Dark Fantasies

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Title: Dark Fantasies
Publisher: Maverick Press
Editor(s): Jo Ann McCoy
Date(s): 1993-2001
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links: Maverick Press
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Dark Fantasies is a slash multimedia anthology that ran for eight issues. It has the subtitle, "Not for the Faint at Heart."

There is a special edition, a sister zine, called Fantastic Fantasies.

a 1996 flyer

General Comments

Slash burnout - has anyone else ever experienced this? After reading three issues of Dark Fantasies in three days, I found that I was totally bored with slash. The sex may have been detailed, explicit and frequently sadistic to boot, but the plots were thin, the characterisations poor, and the sex scenes repetitive. (There were a few worthy exceptions, but not many.) Why is slash sometimes seen as an excuse for poor writing? It doesn’t have to be. If I look at the three B7 stories that won Stiffies this year, they all had plots (although Wild, Beautiful and Damned had less plot than the other two, it at least had a detailed background and some character development). Presumably, then, readers like stories with some real meat in them, so why on occasion do we just get landed with 'fill in the name' stories? I'm sure all fans have read them - tales where you could remove the names of Blake and Avon, substitute the names of Starsky and Hutch, change all references to the Liberator to something else, make about three lines change to the text and voila! - a story in a different fandom.

When characterisation is that poor, you might as well go and read porn novels as slash, as the point of slash has been lost. [1]

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Dark Fantasies 1 was published in 1993 and is 200 pages long.

Description from the publisher:

Dark Fantasies 1 has four stories from Starsky and Hutch. In "Odds Against" by Tasha, a novella length AU (103 pages), Hutch with the help of MI6 agents, Bodie and Doyle, must infiltrate Nazi Germany to rescue Starsky from the evil Third Reich. Other stories included are "Nightmare" (36 pages) and "Therapy" (13 pages) by Kelly James. "Starsky's Fantasy" (4 pages) by Donna S. completes the S/H stories with a complete misunderstanding between Starsky and Hutch.

Dark Fantasies 1 also contains three Blake's 7 stories that range from the light-hearted "It's a Dirty Job, but Somebody's Got to Do it" (13 pages) by Cami to the dark and brooding "Kerry," (9 pages) which is probably the most controversial and discussed story in Blake's 7 fandom. (Winner of the Golden Handcuffs Award.) "Control" (8 pages) by Lynne Franklin is an S/M fantasy with a surprising difference.

The last story, "The Morning After" (14 pages) by Airelle comes from the darker side of the Professionals fandom, in which one finds Doyle and Bodie experimenting in a consensual S/M fantasy.

  • Odds Against by Tasha (Professionals/Starsky and Hutch crossover) (1)
  • Control by Lynne Franklin (Blake's 7) (103)
  • Therapy by Kelly James (Starsky and Hutch) (111)
  • The Morning After by Airelle (Professionals) (124)
  • Starsky’s Fantasy by Donna Morgan (Starsky and Hutch) (138)
  • It’s a Dirty Job, But Somebody’s Got To Do It by Cami (Blake's 7) (142)
  • Nightmare by Kelly James (Starsky and Hutch) (155)
  • Kerry by Tasha and Jenni Birk (Blake's 7) (191)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for The Morning After.

[zine]: Warning, not that it's necessary. This 'zine caters to all sorts of kink, and there are examples of s/m, rape/comfort and slavery in this 'zine. The other fandoms represented are Starsky/Hutch and Pros (Bodie/Doyle).

Control (A/B) -- Lynne Franklin: Oddly enough, this is dedicated to S. Lewis, which gives a hint that there's a romance underneath this fairly intense BDSM story. B is tied up, "raped", beaten and humiliated by his dark, leather-clad master. The twist is that B loves every minute of it since he was brainwashed into masochism by the Federation, while A would much prefer to untie him, cuddle him, and make tender love to him.

It's a Dirty Job, but Somebody's Got to Do It (A/V) -- Cami: ...seducing Kerr Avon, of course. Vila is a spy-cum-sex-therapist. He wants an access code Avon has. The nearly-virginal repressed Alpha Avon wants enough sexual confidence to approach Anna. Doesn't entirely convince me, but if you like this sort of thing, you'd like this.

Kerry ("Kerry"/multiple) -- Tasha and Jenni Birk: This is the one my beta reader regards as character-rape. An enslaved Alpha boy named Kerr Avon ("Kerry" is his slave name) is subjected to various humiliations by his corrupt masters. In the end, probably broken, the slave is sold to "a dark-haired woman dressed elegantly in red" and "a man with a head of unruly dark curls". Are these an alternate-universe Blake and Servalan? Do we care? For me, the answer is "probably not"--the author may visualise Avon (and for all I know other characters) in this, but I don't, and find it difficult to care about the characters.[2]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Suzan Lovett. Title: "Liaisons Dangereux"-- a fan in 2004 wrote: "The one entitled "Dangerous Liaisons" is on the cover of the zine Dark Fantasies II (copyright August 1994), the picture title is labeled as "Liaisons Dangereux" though. There is a story in the zine by Kitty Fisher ("The Alchemist's Measure") that is based off the artwork, though from the way they worded the editorial it seems that the art came first. They also mention later in the editorial that the artwork for the cover was bought at a con for the zine cover, so I don't think it was done specifically for this zine." [3]

Dark Fantasies 2 was published in August 1994 and has 220 pages.

It features a front cover by Suzan Lovett and a back cover parody by Karen Eaton. The back cover was also published as a cartoon in BritWit #3.

This zine contains no interior art.

Dark Fantasies 2 was nominated for 5 Stiffie awards. "Metamorphosis" and "Blood and Shadows" each won their categories.

[Description from the publisher]:

The Alchemist's Measure," a Pros story by Kitty Fisher, was inspired by the Suzan Lovett cover. It is an alternate universe tale of unnatural lust.

There are three Blake's 7 stories. "Scars" is a novella length chilling tale that takes place after Gauda Prime. Stiffie winner "Blood and Shadows" is another novella length story that follows the episode Warlord. "The Beginning of the Bargain" is a sequel to "Control" from DF1 which explains how Blake and Avon entered into their depraved relationship.

Man From Uncle is represented by two stories which are packed with angst and hurt comfort in "The Price of Love Affair" by Susan Devereaux and "The Darkness Affair" by Mary Millard.

The last award winning story in Dark Fantasies 2 is "Metamorphosis" by tasha. It continues the WWII saga started in Dark Fantasies 1 and is a (Starsky and Hutch, Professionals and Forever Knight) crossover.

From issue #2: Karen Eaton's parody of the front cover is on the back cover; it was also published in BritWit #3 as a cartoon.
[The zine's editorial]:

Welcome to the second issue of Dark Fantasies. This is an editorial for those of you who thought Dark Fantasies I was lacking something when I skipped this chore last year. I skipped it because I really didn't know how to write one of these things. So this year, I'm going to try.

This is a bigger and darker Dark Fantasies than I ever imagined. Most of the stories arrived with this apology, "Well, it just kept growing. I hope you don't mind." I never mind long stories, but it has been hard to format while juggling thoughts about getting the print too small and will it fit a mailer? If possible, I would appreciate some thoughts on print size and format.

The stories in this issue are longer and darker than in the first issue. As I said when I started the zine, I wanted a bit of kink and there is some kink in this issue.

In The Alchemist's Measure. I feel privileged to have Kitty Fisher write a story inspired by Suzan Lovett's magnificent piece "Liaisons Dangereux" which is on the cover. It's a lovely historical tale of unnatural lusts and love in the fine tradition of Pros Alternate Universe stories.

For the readers of Dark Fantasies I, there are two sequels. Both stories stand well on their own if you haven't read DFI, though. In The Beainning of the Bargain. Lynne Franklin has told us why Avon and Blake are immersed in the possibly destructive relationship detailed in Control from the first issue.

Tasha brings some twists and turns to the fate of Hutch in the sequel to Odds Against in her story Metamorphosis. While World War II rages in the background, Doyle and Hutch struggle to get out of occupied France.

Blake's Seven is also represented by two more stories. Scars and Blood and Shadows. Scars is a Post Cauda Prime story dealing with the aftermath of torture by the Federation on Blake, Avon, Tarrant and Vila. Blood and Shadows is set after "Warlord" and the betrayal by Zukan with a twist the BBC didn't think of.

Man From Uncle is represented by two wonderful stories. The Darkness Affair and The Price of Love Affair. In The Darkness Affair both Napoleon and lllya try to cope with lllya's devastating injury and their burgeoning relationship. The Price of Love Affair brings back an evil villain from the series to wreak revenge on both our heroes.

When you've finished reading any or all of the above, please send in your responses to the stories both negative and positive. The writers plead for feedback on their stories. They want to know if they're writing anything that strikes anybody's fancy.

Now I want to thank everyone who had a hand in this zine. First to Linda who has been my inspiration (in many ways) and gamely edited stories that weren't to her taste. Then I want to thank Carol who has inspired contributors above and beyond the call of duty. Of course, there is Kathy who saw a piece of art work at Z-Con and decided it was perfect for the cover of the next Dark Fantasies then bought it. I also want to thank Gale, Mary, and Judy for their support. Especially Mary who acquired a conversion program when I panicked about retyping her story. Last but not least, thanks to my husband for the gift of the laser printer and his support of something that he really doesn't quite approve of. Peace and long life, Jo Ann.

By the way, if there is to be a Dark Fantasies III, I will need submissions as soon as possible. Write me if you have any ideas. We'll all try to help. This zine gladly accepts kinky stories, but I'll consider any slash story in any universe especially if it has a plot or is a well-written PWP. The story doesn't have to be SM or kinky but don't feel embarrassed to send those in.

  • Editorial (ii)
  • The Alchemist's Measure by Kitty Fisher (Professionals) (1)
  • Scars by Ross Allister & Nevin Patriyck (Blake's 7) (40)
  • Blood and Shadows by Salome (Sarah Thompson?) (Blake's 7) (winner of a 1995 STIFfie Award, two epilogues to this story by two different authors were published in 2002 in the zine, Angelfood) (Blake's 7) (104)
  • The Beginning of the Bargain by Lynne Franklin (Blake's 7) (148)
  • The Darkness Affair by Mary Millard (Man from UNCLE) (159)
  • The Price of Love Affair by Susan Devereaux (Man from UNCLE) (186)
  • Metamorphosis by Tasha (Professionals/Starsky and Hutch/Forever Knight) (207)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for Blood and Shadows.

