseanne Rice! I LUV the illo on page 149--Guy with a beard, and Isadora! I've tried to draw Isadora, so I know how hard it is to capture her look (so I'm a non-artist, I'm still impressed)! And I just don't see how Rice drew a perfectly recognizable Guy with a beautiful beard. He really looks GREAT with a beard! Sort'uv like Elliot Burch, only better! Sigh!

And finally - what better place to put a comment on MISERABLE DEPRESSING ENDINGS? Oh, Rache is from Los Angeles! That explains a lot, but not all. She wouldn't be kin to the star of SLEDGE HAMMER, would she? Or one of the show's writers? I LOVED the story! "Got to see a man about a god"--l laughed all the way through it! Obviously Rache is a fellow angst-addict, going cold turkey after "Blake". Won't SOMEBODY do a filk about it? I don't know the words well enough -- "Might as well face it, we're addicted to angst" is as far as I get...[4]

In a word: WOW! Janet P. Reedman's Of Future Things was a very nice - a great way to start the zine - and her story Acceptance made Robin's sacrifice in "Greatest Enemy" so much more powerful and moving (now that's no easy feat!) I would love to see her poems Rhiannon's Wheel and Destiny's Call set to music.

Jeanine's Hennig's Fishing was great fun--as were her illos (especially the skunk pic on page 21). but also, I would like to personally thank Jeanine for giving Alison of Wickham a fair shake. I think she got a bum rap in "Time of the Wolf". There aren't enough women in Ros to begin with, and to make Alison a stereotypical nagging, henpecking wife type really "bums my butt".

Lou Ann Qualls Wolves' Heads was an inspired crossover idea! It was nice to peek in on Navarre and Isabeau - I missed 'em.

I also enjoyed The Rain Came by Lorraine A. Mumaw and Cold Comfort by Maria Groves was an exciting meeting of the 2 Robins.

It was nice to get a preview of P.L. Kennedy's songs from the Rhiannon's Wheel filk tape (I did manage to catch a few heart wrenching songs at Scorpio 7 and I can't wait to order her tape). Speaking of lyrics, I don't know what the legal side of this would be , but I think it would be great to print Clannad's lyrics from the Legend LP. (Especially since I'm having a heck of a time deciphering them on my ancient sound system.)

2 of my most favorite stories were Laura Chevening's Disillusion (and I also enjoyed Prodigal'-- both stories were very intricate with some nifty twists) and Cindy Fairbanks' Nothing More Precious. Admittedly, I'm not a Gisburne fan, but even I was pleased by his pairing up with Isadora. The problem of an heir to the house of Agrivaine was nicely dealt with. (My only "gripe" was that it seemed like the characters knew a little too much for the times they were living in - about the kind of therapy Robert needed to get over Marion. But who knows?") I agree with LA. Carr that Matthew should be the "Successor to the Hood". In Good Time was a nice telling of the tale.

Julie Phipp's Memories was bittersweet, lovely.

The art was great. I especially liked M. Howarth's p.34, R. Rice's p. 175 and Paulie's p. 211. Other pages that stood out were 71 (D. Jordon) p. 5 (J. Markle), p. 90 (?) and p. 241 (?) and I loved Jenni and Barb's front and back covers-very nice!

"Lapinette" left no stone unturned in Who was that Hooded Man?'--who indeed? ... And Miserable depressing Endings by Rache elicited many chuckles and snickers as well.

Oh, and lest we not forget Nottingham High Class of 1212 -- I'd love to be a fly on the wall at their ten year reunion party!

So there you have it. I can't wait for Albion 4—If you need any stories illoed let me know. I plan to send some art soon anyways (has a deadline been set?) Be well and Herne Protect.[5]

Albion Three is certainly big, the same size as 1 and 2 put together. It could almost be a double issue. I wasn't disappointed, more stuff to read. I was quite happy with the variety of stories focusing on the many characters, especially the Loxley entries. There are too few based on the first Robin (and I'm guilty of not developing more Loxley storylines myself) and it's refreshing to finally have the fan fic begin to even out. I applaud your attempt to do this balancing act!

Janet Reedman -- I do enjoy all her poetry (I'm jealous - I could never write poetry). Of Future Things caught my interest. Is the reader to assume Morgain was indeed Morgwyn before she took over Raven-scar? That was the impression I had. The Celtic references were interesting since that topic is one I'm still learning about. I also liked Acceptance, a nice little piece to tie up the nagging question of what happened to Belleme after The Enchantment. (I do hate loose ends!)

Much Ado About Something - a nice little piece on Much. I always knew he was more intelligent than given credit for.

Fishing by Jeanine Hennig is still as amusing now as when I first read it a year ago.

Wolfs Heads and By Sunne and Candlelight In general, I do not like crossover stories. In fact the very mention of one makes me cringe because I find the characters from the two universes just do not interact well no matter how well meaning the author's intentions or they cease being the characters we all know and love. So it was with this bias that I read the two crossover stories. I actually enjoyed Wolfs Heads more than the second story. Perhaps this is because the worlds of RoS and Ladyhawke are not so different. I felt the second could have been expanded upon, but it was still a valiant attempt to contrast Robert's and Vincent's love life (or lack of).

The Rain Came Heavily etc (even I have trouble with the title!) another nice Loxley story. The fight in the cave was wonderful - would like to see that on film. Also the idea of Gisburne wallowing around in the mud and water with the peasant scum was worth reading the story. I thought Lorraine was right on with her characterizations and hope to read more of her work in the future.

Disillusion, Laura this was by far my favorite piece in the zine. I read it avidly, turning page after page, thinking, "Why didn't I have an idea like this," and being just a tinge bit jealous. You covered the three greatest desires in his life Robert would like resolved. And to have Belleme play on those desires, what a nasty twist. Excellent story.

Not fair, Lucy! I still cry when I read In Good Time. Not fair, I say!

Of all the funny bits (including cartoons) Who was That Hooded Man and Horrible (sic] Depressing Endings were my two favorites. But all the others brightened my day while waiting to see Indiana Jones and put me in a fine mood for the movie.

I'm glad you kept the Merry Makers section. I like to read what all the contributors have to say about themselves.

The cover art was especially nice and I do like Roseanne Rice's pieces. She has only gotten better with each illo she's done.

Good work on this issue. I'm looking forward to Albion 4.[6]

I finally finished ploughing my way through ALBION 3 and what an issue, CONGRATULATIONS, you guys have done it again. What an excellent zine.

Now on to the stories. I think Janet P. Reedman is an excellent writer. I enjoyed all of her items, especially "OF FUTURE THINGS" and "ACCEPTANCE". I also enjoyed all her poetry; I always enjoy reading Janet's fiction; well done, Janet.

"MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING" by Denise Hamlin was an interesting tale about Much, very enjoyable.

"FISHING" by Jeanine Hennig. I've enjoyed Jenni's stories for as long as I can remember, but in a tree? (THE MIND BOGGLES!)

Lou Ann Quall's "WOLVESHEADS" was very enjoyable. I enjoy LOVED the film LADYHAWKE and I loved the way she combined the two.

THE WIND CAME AND THE RAIN FELL HEAVILY" by Lorraine A. Mumaw, was a good read. I liked the use of old legend, rather than an old idea that's already been done.

Debbie Hense's "GISBURNE'S BRIDE" was very enjoyable. I enjoy any story about Gisburne. he's my favourite ROS character. The story was very well written.

"BY SUNNE AND CANDLELIGHT" by Sue Collins. Was interesting. I like the way she worked in "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST". A very enjoyable story.

Laura's "DISILLUSION" was one of my favourites in the zine. Very well written and kept me engrossed till the very end. Well done, Laura.

"NOTHING MORE PRECIOUS IN ENGLAND" by Cindy Fairbanks. What can I say? Yet another favourite of mine. Cindy seems to capture all the characters and I liked Isadora as Guy's new love interest. Another story that kept me reading till its end. Well done, Cindy.

LA Carr's "IN GOOD TIME" was interesting. I find her style and the use of Matthew of Wickham as the next Hooded Man an interesting twist.

"PRODIGAL" by Laura was great. Poor ol' Gizzums, he does get ft rough sometimes, doesn't he. I look forward to more of your stories, Laura. Have you ever thought about going pro!!

