Die Laughing

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Title: Die Laughing
Publisher: Pandora Press
Editor(s): Kathy Resch and Barbara Fister-Liltz
Type: humor
Date(s): 1982-1983
Medium: print
Fandom: Dark Shadows
Language: English
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Die Laughing is a set of three Dark Shadows humor zines.


From an ad in Universal Translator #17: "The decidedly sillier (and sicker) side of DS -- mayhem and madness from some of DS fandom's most outrageous souls. If you're easily offended, these are the books for you -- we never promised good taste, just laughs."

Issue 1

Die Laughing 1 was published in 1982 and contains 32 pages.

covers of issue #1
  • Free Spirit by Mary Lynn Rossi
  • A Notable Incestry by Geoffrey Hammell
  • Afternoon Tea at Collinwood by Deborah Crocker
  • Just Brushing Up, Ma'am... by Marcy Robin
  • Filk You!?!, a Truly Filthy Filk by Kat Evans and Beth Tignor
  • Silly Letter by Nancy Nelson
  • Camp Spookums on the Beautiful River Scarum!
  • Dense Shadows (comic panel) by Mike Entrekin
  • other poems and cartoons and such

Kathy's editorial:

Romance! Tragedy! High Adventure! Breathless, passion-filled nights

Oops--sorry. Wrong zine. Er—um. As I was saying. And now for something completely different! That's better. You're holding in your hot little hands the one and only 'Dark Shadows' humor zine, wherein you will shortly discover there is no pun too low, no limerick too tasteless, no satire too absurd that it shouldn't see print at least once. In addition, this monument of good taste, this stri king example of well-bred decorum, this brilliant compilation of sorts of sensitive soul-searching literature and masterful artistic endeavors, in short, this tour de force, is a true collector's item, and we know that you'll want to be the first on your block to own your very own copy. Blame is assigned where due. Certain guilty parties are masquerading under clever pseudonymous disguises, but we know who you are and where all the bodies are being kept.

Finally--isn't it nice to see something with a happy ending? (Died laughing, after all...)

Barbara's editorial:

There is no excuse for this book. That's why we're publishing it. P.S. Kathy, is it safe assigning our name to this shit?

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This is a combined production between Pandora and Pentagram. and looks at the light side of DS. From the tacky cover to the even tackier stories, nothing is left un-satirized. Imagine the sort of letters David would send from summer camp...the memoirs of a local lady of the night and her unusual experiences in town...Mike Entrekin's comic strip "Dense Shadows", which is a scream a minute...limericks, feelthy and otherwise...a travelling salesman meets more than he bargains for...Julia's version of the family history ... cartoons. and more. Responsible parties include Fister-Liltz, Robin, Resch, Hamell, Crocker, Tignor, Entrekin and Evans. Amy Forrest, and Cindy Jorgensen. $4.00.[1]

Issue 2

Die Laughing 2 was published in 1982 and contains 30 pages.

cover of issue #2
  • Designer Jeans, comic by Debbie Crocker and Jayne Largent
  • Sex and the Single Vampire by Amy Forrest
  • Driving Lesson by Adriana Pena
  • Dense Shadows #2, comic panel by Mike Entrekin
  • Round the Year by Mary Lynn Rossi
  • Murder at the Con by Harrison Munroe
  • Why Me! or, How Do I get Myself Into These Fixes? by Tammy Hencke
  • Jayne Largent peeks In the Family Album
  • DS Goes to the Movies

Issue 3

Die Laughing 3 was published in 1983 and contains 34 pages.

cover of issue #3
  • Leapin' Largent
  • Dark Trek by Rita Dawn Coke
  • Jayne Collinwood Character Guide
  • many, many filks
  • poems, cartoons, and riddles
  • Debbie's A Different Reality
  • He Bit the Dust by Kateleans Mesh