See reactions and reviews for Metamorphosis.

[zine]: First the Disclaimer: I had some hopes for this zine because one of the stories in Dark Fantasies was so completely my kink it could have been written to my erotic specifications. Keep in mind that none of Dark Fantasies II comes even close to fitting any of my kinks, and so I am afraid that I am too harsh about the zine overall....((And, I tend to find in slash that if the story is setting out to be 'kinky' for lack of a better word, that if it doesn't hit one of *my* kinks, it is unlikely to work for me solely as a story: i.e., they tend to be less well written (less grounded in the universe is probably a kinder and more truthful way of saying that) than usual slash.

In general:

Beautiful Cover (Liaisons Dangereux, by Suzan Lovett) and wonderful silly parody version of it for the back cover by Karen Eaton (great idea!). All of the stories are 10-50 pages, relatively meaty stories, rather than short PWP's. Authors with ambition, even if their ambition outreaches their grasp. The copy-editor's hand is clear throughout. There are almost NO typos, not even of the synonym/spellchecker missed it type, and grammar is very good throughout the stories. The zine is dated (important to some historian part of me) and the editor uses her real name (also a plus for me). Very pleasant and friendly editorial.

Format: The good things--Very clean font (though I questioned their use of a sans serif font as the body font, it is a very readable one), double justified 2 columns with a nice amount of space between columns, name of the story (and the authors) at the bottom of each page, nice page numbering. Nice clear Table of Contents, stories labeled by fandom, but not by pairing or other content...(to tie into another thread).

The not so good--There is a huge amount of space at the top and bottom of each page. They could easily have kept the same page count, and increased the rather small font size by shrinking the top and bottom page margins. Also, (I know this is a quibble 95 out of 100 fans could care less about) underlining is incorrect in a published work. Underlining is used in draft as a *signifier* for italic (somewhat like *'s are in e-writing) because it is hard to show italics in handwritten and early typewritten text.

On to the stories:

The Alchemist's Measure, by Kitty Fisher--39 pgs. A regency era story (written to go with the cover) in which a pauperish lord, Raymond Doyle, has scrapped together enough money for one last night of submission before he is forced into a loveless marriage with a rich shrew. The man on the other end of the whip turns out to be Bodie, and before the night is through, they are both compelled to find out more about each other... I thought the story is adequately written/edited, as I expect from Fisher. The grammar, punctuation and story flow are competent. (I don't mean to be damning with faint praise. Those mere facts place the story high on the heap of slash in general.) S/M is not my kink, per se, so the sex might well be hot to someone else. The story itself is a pretty good historical, but the characters never reminded me of Bodie or Doyle. Bodie quite easily gives away that fact that he is a spy, and acts in general quite like the hero of a Cheltingham Tragedy, "He paused, averting his eyes, his cheeks flaming. 'Gods, why are words so clumsy...'" If gay, 40-page Harlequins with kinky sex existed, I think they'd be a lot like this.

Scars by Ross Allister and Nevin Patryck. 60 pgs. I greatly fear that sordid is what you call kinks not your own... having said that, I really did find this story sordid. Blake is a 3rd stage alcoholic living off of drug-addicted & suicidal Tarrant's wages as a licensed prostitute. Vila and Avon are still together, Vila hating Avon for the torture the Federation gave him when Avon wouldn't talk, Avon forcing Vila to viciously master him sexually (Vila having mixed emotions; half hating it, half thinking it is no more than Avon deserves). When Vila bumps into Tarrant long after Gauda Prime, he sets off a chain of circumstance that tests all four of them nearly to their destruction. Vila is the only character even slightly worthy of respect, though Avon, as usual, manages to keep some dignity in his degradation. The story includes intentionally vicious multiple rape. This is long, complicated story, and despite my distaste for it, there are pieces of this that really work. For example, when Vila finally tells Avon how he feels about Avon refusing to talk to the Federation while he was tortured: "You cracked, and I've been picking the splinters out of myself ever since." Generally though, if the characterization for these men are correct, I'm glad they were never tested this harshly on the show; trust me, it would never have acquired a fandom.

Blood and Shadows by Salome. 43 pgs. Tarrant and Avon are captured by Servalan, who uses psychomanipulation (the type used on Avon at Terminal) on Tarrant, to get him to rape Avon. When only Avon can be rescued, the other crew members have to decide how they feel about Tarrant; whether he's worth saving, what they believe the limits of psychomanipulation to be. I thought the story is a little over written, (Tarrant's POV) "He appreciated Dayna's kindness in thinking of him while she herself was in obvious distress from the memories aroused by the return to the childhood home that she had left in such traumatic circumstances. But he was still so tense that even the serenity of his environment failed to soothe him." But I thought the characterization was better in this story than some of the others: the scenes of Servalan running Tarrant through raping Avon are not bad; Soolin reluctantly respecting Avon's desire to hide what had happened, everybody hiding what had happened from Dayna: all of these rang pretty true. I can't easily discuss how unrealistic I found the ending without giving it away, So, SPOILER ALERT....Just two words: Sexual Healing...End SPOILER Alert. I hate that solution. YMMV. Not a bad story.

The Beginning of the Bargain by Lynne Franklin. (Technically a sequel to Control--but actually more of a prequel, since most of the story is a flashback.) 10 pages. Avon is trying to a) wean Blake away from his need for painful degrading sex and b) get Blake to accept loving care from him, rather than just sex. (Sue, stop laughing. Now!) Most of this story is a flashback to when Avon 'accidentally' discovered Blake's sexual needs, and is written (as befits the name of the zine) in somewhat archetypal fantasy style. (Avon walking into the brothel: "Moving toward the massive wooden doors at the end of the rectangular room, Avon was intercepted by a beautiful woman in a flowing, diaphanous gown. Her manner as regal as her bearing, she smiled a greeting, nodding her head in a courtly gesture.")

The Darkness Affair by Mary Millard. 26 pages. One of the many, "Oh no, my partner (Illya, this time) is blind" stories in this fandom, and slash fandom in general. The only excuse for this story being in a zine called Dark Fantasies, is the fact that one of them is blind: otherwise it is the sweetest of romances. Perhaps too sweet. Blinding Illya, already too frequently drawn as shy and childlike, is extra marshmallow topping on a 12 scoop ice cream treat. An example, '"That's very nice, Napoleon. Thank you." Turning shy, Illya lowered his head as he blushed. "I always found pleasure in your smile, too."' Illya spends pages telling Napoleon that he can't possibly be as in love as Napoleon thinks he is. I had a few quibbles with anachronisms in this, as well: quality-time is the only one I can think of now. If you like shy sweet romantic first time stories, give this one a try.

The Price of Love Affair, by Susan Devereaux. 20 pgs. Napoleon is kidnapped by Dr. Dabree (from the series? I couldn't tell. If so, it would have been nice to have an author/editor's note telling which episode the character was introduced in.) and held in the basement of his apartment building. Illya, of course, shows up to find him without backup of any kind. They are tortured while able to see each other, first on video cameras, then in the same room. The story is done somewhat faithfully to the style of the show with many short acts and seeming escapes which come to naught (though the rapes of course, would have been done off camera, if at all...). I recommend this one for hurt/comfort fans, with the caveat that I'm not one, and so am probably not a reliable judge, since I may not get what makes 'good' hurt comfort.

Metamorphosis by tasha. 54 pages. This is a sequel to a story in DFI, though that information doesn't seem to be given anywhere in this zine. (Not true-I reread the editorial, and it is in there--I think it would be more useful at the beginning of the story, though.) To give them credit, the story largely stands on its own, aside from some understandable confusion about why Bodie, Doyle, Starsky and Hutch are all in W.W.II England... This half of the story mostly concerns Hutch and Nicolas Knight (of Forever Knight), as Hutch is captured while in Nazi Germany, and rescued by Nic, who is forced to bring him across to save his life. They eventually meet back up with Doyle, then Bodie, and Starsky, (and Cowley who immediately thinks of the uses Hutch's change might be to the Secret Service). The story has some nice action. It is mostly about Hutch coming to grips with his new life as a vampire, but does nicely tie up the lose relationship ends of the first half. A nice story, though so much about Hutch dealing with becoming a vampire that it doesn missing words.

All in all, I would say that it is a well produced zine by someone who cared and put a lot of well considered work into it, who has tastes very different from my own.[4]

[zine]: Who knows what dark impulse made me pick this zine up off the dealer's table? For that matter, who know what caused the people who created it to think of such things? Why do some of us enjoy taking characters we love and putting them in painful and humiliating situations? As a friend of mine likes to say, "Freud would just pick that ball up and run with it." These questions are beyond me, though. Perhaps some day, some really wise person like Susan Garrett will figure it out and write an essay about it. Until then, we must merely deal with the results. Dark Fantasies II is a multimedia, S&M slash zine. As it warns in the subtitle, it is not for the faint of heart.

Part of what placed this zine in my hot little hand was the cover. In this striking, black and white piece entitled "Liaisons Dangereux," by Suzan Lovett, Bodie and Doyle are dressed (or perhaps it is more proper to say, semi-un dressed) in eighteenth century garb. Doyle holds a riding crop and Bodie a candle. Karen Eaton's cartoon version of the picture (featured on the back cover) suggests possible uses the characters may be contemplating for these items.

The cover inspired "The Alchemist's Measure," by Kitty Fisher. After reading the story, I found myself wishing the process had worked the other way. In Lovett's drawing, although she has taken Bodie and Doyle out of their usual context of time and place, they remain recognizably Bodie and Doyle. In Fisher's story, they don't. "The Alchemist's Measure" is a competently written, readable story, but Fisher has fallen prey to the chief danger of alternate universe writing—namely, when you change the history and circumstances that have made a character who he or she is, you can find yourself writing about someone who no longer bears a resemblance to the original character who inspired you. I was most put off by the fact that Ray Doyle, ex-cop and working class guy with an occasional taste for the bohemian, becomes Lord Raymond Doyle in this incarnation. The promotion in social stratum completely changes the motivations and conflicts that make Doyle an interesting character for me. Fisher's Lord Doyle doesn't talk like Ray Doyle. To me, he doesn't even seem to think the same sort of thoughts that I imagine Ray Doyle would. Bodie fares better. He's an ex-mercenary in both past and present, but still there was no phrase or gesture described by Fisher that made me stop and say, "Oh, yeah. That's old Bodie, all right." The end result is that, for me, "Alchemist's Measure" lacked, well, alchemy. Fisher failed to perform the narrative magic that would have allowed me to enjoy this story as an episode from the lives of an alternate Bodie and Doyle. Instead the story reads as a rather adult version of a standard historical novel plot with familiar names curiously inserted.

