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Title: Dyad
Publisher: MKASHEF Enterprises
Editor(s): Dovya Blacque
Date(s): 1989 – 2013
Series?: Yes
Medium: print
Genre: slash
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links: publisher
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Dyad is a slash multimedia fanzine.

It has a sister zine for vampire stories, also published by MKASHEF Enterprises, called Dyad: The Vampire Stories.

Regarding the title: the dictionary defines dyad as "two units regarded as a pair."

A Jumping Off Point for a Shared Universe: Miami Vice-Psychic Vampires

Several issues contain stories in MerLyn's Miami Vice/Psychic Vampire 'verse. This universe is later expanded upon in the zine series, Hungry Hearts.

The editor of "Hungry Hearts" included the story descriptions for them in that zine.

Issue 1

Dyad 1 was published in 1989 and contains 158 pages.

front cover of issue #1, Marilyn Cole (Man from U.N.C.L.E.)
back cover of issue #1, Sharon Wells (Starsky & Hutch)

The art is by Marilyn Cole, KOZ, and Kay Wells.

  • Nothing in Common by Cybel Harper ("The two agents find that there is something other than their duties that draws them together...") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (5)
  • A Central Friendship by Teri Steward ("Mickey Kostmayer shot his friend. He can't forget that. But Robert McCall has an interesting point of view on the subject...") (The Equalizer) (17)
  • What You Do to Me by Teri Steward (Miami Vice) (21)
  • Fencing by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Blake's 7) (22)
  • The Lonely Vigil of Black Jack Simon by Joan Enright (Simon and Simon) (23)
  • The Flame by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (36)
  • A Shadow in a Storm by Adrian Alexander ("Castillo was at the gay bar for information... but that's not the impression Crockett got when he saw him go inside.") (Miami Vice) (37)
  • Sidekicks by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Alias Smith and Jones) (50)
  • Straight Talk by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (51)
  • Brothers in Arms by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (52)
  • At Home in the Hills by Starr Copeland ("Life changed a great deal for the two ex-detectives after Starsky was shot by Gunther... but it's about to change even more.") (Starsky & Hutch) (53)
  • Shades of Darkness by Debra Hicks ("With bounty posters appearing everywhere, Dirk Blackpool and Erik Greystone find a form of alliance the best way to deal with their mutual, anonymous enemies...") (Wizards & Warriors) (69)
  • Dusting Off Old Memories by Robbie ("Cleaning out their mother's attic brings home some bitter-sweet memories for Rick.") (Simon & Simon) (103)
  • High Stakes by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (115)
  • Sonny by Faris Vincent (Miami Vice) (116)
  • Nexus Anew by MerLyn ("Roy Batty had saved his life... now the ex-Blade Runner finds himself mysteriously obsessed with repaying that dept... in whatever form he can.") (Blade Runner)(117)
  • One on One by Phelia Maxwell ("It takes an accident and a serious misunderstanding for the partners to really take a good look at each other.") (Hardcastle and McCormick) (121)
  • Time Enough by Teri Steward (Miami Vice) (131)
  • Man of Few Words by Faris Vincent (Miami Vice) (132)
  • Love Among the Ruins by Robbie ("Pinned down by an alien attack force, Tyler and Donnovan find some time to deal with their "hostility" toward one another. A sort-of sequel to this story is "Strange Fire" by Starr Copeland in "Dyad" #6.") (V) (133)
  • Day of Rest by Faris Vincent (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (143)
  • The Man by Cybel Harper (Hardcastle and McCormick) (144)
  • After the Rains by Atira Kei ("After shooting a young boy by accident, Crockett finds himself examining his life and what he wants out of it... and his answer is not at all what he thought it might be.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (145)
  • Partners by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (154)
  • Here's to Good Friends by Hawkeye (Miami Vice) (155)
  • The Glue Man by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (159)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, KOZ (Miami Vice)

Dyad 2 was published in 1989 and contains 147 pages.

Submission deadline was November 7, 1989.

The art is by Adrian Morgan, KOZ, and Marilyn Cole.

From the editorial:

DYAD is a multi-media "/" zine containing stories explicitly depicting same-sex relationships. (That, by the way, is known as an "obligatory warning"!)

