Dargelos

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Name: Dargelos
Alias(es): Jean C., Araminta Carrington, Aramooska Carrington, Fanny Adams, Prudence Phynagle, Jonet
Type: fan writer, vidder
Fandoms: Starsky and Hutch, Professionals, Oz, Eroica, Highlander, The X-Files, Still Crazy, Hard Core Logo, Hard Target, Die Hard, Brimstone
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Other: The FanFic Outpost
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Dargelos was a slash fan fiction writer who has written in many fandoms under many pseudonyms (Araminta Carrington, Fanny Adams and others) since the mid 1980s.

They wrote extensively in Starsky and Hutch, Professionals, Oz, Highlander and occasionally in a number of other fandoms. Their fanworks have won at least one Huggy Award, and they have been highly recommended by their fellow fans over the years. They have since turned pro.

Dargelos also produced fan art and co-chaired Zebracon as Jean C.. They also made Starsk & Hutch fanvids during the VCR-vidding era.

Fans Comment on Dargelos' Work

The first B/D story I ever read was 'Crying for the Moon' - which I was reading because it was a S/H story - and I had no idea who these two were, but knew that I had to find out. Which happened when I attended my first Z-Con. What a revelation! Of course, I had to join the library - and one of the first stories I got was 'What the Thunder Said'. After that I knew I had to get my hands on anything by Fanny Adams, and by Araminta. How do I feel about her work? The woman knows which buttons to push. I've laughed out loud at 'Babysitter Boogie', cried at 'What the Thunder Said', and enjoyed Cat Tales immensely. She's one of the few authors whose work I return to again and again, getting the same pleasure on the first or fifteenth reading of a story. When I see a story by Fanny, I know that the characterization and plot will be valid, and that it will be a believable story. So, thank you, Fanny, for the many hours of reading pleasure you've provided, your work is appreciated. [1]
... a few comments on "Fanny's" stories... I didn't set on with the "Emma" series for the most part, possibly because it suffered from the disadvantage of my reading it in quite a muddled order. On the other hand, I loved "Christmas", just because it fit the mood of the season, and gave a warm refuge from the daily, harsh reality of CI5 life. I also liked "Blood Brothers" and "Birthday Dinner". They stood along, not just as part of a series, and I've found that these can stand being read more than once. ... I really enjoyed (which means re-reading with pleasure) "Boogie Street", "What the Thunder Said" and "Fantasies". The second of these was a believable death story, written with a consistent style which made it all the more effective. It also introduced me to "The Wasteland" and I thank you for this. "Fantasies" was an erotic delight, but unfortunately, its sequel like so many was a disappointment. Cat Tales, the story, was a delightful combination of fantasy and humour; Doyle/Beelzy was wonderful. I feel that "Cat Tales", the zine, got tangled and dark; it went into too many directions, and too many loose ends were abandoned rather than resolved. Thanks also, Fanny, for the delightful cover we now see on each issue of T.H.E. it's a recurring pleasure to see. [2]
... "The Way of the Samurai" is a superb piece, demonstrating fine characterization, especially that of the fascinating adult-child Bodie. I did not mind that there was no plot evident in this piece. Its sequel, however, I found to be irrelevant to my B/D fannish interests and completely uninteresting. I am in this fandom to read Bodie and Doyle, not two other characters. The CAT TALES series I have always found vaguely depressing and, truthfully, I never made it all the way through the CAT TALES zine. The EMMA stories are okay, but I've never felt the need to take copies after reading them. For the most part, Fanny's sense of humor is a little off the wall for my taste (and I consider mine is pretty weird); her operatic spoof "La Triviata Pursuitto" left me cold. Although, I will mention that I found her "Bodie and the Beast" to be hilarious--I loved it. [3]
As I re-read and thought about Fanny et all's body of writing, I was reminded of those characteristics in her work that I most admire, her consistent, high level of technical expertise and the imaginative quality of her work. Fanny is one of the most skillful writers in fandom. Whether I agree with the premise of a story or not, I can always count on a Fanny Adams story being well written. Her work is carefully researched, grammatically correct and well executed in that her words are not often wasted but rather all work in concert to construct a clear picture of situations and characters in each story. That she is a writer with a strong imagination (and the skill to translate it into words) comes through, not only in the diversity of her story ideas but in the stories themselves with their small twists and witty or amusing references, asides often, but ones which enhance the story line. [4]
My favorite Fanny Adams' stories are probably not those others would choose. At the top of my list is 'What the Thunder Said.' It is an extremely well-written piece... with each word contributing to the somber, eerie mood, building a strong portrait of Doyle alone, burdened by life — Bodie's final gift to him. This story also contains a touch of the preternatural which creates a chilling sense of reality. The reader's ability to believe is nurtured, not overwhelmed or subverted.