Standard plots are also featured in both the M.U.N.C.L.E. stories, "The Darkness Affair," by Mary Millard, and "The Price of Love Affair," by Susan Devereaux. In Millard's story, Ilya is blinded and Napoleon.... Really, can't we all finish this one in unison by now? Retellings of classic hurt/comfort standards like this one can be made palatable by innovative storytelling. That doesn't happen here. The narrative segments are fine, but the dialogue tends toward the "Do me, my darling Napasha! Do me! Do me!" end of the scale. Now, to be fair, the preceding was not an actual quote from the story. The following, however, are: "Love is worth the pain. Make my dream come true, Napasha. Make me yours." and "Napasha! My love! Yes! Take me—now." When I imagine David McCallum saying those words in his trademark dry, sardonic style of delivery, I begin to giggle...and giggle...and giggle very hard for a very long time. Somehow I don't think this is the effect the author had in mind.

"The Price of Love Affair" draws on another old reliable. Napoleon and Illya are kidnapped by someone who wants revenge on Napoleon. The best way to get back at Napoleon, of course, is through—guess who? Then guess what happens to guess who until the villains can be heroically disposed of and we can get on to the "Do me, my darling Napasha!" stuff. Actually, Devereaux's dialogue never falls into the unintentionally humorous as does Millard's. The fault I found with Devereaux's writing is that she remains too true to the reality of the series—the series at its worst. The cardboard characters and predictable dialogue sound like something a team of hack screenwriters could have hammered out easily in thirty minutes of a busy afternoon in 1968.

I must confess I never finished tasha's "Metamorphosis," a Starsky and Hutch, Professionals, and Forever Knight crossover set during World War II. Although the parts I did read seemed well-written, I have an unreasoning aversion for people who suck blood and characters played by David Soul. A David Soul character that sucks blood proved too much for my feeble constitution.

I group all of the Blake's Seven pieces together. Although each is listed as having a different author ("Scars," by Ross Allister and Nevin Patryck; "Blood and Shadows," by Salome; and "The Beginning of the Bargain," by Lynne Franklin), the stories are enough alike in style and approach to have conceivably been written by the same person. Now, for those of you looking for true S&M, look no further. Bad things happen in these stories...and are described in vivid detail. While reading them, I was glad that the editor had chosen to have no interior illustrations. I didn't want to see pictures of things that were described in these stories. Poor Tarrant seemed to get the worst of it. In one story, he's become a drug addict and a professional prostitute. In another, he's captured by Servalan, and...well, I'd have to agree with what Vila says when he learns of the astonishing depravity and variety of tortures endured by the pilot: "I never would have thought that a gangbang by [a unit of] Federation [guardsmen] could come as a relief."

The writing for each of these stories is blunt and visceral. The authors don't fall into cliche and they never, ever, ever made me want to giggle. Unlike "The Alchemist's Measure," part of the sometimes sickening impact of these stories is that no matter how low Blake's crew sink (and they do sink several levels lower than you'd think they could), they still carry enough remnants of who they were to allow you to imaginatively put the right voices and bodies with the character names.

Now comes the hard part. Do I recommend this thing? On a purely technical level, this is a well-produced zine. The layout is clean and professional—a very legible sans serif font in a decent point size, double columns, name of story and author in the footer, spiral binding and sturdy cardboard covers. No typographical errors to speak of. Reproduction of the cover illustration is excellent. No interior art—but then again, this also means there is no ugly or revolting interior art. Although I may quibble with stylistic choices made by some of the authors, the overall quality of the writing (particularly the Blake's Seven stories) is high.

And yet, I'm still squeamish about recommending a zine in which there is a detailed description of Servalan putting her fist up Tarrant's...well, you get the picture, I'm afraid. (I'll be kinder than the author and not mention the fingernails.) Then again, you can't condemn a thing for being what it is. This is an undisguisedly S&M zine. That is the genre to which it belongs. Those are the traditions it upholds. It wouldn't be fair for me to review a slash zine and say, "Well, the writing was good, the art was excellent, but I can't give it a good rating because it's slash, and slash is icky." Forthrightly, then, I take a deep breath and give this zine the four trees it deserves. Remember, though, this ain't one you're going to want to leave lying on the coffee table.[5]


This is a big thick zine, absolutely crammed into the binding. I have to take more care turning the pages than with the others with fewer pages and the same sized binding because of that. The text is a much smaller size than the Concupiscence zines I bought at the same time and it's a modern-looking (well, it was then) sans serif font. Really appropriate for the Blakes 7 stuff, but it was a bit jarring for the Restoration era Pros AU. There are no internal illustrations, but the front cover is a shiny piece of card with a black and white Suzan Lovett illustration on it. There are scans of this illustration online. It's nice to have an actual hard copy of a picture for once, but the contrast is actually better on the versions on the web! The back cover has a sort of cartoon parody of the front illustration.

The stories in Dark Fantasies 2 are three Blakes 7 stories, two Man from UNCLE stories, one crossover between Pros (yay), Starsky and Hutch, and something I hadn't heard of called Forever Knight, and the sole Pros one. They're all fairly long.

I would not suggest buying this zine if all you want is zine-only Pros fic. The Pros stores are both on the web.

So Pros content first:

The Alchemist's Measure, by Kitty Fisher. 39pp long, AU (Restoration times) and lots of BDSM. Online: The Alchemist's Measure by Kitty Fisher I reviewed it in the Reading Room recently, and you will gather from the discussion that I am not remotely impartial: Reading Room discussion of the Alchemist's Measure, complete with that picture. I love this story and jumped at the chance to get the zine it was published in. There is a lushness about Kitty Fisher's writing and the descriptions of everything from the furnishings of the room to the physical sensation are lovely: domination, submission, bondage, pain, lust, languor...

Kitty Fisher is British (as far as I know!) and although this zine is American, the language and spelling in The Alchemist's Measure remains British. I didn't realise how much that mattered to me until the other Pros-ish story...

Semi-Pros content:

Metamorphosis, by tasha, 54pp, is the final story, and was listed as 'Starsky and Hutch, Professionals, Forever Knight'. When I sat down to read this, I had entirely forgotten the webpage I had read somewhere (oh, fanlore.org wiki!), which had told me plainly: Hutch is a vampire. That must be the Forever Knight bit. For all I know, Forever Knight is set in the forties, too, because this thing is set in occupied France in WWII (and then in London). I don't like vampire stories as a rule (okay, I like Dracula!), I don't like WWII films, I never watched Starsky and Hutch, and the S&H fics I have so far read have them snuggling a lot, and blessed with great insight and articulation when it comes to their emotions, which is not my thing. So I was not pre-disposed to like this. I didn't, much :) Although it's billed as a crossover, I think the Pros characters (Bodie, Doyle and Cowley) are very much walk-on characters, even if Doyle appears fairly early on in the story. Bodie gets bugger all to do beyond moping. The dialogue and spelling are all very American (apparently London has sidewalks, and Doyle tells someone to 'quit stalling'). I want to pick holes, but I fear it is my dislike of the vampire aspect and my disinterest in the non-Pros aspect that is driving that. I suspect it works much better if you're a S&H fan. Particularly if you like vampires. If you do: Metamorphosis, by tasha.

Non-Pros content is three Blakes 7 and two Man From UNCLE. I do know something about B7; all I know about MUNCLE is the character names and that the Scot plays the Russian.

Scars, by Ross Allister and Nevin Patryck, Blakes 7. 63 pp. Blake/Tarrant, Avon/Vila. Post Gauda Prime, I presume. Blake's an alcoholic pimping a drug-addicted Tarrant and telling himself the money is for when the real revolution comes. Avon and Vila are trying to stay alive whilst Avon hunts for Orac (and, Vila fears, Blake). Vila is coping poorly with the fact that Avon wants Vila to be extremely rough during sex. All four end up in the same place at the same time - well, the same planet, at least. Treachery and betrayal all round (which strikes me as very canon), and torture and rape at the hands of external characters (ditto). Ending vaguely positive, despite all that. But I did find a lot of the discussion about stopping drinking/drugs very 20th century, full of ideas I associate with AA, which struck me as odd. You'd think so far in the future they'd be using a different system.

Blood and Shadows, by Salomé, Blakes 7. 43 pp. Avon/Tarrant Available online: Blood and Shadows, by Salomé. Servalan plays nasty games with a captured Tarrant and Avon, inducing a drugged Tarrant to rape Avon, which causes inevitable complications on the Liberator after each is (separately) rescued. I liked this apart from the (and I am sorry to be tedious, but it's a British show) Americanisms, but I have no objection to reading rape fic.

The Beginning of the Bargain, by Lynne Franklin, Blakes 7, 11 pp. Avon/Blake. Sequel to something in the first Dark Fantasies, but you don't need to have read it to follow this one. I hadn't. Blake wants to be dominated and abused. Avon doesn't want to do it. I quite liked this, but they didn't seem to speak in a way that I recognise.

The Darkness Affair, by Mary Millard, Man from UNCLE, 26 pp. Illya is blind, and vulnerable, and prone to shedding tears, and in need of Napoleon, and much smaller than him, and he's all soft and beautiful, with a "tousled golden mass" (of hair, thank you, stop that at the back there - actually, there's a lot of description of his hair, some of it very detailed), and, well, I didn't finish this. None of these are my thing. I think perhaps it helps to know the show.

The Price of Love Affair, by Susan Devereaux, Man from UNCLE, 22 pp. Napoleon and Illya are captured by a female villain (presumably from the show, dunno) and held in separate rooms with live video equipment so they can see each other being tortured and raped (Illya, at least), and there is much h/c, and really, I am starting to think that there are definite, um, roles in this fandom.