I couldn't believe how quickly the second issue of DYAD filled up... and with some remarkably different types of stories, too. One of my goals is to "push the envelope", so to speak, to go where no one has with DYAD dared gone before, Ithink I've managed to achieve that this time with the inclusion of a BARNEY MILLER "/" story, a WAR OF THE WORLDS story and, even though I have seen one or two before, a T.J. HOOKER "/" story, will be looking for more unusual pairings for DYAD #3.

  • Confessions by Janet McNeil Blake's 7 (4)
  • The Muddy Waters Affair by DVS ("Illya's friends at a village hangout are determined to find the stoic Russian the perfect mate... and, by accident, do just that.") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (5)
  • The Death of You by Teri Steward (Crockett/Tubbs) (Miami Vice) (26)
  • Blonds by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (28)
  • Step Forward into Love by Robbie ("Mark suddenly realizes just how large the chasm is between his age and the judge's.") (Hardcastle and McCormick) (29)
  • Ask by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (36)
  • When the Game Ends by MerLyn (Crockett/Castillo) ("Undercover, posing with his boss as lovers, Crockett discovers some interesting things about his lieutenant.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (37)
  • Business as Usual by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (40)
  • Unrelenting Light by Debra Hicks (sequel to "Shades of Darkness", DYAD #1) ("Dirk is kidnapped by a vengeful, depraved wizard... and, though he thinks his lover dead, it's up to Erik to save him.") (Wizards & Warriors) (41)
  • Intoxication by Starr Copeland (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (76)
  • Hard Light of Day by Adrian Alexander (Crockett/Castillo) ("While Crockett and Castillo are working as partners, some old enemies of the lieutenant attack, leaving Castillo with some scars he never quite expected to have to deal with..." - rape story that includes some Magical Healing Cock.) (Miami Vice) (77)
  • Growing Up by Cybel Harper (Hardcastle and McCormick) 88)
  • A Suspicious Commodity by Natasha Berry ("Dietrich and Harris have been rooming together while Harris searches for a new apartment... and Dietrich discovers just how compatible they are.") (Barney Miller) (89)
  • In from the Cold by Cybel Harper ("Illya Kuryakin is missing and when his partner, Napoleon Solo, finally finds him, they both have to face a few simple facts about their lives...") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (reprinted in Reclassified Affairs #2) (99)
  • Deeper Darkness by Alisha Long (Crockett/Castillo) (Miami Vice) (118)
  • Better Together by MerLyn (Crockett/Castillo) ("Crockett suffers some serious depression following the "Home Invaders" incident.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (119)
  • None So Blind by Starr Copeland (Riptide) (123)
  • Between the Covers by Natasha Berry ("Hooker and Corrigan must go undercover as lovers to trap blackmailers.") (T.J. Hooker) (133)
  • Hollow Man by Cybel Harper (Blake's 7) (144)
  • Blood and Roses by Robin Hood ("After having shot an innocent woman while thwarting an alien attack, Paul Ironhorse is forced by Harrison Blackwood to deal with the emotions that are tearing him apart.") (War of the Worlds) (145)
  • Friends and Lovers by Atira Kei (Crockett/Castillo/Tubbs) ("Having been informed of his partner's new relationship with their lieutenant, Rico Tubbs experiences some strange and disturbing emotions... emotions that his friends are only too pleased to help him with.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (147)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Reviewer's disclaimer: The following are my opinions and mine alone. (Okay, and Mr. Cancer Man and Mr. Krycek, um, helped.) Some of my opinions will reflect that I occasionally think that some stories in fandom are--*gasp*--not good. If you have a problem with that, don't read any farther. And if you feel manipulated, I suggest assertiveness classes immediately.

DYAD 2 published by Dovya Blacque

DYADs can be strange little zines. It's the only zine I know of that specialises in PWPs with no sex. For those who like non-explicit sex, this is probably a good choice overall, though it still has a couple of stories per issue that do get down to it. This zine is generally what I would refer to as Twinkie-filling: Sweet, generally insubstantial stuff.

On the technical side, I have always been a little annoyed by the extreme amount of white space in these zines. I'm not generally a person ultra-sensitive to this as I know some people are, but this does irk me. If you took out the spacing between paragraphs, you'd probably cut the page count by half. On the other hand, the artwork in this particular issue, though sparse, is very good. The cover, by KOZ, is a very nice one of Castillo and Crockett and there is a portrait of each of them by Adrian Morgan that are gorgeous. The other 3 pictures by Marilyn Cole are all very stylized and not really to my taste, but I can tell who they are. (Never underestimate this!)