This same atmosphere of supernatural charged reality makes 'Fantasies' and 'Consecration' two more of my favorite stories. 'Consecration' is nicely written, and Fanny ably writes along that fine line where the story content could be genuinely supernatural or what the desperate human mind does in its search for solutions and peace. 'Fantasies' has this same quality. Coupled with a sparse but eloquent, evocative writing style, it is probably one of her best, most tightly written efforts.

Other favorites are 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Doyle' and 'Boogie Street.' 'Merry Christmas, Mr. Doyle' is an engaging, finely written, hilarious story. The images are perfect - Doyle under the table with Bodie, Doyle nicking Cowley's watch, Doyle with mistletoe in his curls waiting for business, Bodie on the piano reciting poetry and then collapsing dead drunk. Nothing in the story strikes a discordant note. The writer's enjoyment of the characters comes through very strongly, giving the story warmth and a sense of affection.

'Boogie Street' is also a warm story. Though I'm not sure Doyle of the streets or the Met would be taken in by Lisa, I can willingly suspend that incredulity because the story is so well written. I can see Doyle pouting, believing he's the best in bed, etc. There is a difficult-to-define charm to this story which makes it so delightful.

Of her more recent efforts, I have enjoyed 'Way of the Samurai,' though I prefer 'Pas de Deux.' 'Samurai' begins an interesting alternate story line, but the story had a detached air about it that is both hard to define and difficult to overlook when reading the story. I felt as if the author herself were not too certain of her characters; given that this is the birth of the universe, this is, perhaps, only natural.

'Pas de Deux' does not suffer from [a] aura of detachment. The new characters, Eddie and Sasha, are well drawn and interesting. More fascinating, however, is the hinted-at relationship between Bodie and Doyle and the clues as to who these men are in this universe. If Fanny will take her time and write with the skill she has developed, this series would be her best work yet.

It is the sense of hurry up that makes me disappointed with Cat Tales, the zine. I enjoyed the circuit stories because they were fun, witty, had elements of the supernatural, contained interesting, other-than-Bodie-and-Doyle characters. The interpretation of Bodie and Doyle and their relationship as well as their powers added to the appeal. The detailed research provided a finely woven fabric of a backdrop. But, as pieces were altered somewhat and as new material was added to comprise a zine, I became less enchanted. As characters are wont to do, they created new problems, revealed new aspects of personality and power as well as new plot directions. None of these elements were accommodated in the final few pages of the zine, which left me frustrated and irritated. The zine was like a movie, where you've invested time and emotional energy, only to get to the end and find the film maker had no idea how to end the film so as to wrap up loose threads or provide a resting place, a sense of finality... In closing, I would like to thank Fanny for the hours of reading enjoyment and the smiles her stories have given me. Please keep writing. [5]
She's one of the few authors whose work I return to again and again, getting the same pleasure on the first or fifteenth reading of a story. When I see a story by Fanny, I know that the characterization and plot will be valid, and that it will be a believable story. So, thank you, Fanny, for the many hours of reading pleasure you've provided, your work is appreciated. [6]
"This is a very well-written zine (many new stories from Dargelos, who wrote Pros as Fanny Adams! I'd track down and read her *laundry list*!)...."[7]

Some Issues

In 2010, Dargelos had some issues with permissions and her fanwork, White Rabbit. See Talk:Dargelos.

