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BRIT SHRIEK!, a play on words for 'Brit Speak' (something we all find ourselves doing, right?), is an all-supernatural Pros zine that is open for submissions. The only thing I ask is that the story be grounded in the series, i.e. Doyle is a warlock with a goat as a familiar, but what does Cowley say when it comes time to change flats?; Bodie can talk to ghosts, but how does this help on an op? Get the picture? Yes, it's A/U, but make it recognizable A/U. Bodie and Doyle must be the ones we all know, not 18th Century pirates or 19th Century lords. Sue Wells won the name-the-zine contest and gets a free copy. Straight and slash accepted. Deadline is 11-1-91.
It is part of a series of themed zines:
- Brit Shriek! - supernatural focus
- Holiday Shrieks - holidays and supernatural foci
- The Hols of CI5 - holiday focus
From the Editorial
The second thing I want to address is the few people (only three, so far) who send me deposit checks as soon as I declare that I'm doing a particular zine. They make the check out for much more than any zine I've ever done has cost, give it to me months before I've even seen how big the zine is going to be, don't include a SASE with their letter, then wait two or three months to demand to know where their zine is. This really pizzles my poddle! Do NOT send me deposit checks! It screws up my bookkeeping! I appreciate the fact that you want to reserve a zine, but if you'll just send me a SASE for the correct price when the zine comes out, you'll have no trouble getting a copy. If you behave in the above-described manner, I will cash your check, wait until the zine comes out and send it to you with a refund of any remaining cash. Absolutely no communication will cake place on my end since you saw fit not to try from your end.
Moving on, if you would like to assure that you will be able to get a copy of a particular zine from me at a particular con that you know I'm attending, if you send me a letter stating which zines you would like to purchase, I will be happy to hold them back for you, please do not send me notice any earlier than two weeks before that con, as my house is crazy just before a con and it will most likely be lost. Also, please be positive that you are going to buy the zines. If I do not hear from you before the Saturday night of the con, I'll put the zines back into the sale-able stack and not hold any others back for you ever again.I know that all the above sounds like major bitching on my part, but this is the best way I know of to get to the most people. I deal with problems of this sort on a one-to-one basis all year, but when a zine rolls around, I get to air some grievances in order to avoid like hassles in the future. I'm here to give you the zines you want, and I'm happy to do it, but, hey, I'm a person with a life, too, you know, and if we work together, we can go on producing wonderful zines for years to.come, I won't get disgusted and say to hell with it; you won't say nasty things about my labours of love. Fair deal?
- The Hook, vignette by Mystery Frank (1)
- Got Those Vampiric Blues by Stew (slash) (2)
- London Fog by Sue Wells (gen) (14)
- Wednesday's Brother, Friday's Child by Linda Terrell (gen) (23) (inspired by Cthulu)
- (Reality is) Whatever You Conceive It to Be by Barbara St John (slash) (34)
- 'Tis a Grand Old Name by Caroline Quinn (gen) (40)
- Danger After Dark by Lily (slash) (49)
- Bodie Meets Godzilla by Dr Seuss (gen) (60)
- A Circle of Silver by Gena Fisher (slash) (63)
- If I Touch Thee by Michelle Christian (slash) (75)
- The Protected and the Protector, poem by Michelle Christian (78)
- Sunshine and Moonshadow by Natasha Barry (slash) (79)
- And Miles to Go by Anabeth Walton (slash) (87)
- Wave Goodbye Already! by Jane Mailander (A parody sequel to Cathy Bryson's "Nobody Waves Goodbye" in Chalk and Cheese 4. Jane Mailander's story is the first of a trilogy, followed by "Marley" in Holiday Shrieks and "See Me, Hear Me, Feel Me" in Leather and Blue Jeans #2) (gen) (91)
- The Line and the Sinker by Mystery Frank (109)
- front cover colour drawing by Paulie
- illos by Jane Mailander, Barbara Fish, Folger's Crystals, Corinna Hansen, Kay Wells, Jean C.
Reactions and Reviews
Got Those Vampiric Blues' — Now this really was a nice one. I've always enjoyed vampire stories that don't explain everything up to the smallest detail, but leave a bit of space for your own imagination.
"Wednesday's Brother, Friday's Child" — Yuck! Poor Bodie. That thing sounded like something out of Call of Cthulu, but it was a nice piece of horror to read. (Although I didn't sleep very well afterwards.) "If I Touch Thee" — Could have been a little longer, but maybe Michelle will write us a sequel?"Wave Goodbye Already!" — Cowley would be delighted. Trained invisible CI5 agents working for him and all for free. On the other hand, it could be a little difficult if no one could see them when they do want to be seen.