So that's it. This is not a zine to get if all you want is Pros - not if you have to pay trans-Atlantic postage on top of the price, at least! Both stories are online. Nor is it a zine to get if you don't like fairly grim plotlines. I wanted to see the Blakes 7 stuff as well, so there was quite a bit in there for me, and even so, I winced at the cost of postage.[6]

Well, having gone to Mediawest this year and having actually bought zines, I thought I'd contribute my two bits to the review section. I was going to review a multi media zine about which I have mixed feelings, Dark Fantasies II. I really loved the 17th century A/U (and I don't even like Bodie and Doyle!!) and the World War II cross universe (B&D, Starsky & Hutch, Forever Knight) was inspired, but the poor little wimpy Illya stories were more than I could take.[7]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Betsy M. Mott created "Nicolas"

Dark Fantasies 3 contains 152 pages and was published in 1995. Color cover "Nicolas" by Betsy Mott. Two pieces of interior art, one by John Largent and one by Randym.

art for "Instruments of Darkness", issue #3 by Randym. Note: This image has been marked as sexually explicit and has been minimised.
From a fan in 1995: "I've had the zine all of two days, and already it is falling open to page 91, where there is a lovely line drawing by Randym of a very naked Avon being flogged (with Tarrant forced to watch and looking horrified, but if you don't like Tarrant you can ignore that half of the picture)." -- [8]

[description from a flyer]:

Dark Fantasies 3 continues in the tradition of 1 and 2, featuring stories from the darker side of fandom. "Instruments of Darkness" by Corona Polvanthus won a Fan Q at Media West 1996. "Truce" by tasha won a STIFfie at the same Media West.

Dark Fantasies 3 contains four stories from Blake's 7. It has both Avon/Vila and Blake/Avon.

Blakes's 7 stories include: "Orbital Aberration" by Irish shows Vila's revenge for the near fatal shuttle flight in the episode "Orbit", and "Instruments of Darkness" by Corona Polvanthus, a post Gauda Prime novella. "Engagement" by Trinity Pawling gives us a confrontation between Avon and Tarrant after the destruction of Muller's android. In "Rescue" by Catherine, Avon is unable to recover his teleport bracelet and discovers just how perverted Servalan's revenge can be.

Forever Knight is represented by four stories. "Sometimes When We Love" by James Kythe Walkswithwind is a nifty tale of S/M vampire style. "Bad Blood" by Ellis Ward is a dark tale that could only be told by Ellis Ward. "The Bonding" by tasha tells of an early encounter between LaCroix and Nick. Tasha also continues her Stiffie award winning series in "Truce", in which Nicolas is captured by the SS and rescued by LaCroix (won a 1995 STIFfie Award). Forever Knight Limericks by Dee...

Man From Uncle stories: "Troubled Times" by Mary Millard is a heart wrenching Man From Uncle story. This novella is full of angst and hurt comfort.

[zine editorial]:

Welcome to the third issue of Dark Fantasies. First of all, I would like to thank the contnbutors who have made this zine possible. It is great to work with such an outstanding group of people.

The cover of Dark Fantasies 3 is special to me because of my growing obsession with Forever Knight. It was wonderful to discover the art of Betsy M. Mott at a con this summer. Betsy does gorgeous work! I would recommend to anyone who is interested in acquiring prints of the cover to SASE her at the following address: [address redacted]. She sells prints of the cover art for $18 and has another Forever Knight piece of LaCroix, Nick, and Janette for $20. By the way, she doesn't do just Forever Knight!

In Dark Fantasies 3. we have four stories from Forever Knight. Since Forever Knight is a fandom mainly found on the intemet, DF3 does have one story, "Sometime When We Leave", which has had a limited release on the net. It contains consensual S/M elements—Vampire style. Other stories are "Bad Blood" by Ellis Ward, "The Bonding" by tasha, and "Truce" by tasha. Tasha has continued the "Odds Against" and "Metamorphosis" universe in "Truce".

Mary L. Millard has come through again with a marvelous, touching Man From Uncle novella. This story is chock full of angst and love, especially love. It is sentimental without being too sweet.

Blake's Seven is represented by four stories. I really would like to thank Irish who submitted right away so that I could get this zine up and going almost before I had DF2 mailed out. She was so enthusiastic that I just couldn't not do another Dark Fantasies.

As always. Dark Fantasies ventures into the somber side of Blake's Seven. The novella, "Instruments of Darkness" by Corona Polvanthus, mvestigates more than the sexuality of Avon and Tarrant; it explores their strength of character. Other submissions mclude: "Orbital Aberration" by Irish, "Engagement" by Trinity Pawling, and "Rescue" by Catherine.

In Professionals we have two short pieces, but they are worth your time. "Just For Fun" by Catherme and Katharina is a consensual S/M story. Bodie and Doyle are just finding the joys of bondage and domination Dee has contributed a very short Pros vignette which is heart-wrenching. With these few hints at the contents, I will leave you to do some exploring of your own. I do hope that you let us know what you thought of the zine.

If you have a story looking for a home, Dark Fantasies 4 is now open for submissions.

Peace and Long Life, Jo Ann

P S.When I heard that Dark Fantasies2 had been nominated for five Stiffie awards, I was thrilled, pleased, and any other adjective that you can think of. Eventually, I heard that "Metamorphosis" and "Blood and Shadows" each had won their categories. Thanks to you, the readers.

  • Bad Blood by Ellis Ward (Forever Knight) (1)
  • The Bonding by tasha (Forever Knight) (8)
  • Limericks by Dee (Forever Knight) (15)
  • Sometimes When We Love by James Kythe Walkswithwind (Forever Knight) (16)
  • Truce by tasha (Forever Knight) (26)
  • Troubled Times by Mary Millard (Man from UNCLE) (50)
  • Orbital Aberration by Irish (Blake's 7) (87)
  • Instruments of Darkness by Corona Polvanthus (Corona Polvanthus & Lexa Reiss wrote a sequel to this story and published it in Angelfood.) (Blake's 7) (92)
  • Engagement by Trinity Pawling (Set just after "Headhunter." A violent sexual encounter between Tarrant and Avon, with a surprising twist at the end.) (Blake's 7) (83)
  • Rescue by Catherine (Blake's 7) (137)
  • Without by Dee (Professionals) (146)
  • Just for Fun by Catherine and Katharina is a Pros tale of discovery between Bodie and Doyle. After an exhausting operation the boys explore their sexuality. (Professionals) (147)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

[Instruments of Darkness]: Very explicit violence. PGP, Avon and Tarrant, the only survivors of the Scorpio crew, are brutally tortured at Servalan's orders. Later, after their escape, their shared experience draws them together; but their budding relationship is threatened when they encounter Blake, who has good reason to believe that Tarrant is a traitor.[9]

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Whitby27
frontispiece from issue #4

Dark Fantasies 4 was published in July 1996 and has 203 pages. All art by Whitby27.

From a flyer:

Again a zine with the darker touch. It is recently available with many different fandoms represented with an emphasis this time on Starsky and Hutch and The Professionals.

  • In this issue Kitty Fisher is continuing her universe established in "Alchemist's Measure" from Dark Fantasies #2 with "The Devil's Apprentice." Kitty puts Doyle through the wringer and Lucy gets her just due. Kitty promises that this is just the second of four parts which will appear in future issues of Dark Fantasies. Each part is/will be entire on its own. (39 pages)
  • "Getting Serious" by Catherine and Katharina is a sequel to "Just for Fun" by the same authors which appeared in Dark Fantasies 3 but can be read as a stand alone story. Bodie and Doyle continue their adventurous exploration of their sexual relationship and have to come to terms with the issues of equality, submission, and trust. (15 pages)
  • "Doyle, Later" by Dee is a sequel to the hardhitting vignette in Dark Fantasies 3, "Without." The author told me at Z-Con that Bodie was in handcuffs and not very happy about it. She had me on pins and needles until it finally arrived. (12 pages)

  • The Devil's Apprentice, fiction by Kitty Fisher (The Professionals) (1)
  • Doyle, Later, fiction by Dee (The Professionals) (39)
  • Bounds of Consociation, fiction by James Kythe Walkswithwind ("Was it a good idea for Ray to have a key to Bodie's flat?") (The Professionals) (52)
  • For a Start, fiction by Irish ("Cowley knows Bodie's secret and is about to reveal it Doyle.") (The Professionals) (55)
  • Getting Serious, fiction by Catherine and Katharina (The Professionals) (68)
  • The Sheeted Altar, fiction by Natasha Barry ("The most desperate bondage is that of the mind.") (Forever Knight) (84)
  • Fantasies, poetry by James Kythe Walkswithwind (Forever Knight) (66)
  • Gone with the Blow... Job by Natasha Barry ("Scarlett had the right idea.") (Forever Knight) (87)
  • Immortal Love, poetry by Vanessa Mullen (Forever Knight) (87)
  • The Anniversary, fiction by Katy Deery (First released on the jadfe list, "LaCroix has his own blackmail scheme for a certain Toronto homicide detective.") (Forever Knight) (88)
  • Of Knight Dreams, fiction by Natasha Barry ("Ever hopeful LaCroix attempts to melt Nick's heart of stone.") (Forever Knight) (96)
  • Forever Knight Limericks by Vanessa Mullen (Forever Knight) (95)
  • In the Dark, fiction by Erica Bloom ("Vila takes advantage of Avon.") (Blake's 7) (97)
  • Blake's 7 Limericks by Vanessa Mullen (Blake's 7) (101)
  • A Marketable Commodity, fiction by Pat Jacquerie ("Tarrant goes looking for rumors of Blake in the wrong area of town.) (The author has a companion piece called No Introduction Needed.) (Blake's 7) (102)
  • Denouement, fiction by Irish ("Having finally proved he cares, Avon faces the ultimate penalty.") (Blake's 7) (121)
  • Fugitive Dreams, fiction by K.S. Nicholas ("This was my second attempt at slash and is not that great. It was originally intended to be the beginning of a larger story, but I decided I couldn't write in first person for that long." [10]) (The Fugitive) (122)
  • Souvenir by Cody Nelson (The X-Files) (124)
  • The Night of the Assault by Mary Millard (Wild, Wild West) (128)
  • Down Roads Long Past, fiction by James Kythe Walkswithwind ("Hutch makes a terrible choice for a lover.") (Starsky & Hutch) (138)
  • Summer Days, poem by James Kythen Walkswithwind ("Starsky has a heart-to-heart talk with Hutch.") (Starsky & Hutch) (165)
  • Spanish Gold, fiction by tasha ("Why is the Torino abandoned in a gully on the Indian Reservation?") (Starsky & Hutch) (166)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

[A Marketable Commodity]: Why This Must be Read: The late and much-mourned Pat Jacquerie really was the person who put the Tarrant/Avon pairing on the map. "A Marketable Commodity" is a brothelfic--the commodity in question is Tarrant, who is captured by slave traders and purchased (with a bad check--well, he would) by Avon. From this unremarkable set-up comes a beautifully tender story combining extremely unsanctioned-by-the-Supreme-Court interrogation techniques and seduction-as-education. And Tarrant isn't, so to speak, going to take that lying down, so he gives it his substantial all to prove to Avon that Tarrant can give as good as he gets.[11]

[zine]: The front page is paper rather than card, with a clear plastic cover. The cover art is a colour image of seven head-and-shoulders drawings of Bodie, Doyle, Starsky, Hutch, Blake, Avon, and... erm... since there's a lot of Forever Knight in the zine, I'll guess it's a Forever Knight person. The font is different from the other Dark Fantasies zine I have: a serif one. Definitely fitted the mood better. There was the occasional typo and I did get the impression that perhaps the editors simply collated the stories rather than correcting words: there was a lay/lie confusion (a personal bugbear), and a pastime/pass-time, and one (non-Pros) author seemed more prone to this than others did ('might of', 'initial affects'). There were some formatting weirdnesses: a couple of occasions of two separate words run together (one pair of which actually made a valid word - most confusing), and two hyphenated words set with a gap between them, and a sentence with // marks around it which made me think perhaps it had been intended to be in italics.