Fan Vids

Dargelos and her friend Pam Perry were among the first wave of live action vidders. Starting in 1981 they produced a series of vids, mainly in Starsky & Hutch fandom. Many of the vids were short snippets using a stanza or two of a familiar song, strung together in one long medley. Their music choices covered a wide range from show tunes, to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young and Queen.

This list of vid titles has not been confirmed. Some of the titles may have been fan generated based on their hearing a snippet of lyrics. Others may have been copied without credit to the actual vidders onto a tape that contained Dargelos and Pam Perry vids. Neither playlists nor credits appeared on most songtape copies.

  • All My Life - Dargelos
  • Anything Goes (played over the vidder's closing credits) (some copies of the songtape end here)
  • Be My Love by Mario Lanza
  • Better Than It’s Been - Dargelos
  • Black Magic sung by Judy Garland - Dargelos
  • Boy From NYC - Dargelos
  • Come On Get Happy sung by Judy Garland
  • Comedy Spoof - Dargelos
  • Cowboy Song (Don't Let Your Sons Grow Up To Be Cowboys) - Dargelos
  • Devil in Blue Jeans (Somebody's Knocking) - Dargelos
  • Drinking Song - Dargelos
  • El Condor Pasa (If I Could) by Simon & Garfunkle
  • Face Like Dracula (from "The Roar of Greasepaint" play) - - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Following the Leader from the stage play "Peter Pan" - - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Forget Your Troubles – Dargelos (this may be a fan generated title for “Come On Get Happy” sung by Judy Garland)
  • Gonna Be Allright - Dargelos
  • Grains of Sand
  • Hammer and Nail - Dargelos
  • He Says - Dargelos
  • Heart of Gold - Dargelos
  • I’ll Be There sung by Bobby Darin - - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • If You Like Me - Dargelos
  • In My Life (I Love You More) sung by The Beatles
  • Just a Fantasy sung by Billy Joel - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Killer Queen (Multiple Fandoms) - Dargelos
  • Lady In Red (From the film "In Caliente") - Dargelos
  • Like A Melody ("A pretty girl is like a melody") performed by Irving Berlin - Dargelos
  • Little Girls (Thank Heaven For Little Girls) - Dargelos
  • Live Til You Die sung by Tift Merritt - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Magical Mystery Tour sung by The Beatles- this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • One (from the "Chorus Line" play) - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Only Yesterday - Dargelos
  • Opening Credits from Starsky & Hutch set to classical music - Dargelos
  • Otta Be In Pictures - Dargelos
  • Singing In the Rain/Blueberry Hill Medley - Dargelos & Pam Perry
  • Sisters of Mercy sung by Leonard Cohen
  • So Long - Dargelos
  • The Gangs All Here by Dropkick Murphys
  • The Tide Slowly Turning sung by Moody Blues (song set to the "Ocean Scene" from the episode "Targets Without a Badge") - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Too Late For Praying (Children of Today) sung by Gordon Lightfoot
  • Under the Bamboo Tree (from "Meet Me In St. Louis" soundtrack) - Dargelos & Pam Perry
  • Warm Gun ("Happiness is a warm gun') sung by The Beatles - Dargelos
  • Waterfall sung by Chris Williams - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • What Did You Do? by Gene Austin
  • Where Did The Chicken Lay The Eggie by Billy Cotton & His Band - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • Whiskey Heaven sung by Fats Domino
  • Whisper My Name sung by Gordon Lighfoot
  • You Can’t Do Me This Way sung by Mark Chesnutt - - this vid may be misattributed to Dargelos - possibly edited by someone named "Davis"
  • You Made Me Love You - Dargelos & Pam Perry

References

  1. from The Hatstand Express #16 (1988)
  2. from The Hatstand Express #16 (1988)
  3. from The Hatstand Express #16
  4. from The Hatstand Express #16
  5. from The Hatstand Express #16
  6. from The Hatstand Express #16
  7. Review posted to the Virgule-L mailing list in Feb 1997 by Shoshanna, quoted with permission.