DYAD is also known, especially the early one, for the rather entertaining typos. We have "fold singers", a partner who is a 'few hunger miles away' and Crockett being described as 'the blind', just to name a few in this zine. My personal favorite is when Dietrich and Harris eat 'amongst Dietrich's chins'. Okay, nothing so entertaining as Illya peeing (instead of peering) over the edge of a cliff at Napoleon, but there you are. (A spell checker can be a dangerous thing at times.)

"The Muddy Waters Affair" by DVS (MUNCLE): Illya has some coffeehouse friends who want to set him up with someone. Then they find Napoleon. This is one of the more substantial stories, though far from incredibly deep and certainly a little far fetched. It's a nice first-time story, though, that contains that most elusive of creatures in MUNCLE--a non-wussy Illya.

"Step Forward Into Love" by Robbie Sturm (Hardcastle and McCormick, HARDCASTLE & MCCORMACK)--The Judge learns that another close friend of his has passed away and is feeling old. On a purely personal and completely subjective note in regards to H/Mc stories--EWWWW!!!! ICCCCKKKK!

"When the Game Ends" by Merlin (MV)--This is one of those PWPs with no sex I was talking about. This is all build-up with no payoff and add to it that it's a very overused plot, especially in MV (Castillo and Crockett have to prose as lovers in order to set their covers with a drug dealer; why do I think that Murder on San Carmelitas has a lot to answer for?), then this story leaves me with a 'what's the point?' feeling.

"Unrelenting Light" by Debra Hicks (WIZARDS & WARRIORS)--Oh, be still my heart. While this is not my favorite of the stories in this series of stories (the first one was in DYAD 1 and the third in an ADULT SITUATIONS), it is one of my favorites in this zine. Erik and Dirk, already together and peace settling over the land, something's gotta give. Ta-da.

"Hard Light of Day" by Adrian Alexander (MV)--Castillo's snuck-up on and gang raped. I don't like rape stories and this is another scenario which I not only don't believe, but have seen a couple times in this same fandom. I also have a hard time with the "I'll make you feel better after being raped by having sex with you" storyline, then Castillo threatens to rape Crockett and Crockett admits to being gang-raped when he was a football player. Small world and not a great story. (Though this is the story where the *really* nice portraits of Sonny and Martin are contained.)

"A Suspicious Commodity" by Natasha Barry (BARNEY MILLER)--Okay, confession time. When I was little and watching Barney Miller (I'm sorry, I was!), I always wanted Harris and Dietrich to move in together. I wasn't necessarily thinking about sex, but the slash gene was showing it's own little early warning signs of being present. (I also think that it was an early warning of an attraction to smart-ass men with glasses since Dietrich was always my favorite character.) Even so, I never quite enjoyed this story completely. Maybe it's because while Harris does end up going to bed with Dietrich, I'm never sure why he does do it.

"In from the Cold" by Cybel Harper (Man From U.N.C.L.E.)--Despite a suicidal Illya and a crying Illya, he just about redeems himself in the end. I can buy a *cold* Illya a lot better and I like him more that way.

"Better Together" by Merlin (MV)--Another pwp with no sex. This at least had some emotional intensity, but not much since the story is only about a page long if you take out all the double spacing. (I skipped "None So Blind" by Starr Copeland (Riptide) and "Between the Covers" by Natasha Barry (TJ Hooker). I had only a slight interest in these shows when they were on about ten years ago and haven;t watched them since.)

"Blood and Roses" by Robin Hood (WAR OF THE WORLDS)--It's first person, but it works fairly well here. I also happen to like the episode it's based on, the one where Ironhorse accidentally shot the civillian hostage. (Fave moment for WoW--Ironhorse losing it while exercising. Yow.) "

Friends and Lovers" by Atira Kei (MV)--I am not a Tubbs fan. But for some odd reason, I like this story. Maybe because I can deal with Tubbs if he's *with* Crockett and Castillo, but only if he doesn't get between them. And stop that! You know what I mean.