There are three internal illustrations: all black and white pencil sketches, but not Pros: all three are Avon (from Blakes 7) bound in various ways. I cannot say I object. This gives you a general idea of the theme of the zine: lots of BDSM in this one. If that's not your thing, don't get this zine. There are only two non-BDSM Pros stories, and in one of those two, Bodie is tied to a bed...

Pros content:

The Devil's Apprentice, by Kitty Fisher. 39 pp. As with Dark Fantasies 2, I would have bought this zine for the Kitty Fisher story alone. As with the Dark Fantasies 2 story to which it is a sequel (The Alchemist's Measure), it is online. (The Devil's Apprentice: online) And as with that story, I have raved about it before: Reading Room discussion of Devil's Apprentice. For those not inclined to follow the link: it's a historical AU with Bodie and Doyle in Restoration England (okay, it starts in France), there's explicit (consensual) BDSM... and then it gets much harsher, as the pair of them end up in an embittered fiancée's clutches and face real torture, with some direct comparisons drawn between the two situations. It's by Kitty Fisher, so the writing is lovely. I find the ending ambiguous: can they continue as they were or no?

Doyle, Later, by Dee. 13 pp This is available online: Doyle, Later. It's a sequel to a very short story (also online: Without). It's post Wild Justice and slightly AU: Bodie has killed King Billy and departed CI5. Doyle spots him, is determined to extract an explanation, and decides to hold him somewhere until he gets answers. I like this largely because their communication is far from perfect: instead they are angry, hurt, frustrated, violent and dangerous, before they get anywhere near an explanation, let alone a resolution.

Bounds of Consociation, by James Kythe Walkswithwind. 3 pp The first of the stories which I think are zine-only. Doyle accidentally sees Bodie with a companion in the bedroom. We're not told what he sees. But it leads him to initiate a BDSM scene. I enjoyed the main part, but I couldn't really go with the set-up and Bodie's reaction to Doyle's overtures. To be honest, in the situation portrayed, I think instincts would have intervened and he'd have thumped Doyle.

For A Start, by Irish, 14 pp. Fairly involved plot, but at its base, Doyle becomes aware that Bodie really fancies him, and reacts poorly. Because Bodie is knocked out and loses a day's memory, Doyle has a chance to reconsider his initial reaction and respond differently, before he realises that Bodie, eventually, will remember Doyle's original reaction, and there will be trouble. There's quite a bit more to it than that, so don't think I have given it all away. Plenty to like here - Doyle's fantastic tactlessness which precipitates a plot turn is very Doyle, and the actual twists and turns are well-paced - but lots that I really don't go for. There are at least four mentions of Doyle crying, for example (argh!), and Bodie does too, and Bodie's initial "I fell in love with you" declaration doesn't strike me as very Bodie. Also, I found it hard to get into the right frame of mind after realising the first scene is Cowley and Doyle in a gay bar. There is a reason, but the story nearly lost me right there.

Getting Serious, by Catherine and Katharina, 16pp. A follow-up to a story in Dark Fantasies 3, which I do not have, but this one stands perfectly well on its own. Bodie and Doyle are in a fairly new relationship and venturing into BDSM territory. Doyle in particular is quite prickly about it and keeps trying to top from the bottom, and they have to work out a lot to do with trust. Some lovely touches: I particularly liked Doyle's defensive extra-macho swagger as they arrive in Soho, and also the casual use of the corner of the bedsheets - entirely plausible, I thought! I liked it a lot. I finished it and immediately wanted to read the earlier story. There were references that weren't fully fleshed out, and I got the strong impression from these unresolved aspects that there would be sequels. I hope there were.

Non-Pros content:

Forever Knight: four stories and three batches of poetry.

Argh. I really don't like vampires. I am the wrong person to review these. Most of the stories - The Sheeted Altar, Gone with the Blow...Job, and Of Night Dreams, all by Natasha Barry (who also writes in Pros) - and almost all of the poetry - by James Kythe Walkswithwind, and Vanessa Mullen - did nothing for me beyond confirm that I should not watch Forever Knight. One of the limericks did raise a real laugh, and one of the stories - The Anniversary, by Katy Deery, kept me reading in spite of myself. Don't really get the blood/orgasm thing, but I liked the choice of 'pieces of mortal life', which managed to avoid too many clichés, and I did like the ending.

Blakes 7

In The Dark by Erica Bloom 4 pp. Avon/Vila. Avon has been captured. Vila, on a rescue mission, finds Avon strung up, blindfolded, and wearily defiant after abuse. He can't resist the opportunity to take advantage. Two of the drawings in the zine go with this story.

Limericks by Vanessa Mullan: very silly!

A Marketable Commodity, by Pat Jacquerie, 20 pp Avon/Tarrant. Avon and Tarrant must fake a night of passion for the watchers they suspect exist as they wait to leave a planet. Avon is determined to get answers from Tarrant, and intersperses questions at critical moments. I had seen this online - it's here: A Marketable Commodity, Pat Jacquerie - and that and the Kitty Fisher fic would probably have persuaded me to get the zine, even before the lure of Pros fic I hadn't read. There are a couple of observations that I really liked - a comment about jockeying for position so intensely for so long that what difference would a single night make struck me as accurate - and Soolin's deadpan comment towards the end was a great change of pace. . Denouement, by Irish, 1 p Looks like a sort of AU of Gauda Prime. Very brief: can't say more than that!

"Mixed Media" - a grab bag

Fugitive Dreams, by K S Nicholas, The Fugitive, 2pp First-person, told by Sam, or Samuel, who I presume is the police guy pursuing Kimble. "That night I dreamed I was..." I think this is events from the film (it's a long time since I've seen it), but I am pretty sure the rest of the dream was not in the film.

Souvenir, by Cody Nelson, X-Files. 4pp Mulder/Krycek. Ooooh. Wow. Playing right at the edge here, with a belt around the neck. I liked this very much, but I do not think everyone will. That said, it is online: Souvenir, by Cody Nelson

The Night of the Assault, by Mary Millard, Wild Wild West, 10 pp, Artie/Jim. Another series (or film?) I know nothing of. Without doubt the gentlest story in the zine. h/c, but almost entirely the comfort, as Jim (who he?) looks after Artie (who he?). The reason it is in a zine called 'Dark Fantasies' is, I presume, the nature of the hurt (which happens before the story starts). There is absolutely nothing wrong with this story at all, but it didn't grab me at all either, and I didn't come away thinking I must learn more about the characters.

Starsky and Hutch:

Down Roads Long Past, by James Kythe Walkswithwind, 27 pp. H/c: Hutch is gay and beaten up by an abusive lover. Starsky moves in to look after him whilst he can't use his hands. Hutch weeps at least seven times, and Starsky once - is this typical of S&H? Dear me. More seriously, if I liked S&H, and such very comforty h/c, I think I might really like this story: Starsky's concern for Hutch comes over very clearly, as does an ability to know when Hutch isn't quite telling everything.

Summer Days by James Kythe Walkswithwind 1 p Effectively a monologue from Starsky. Probably means a lot more if you know who the other people referred to are. I could see what it was meant to achieve, but without the background, it didn't have the impact.

Spanish Gold, by tasha, 37 pp. Adventures in the desert, dodging nasty pair of villains who have designs on them. Hutch is injured. Starsky is protective. No crying (yay) and more sex. I much preferred this to the Pros/S&H/vampire one by the same author in Dark Fantasies 2, despite the lack of Pros: whether it was her grasp of this setting in this or my reaction to vampires in the other, I don't know.

So overall, I was keen - and glad - to read the Pros stories which are not online. I particularly enjoyed Getting Serious. And I enjoyed reading the other Pros stories on paper for the first time. I enjoyed some of the rest, too, particularly the B7 stories and Souvenir. Unlike with the Concupiscence zines, I noticed that the other stories I liked here were all to do with series which I had already seen. If you only really go for one of the fandoms in this, I'm not sure this is the best zine to get. If you like more than one, I suspect it's a better bet.[12]

Hey all! I received my copy of Dark fantasies IV long enough ago that I've read it (excepting the B7 and wild west and Fugitive ones). It has such cool front paper I had to share. ;) (I sent locs to the editor already, and this is being written fresh- so I may say different things.. may even have completely changed my mind. ;) I mean all of it.)

DF4 is available from Maverick Press [...]

Pros- The Devil's Apprentice by Kitty Fisher- I read enough of this one to find out What Happened (this is a sequel to a story in DF2) but I'm waiting to reread that one before getting into this. What I saw looks cool!