I also enjoyed the rest of the stories in the zine, especially "THE TALE OF SIR GUY OF GISBUNNY" by the Old Prisoner and Arthur. "DEAR ROBERT" was also great, as was "WHO WAS THAT HOODED MAN" and "MISERABLE DEPRESSING ENDINGS" As for the artwork I like the art by J. Markle, V. Brinkmeier and, especially the art for Cindy's "NOTHING MORE PRECIOUS IN ENGLAND".

All the poetry was very enjoyable; it's not the easiest of things to write, so I enjoy reading all poetry. Again, congratulations on a splendid issue and I await eagerly for the next issue.[7]

How are you? I'm dropping you a line to let you know that ALB10N #3 arrived safely, despite the combined efforts of the dreaded U.S. and Canada postal systems! I was amazed to see such a huge monster arrive on my doorstep - you and Laura must have been extremely brave (or foolhardy) to produce such a creature. BUT I LOVED IT!!! It was far and away the best ALBION thus far.

I think my favorite story was Jeanine Hennig's FISHING. She always has her characters down just right, and the light touch in this was in nice contrast to her more serious work; it also appealed to my somewhat warped sense of humor.

I also really enjoyed the stories by Lorraine, Cindy, and Laura. I was interested to find that there were several cross-over pieces in the issue. I quite enjoy cross-overs. I was wondering how long it would be before someone wrote a ROS/B&B story - and sure enough,there was one in this Issue. There's going to be another one appearing in my own zine, LEGEND -- a longer piece co-authored by Dianne Smith and myself.

Anyway, back to ALBION 3. As a widely published poet, I was VERY PLEASED at the high standard of poetry in this issue. As you've probably noticed while reading other zines, a lot of fan poetry is ah . . . not too well executed. But the poetry by L. Bess, Maria Reed, and Debbie Linn was of a very high standard. I think my favorite piece was Laura's SOLSTICE however. I'm sure this piece could have been published in ANY lit-zine.

You had some good art in this issue, too. I especially loved the piece that accompanied OF FUTURE THINGS....[8]

I promised you a LOC, so here it is. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get to it, but I needed time to digest the wonderful stories in the zine as well as time to get organized after moving. Then, too, I'm busy watching the unedited (unbutchered), commercial-free "Robin of Sherwood" episodes. May Herne bless Showtime! I wish he'd blessed my VCR - it died in the middle of "Swords of Wayland". We bought a new one, but not before I'd missed it. Fortunately, I've a friend who has it...

You were entirely correct to call Albion 3 the zine that ate Cleveland". It's big, but so enjoyable! You've surpassed yourselves this time! Thank you so much for all the Loxley stories!

The absolute first thing I have to say is that the cover is gorgeous! How does Jeanine Hennig manage to draw so wonderfully and to write such incredible stories? "Fishing" kept me in hysterics. Poor Robin! Poor Marion! I suspect that this story came as a result of the conflict I've heard a bit about: some people argue that there's no passion between Robin of Loxley and Marion. Hah! They're just very natural about it. I love her comment about "severe took #2 - guaranteed to melt maidens at twenty paces"! He does have that look. We see it in "Swords" and other episodes. I love this lightheaded romp -- it's a shame Robin and Marion don't get to... romp (giggle). All I have to do is think of it and I start to giggle. Wonderfully fun.

"Of Future Things" was quite interesting. I suspected Marion knew something about the Hooded Man - but showing her the future and then making her forget is an old trick. The "Seeing" part was interesting.

The poem "Legend" is achingly beautiful and concise. Nice job.

I like "Much Ado About Something" - at least partly because I like the title pun, but it's a really neat idea. Somebody's paid a lot more attention to Much than most of us. The story feels true and it's a wonderful bit of insight into Much's character. It's interesting that the King thinks Much is "quick", while Robin's band (and the rest of us) are used to thinking of him as a halfwit. In this story, however, he proves himself a young man, and a caring one.

"Wolves' Heads" is great! I always wanted to see more of Navarre and Isabeau. I just didn't expect to see them in Sherwood. What a wonderful idea! I really liked how Lou Ann Qualls worked Robin's visions into the story. It's seamless and so Loxleyish that it fits. I also enjoyed the fact that Marion and Isabeau get Gisburne. He deserves it - and two less defenseless women I've seldom seen! It's a very good tale. My compliments to the artist for p. 34 Loxley picture.

The Rain Came Heavily and Fell in Floods" is another great story. The reactions of the band feel so real. I could see this happening. Lorraine Mumaw has quite a good grasp of Robin of Loxley's character. I like the interaction between Robin and Marion - from the beginning right through to Robin's rescue. The suggestion of a bond between the two of them is so perfect that I wonder that I've not seen it before. This was a good, new story.

'Cold Comfort" is a neat story. I liked watching Robin Hood and Robert of Huntingdon meet. The emotions were well-handled, and we even have Robert showing insight! Thank heavens. And the insight which is so much a part of Loxley's nature, even to the point of seeming to read minds, is a nice balance. I liked the power which surged between the two men when they touched accidently, and Albion's confusion. The fight sequence was clear and well thought out and the ending lovely. Nice job!

Oh, 'Acceptance' is beautiful. What an excellent job Janet Reedman did of making Belleme twist the truth. An excellent ending to a nasty Individual. He deserved what he got! And that description of Robin's eyes - it was incredible!

What a lovely illustration on page 71, capturing Robert's vulnerability, but also his strength. Truly beautiful. "Destiny's Call" gave me the shivers. Very nice.

"Gisburne's Bride" is a well-written story. The premise has been used before, though, and my opinions about Gisburne turning good at this late date are known. Robert and the others react plausibly. It's a good tale, if one can agree with the basic premise.

"Arabesque" is a lovely poem. You can get the sense of dancers whirling in and about in a complicated pattern. The images are very descriptive and unique. This is a neat poem!

"Marion's Prayer" and "Lost" are lovely - and the music adds an indefinable something to them. I'm glad to have the words to these.

"By Sunne and Candlelight" is an excellent cross-universe story. I enviously wish I'd thought of sharing the pain between Vincent and Robert. These two would understand each what the other feels - and Vincent's soul is large enough to wish to give comfort to one who suffers as he does. Each world echoes the other, as well, an exquisite balancing act. I love the bit with Albion rising out of the waters, but whence came the idea of Herne having dominion over the spirits of the Underworld? Isn't that Arawn or another? What Vincent says to Robert is achingly beautiful and oh, so true! A truth the heart knows. This is an excellent tale and it's lovingly told.

"Disillusion" is my second most favorite story in the entire zine (after "Fishing"). Oh, yes, Belleme, the master of illusion could try to fool Herne's son, but he'd never succeed. Laura portrays Robert as a man who has had to make difficult choices and yet who has survived. The story, despite, or perhaps because of, its base in enchantment, nevertheless has a gritty reality about it. I can see Belleme going after the Hooded Man - no matter who bears the mantle. The illusions are masterful. She almost had me believing in them! And Robert's unshakeable knowledge of the truth is superb. He feels like Herne's true son in this story. He has the instincts, as Loxley did. But at the same time, he's such a complex individual, with many shadings to his character! At base, he always remains Herne's Son, no matter what Belleme tempts him with, and Laura certainly has Belleme tempt the poor man with things he must desire on some level. And I have to say, in print and in a public place, that the lines: "But the powers of light and darkness are with me and 1 have seen both In myself. It is because there Is darkness in me that I know rt--and will not serve it." struck such a chord in my soul that I wandered down the stairs in a daze, repeating it to myself and murmuring, "Yes!" Laura expressed something I'd been feeling so perfectly! Truly, it is Herne's Son, the Hooded Man, who speaks these words. I just don't have the vocabulary to tell you how much that meant to me! It's beyond incredible! And the band's rescue of Robert is so real, so beautiful, so true in their actions and reactions! I love it that Much is the one who brings Robert back to them - the caring soul. The ending is excellent. All around, a wonderful story.

"Will's Sweet Dreams" is a really neat poem - as is the accompanying illustration. It hints at things in Will, expressing them without ever stating them. Neat.

"Nothing More Precious In England" is a good story. I enjoyed it immensely. I love the Arthurian echoes in it. Cindy Fairbanks has all the characters down well, but they still manage to surprise the reader - like Much's discussion with Nasir. It's so much in character. I enjoyed the love story. Gisburne almost seems ... human, intelligent. The love story is nicely handled. I really like your portrayal of Isadora. She cares for Robert and I'm so glad the poor man receives some solace for his pain of losing Marion. The fight scene is well done. I like the ending-twins! Nice.