For the most part, this is what I would call a vegetarian zine: Okay, but very little meat." [1]

Issue 3

Dyad 3 was published in 1990 and contains 150 pages.

front cover of issue #3, Kay Wells (Wiseguy)
back cover from issue #3, Adrian Morgan (Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

The submission deadline was May 1, 1990, and the plan was for the zine to be out in time for CaliCon on June 8, 1990.

The art is by Susan K. Dundas, Anja Gruber, KOZ, Adrian Morgan, and Kay Wells.

  • A Wise Man by Wendy Rathbone (Wiseguy) (4)
  • The War Inside by Wendy Rathbone ("A trip with Sonny Steelgrave, an odd conversation and an inexplicable dream combine to make for a very interesting day for Vincent Terranova.") (Wiseguy) (5)
  • Decisions by T.H.E. Manx (Miami Vice) (19)
  • Now by Cybel Harper (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (29)
  • Going for Twenty by Cybel Harper (Hardcastle and McCormick) (30)
  • Mom's Key by Robbie ("Lucky for Cecelia Simon, her boys are always there when she needs them... even if they do have a slightly unusual relationship.") (Simon & Simon) (31)
  • Avon Smiles by Gene Delapenia (Blake's Seven) (38)
  • The Final Wall by Duval ("When Nick has to face up to the horrific things that happened to him at the hands of kidnappers, Cody is right there waiting to help him through it all.") (reprinted in One in Ten #4) (Riptide) (39)
  • Aftermath by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon 2) (52)
  • Rebirth by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon 2) (53)
  • Shade by Starr Copeland ("Castillo owes "Ray" a favor and the mysterious man who drives the black Stingray Corvette has come to Miami to collect.") (Miami Vice/Stingray) (55)
  • Neverland by Melody C. (The Lost Boys) (68)
  • Texas-Style Comfort by MerLyn ("It's been a very bad night for Joseph LaFiamma and it only gets worse when he comes down with a cold. But things are about to start looking better as Lundy takes him into his care.") (Houston Knights) (71)
  • Opposites by Cybel Harper (Riptide) (76)
  • All I Know Stancio del Norte ("While visiting Castillo in Orlando, Crockett serves as more than company for his lover and boss.") (Miami Vice) (77)
  • The Second Road by Susan K. Dundas ("Hooker and his ex-partner, Paul Maguire (played by Leonard Nimoy!), are on patrol together when they run into a situation that leaves them both wounded... and causes both men to start thinking of 'what might have been'.") (T.J. Hooker) (87)
  • Ghosts in the Night by Natasha Berry ("Seeing one of West's old partners creates some anxieties in Gordon... and forces a confrontation between the two friends.") (Wild Wild West) (107)
  • Healing Touch by Alisha Long (Miami Vice) (113)
  • Bonded Reality by Atira Kei ("Matthew Sikes found it odd when he actively started enjoying Marvin Garden's company... but it takes his partner's unique point of view to help him understand why.") (From the author on the online posting: "This is a slash Alien Nation story that is rated a soft R as there are no real sexual situations. For those who might start groaning, it IS NOT a Sikes/Francisco story as I don't bother with happily married men.") (117)
  • Blinded by the Light by MerLyn ("Joey Hardin should have died of his wounds but Castillo couldn't stand to see Crockett give up everything important to him because of it... so the lieutenant breaks a few unusual rules.") (This is the first "Psychic Vampire" story) (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Alien Nation) (123)
  • Who are You? by Cybel Harper (Miami Vice) (133)
  • Runner in the Night by MerLyn [Psychic vampires cont...] ("Unable to stay and face the consequences of his actions, Castillo flees Miami and Crockett, only to be tracked down by the detective and forced to explain how Joey Hardin pulled through.") (NOTE: An entire scene was left out of this story by mistake. The editor apologizes and reprints it in "Dyad #4," where she wrote: "That scene is at the back of this issue -- easily removed and placed where it belongs! Sorry about that.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice) (134)

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, KOZ (21 Jump Street)
back cover of issue #4, Adrian Morgan (Miami Vice)

Dyad 4 was published in 1990 and contains 168 pages.

The submission deadline was August 30, 1990.

The art is by KOZ (front cover), Kay Wells, Dragon, Gene Delapenia, Anja Gruber, Angi Towski/Chiya, Tami Marie, and Adrian Morgan (back cover).