Doyle, Later by Dee- another continuation of a previous story. The first half of the story is really good, we get an intriguing look at how this has affected Doyle and what he's gonna do about it. What he does, though, is reconciled too quickly. It may be because we are kept to D's POV, but B's reaction to the set up is hard to understand, or believe. There is a lot of opportunity for some lovely angst, which doesn't get delved into enough (coming from someone who loves to see B in *pain*, any kind, anywhere, any reason. ;) )

Bounds of Consociation by JKW- a lovely PWP. ;)

For A Start by Irish- This is cool! I love the set up, and the ensuing conflict, and the resolution. both of them. This is a very well-written story, and B gets to strangle D. What else could you ask for? ;) I think all the characters have been effectively captured (love B's "Did I? Sorry, sir." at being told he smashed up his car). I want to see more about the rats, though. You know me- hurt him, hurt him again, then hurt him some more!! :)

Getting Serious by Catherine and Katharina- sequel to Just For Fun. This is my fav story. It is so entrancing, how they go about getting their new toys and using them... It's very realistic, each has doubts and limits and they sometimes communicate them and sometimes don't. I want more, more, more, and I'm told there will be a sequel. :)

Forever Knight

The Sheeted Altar by Natasha Berry- This one is interesting, but I don't understand why N goes to the hotel in the first place. The story hints at a lot without saying enough and as much as I want to see LC in a tub, naked, hotel tubs are not usually large enough for two people. (One remark saying that the tub was larger than average would take care of this).

Gone With The Blow...Job by NB- This was weird. Or silly. I'm not sure which. It's a fun short short, and if I'd ever seen the movie it might be funnier. Whatever it was meant to be, I think it succeeded.

The Anniversary by Katy Deery- a reprint of a net story, which I didn't reread. It's a good story.

Of Knight Dreams by NB- very nifty keen-o. A short snippet look at LC and his fascination for N. I love the line 'But this figure before him was no fantasy...' :)


Denouement by Patti E McClellan- Ok, so I read one B7. This was powerful, perhaps would be more so to someone who has seen more than two episodes. ;) A short story about the resolution of Avon and Blake's relationship. Almost makes me want to go watch a few eps..


Souvenir by Cody Nelson- I like it. Dunno who this Krycek guy is, but I like it. The scene is wonderful, and the ending is nicely brought off. I want to see more- all the prequels, showing the things which are alluded to here. This isn't to say the story is lacking, only that I want more.

Starsky and Hutch

Down Roads Long Past by JKW- I cant believe I actually finished this in time for publication. :)

Summer Days by JKW- heh..

Spanish Gold by tasha- This is a really cool story. A detailed case story with nifty h/c and angst. I enjoyed reading it each time. A very rich story, and includes a shower scene. :) [13]

Issue 5

cover of issue #5
table of contents with story summaries, click to read

Dark Fantasies 5 was published in March 1997 and contains 220 pages.

[the editorial]:

Welcome to the fifth issue of Dark Fantasies. This edition has been a labor of love which has come together rapidly. It was only last July that Dark Fantasies Four was published.

I hope that you enjoy this issue. All the authors and artists would love to have some feedback on the stories and artwork. As always, there are some very dark stories in the zine and some that are not quite so dark.

There are some fandoms represented in the "Dark Fantasies" this time around that are unusual for it. We have Star Wars, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Due South, Highlander, along with Professionals and Blakes 7.

There are some stories from fandoms that aren't seen very often such as The Hat Squad, Law and Order, Deceptions, and The Krays. I recommend these stories highly even if you aren't completely familiar with the universe.

Somewhere along the way I have been talked into doing an all slash B7 zine with stories that aren't necessarily dark. If you are interested in submitting a story for that zine contact me at the Maverick Press address or on-line at [email protected].

  • Editorial (i)
  • Vader’s Child by Elizabeth Stuart. Art by Cat. ("He was more at home among the stars than among the living. There were moments, too many of them, when he felt as though he'd died in Cloud City. Or at the very least, lost his soul. He should have died. Death would have been preferable to living with the burden that his father was supposed to be his enemy, an enemy he was expected to kill.") (Star Wars) (1)
  • Tough and Tender by Natasha Barry(Deceptions) (39)
  • Apologize by DeLaine (Highlander, the series) (""Sorry...I must have dozed off," Methos stammered, starting to lever himself up. "Don't bother getting up on my account," a martial arts callused and clamped around Methos throat forcing him back down, as Duncan nudged his hip to move over. He sat down on the edge of the sofa, leaning across the supine man to rest his arm along the back of the sofa, effectively trapping Methos.") (45)
  • Penance by Paloma Manchada (""You said you wanted a penance. You remember that?" Another nod from the increasingly worried cop. "Did you mean that, Ray? Are you ready to do penance?" "This is too weird, Fraser. Tell me what you're doing." Fraser just repeated his last question. "Are you ready to do penance, Ray?"") (Due South) (53)
  • Ghosts of Future Passed by Natasha Barry (The Professionals) (81)
  • No Introduction Needed by Pat Jacquerie, art by Whitby27 (Blake's 7) (83)
  • The Devil is a Woman by Gingersnapp (The Professionals) (86)
  • Closer by Richel Darrah (Law and Order) (104)
  • Closer Still by Richel Darrah (Law and Order) (106)
  • Waiting for the Clouds by Cara Loup (When Han and Luke find themselves stranded on a desert planet, old griefs flare into a dangerous confrontation with the truth. "Well fucked and far from home, was his first thought. The Falcon's subliminal music had stopped. Silence wrapped around him like something dank and sticky creeping up his arms.") (Star Wars) (110)
  • Past Gemini by Natasha Barry (The Krays) (148)
  • Innocence Lost, and, In a Sense, Gained by Cat, art by Cat ("Andrew breathed in the atmosphere. It was crowded and hot, leather and macho, except for a kid looking lost and panicky at the bar. Not a kid. Older. But he looked nice, clean and innocent. The young man was holding his glass of beer nervously ,sipped repeatedly from it, darting looks left and right, looking so sense that, although he was not without appeal, the other patrons of the bar had been cautious about approaching him. "First time chicken," Andrew thought to himself with smug anticipation.") (The Hat Squad)/The Professionals) (151)
  • Good Enough by Mireille ("That long moment right before the fist hit his stomach, the backhand slammed into his mouth and sent him reeling, choking on blood and tears and helplessness...no point in begging, he won't stop...no point in praying, Ma prays all the time and God doesn't ever help her, why would He help you?...just take it like a man, sure it hurts, but the hurt will go away after a while...") (Due South) (182)
  • Did Someone Say Bondage?by Gingersnapp (""Starvin', yeah!" Bodie laughed and grabbed at him again. He caught only air as Doyle raced back through the room towards the kitchen. "Make me supper and I'll be your slave." Bodie vowed.") (The Professionals) (202)
  • Sole Victory by Irish, art by Whitby27 (Blake's 7) (206)
  • Bedside Manner by Natasha Barry ("It was too close to the vitals. I knew it, and I hated it. Worse of all, I knew it would spread even further. It was all Bodie's fault, anyway. Him and his lock-jawed sense of adventure. Sometimes he deserved to be flogged, did Bodie. Especially by his loving partner. And I take great joy in fantasizing this. A pressie, if you like. One without accompanying card.") (The Professionals) (212)
  • Learning to Play the Game by Alexis Rogers (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) (214)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for Vader's Child.

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

Dark Fantasies 6 was published in 1999 and has 186 pages.

There are a couple of uncredited illos and many black and white screen caps from various fandoms.

[from the editorial]: As always, some of the stories should come with a health warning. This is after all "Dark Fantasies" so be warned about the contents. There are stories which merely touch up on the dark world of torture, but some are quite brutal. There are others that are simply light S/M and some that fit none of the previous categories. I hope the variety pleases you, the reader.

  • Blaze of Glory by Natasha Barry (Author's note: "NOTE: Based upon the film YOUNG GUNS, featuring Kiefer Sutherland as Josiah "Doc " Scurlock and Lou Diamond Phillips as Chavez. This story takes place prior to the arrival of the young man who would become famous as Billy the Kid, which is how the film YOUNG GUNS opens. There is a slash fandom devoted to Sutherland and Philips characters for the YOUNG GUNS I and II films, as wel as their co-starred and slash-friendly RENEGADES film.") (Young Guns) (1)
  • Mutatis Mutandis by James Kythe Walkswithwind (Author's note: "This was inspired by Lynne Franklin's "Control. " The title is a Latin phrase which means "all else being equal" or "with the respective differences having been considered. " This refers both to the initial situation having been inspired by "Control;" and to the relationship depicted herein. The problem Starsky faces is just that, all else is not yet equal. And if you ever encounter the phrase in a text somewhere, I hope you think of this story. Especially if it's a technical text..") (Excerpt: "The huddled mass of screaming cries wavered in his vision, then he steeled himself and snapped his wrist again. The soft leather whip came down, and he watched as it landed with strict precision on the exact spot for which he'd aimed.") (Starsky & Hutch) (7)
  • Crying in the Rain by Gwendolen (Excerpt: "Alec Trevelyan had been gone for over five months and only now, seeing him again, did James Bond realize that he'd missed his friend. And looking at him, he felt a quickening of his pulse. Dressed in his favorite black, comfortable clothes that showed off his slender and graceful build he looked seductive and dangerous, but his blond hair and mischievous smile made him look like a schoolboy.") (Golden Eye, James Bond) (13)
  • This Could Be the Start of Something (Professionals) (Excerpt: "Bodie usually had other things on his mind besides food. Really, he did. Occasionally his mind was occupied by things besides his partner, as well. But a perfect day for Bodie meant food and Doyle. Or food with Doyle, since he couldn't have food and Doyle. Not yet, anyway. But he was growing on the poor sod by leaps and bounds. He could see it clearly. Unfortunately, if he could see it, so could others.") (18)
  • Alternate Hell: Alternate Life: by Tattoo Moon (Author's note: "Any story with two Blakes is confusing. This first part is told from one Blake's first person point of view to try to help with the identification. This slash story contains S/M and other non-traditional erotic practices that may be offensive to some.") (Excerpt: "What the hell! I'm looking at myself. How? No, I'm not. This isn't a mirror. This isn't anything familiar. I'm looking at another "me". He, whoever he is, this Blake, looks like me—but he's not me. He's even got the same scarred eye I have, so he's me as I am now. He's laughing. What's funny? And he's evil. How do I know that? When do I wake from this dream? How the hell did I get this sick? Is this a nightmare? What is this? This can't be real.") (Blake's 7) (26)
  • Honor Me by Natasha Barry (based on the episode: The Ultimate Computer) (Star Trek: TOS) (76)
  • Cuff Fuck by Georgette (Author's notes: "Setting; After the warehouse fight. This fight begins with Johnny Wong asking Allen to kill the mob boss he is loyal to, in order to cut all ties before joining Johnny's team. Allen does this, and ends up triggering a massacre. A cop named Tequila interrupts the chaos, and he and Allen chase each other for the next several minutes, trying to blow each other away. Allen finally corners Tequila... but instead of shooting him, he flashes a smile and runs off.") (Hard Boiled (movie), the [[pairing is Allen/Johnny) (84)
  • Space: Above and Beyond Limerick by Vanessa Mullen (88)
  • Firewalk by Susan Cutter (Excerpt: "He strolled over towards Avon, and stopped at what he hoped was a great enough distance not to trigger the smaller man's touchy sense of personal space. "You look like you're working hard," he said, making his voice as friendly and warm as possible.") (Blake's 7) (89)
  • My Favourite Things, filk by Vanessa Mullen (Blake's 7) (99)
  • Consequence of Withholding Evidence by B.B. (domestic discipline, excerpt: "I knew Jim was still angry about my withholding evidence in the case just completed. When we left the precinct Jim put an arm around my shoulders and whispered in my ear. "We'll discuss your actions during this case when we get home."") (The Sentinel) (100)
  • The Panther and the Wolf, poem by Vonne Shepard (The Sentinel) (103)
  • The Cop and the Professor, poem by Vonne Shepard (The Sentinel) (103)
  • Under Control by Steve Rogerson (Excerpt: "There was dull thudding pain inside his head. It greeted his return to consciousness and made him wish for oblivion. "It must have been a good night," thought Gan, and immediately wished he hadn't as the pain sharpened. He tried to move but his body wouldn't respond. Slowly he opened his eyes.") (Blake's 7) (104)
  • The King's Shilling (Highlander/Sharpe's Rifles) (Excerpt: "He stood on the bank of the Seine and stared at the barge, floating at anchor. So this was where the bastard lived. He was going to kill Duncan MacLeod, take his head, but first make him sorry he'd ever lived. It hadn't been too terribly hard to locate the man. Now he would have his revenge.")
  • Shadows, poem by Garnet (Blake's 7) (109)
  • Un Seul Etre Vous Manque... (Excerpt: "Bodie was dead. All life on earth, every single person or animal living now, was going to die one day or another.") (The Professionals) (110)
  • Craving by Natasha Barry (Excerpt: "It was just another photo shoot, nothing special about it, but he felt uncomfortable anyway. There was tingling throughout his nervous system, and Michael didn't know why.") (Lost Boys) (112)
  • The Wild Side, poem by Garnet (Lost Boys) (122)
  • First Kill by Irish (Bodie/Doyle/OFC) (Excerpt: "Ruth Pettifer hurried around the corner at the end of the street, ducked into an alleyway and promptly emptied the contents of her stomach. Christ, she'd thought the debrief would never end. Thought she'd disgrace herself all over Cowley's shoes.") (The Professionals) (123)
  • Points of View, poem by Airelle (The Professionals) (126)
  • The King's Schilling by tasha (Sharpe's Rifles/Highlander) (127)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