"In Good Time" is an incredible story. I cannot bear to watch another Robin die! It had me in tears - AGAIN. The story is so good it HURTS. Why did he have to die? I thought Robert died in the convent! In all the traditional stories, he does. But I do like it that Matthew becomes Herne's Son.

"Prodigal" is an interesting idea. I like making Gisburne forget everything. It's a great chance for him to start over - and it is neat that it's Mab who finds him and sort of heals him. I like also Robert's appearance to help his "brother" even though I tend to suspect that Guy is beyond help. But between Herne's healing and Gisburne's own pain, there's a real possibility of change. The end is definitely "prodigal son" story. "Memories" is a wonderful, powerful story, however short it may be. An excellent piece. I love the filks. They're great. I can actually even sing some of them! Everything - all of the funny stories - were great and full of bad puns. I enjoyed them immensely. Now I must go. May Herne protect! [9]

Thank you for the quick response to my order for Albion 3. You weren't joking when you called it a "monster zine"! It's full of wonderful pieces, brava! You've surpassed yourselves with this one. These are just a few of my favorites:

"Of Future Things" It's about time someone wrote a story of Marion's childhood. Janet Reedman provides believable explanations for Marion's recognition of the term "Hooded Man" and for her quick acceptance of the old religion. And she keeps Marion in character, too!

"Wolves' Heads" The Ladyhawke crossover is my favorite story from Albion 3. Sometimes there is a tendency to favor one character or show over the other in crossovers, but Lou Ann Qualls avoids this by keeping the heroic qualities of Navarre and Loxley. She also has a good grasp of the characters. One line in particular sticks in my mind: 'Wolves tend to avoid me' (Navarre, p. 35). Can't you hear Navarre saying that?!

"Fishing" A Jeanine Hennig story that didn't make me cry. It's nice to have a fun Loxley story once in awhile.

"Gisburne's Bride" Not being a Guy fan, I almost skipped this one thinking it was another Guy turns good story. I got a nice surprise. It turned out to be quickly paced and entertaining, with an appealing heroine. I still don't see the attraction, though... (apologies to Guy's Gang).

"Memories" there had to be at least one story to cause misty eyes, right? It's short, but very sweet.

"In Good Time" I've always enjoyed LA. Carr's stories, and this is no exception. A very moving piece with Herne's lines thrown in at just the right times. I have one small problem with the plot, though. Would Tuck have announced Gisbume's true identity in such a public setting at such an emotional time for the Earl? Only a quibble!

"Miserable Depressing Endings" I could've used this after recently finishing one particularly gut-wrenching "let's-ressurrect-Loxley-just-so-we-can-kill-him-again" stories [sic]. Thanks for the light-hearted view!

"Evolution of a Story" Many thanks to Cindy Fairbanks for this interesting piece. Never having been a creative writer (essays were as much as I could handle), I am fascinated by the process talented people undergo when writing. The piece shows how much time and effort is involved.

Albion3 contains many more wonderful stories, but if I elaborate, this letter will be a zine in itself. I would like to comment on the beautiful artwork before I close. Jenni's cover is gorgeous. She can draw as well as write - some people have all the talent! I especially like D. Jordan's picture of Robert (p. 71) and D. Linn's one of Nasir and Sarak (p.89). Also. Howarth's illustrations for "Wolves' Heads" and Paulie's picture of John and Robert (p. 211) and Jim Markle's picture of everyone's favorite triangle (p.5) . . . The list goes on and on! Special applause for the Celtic borders. They set the mood nicely.

One final comment on layout. Please keep using the double column format. It's much easier to read.

Thanks once again for a job very well done! When will #4 be ready?? May Herne Protect You. P.S. I'm patiently awaiting word on Apocryphal Albion. You've got a tough act to follow! [10]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Jim Markle
back cover of issue #4

Albion 4 contains 330 pages and was published in 1990. It has a front cover by Jim Markle. Other art by Michele Amason, Kathy Baka, Vicki Brinkmeier, Dena Crystal, Wilma Douglas, Cindy Dreifort, Christine Haire, Barb Johnson, Donna Jordan, Kate Landis, Jim Markle, and Roseanne Rice.

It was the winner of a 1991 FanQ.

  • Chain Mail (LoCs) (1)
  • Horned God by Maddog (13)
  • Last Will and Testament by Marsha Battey (15)
  • Kinship by Julie Phipps (16)
  • Four Poems by Janet Reedman
  • Will You Dance With Me? by Laura Chevening and Maddog (28)
  • Marion's Lament by Cindy Orefort (38)
  • May Queen by Jeanine Hennig (40)
  • Richard's Call by Marsha Battery (44)
  • Prelude by Denyse Bridger (45)
  • Nasir by Marsha Battery (52)
  • Midsummer Magic by Janet P. Reedman (54)
  • A Chance Meeting by Maddog (58)
  • The Treasure of Hadley Hall by Julianne Toomey (59)
  • Little John by Marsha Battey (76)
  • Maid Marion in the Full Moon Light by Julianne Toomey (77)
  • Something in the Wind by Lorraine A. Mumaw (80)
  • A Tale of Sorrow and Woe by Cindy Fairbanks (102)
  • No Greater Love by Joyce Strohm (122)
  • A Different Point of View by Maddog (141)
  • Falling Leaves by Janet P. Reedman (143)
  • Bereavement by Marsha Battey (145)
  • Last Farewell by Marsha Battey (145)
  • Harmony of Opposites by Julianne Toomey (147)
  • Choices Made by Marsha Battey (148)
  • A Sense of Purpose by Marsha Battey (150)
  • Vocation by Julianne Toomey (154)
  • Not a Happy Camper by Rache (156)
  • Raw Fish by Cindy Fairbanks, Jeanine Hennig and Peg Kennedy (158)
  • Return to Sherwood by Julianne Toomey (166)
  • A Turning of the Wheel by Pendarim (168)
  • The Derkeling Cycle by L.A. Carr with Cindy Fairbanks (176)
  • Harm Unintended by Maddog (188)
  • Tyrant King by Marsha Battey (189)
  • Crossroads by H.L. Avry (190)
  • Less Than Kind by Laura Chevening (198)
  • The Hollow Hill by Ruth Dempsey (212)
  • The Taming of Sir Guy by Kaye Dunham (233)
  • Bartholomew's Tale by Laura Chevening (248)
  • A Promise Fulfilled by Arlene Wicks (264)
  • The Little Green Songbook: Merrie Tunes for All Occasions (266)
    • See It Through by Rache
    • Stay With Me by Rache
    • Weapon by Rache
    • All I Have to Say by Rache
    • Only for a While by Rache
    • Dreamed of a King by Rache
    • Perfectly Romantic Guy by Rache
    • Forgive by Rache
    • Try by Rache
    • Reasonable Man by Rache
    • Johnny Get Angry by Chris Haire and Denise Hamlin
    • Blue Beltaine by Ruth Dempsey
    • Let's Hear it for the Boys by Chris Haire and Denise Hamlin
    • Never Say Goodbye by Chris Haire and Denise Hamlin
    • Why Guy? by Chris Haire and Denise Hamlin
    • The Calling by Ruth Dempsey
    • Rabbit of Sherwood by The Old Prisoner and Arthur
    • Loxley's Complaint by Ruth Dempsey
  • Dear Robert by Mam (295)
  • In a Rut (or, Catting the Belle) by Kaye Dunham (298)
  • One Morning at Halsted Abbey by L.C. and M.O. (308)
  • All Herne's Children by The Old Prisoner and Arthur (30()
  • A Sherwood Carol by H.L. Avry, the Mad Rabbit (313)
  • There Was a Young Lad (321)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Karen River

Albion 5 contains 378 pages and was published in 1991. It has a front cover by Karen River.

  • Sir Guy of Gisburne, Robin Hood and the Eye of the Dragon by Laura Chevening Blunk and Helen Avry
  • Loss by Rache
  • Hold Out Your Hand by Maddog (1991Major Oak Award winner)
  • Embers from a Dying Fire by Cindy Fairbanks (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Merry Meet Again by Rache (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • The Butcher of Lincolnshire by Ruth Dempsey (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Departure by Joyce Strohm (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Fast as Wolves by Jeanine Hennig (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Band on the Run by Christine Haire and Denise (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Candle in the Wind by Denise Hamline (1991 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Something to Believe In by Denyse Bridger
  • other stories by H.L. Avery, Kay Dunham, Kitty Gamarra, Jenni, Lorraine A. Mumaw, Juliane Toomey, and others
  • Artwork by Kathy Baka, Christine Haire, Barb Johnson, C. Motika-Dreifort, Todd Parrish and others.
  • Vignettes (stories under six pages) include "As Before" by Jenni, "Brothers" by Nancy Hutchins, "Dear Robert" by Mama, "Hill of the Goblins" by Janet P. Reedman, "Hold Out Your Hand" by Maddog (Major Oak Gold Award for RoS Vignette), "Home" by Tara O'Shea, "Hunter, Hunted" by Sparrow, and "WNOT-TV" by the Mad Rabbits of Albion.
  • Poems and filks include "Band on the Run" by Christine Haire &Denise Hamlin (tie - Major Oak Silver Award for RoS Adapted Filk), "The Butcher of Lincolnshire" by Ruth Dempsey (Major Oak Bronze Award for RoS Poem/Original Filk), "Candle in the Wind" by Denise Hamlin (tie - Major Oak Bronze Award for Adapted Filk), "Departure" by Joyce Strohm (tie - Major Oak Pewter Award for RoS Poem/Original Filk), "Empty Forest (After Loxley's Death)" by Janet P. Reedman, "Evil Ways" by Christine Haire, "Fast as Wolves" by Jenni (tie - Major Oak PewterAward for RoS Poem/Original Filk), "Forest Sanctuary" by Janet P. Reeman, "Hill's Edge" by Maddog, "Leader of the Hunt" by the Mad Rabbit, "Merry Meet Again" by Rache (Major Oak Gold Award for RoS Poem/Original Filk), "Missing You" by Christine haire, "The Moth" by Todd Parrish, "99 Norman Guards" by H. L. Avry, "Release Me" by Maddog, "Scarlet, the Fire" by Julianne Toomey, "Sending" by Janet P. Reedman, "Sing Out" by Rache, "Vocation" by Laura Chevening, "Wanted: Dead or Alive" by Christine Haire and "Wounded Hearts" by Janet P. Reedman.
  • Interior artwork by Lila Bess, Vicki Brinkmeier, David Chamberlain, Dominique, Cherri Fiorello, Christine Haire, (Major Oak Silver Award for Independent Artwork), Barb Johnson, Kate Landis, C. Motika-Dreifort, Todd Parrish and Rache.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

"All's Fair" by Barbara Mater - Post-third season. An incognito Robert encounters Marion and fellow nuns at the Nottingham fair."A Bit Much" by H. L. Avry - Parody third season. Much turns into a giant werebunny."Council at Clipstone" by Janet P. Reedman - Between first and second season. Loxley and the outlaws infiltrate King Richard's hunting lodge, where both the King and young Robert of Huntingdon are currently in residence."Demons in Scarlet" by H. L. Avry - Long first season story. Two knights help Loxley rescue Scarlet and a group of villagers from potentially lethal, hallucinogenic poisoning."The Heir Apparent" by Kaye Dunham - Post-third season. Guy of Gisburne and his new wife have a baby."The Hunt" by Kitty Gamarra - Third season. In Robert's early days as the Hooded Man, he and the other outlaws warily become better acquainted. "Inheritance" by Laura Chevening - Long alternate third season story. Story from Tuck's point of view in the "Lady of Clun" universe, where Robert has a split personality and is both the Earl of Huntingdon and Robin Hood. "Like Embers From a Dying Fire" by Cindy Fairbanks - Pre-first season. Ailric of Loxley rescues a lost, very young Guy of Gisburne. (Tie - Major Oak Bronze Award for RoS Short Story)."Loss" by Rache - Between first and second season. When Marion becomes pregnant, she and Loxley regretfully decide they cannot have a child. (Major Oak Silver Award for RoS Short Story)."Passing Through Sherwood on a Summer's Afternoon" by Nancy Hutchins - First season. A young Robert of Huntingdon encounters Loxley and the outlaws in Sherwood."The Quest" by Julianne Toomey - First/second season. Lady Anna of Hadley Hall helps Loxley find a magical relic in order to save an ailing Marion."Sir Guy of Gisburne, Robin Hood and the Eye of the Dragon" by Laura Chevening - Third season. Guy is transformed into a dragon. (Major Oak Gold Award for RoS Short Story). "The Sound of Rabbits" by the Mad Rabbits of Albion - Parody third season. The merries and their adversaries as rabbits, singing new rabbity lyrics to tunes from "The Sound of Music.""Spirit of Fire" by Lorraine A. Mumaw - Long third season story. Robert encounters an evil fire spirit."The Wolves of Sherwood" by Ruth Dempsey - Post-third season. Nasir falls in love with a healer while a repentant Guy struggles with being a werewolf.[11]

Overall, the 'zine is lovely, with a good mix of material. The color cover is beautiful.

"Hunter, Hunted" is a nifty version of how Heme came to the forest. I liked it.

"Like Embers from a Dying Fire" is excellent, shedding interesting iight on Gisburne's character, as well as providing a look at the young Adam Bell and Aelric of Loxley.

"Council at Clipstone" is great! The scenes where the outlaws rob the abbots are hilarious. I loved the part where Robin find's Robert's sword and has the vision of his successor fighting Owen of Clun, particularly the look on Robert's face that "-Robin felt he should have been able to identify-" Robert's risking his own iife to protect the innocent people in the lodge is very true to his character. Well done!

"Demons in Scarlet" is excellent, also. The development of the illness and the villagers' subsequent madness is well done. Will's reactions are very true to form. The story is exciting, tragic and satisfying.

"Loss" is a deeply moving story. Robin and Marion's reasons for conceiving a child, then inducing miscarriage, are well plotted out. This piece is very relevant to modem society. What Robin and Marion have had to do here is terrible, but the consequences of raising a child in Sherwood (as seen in Robin's visions) would be even more so. Robin's feeling of utter helplessness is depicted perfectly, as are the emotions and reactions of the rest of the outlaws. This is the first of my two favorite pieces in the 'zine.

The Quest" is a neato adventure, an excellent sequel to Treasure of Hadley Hall." The challenges that Anna has to face range from frightening to very subtle. The scene were "Robin" tries to seduce Anna is well done! It's good to see such a colorful, creative story. Hats off, Julianne! I'm looking forward to future installments in the Chronicles of Hadley Hall.

"Departure" is my favorite poem in the 'zine. Many stories have been written about the days following Loxley's death, but this outstanding piece captures the pain, sorrow and hope in a minimum of words. The thoughts are all beautifully expressed. Wow!

"Hill of the Goblins" is a great prelude to "Cromm Cruac!"

"Candle In the Wind" is a well-adapted filk. I love the song, and the filk certainly does it justice.

"Spirit of Fire" is quite good, also. The match between Coventry and Huntingdon in the first part of the story is very colorfully written. I was still left wondering, however, exactly what it was that Nickolas dis liked so much about Robert's family. Obviously, it had something to do with Edgar, but I think it was a bit narrow-minded of Nickolas to generalize Edgar's deceit to the rest of the Huntingdon clan. ( Read "Resolution" in Albion 6 to find out why! Eds.) The second part of the story is also excellent-the scenes with the fire are great. The Rhiannon's Wheel ending is perfect. I liked this story a lot.

Being an avid Robert fan, I loved "Forest Sanctuary". Beautiful!

The story that ties with "Loss" for my personal favorite is "Sir Guy of Gisbume, Robin Hood and the Eye of the Dragon." So many different elements and emotions are woven into this taie that it's hard to tell where one ends and the next begins. Gisburne's transformation is fantasticaliy well done. It was actually sad to see him turn back into his usual rotten self again. Robert's reaction is very like him. The scenes were he fights the dragon, then Gisburne, are excellent. All told, a superb tale!

"All's Fair" is amusing. I've read some of Barbara's Whovian stories and she handles the RoS universe just as well. The bit about Gisburne's toothache is priceless, particularly when ft finally gets pulled out. The scene where Gizzy falls asleep while the sheriff is hounding him is a perfect final touch. Nice job!

The Wolves of Sherwood" is an excellent sequel to The Hollow Hills." My only complaint is that Robert's •reaction to Nasir's claim of killing Gisburne is too harsh. Unless, of course, this is a lead-in to another story, in which case I'll keep my mouth shut. Otherwise, a great story!