Here is something completely different, a multimedia zine that is very definitely slash-- plus one B7 het adult story in this issue! The het story is by none other than our own Steve Rogerson, and it's very dark, though with a certain black humor (involving cricket, with thanks to Harriet!) as well. The first draft of the story (now somewhat revised) was originally posted to the Space City list, where it squicked a number of readers including yours truly. Susan Beth, in a very perceptive review, pointed out that that's probably because the story is based not on the conventions of female-written fan fiction, but rather on men's adventure fiction: the hero is tortured by the villain, and eventually dispatches said villain by an appropriately similar method. Post-Pressure Point, Gan is worked over by Servalan, until he eventually manages to take his revenge. I think it's the only time the G/Se pairing has actually been written, although Barbara T did suggest it in her classic article on "Pairings" some years ago [14].

Susan Cutter's excellent "Firewalk" is an Oblaque-type A/B dealing with the sexual aftereffects of Blake's conditioning by the Federation, and the ingenious if somewhat unscrupulous means by which Avon copes. Definitely Stiffie material, IMO. I love the way that a happy ending (well, at least by B7 standards-- they're both alive, still on speaking terms, and indeed reasonably pleased with each other at the end) is brought about by the fact that Avon is more than a bit of a bastard-- just what Blake needs under the circumstances. The story is told from Blake's POV and is very sympathetic to him.

"Alternate Realities" by Tattoo Moon is a long and very, very strange A/B story, also from Blake's POV. Indeed, the first of its three sections is told in first person, by (our?) Blake himself-- one of two Blakes in this story. I'll call him Blake1. Some years PGP, Blake1, who is still fighting the Federation, falls very ill and in a feverish delirium meets-- himself. Another Blake, that is, from an alternate universe where both Blake and Avon are, if not exactly evil, considerably more unscrupulous than the versions of them we know. This Blake2 forces Blake1 to trade places with him. Blake1 then finds himself in a universe where his double has won the war but lost the peace. That is, he has proven to be a very inefficient, possibly corrupt President (we never hear the exact details) and is now being forced to step down in favor of the local Avon.

Avon2 sends Blake into exile on Horizon, supposedly to work as an engineer but actually to be forced into sexual slavery to a brutal fellow prisoner, Onyxx, in a prison work camp. However, after two years in the work camp-- which do wonders for Blake's physique if not for his morale-- it is revealed that the whole thing was set up by Avon, who wanted Blake trained for his own use. Poor Blake1 is distressed by the contrast between cruel Avon2 and his idealized memory of his beloved Avon1; but eventually, over the course of a highly erotic, heavy SM relationship, he does fall in love with Avon2.

Soon after Blake1 has managed to come to terms with his existence as Avon2's slave, Blake2 shows up again and once again forces a switch. Blake2, after giving himself another chance with both the Presidency and Avon by moving into Blake1's universe, has now managed to mess it all up once again, and again makes his escape at Blake1's expense. When Blake1 returns to his own universe, he inds that he is about to be executed for Blake2's crimes, and Avon1 now hates him, although he is still attracted to him sexually.

I can't describe the ending without giving too much away, but the two Blakes do meet for a third and final time, with a neatly science-fictional conclusion that I found very satisfying.

This is a fascinating if flawed story. I thought that the first section, in first person Blake POV, was extremely well-written and gripping; the other two sections, IMO, could have used a bit more editing and tightening up. There are also some small things that bothered me, such as the use of too-cute names for minor characters (e.g. guards Tartarus and Styx on spaceship Charon), and the author's editorial comments at the beginnings of the sections, pointing out things like the POV change. I'd rather find out for myself.

I'll be interested to hear what others think of this story. There is a lot of very graphic, very violent sex, which will not be to everyone's taste (especially since Blake is the sufferer and not Avon!). I think, though, that it's necessary in order to get a feel for Blake1's confused state of mind after all that Avon2 puts him through. And I really like the handling of the alternate universes, the personalities of the alternate Avons and Blakes, and the way they all change and learn as they interact with each other; very well and believably done, IMO.

Additional B7 content in the zine includes a gen A-V poem, appropriate to the theme of dark aspects of fannish universes because it deals with Orbit; and, in the opposite vein, two lighthearted filks on the joys of Avon-torture by Vanessa Mullen. I especially like "My Favorite Things" :).

Most of the zine is unillustrated, but there are very nice photo montage illos for "Alternative Realities" that are uncredited but were, I suspect, done by the author. I particularly like the one facing p. 66, which combines the eye of the tortured Blake from "The Way Back" with a nude male figure of appropriate build-- what Blake might look like after two years of hard labor, lying back submissively with one arm thrown over his face-- and the face of a very cold-eyed late Avon (from "Blake," when Vila asks him what happened to Tarrant and he refuses to answer). It fits the mood of the story beautifully.

Overall, recommended, especially for A/B fans (no Tarrant to speak of, and only a smidgen of Vila).[15]

Issue 7

cover of issue #7

Dark Fantasies 7 was published in 2000 and contains 185 pages.

This issue's interior illos consist of very small screen caps and clip art.

[the editorial]:

Welcome to the seventh issue of Dark Fantasies. When I began this project, I never suspected that it would continue so long. I thank you, the readers, for your support and encouragement.

I would also like to thank the contributors for their excellent stories without which this would be a much poorer zine.

The fandoms are so varied this time that I don't know where to start. In the very first story, "Selfish Acts," Sherlock Holmes meets Dracula. Don't miss this one!

Then there are two very dark stories from Blake's 7-Erika Bloom and January Garnet can always be counted on to give us hard hitting, compelling stories.

Star Wars is represented by a lovely Phantom Menace story by Sue. Star Trek:TOS has a very different story in this zine.

For the first time, I'm thrilled to have a Miami Vice story.

Last but not least by any means, X-Files meets Highlander in the last two stories with two related stories featuring Mulder/Cory and Krycek/Cory.

One thing I would like to point out to the readers is the similarity of two writers' names in this zine. January Garnet is not the same person as Garnet. They are two very different folks who write in very different styles and fandoms. January Garnet normally lends her talents to Blake's 7 while Garnet usually writes marvelous X-Files stories. With this explanation, I hope to dispel any confusion.