The Heir Apparent" is a nice, sweet story, perhaps a touch on the sentimental side, but still very effective.

"Inheritance-" another gut-wrenching installment in the "Lady of Clun" series. Well-written, though I don't enjoy watching Herne and David shred Robert's soul to pieces, it's neat to see what's happened to the other outlaws. I liked having the tale told from Tuck's point of view. Everything flows well and makes sense. A nicely done story, sad as it is.

"A Bit Much" had me in stitches, particularly the part about the "Special K."

"Leader of the Hunt" is a riot!

The Sound of Rabbits" has to be the funniest piece in the 'zine. I laughed myself silly over this. The spoofs on the Broadway songs are great, particularly "i am tiariff, you are flunky." Groan!

The TV Guide was good for a few snorts and chuckles, also.

"Merry Meet, Merry Part" captures the feeling of the show, fanfic, and RoS fandom in general perfectly. A most excellent piece with which to end the 'zine. Bravo!

It was nice meeting all these writers, poets and artists at Son of Heme's Con. At last, I can put faces to names-it makes the reading ail that much more enjoyable.

Till next issue. Herne protect you. [12]

First off, may I say the colour cover is stunning. Really beautiful and classy, that alone makes Albion stand out in the crowd. As for stories, "Council at Clipstone" was a favorite. Nothing is sweeter than well deserved revenge. I never liked the Lionheart, and am glad Robin gave him some of his own back. The only Lion king I ever liked was William. I wish I could have seen Richard's face when he named Robert his kinsman. Just picturing it gives me the giggles.

"Demons in Scarlet" was another of my favorites. I like James and Hugh a great deal. Will we see more from Eaton in future? I hope so. A great Scarlet story too.

"Loss" was brilliant too. I giggled when Marion explained the Lionheart's fancy for boys, and cried when Marion miscarried.

Of the stories in Albion 5, my very favorite is The Wolves of Sherwood." As a total mythology nut, I found the references to the "Math, son of Mathonowy" from the Mabinogion had me dizzy with delight. I must order Albion 4 now, just so I can read about Cathan and Leanna myself. I love the Welsh! And this story was briliant, especialy where it dealt with Guy and Robert and Much. Tell me there is a sequel! Ruth is a genius. First she makes me laugh with her sily stuff, then she makes me cry.

"Hill of the Goblins" made me shiver. But then, Janet always has that effect on me. She knows how much I love mythology, and the Sidhe and so on.

"Something to Believe In" by Denyse Bridger was sincere, and lovely. I enjoyed it very much.

"All's Fair" made me giggle. Tch, tch, tch poor Guy. ' , "As Before" Oh, Jenni's ilo is stunning! I feel I must say this. To write and draw both so beautifuly, I admit to being jealous. And this makes me understand Marion more, even if I drew my conclusions long ago. I can see it happening.

Did [I] mention The Heir Apparent"? I lied before, certainly this must be my favorite. Everyone is just so in character. I adored it. Besides, I'm a sucker for happy endings.

"Inheritance" was the first Lady of Clun story of Laura's I've read, and now I want to read them all. Even if they all make me cry, like this one. By the by, I now annoy my family and friends on long car tops with a rousing rendition of "999,999 Norman guards on the wall" I can usually get to about 9,998,762 before my sister beats me up.

"The Leader of the Hunt" completely cracked me up. Ditto "Sing Out", and I adore "Merry Meet, Merry Part". Is there a tape of all these out? [13]

My favorite story was LOSS by Rache. Her characterization is always right on the mark, and her dialogue Is natural and accurate. The bit about King Richard's ~preferences~ was very funny; it's great that humour can be worked in successfully even in a serious piece like this one. I liked Chris Haire's ilo (grin) on page 97, too.

I also enjoyed DEMONS IN SCARLET by Helen. The idea of the villagers suffering from ergot poisoning was really brilliant! I liked the descriptions of the villagers' behavior; this reader kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.

THE QUEST by Julianne Toomey was a very interesting fantasy piece. It reminded me a lot of some or the Arthurian quest stories.

SPIRIT OF FIRE by Lorraine Mumaw was an interesting sequel to her earlier pieces. I loved the inclusion of the Shrovetide football; it adds so much to a story when an author has done research Into the customs of the times! I felt the first half of the story was stronger than the second, though-but I'm not sure why.

SIR GUY OF GISBURNE, ROBIN HOOD AND THE EYE OF THE DRAGON was another top favorite with me. I enjoyed the way it read like a folktale. The scenes of the dragon in the barrow were wonderful. (shades of Beowulf!) and the transformation scenes were rife with powerful imagery. K.Proctors' artwork was really something else, too.

I also enjoyed WOLVES OF SHERWOOD by Ruth Dempsey, though I think I liked the first part in #4 better and INHERITANCE was a good insight into Tuck, though, as with most first person stones, there's too much use of the words 'had' and 'had been', which slows down the action somewhat. LIKE EMBERS FROM A DYING FIRE by Cindy Fairbanks was also very interesting.

As for poetry, I found there were A LOT of VERY fine poems in this issue, especialy SCARLET, THE FIRE by Julianne Toomey, HILLS' EDGE by Maddog, DEPARTURE by Joyce Strohm (this is my absolute favorite!) THE MOTH by Todd Parrish (my second fav. -odd litle poem, reminded me a bit of some of Yeats later, non-mythological poems).

As for art, the cover was beautiful. I liked Dominique's Robert on Page 41, al Chris Haire's stuff, and also Kathy Baka's. Rache's cartoons were hilarious. [14]

First off, ladles-that cover Is GORGEOUS! Boy, it's impressive and I'm IMPRESSED. I really enjoyed reading the "Chain Mall" section too and not just for the obvious reason that I want to know what people think of my work. It makes the zine more personal, somehow. A pity more editors don't Include a loc section.

My overall Impression Is that Albion 5 Is even better than 'the zIne that ate Cleveland.' Maybe you can call this one 'the zine that obliterated Ohio'? It's huge and jam-packed full of great stuff! I don't know how you do it, but you keep on Improving! Hooray!

"Hunter, Hunted" takes an Interesting approach to Herne.

"Like Embers From a Dying Fire" Is another well-done Cindy story. I enjoyed the early appearance of Adam Bell, as well as the reason for It. Gisburne Is believable. I really like Aelric here. His gentleness and caring fits well. The monk's reactions remind me of Tuck later on. The ending works perfectly.

"Hold Out Your Hand" Is excellent-and so Is that illo. The lines from Rache's song work very well in this story.

"Unknown Son" is a lovely description of Glsburne. I can agree with the words about the Norman (for a change). "Elena" Is a poem that absolutely floored me. From the opening, I thought It would be about her, but instead It's Scarlet's perceptions of her and his reactions to her fate. The hardness and jerklness of the rhythm are perfect for capturing Wlll-no softness here. The repeated line "harden your heart" Is transformed beautifully Into the closing "open your heart". Beautiful poem. "Nomad" Is neat. I'd never thought about Nasir as being a wanderer-but I think the first line of the last stanza Is missing a word.

"Passing Through Sherwood on a Summer's Afternoon" is one of Nancy's best pieces. I like seeing Robin and Robert meet (well, sort of) and think that the slightly rebellious earl's son would take his chance to get Into Sherwood Forest. I like the connection between Robin and Robert and I truly enjoyed Robert's thoughtfulness In collecting the arrows from the clearing. I always wondered about things like that myself.

"Council at Clipstone" Is very well-done. You can tell that Janet Reedman does her historical research.

Marion's hatred of King Richard rings true, as do all of the merries. The various plans to rob various rich churchmen are in character. Robin's "I'll get him" attitude toward the king was quite enjoyable, as was all his thievery at Cllpstone. Robert's appearance and defiance were well-done. I liked the Intuitive touch that drew NasIr arid Marlon to Robin's aid. Good joy.

I really liked "Demons In Scarlet". Your (or Robin's, in the story) assessment of Scarlet matches mine rather well. It's nice to see one's pet ideas shared by others. The description Is beautiful. This whole story is well-thought-out and well-plotted. I was playing with the notion of ergot poisoning myself, but you did It much better than I could've. Now I don't have to do It. The new characters are believable. After all. If Robert of Huntingdon can the a nobleman with a heart, there could be others-and it's their recognition of the 'disease' that's important. Robin's dream images convey the sense of what's going on quite vividly - l really like that part. I wanted to yell at Will not to eat the bread, but I have to admit, Scarlet giving himself over to an hallucination of pure joy was like a thunk on the head. The visions of the entire village are creepy, but very well done. You convey the sense of strangeness very well. I like the feeling that drew all the outlaws to where they were needed. Nasir's recognition tfiat Scarlet Is the one in trouble is shivery. I'm not at all surprised that Will would hallucinate Elena's death. His reaction is beyond words perfect. I admire the writing skill even as I hate seeing him put through such agony. If tfiat makes any sense. It Is so very revealing tfiat Scarlet sees his own face on those soldiers. His confrontation and sharing with Robin Is expertly done. I could visualize it on the tv screen in my head with no trouble. Heme's intervention-well, a deus ex machina Is always permissible. My personal opinion Is that Herne-ah-helped Scarlet to be able to open up. Beautiful job! Person opinion: I don't consider Will a "berserker". He doesn't go into the battle rage described in the Norse or Celtic sagas. He knows what he's doing when he fights and he enjoys it. He's just a damn fine swordsman. I loved this story.

"Band on the Run" is a realy good adaptation. Chris and Denlse, separately or together, do fine work.

"Missing You" and "Candle In the Wind" and "Evil Ways" are al very wel done. I like "Candle In the Wind" best, though.

"Loss" Is a very good story. I've written to Rache In quite some detail atxDut what I like. She writes very memorable scenes. All the reactions feel perfectly In character. She handles sexuality very gently yet easily. It's not embarrassing, but not matter-of-fact either. It does seem to take Marion a while to realize she's pregnant, but with so much going on, it makes sense. The visions are realistic. This story should be considered a warning to pregnant women who want the child to avoid pennyroyal in any way, shape or form! That entire sequence Is powerfully written. Wow.

"Yearking and Mayqueen" is a lovely, mythical poem. Janet R. Is such a good poet. "Empty Forest Is beautifully evocative, as Is "Forest Sanctuary." "Wounded Hearts" Is also lovely. "Brothers" is a fine comparison of the various familial relationships In RoS.

"Hill's Edge" Is a poignant poem. I won't want to have put myself In the mind of one of the men who killed Robin! "Release Me!" Is very Interesting: shows all the forces pulling at Robert-beautiful!

"Herne" Is a lovely and gentle slice of life. Marion's grief isn't the tearing emotional turmoil we see all too often. Her anger is vivid and her pain no less real. Good job.

"Departure" Is gorgeous. The characterizations given In the descriptions of each band member's leaving are right on target. The imagery Is beautiful.

"Hil of the Goblins" is an Ingenious method of explaining Gulnar and his pantheon-hopping. Creative explanation.

The Moth" Is a well written poem.

"Fast as Wolves"--l definitely want to hear this one sung. It never ceases to amaze me how one line from an episode can become the basis for so much creative effort. Fantastic. "As Before gave me a shiver In the ending.

The Hunt" Is a realy neat story. Poor Robert! Give the poor man another problem to solve, why don t you? Seriously, though, this story makes a lot of sense. We've al been worried about his emotional adaptation to life In the forest. Kitty draws in the physlcal-as well as the emotional. My only complaint is that this story feels unfinished. I think It should've gone back to Robert to complete the circle.

"Spirit of Fire" is an excellent story. The author captures our various Merry Men perfectly are the new characters she's added are believable in these roles. The camp ball match Is very well done indeed - the action, the excitement, the chaos of the large crowd—all are portrayed realisticaly. NIckolas problem with Robert's family is believable. The relationships among the various young people are well done. This is a violent game. Isn't it? Robert's and Nasir's ilness and Will's injury take a believably long time to heal. The author fias obviously done her homework. The details in this story add to the realistic feel. I like Robert s visions although I'd really like to know how Nasir can share them. The whole sequence with the fire elemental is superbly done. All the good stuff is here: action, adventure, battles, mysticism, intuition, heroism-Great job! Well, now we've done water, air and fire. That leaves earth. Ne-ext!

"Sir Guy of GIsbume, Robin Hood and the Eye of the Dragon" was a fun story. It feels like a fairy tale. I love GIsburne's transformation sequence from man to dragon. The characters' reactions are great.

"Dragon? Yer nuts!" ought to be in there. Oh, boy, this was neato!

"The Butcher of Lincolnshire" Is really good. It retells Cindy's version In verse and Is very well done. SIgh-another person who can tell a comprehensible story in verse.

"Something to Believe In" Is another good one. Nasir's protectlveness, Robert's sadness are in character. I really enjoyed the "ancient seer".

"All's Fair" was very good. Gisburne's greediness works and advances the plot. The battle at the fair is well done. I love the bit with Gizzy's tooth being extracted and then the medlclne-presumably some form of opium. This would make a good episode.

The Wolves of Sherwood" is a fine sequel to the "Hollow Hills". Methinks I sense a sequel to the sequel in the offing. This is a well done story, even if I have trouble believing Gisbume as a good-hearted wolf. Personal prejudice. I like Scarlet In this story, but I dislike Robert virtually disowning Naslr. Geezn Naz has saved his life any number of times. I cannot believe he'd kick him out, not even for kiling Gisbume, with whom his relationship Is, at best, rocky. I realy love the blessings to negate the curses part. That was set up very well. Lots of complex plot strands went Into this one. The outlaws (especialy Will) are the boys, the curses, births, shape shifting Gulnars bi-, er, I mean witches—No I don't. That gives witches a bad name. Anybody out there have a word for them? [Several, but we cant print them! EDS.] Maybe I was right the first time. Anyway, this is a well-crafted story. It even held me enthralled -which is quite a feat, considering my dislike of Gizzy.

The Heir Apparent" is another intricate taie. Well-plotted. Babies are a fact of life, and this one comes at an opportune moment-plot-wise. Gisburne takes the news of his identity surprisingly well, and is gentle with wife and child. Nice job.

"inheritance" is a fantastic story. Tuck's point of view is not something we see frequently, but this feels like him. The opening is very well done (especially Scarlet's departure-yes I know, I'm partial to Will).

Tuck's arrival at the monastery was good. His position there as infirmarian is perfectly believable. Perhaps, Laura, you could tell us what happenes to the other members of the band-like Will? Anyway, the earl's illness is well-told and the death scene is moving, even as it restricts Robert's freedom even more. I can see why Bartholomew pities him from the bottom of his heart. I think I do, too. Robert's change to >Robin is good\ And to think that he's with Tuck! The good friar's confusion and his musings work very well here. Robert is so much Robin and vice versa and Robert's knowledge of Wickham etc. borders on the mystical. Edward's recounting of the tale is beautiful. Tuck's own-ah-spiit-personality is a good example for Robert. I enjoy this alternate universe!

Sherwood Graffitti, as usual, contains some very good pieces. "A Bit Much"-oh, lord, a red-eyed werebunny! Its thoughts were very funny! "Geewhizgollydam!"-oh no! Wolfsheads don't swear, right? The entire thing is hilarious-or else we all have sick senses of humor. "Leader of the Hunt"-good job fiiking!

The Sound of Rabbits" was also extremely funny. Oh, ouch-all those bad songs filked at appropriate bad times, mentions of other shows—This play is pun-ishing!

The TV Guide was a neat idea. Whoever came up with it did a great job.

Do I really need to say how much I love Rache's "Merry Meet'? Well, I do. And that's all for this l-o-n-g loc. May Herne protect you (you need it)![15]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Jeanine Hennig

Albion 6 contains 408 pages and was published in 1992. It has art by Barb Johnson, Tara O'Shea, Kitty Gamarra, Christine Hair, Leah Rosenthal, C. Morika-Dreifort, Anna O'Brien, Todd Parrish, Rache, Laura Todd, Vicci, and Roseanne Rice. The front cover is by Jeanine Hennig.

From the editorial:

Welcome Back!

So far, we've had 'zines that ate Cleveland, devoured Ohio and otherwise created havoc. But now we present Albion 5 - The Terminator! When you've finished perusing these pages, you'll know what we mean! So join us in saying "Hasta la Vista, Woifshead! (and just about everyone else in Nottinghamshire as well!)"