I do hope you enjoy the zine. Any questions or comments should be directed to me, Jo Ann McCoy

From the writer of "Selfish Acts": " (from the writer: "Yes, I wrote Sherlock Holmes/Dracula slash. Why outrage just one fandom when you can outrage two at the same time? But seriously, it needed to be done. I also have an unpublished sequel lurking somewhere on my hard-drive." [16]

  • Selfish Acts by Emily Veinglory (Excerpt: "Night falls in winter's London like despair on the soul of a dying man. The gloomy streets add their weight to homesickness and hunger so that it is only fitting when the rain begins to fall. Count Dracula instructed his coachman to take his time. When the horse moved at a fast clip he found the sound of their shod hooves on the cobbles too jarring to his acute senses. So as the coach rolled and swayed on the slow journey, he found his thoughts drifting to long lost and happier days. It was almost as if his memories were brought to life when he heard the soft strains of a violin muted, but clear, in the darkness. He tapped once for the coach to stop, and lowered the window shade. The song called out like his soul's voice in its isolation and loneliness. Crying not in desperation, but in resignation to a long and loveless fate. Like a wolf howling in the wilderness, not expecting to be heard.") (Sherlock Holmes/Dracula) (1)
  • Nothing by January Garnet (Excerpt: ""Oh, stars, Avon," Blake gasped as he flooded Avon with his cum. He was nearly out of breath and obviously not coherent. Lost in the wonderful sensation of orgasm, he wasn't thinking, he couldn't think. Sex was something he thoroughly enjoyed, whether he was having it often or rarely. These Liberator days he was having it regularly.") (Blake's 7) (19)
  • Strange Seas by Natasha Barry (Excerpt: "Blond and really beautiful," the gentleman with the telescope sighed, putting his gleaming smile on hold for just that moment. He'd been observing the nude figure for some time, without the fellow's knowledge, of course. They were merely two ships at sea, his much larger yacht quite capable of eclipsing—swallowing whole—the boat which remained steady as its master roamed the deck, finally lazing upon it.") (Miami Vice) (32)
  • For Duncan, poem by Garnet (Highlander) (48)
  • Space Captain by Erika Bloom (Excerpt: "With a groan of relief, Vila heaved Tarrant's body onto the bed. The pilot might be skinny, but there was an awful lot of him, and dragging that dead weight from the downstairs bar up to the room Vila had secretly rented had been no picnic--especially when he had to balance Tarrant over one shoulder and carry his tool kit in the other hand. Vila wondered for a split-second what had possessed him to set up this project in the first place. Then he cheered up. After all, the hard part was over now. It would be all fun--well, almost all fun--from here on in.") (Blake's 7) (49)
  • A Final Reckoning, poem by Garnet (Blake's 7) (61)
  • The Eyes of Naboo by Sue (Excerpt: "Obi-Wan woke with a start, sweat beaded on his forehead, disorientated as the first light of a new day spun dappled patterns of shade and light through the breeze brushed trees. It had been several months since he had last had the dream. His cock throbbed hard with need and leaked profusely. The vision had never been this powerful before.") (Star Wars Phantom Menace) (63)
  • Hot and Cold by Natasha Barry (Excerpt: "Imprisoned on the Orion ship, James Kirk was finding it difficult facing up to his lack of alternatives. Ordinarily, in any given situation, no matter how desperate the circumstance, he'd contrive some action, some winning combination, that would route him from his problem. With the Orion slavers, nothing he tried gained him anything, except, occasionally, their amusement. For instance, he'd even tried bluffing his way out of his imprisonment, swearing he was a Klingon operative, and his return to Klingon space would be disastrous for his cover as a Federation office--laughter. He'd tried a variation on the--now infamous, aboard the Enterprise--card game, Fizzbin, which went down just as well. He'd finally realized the problem was, he was in no position to attempt anything, except a bluff, and when it came to bluffing, he was in the company of the masters of the universe. All he could do was sit and wait.") (Star Trek) (69)
  • Jumpstart by Garnet (Excerpt: "Me and my doll were walking down the streets arm-in-arm and it had just quit raining and we were playing around with hailing a cab, when a big black car came out of nowhere and slammed to a stop, half up on the sidewalk in front of us. A few grim-faced guys jumped out and one of them shoved the girl away from me and the next thing I knew they had yanked my hands behind my back and shoved the barrel of a gun into my gut and me into the nearest wall. They had searched me quickly and roughly, scraping the side of my face in the process, before pulling a hood down over my head and hauling me off with them. That car of theirs tearing away a moment or two later with me crammed between a couple of bodies in the backseat and my wrists bound together now with something that felt like a kind of thick wire, the whole time that gun still poking into me, hard enough to bruise.") (X-Files/Highlander) (126)
  • Stars and Garters by Garnet(Excerpt: "There's this guy, see, and he works for the FBI. And this other guy and he used to work for the FBI. Kinda sorta. You see, he really worked for this other guy on the side, a real mean old sucker, and was just pretending to be an honest and upright man of the law. He'd never ever really been on the side of angels, I figure, but he musta been pretty good at pulling it off, 'cause he certainly fooled the first guy. And that guy he got really pissed off for being screwed over and lied to like that. Really pissed off.") (X-Files/Highlander) (149)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

See reactions and reviews for Strange Seas.

[zine]: I'm doing this review because I have a Blake's 7 story in this. It's "Nothing" by January Garnet and features B/A. It's BDSM, as are several other stories in this zine. Of course, I recommend the story, but only if you don't mind the concept.

The other B7 in the zine are a two page Avon poem by Garnet (only one name & no relation) which is very nice and actually could be in a genzine just as easily as not, and "Space Captain" by Erika Bloom which is a T/V story.

The rest of the zine features various fandoms. Captain Kirk and Koloth are in a very long story called "Hot and Cold" by Natasha Barry. The poet Garnet has, also, written two X-Files/Highlander crossovers, both of which feature Cory Raines (whoever he is) who happens to look like Krycek. The titles are "Jumpstart" and "Stars and Garters." Sue (another one name author) wrote a Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan story called "The Eyes of Naboo." There's Miami Vice in "Strange Seas" by Natasha Barry, and perhaps the strangest one of all, a Sherlock Holmes/Dracula crossover called "Selfish Acts" by Emily Veinglory.[17]

[zine]: Dark Fantasies continues its tradition of stories "not for the faint of heart." This issue, #7, has both consensual and non- consensual B7 SM stories. "Nothing" is what Blake is required to say when he finds himself submitting sexually to Avon, after being prepared for the experience by an original male character, in a scenario set up by Vila, who suspects-- correctly-- what Blake really wants. "Space Captain" is a darker story, dealing with an outright rape by a nasty version of Vila. Having had his way secretly with Avon in an earlier story, he now arranges for clandestine enjoyment of Tarrant as well. Vila fans may not like this one, but fans who want to see Tarrant suffer-- whether because they like him or because they don't!-- will probably enjoy it. (Remember the discussion on this list a while ago on the potential use of Pylene 50 as a date-rape drug? Well, here it is, or something very like it, complete with the muscle- relaxing function.) I haven't yet read the non-B7 stories, but at a glance they appear to be well-written. The zine is very attractively laid out and is illustrated with some cleverly selected photographs, showing the characters with assorted appropriate expressions. I especially liked the sly-looking Vila and sweetly clueless Tarrant for "Space Captain." [18]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8
flyer for issue #8

Dark Fantasies 8 was published 2001 and has 200 pages.

The zine does not have an editorial and it contains a single illustration by Jasmyn Flynt. Other interior illos are screep caps.

  • Never My Love by Natasha Barry (Independence Day) (1)
  • Midnight Confessions by Natasha Barry (Independence Day) (sequel to "Never My Love") (15)
  • Through the General's Eyes by Natasha Barry (Independence Day) (24)
  • Zombie by Garnet (X-Files/Highlander) (28)
  • A Partridge in a Gay Tree by Natasha Barry (Partridge Family) (pairing is Keith/Reuben) (33)
  • Redemption by Gilrain (Starsky & Hutch) (story of love and commitment) (44)
  • Just Say No by Natasha Barry (Dr. No) (51)
  • Threshold by Garnet (The X-Files) (54)
  • Liberating Enterprises by Jasmyn Flynt (Excerpt: "Captain Kirk of the ISS Enterprise was trying to avoid two Klingon ships and didn't need any distractions. Blake was grabbed by three hefty security guards and manhandled off the bridge, despite his protests that he could walk without help. Spock and Avon quietly monitored the situation and data, along with Uhura. Everyone was tense, even Spock.") (B7/Star Trek: TOS) (64)
  • Reverie by Natasha Barry (Thirtysomething) (83)
  • The Side of Angels by Garnet (The X-Files) (88)
  • To Be of Use by Natasha Barry (Dark Shadows) (91)
  • Regrets, poem by Garnet (Highlander) (93)
  • One Fine Day by Natasha Barry (Queer As Folk - British) (98)
  • Disciplinary Action by Garnet ) (Excerpt: "Krycek's stomach hurt and he was cold and miserable and wondering if he'd ever get his life back under control. His control. Not somebody else's. Sure, he had been free for a little while Or as free as anyone could be who was on the run, always looking over their shoulder, just trying to survive. Knowing the whole time that there was nowhere really that he could hide for long, nowhere that they wouldn't eventually find him. He couldn't remember the last time he'd had a good night's sleep. The last time he'd enjoyed what he was eating.") (X-Files (109)
  • Jimmy's Rule by Natasha Barry (Road House) (127)
  • Sex and Love by Natasha Barry (Cocktail) (129)
  • Transitions by tasha (Excerpt: "Once through the door, he was hit in the face with icy cold water. Immediately his vampire instincts reacted to a perceived danger. His eyes turned gold and his canines extended almost painfully. Standing there with water dripping down his chin onto his crisp clean uniform blouse and through a reddish haze, he was startled to see Bodie behind Cowley's desk with a rifle—no, not quite a rifle, but a crossbow! "What the fuck!" was the first thought to run through his mind. Then he knew!") (Starsky & Hutch/Professionals/Forever Knight) (132)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

[Zombie]: This short story takes place—kinda sorta—in the X-Files/Highlander crossover universe that includes stories previously published in Dark Fantasies 7. In the first story, "Jumpstart," a case of mistaken identity results in Fox Mulder sleeping with Cory Raines, after which Cory runs into the real Krycek in "Stars and Garters" and has his wicked way with him. Another, yet unpublished story, after that results in Cory rescuing Krycek in Siberia, where Krycek lost his left arm and nearly his life. Cory then tries to set the two of them up together, meddlesome Immortal that he is. However, this story is not how I want the series to eventually turn out, so just think of it as a somewhat nasty offshoot of the real timeline if you would.[19]


  1. ^ from AltaZine #2
  2. ^ from Predatrix at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  3. ^ from Suzan Lovett art ... Help needed
  4. ^ In 1994, Sandy Herrold posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission.
  5. ^ from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #6. The reviewer in gives it "4 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale. See that page for more explanation.
  6. ^ from moonlightmead on December 11, 2007 at Discovered in a Livejournal, Archived version
  7. ^ from Late for Breakfast #30
  8. ^ a comment on Virgule-L, quoted anonymously, July 31, 1995
  9. ^ Favourite Avon/Tarrant Stories
  10. ^ My Fiction
  11. ^ from Crack Van, recced by Executrix, October 24, 2003
  12. ^ from moonlightmead on December 7, 2011 at Discovered in a Livejournal, Archived version
  13. ^ from a fan on Virgule-L, quoted anonymously (July 14, 1996)
  14. ^ This is a reference to "Pairings" in Shadow #2
  15. ^ from Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  16. ^ Gay Sherlock Holmes
  17. ^ from Joyce Bowen at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  18. ^ from Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  19. ^ from Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site