This thing has taken shape despite a declaration of war by the Post Awful (and we know whose fault that is, don't we, Rache?) and computer glitches by the dozen. Between lost, strayed or mangled mail, a hungry computer that ate whole stories and disks that refused to let anyone edit them, we sometimes despaired (and screamed and cried and ate chocolate). But somehow, by the mercy of Heme and the intervention of St. Murphy, we did it.

As always, our thanks go to all our contributors. Without your help, this would be a really small zine.

As for Richard Carpenter -- what can we say that we haven't said before? Without his inspiration, support and generosity, we wouldn't be here -- or be having so much fun!

So, 'til next time, Blessed Be! And remember, we'll be back! Regards, your zombie editors -- Helen and Laura

One fan's poke at the Post Awful:

[Postmen of Fandom, filk to the tune of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London"]:
I saw a postman with an Albion in his hand
He was flipping its pages in the rain
He was looking for a place he could get it nice and muddy
Going to drag it round a big old sewage drain
Postmen of fandom
Better make copies of those zine submissions
Before you ever trust one to him
Original color illo got mutilated late last night
Postmen of fandom again
Postmen of fandom
He's the absent-minded gent who can't say where your zine got sent
We overheard it may have turned up in Zimbabwe
Better not give your LoC to him
He'll rip it up with a grin
Losing correspondence is his hobby
Postmen of fandom
Well. I saw Gisburne taking a message to de Rainault
Doing the postmen of fandom
Guy got lost and that message was a no-show
Just like the postmen of fandom
I saw a postman throwing On Targets in the river
His aim was perfect
Postmen of fandom
Hate us.
  • Chain Mail, LoCs (1)
  • Summer King by Richard Carpenter (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (poem) (From the editorial: "...Richard Carpenter -- what can we say that we haven't said before? Without his inspiration, support and generosity, we wouldn't be here -- or be having so much fun!") (17)
  • Wayland's Riddle by Pen (18)
  • Nothing by Karen Campbell (39)
  • Hate Me by Maddog (poem) (42)
  • Confidences by Karen Campbell (43)
  • Tragedies and Dire Straits by Janet P. Reedman (47)
  • Scarlet Tears by Tracey Nickerson (53)
  • Casualties by Rache (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (55)
  • Our Sheriff by Anna O'Brien (poem) (125)
  • Wicker Work by Julianne Toomey (127)
  • For Fire's Beauty by Tracey Nickerson (poem) (146)
  • Love Conquers All Things by Cindy Fairbanks (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (149)
  • Meg's Song by Laura Chevening (poem) (181)
  • Envy by Maddog (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (183)
  • Rainfalls by Maddog (poem) (185)
  • Herne's Sons by Anna O'Brien (poem) (187)
  • Boots by Kitty Gamarra (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (188)
  • Winter's End by Nancy Hutchins (199)
  • Summer Time Blues by Debra Batus (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (209)
  • Resolution by Lorraine A. Mumaw (216)
  • Just Outside My Reach by Maddog (poem) (231)
  • Refiner's Fire by Joyce Strohm (233)
  • La Croix Templar by Ruth Dempsey — Sequel to "The Wolves of Sherwood" in issue #5. (257)
  • Hidden in the Glen by Liliana (poem) (294)
  • Sherwood Forest (filk based on "Antarctica" by Al Stewart and Peter White) by Laura Chevening (295)
  • The Sword That Heals by Laura Chevening (296)
  • The Spell of the Greenwood Circle by Laura Todd (324)
  • Day of Reckoning by H.L. Avry — Sequel to "By Darkness Pursued" in issue #2. (336)
  • A Debt Repaid by Nancy Hutchins (372)
  • Peace by Laura Chevening (374)
  • Left Again by Maddog (poem) (383)
  • Dear Robert by Mama (387)
  • Dad Always Did Like You Best (cartoon) by Leah Rosenthal (1992 Major Oak Award winner)
  • Ballad of the Lost by The Mad Rabbit (filk, sung to the tune of: The Ballad of the Green Berets) (389)
  • Much and the Beanstalk by The Old Prisoner and Arthur (391)
  • Cannon Fodder by The Mad Rabbit (filk, sung to the tune of: Please, Mr. Custer)) (402)
  • Postmen of Fandom by Rache (filk, to the tune of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London")) (405)
  • Spread the Tales by Rache (1992 Major Oak Award winner) (poem)

Issue 7

Albion 7 contains 305 pages and was published in 1993. It has a front cover by Roseanne Rice: (1993 Major Oak Award winner) and a back cover by Morgan Graewolf Reinhold.

  • And You are There by Lila Bess i
  • Chain Mail by D. Readers 1
  • Wayland's Sword by Janet P. Reedman 8
  • Ailric O'Loxley by Ruth Dempsey 9
  • The First One by Maddog 10
  • The Sacred Hood by Janet P. Reedman 18
  • Traitor by Rache 19
  • Tuck's Prayer by Julianne Toomey 38
  • Prayer of the Maid of Wickham by Deborah M. Walsh 40
  • Night Guardian by Janet P. Reedman 42
  • Thoughts for Much by Todd Parrish 44
  • I Trusted You by Janet P. Reedman 46
  • Lament by Julianne Toomey 48
  • Crystal Tears by Wyvern 51
  • That Which Pierces the Matter by Todd Parrish 52
  • Forgiveness by Lisa Morrissey and Annette Vogel 55
  • Successor by CarolMel Ambassador 59
  • The Year of the Siege by Laura Todd 65
  • Change Your Mind by Maddog 82
  • All the Difference by Joyce Strohm 84
  • A Question of Faith Reprised by Lorraine A. Scherrer 92
  • Desert Son by Janet P. Reedman 106
  • Epilogue: Cromm Cruach by Julianne Toomey 108
  • For All the Days by Maddog 112
  • The Templar's Warning by Ruth Dempsey 113
  • How High the Price by Kitty Gamarra (1993 Major Oak Award winner) 116
  • Accident of Birth by Deborah M. Walsh 134
  • Serpent's Tooth by Helen Avry (1993 Major Oak Award winner), art by Morgan Graweolf Reinhold 136
  • For This Relief Much Thanks by Laura Chevening 183
  • The Homecoming by Ruth Dempsey 227
  • Pawns by Cindy Fairbanks (1993, Major Oak Award winner) 230
  • The Riddler of Sherwood by Joyce Strohm 281
  • Herne's Song by Ruth Dempsey 282
  • Another Big Secret Story by Rache 284
  • Dear Robert by Mama 286
  • De Rainault by Karen Campbell 287
  • What's in a Name by Helen Avry (1993 Major Oak Award winner) 288
  • Guy's Only Doing It for Some Doll by Karen Campbell 292
  • Sir Guy's Day Off by Ruth Dempsey 294
  • Maid Hareion and the Seven Bunnyheads by The Old Prisoner and Arthur 296
  • art by Roseanne Rice, Laura Chevening, Ruth Dempsey, Kitty Gamarra, Christine Haire, Barb Johnson, Atsuko Ogawa, Tara O'Shea, Todd Parrish, Rache, Morgan Graewolf Reinhold, Laura Todd, Deborah M. Walsh, Sharon Wells

Issue 8

Albion 8 contains 350 pages and was published in 1994. It has a front cover by Karen River and a back cover by Atsuko O'Gawa.

cover of issue #8
  • Beginnings by Laura Chevening Blunk (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 2
  • Caerleon by Laura Chevening Blunk (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 45
  • Prophecy by Janet P. Reedman 46
  • Wheel of Life, Circle of Love by Joanne Vitek 48
  • Half Wit by Todd Parish (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 58
  • Rekindling the Fire by Julianne Toomey (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 65
  • Chance Meeting by Ruth Dempsey 67
  • Captives by Rache 68
  • Porcupine Quills by Janet P. Reedman (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 84
  • Scarlet and Gold by Janet P. Reedman (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 89
  • Interlude by Kitty Gamarra 90
  • Final Goodbye by Janet P. Reedman 93
  • In a Lifetime by Debra Batus and Leslie Goldberg 94
  • Summer Days by Todd Parish (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 100
  • Shadows of the Past by Janet P. Reedman 101
  • The Price by CarolMel Ambassador 104
  • Tree of Seasons by Julianne Toomey 114
  • Fire and Iron by Lorraine A. Scherrer 115
  • The Harp by Liliana 158
  • The Toss of Golden Hair by Laura Chevening 159
  • Insight by Joyce Strohm 161
  • The Roots of Poison by H.L. Avry 187
  • The Fourth Circle by Laura Chevening 159
  • In the Dark by Kitty Gamarra (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 210
  • The Harlot of Nottinghamshire by Pen 218
  • Kinship by Cindy Fairbanks 248
  • Trials by Lisa Morrissey 278
  • The Tale Goes On by Ruth Dempsey 306
  • Sherwood Forest by Christine Haire 307
  • A NuRoSery Rhyme by Eileen Scidmore 310
  • Dear Robert by Mama 312
  • The RoS Puppet Show by Eileen Scidmore (1994 Major Oak Award winner) 314
  • The Deadline Calypso by The Mad Rabbit 322
  • The Snow Bunny by The Old Prisoner and Arthur 323
  • Zine Editors' Plea by The Mad Rabbit 338
  • Sing a Song of Wolfsheads by The Mad Rabbit 339
  • Chain Mail by D. Readers 347
  • art by Karen River front cover, other art by Laura Chevening, Ruth Dempsey, Kitty Gamarra, Christine Haire, Barb Johnson, Atsuko O'Gawa, Todd Parrish, Rache, Roseanne Rice, Laura Todd, Joanne Vitek, Sharon Wells

Issue 9

cover of issue #9, Christine Haire

Albion 9 contains 254 pages. It has a front cover by Christine Haire and a back cover by Leah Rosenthal and Laura Chevening Blunk.

  • Borderlands by Joyce Strohm 1
  • When the People Speak by Laura Chevening 2
  • A Kindness Repaid by Lisa Morrissey 4
  • All Together by Christine Haire 12
  • Lonely Flames by Julianne Toomey and Bryn ap Morwyn ap Morgan 14
  • Loxley by Bryn ap Morwyn ap Morgan 16
  • It's Just Another Day in Sherwood Forest by Atsuko O'gawa 17
  • Ransom by Rache (1995 Major Oak Award winner) 20
  • I Just Can't Wait to be King by Christine Haire 54
  • Farewell, Bonny Loxley by Joyce Strohm 56
  • I'll Never Understand by Christine Haire 57
  • The Exile by Joyce Strohm 60
  • Sherwood Tales by Lorraine A. Scherrer 62
  • Coda to Rutterkin by Laura Chevening 81
  • To Aim Again by Kitty Gamarra (1995 Major Oak Award winner) 83
  • Wistful by Liliana 103
  • Thicker Than Water by Laura Chevening Blunk (1995 Major Oak Award winner) 104
  • Nothing's Forgotten by Laura Chevening 161
  • Kinship Part Two by Cindy Fairbanks (1995 Major Oak Award winner) 163
  • Dear Robert by Mama 222
  • Hi-Ho, Silver Arrow by Eileen scidmore 224
  • The Heinz Ketchup Riddle by Eileen Scidmore 229
  • Marian Leaves Halstead by Rache and Laura Chevening 230
  • Aspects by Todd Parrish 231
  • The Bunnyhill Weavers by The Old Prisoner and Arthur 237
  • Chain Mail by D. Readers 249
  • art by Christiine Haire, Laura Chevening, Kitty Gamarra, Barb Johnson, Gail Molnar, Atsuko O'gawa, Todd Parrish, Rache, Roseanne Rice, Karen River, Leah Rosenthal, Sharon Wells

Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Morgan Graewolf Reinhold

Albion 10 was published in 1996 and contains 292 pages. It has a front cover by Morgan Graewolf Reinhold and a back cover by Deb Walsh.

  • Sherwood's Green Christine Haire 1
  • Marion's Trial Jill Scheppler 2
  • Queen's Pawn H.L. Avry 16
  • Disorder Laura Chevening 56
  • Winter Quarters Todd Parrish 57
  • Will-o-the-Wisp by Liliana 64
  • Sweet Justice by CarolMel Ambassador 66
  • Sword Song by Julianne Toomey 68
  • Down by Sherwood by Christine Haire 69
  • Bread Pudding by Todd Parrish 72
  • The Price of Mercy: Redemption by Lorraine A. Scherrer 76
  • Farewell by Beth Hlabse 122
  • Reaction by Julianne Toomey 123
  • The Power of Herne by Kitty Gamarra 125
  • The Queen of Sherwood Wild by Julianne Toomey 127
  • The Fire Within by Kitty Gamarra 132
  • The Sword by Cindy Fairbanks 134
  • Relics by Laura Chevening 147
  • Allegiance by CarolMel Ambassador 148
  • A Chainless Soul by Joyce Strohm 150
  • Siren's Call by Liliana 169
  • Arthur the Rodent by Gail Molnar 170
  • Death of a King by Laura Chevening 172
  • The Curse of the Hideous Tartan by Rache 247
  • Variations Upon a Theme by Gail Molnar and Christine Haire 274
  • Dear Robert by Mama 279
  • Spaces Bunnies on the Death Star by The Old Prisoner and Arthur 280
  • Blessed Be VIII by Rache and Julianne Toomey 292
  • Chain Mail by D. Readers 293
  • art by Morgain Graewolf Reinhold, Laura Chevening, Kitty Gamarra, Christine Haire, Barb Johnson, Rache, Roseanne Rice, Deborah M. Walsh, Sharon Wells

Issue 11

Albion 11 was published in 1997. It has a front cover by Tara O'Shea. Other art by Barb Johnson and Morgan Graewolf Reinhold.

  • A Fox, a Rabbit and a Pair of Redheads
  • In the Raven's Shadow by Helen Avry
  • Severed Ties by Kitty Gamarra
  • The Elves of Cocklea by Darlene Edvall
  • Whispers and Walls by Rache
  • Midsummery by Julianne Toomey
  • Blessed Be by Rache and Julianne Toomey
  • Hernawocky by Helen Avry
  • The Only Way to Get Scarlet to Take a Bath (cartoon) by Gail Molnar
  • We, Who Always Loved You Best by Cathy Bryson
  • other unknown content

Issue 12

Albion 12 has a front cover by Morgan Graewolf Reinhold and a back cover by Barb Johnson. It was published in 2005 or before.

  • And the River Turned to Blood by Todd Parrish 2
  • The River of Blood by Todd Parrish 4
  • Leader of the Band by Julianne Toomey 5
  • Top Ten Names Rejected by the Cauldron of Lucifer by Gail Molnar 6
  • Hensbane and Dandelion by Todd Parrish 8
  • When the Hunter Turns the Wheel by Julianne Toomey 14
  • If Herne Had Cut a Record by Gail Molnar 16
  • Bodies by Rache 18
  • Pacts with the Devil by Gail Molnar 135
  • Voices of Color by Todd Parrish 136
  • Robin Hood by Kitty Gamarra 138
  • Owen of Clun by Gail Molnar 140
  • Cantus: Good Friday by Laura Chevening 141
  • To Bear the Hood by Kitty Gamarra 142
  • My John, He was a Wolfshead Bold by Gail Molnar 152
  • Other Ways by Laura Chevening 154
  • Dear Robert by Mama 214
  • Not That, Anything but That by Gail Molnar 216
  • Choices by Laura Chevening 218
  • All Roads by Rache 266
  • art by Morgan Reinhold, Lila Bess, Kitty Gamarra, Barb Johnson, Tom Melzer, Atsuko O'Gawa, Todd Parrish, Rache, Roseanne Rice

Issue 13

Albion 13 was published in 2006 or after.

  • A Question of Faith by Lorraine Scherrer 2
  • Ever by Rache 22
  • When I Look at You by Laura Chevening 40
  • Memorium by Liliana 54
  • Nottingham by Kitty Gamarra 56
  • Star Crossed by Kitty Gamarra 56
  • Remembering by Deb Batus 84
  • Incomplete by Laura Chevening 94
  • Just Desserts by H.L. Avry 96
  • Dear Robert by Mama 110
  • Passage by Laura Chevening 111
  • Lightning by Rache 134
  • art by Barb Johnson (front cover), Christine Haire Alexander, Kitty Gamarra (back cover)

References

  1. from a letter of comment in "Albion" #1
  2. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  3. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  4. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  5. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  6. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
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  8. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  9. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  10. from an LoC in "Albion" #4
  11. From Saxon Chronicles
  12. a letter of comment in "Albion" #6
  13. a letter of comment in "Albion" #6
  14. a letter of comment in "Albion" #6
  15. a letter of comment in "Albion" #6