From the editorial:

And a word of apology to MerLyn for leaving an entire scene out of her story, Runner In The Night", in DYAD #3! That scene is at the back of this issue -- easily removed and placed where it belongs! Sorry about that. )

Also from the editorial:

On the subject of YOUNG GUNS... I just want to give a quick "warning" to anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet who plans on doing so: you might want to skip the two poems until you've seen the film. Just a suggestion,

And on the subject of MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, a somewhat obscure film, I highly recommend this movie, If you haven't seen it, give yourself a treat; it's now available on video tape -- rent it! If you have seen it, I don't

have to tell you to go watch it again!

  • Forever Man by Duval ("Living alone in a big city can leave a man feeling isolated, dreams can haunt his nights... unless a friend is there to soothe the rough spots and make the morning seem not so very far off...") (reprinted in One in Ten #7. A sequel to this story is "The Face of Forever" in "Dyad" #6.) (Houston Knights) (5)
  • Watching Illya by Cybel Harper ("The assignment was definitely boring; Solo was going crazy with nothing to do, until he started watching his partner more closely...") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (23)
  • Steelgrave by Taerie Bryant (Wiseguy) (35)
  • Stages by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (37)
  • Judas Goat by Taerie Bryant (Wiseguy) (38)
  • Open to the Flame by MerLyn ("Felix Lawson sends Crockett and Castillo to Houston to give the locals some help with a serial killer...") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Houston Knights/Psychic Vampire) (39)
  • Cross Driving Rain by MerLyn ("Castillo and Hardin are stuck in Miami testifying in a case, so Crockett and Gilmore are sent to help Mickey Kostmayer and Harley Gage find the "vampire" who attacked Robert McCall...") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/The Equalizer/Psychic Vampire) (61)
  • You 'n' Me by Dalance McCasland (Young Guns II) (75)
  • The Other Side by Dalance McCasland (Young Guns II) (77)
  • Three Loves by Sue Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (78)
  • 3:05 A.M. on Sunday Morning by MerLyn ("Lundy had told LaFiamma that they should be there for each other when the bad dreams come, he shouldn't be so surprised that Joey took him up on the offer...") (Houston Knights) (79)
  • Three Loves by Taerie Bryant (Wiseguy) (87)
  • Lonely Knights by MerLyn ("Roger Loccoco had more secrets than even Vinnie had guessed... and kept some of them in the journal Terranova has found...") (Wiseguy) (89)
  • To Follow Your River by Melody C. (Mountains of the Moon) (93)
  • Vincenzo by Taerie Bryant (Wiseguy) (96)
  • The American Dream by DVS ("What's a Russian to do when he's no longer a Russian citizen and is in love with his very American partner?") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (97)
  • The Other Side by Shanachie ("A very drunk Crockett wanders into OCB late at night to find he's not the only one who can't sleep...") (Miami Vice) (119)
  • Bushido by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (125)
  • Lazy Summer Days and Houston Knights by Robbie ("It's a fine day for a picnic, at least it is according to Lundy. His partner isn't too sure about all this back-to-nature Texas-style stuff...") (Houston Knights) (127)
  • Fragile by Robyn LaSalle ("Mortality is a hard thing to come face-to-face with when you're Doug Penhall's age... but it's nice when you have a friend like Tom Hanson to help you through it...") (21 Jump Street) (137)

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Adrian Morgan (Young Guns)

Dyad 5 was published in 1990 and contains 195 pages.

The submission deadline was November 1, 1990.

The art is by Adrian Morgan (front cover), Angi Towski, Anja Gruber, S.K. Dundas, and KOZ.

From the editorial:

Well... hers we are at issue #5! And it’s a bit of a landmark issue in several ways. First of all, despite my protestations to the contrary, I find myself printing a story that involves THE PROFESSIONALS! This is an exception to my rule, an exception which will not be repeated in most likelihood. So why did I make this exception? That reason has to do with the second landmark item in this issue.

With this 5th issue, MerLyn brings her MIAMI VICE/PSYCHIC VAMPIRE series to a close... using Bodie and Doyle to do so! So, you see, I couldn’t not print the last two stories in the series just because THE PROFESSIONALS are involved, could I? Of course not! Both I and MerLyn thank everyone who has been so enthusiastic about this series. Personally, I’m not going to stop urging MerLyn to continue the series some time in the future. But, for now, she says the series is done. We’ll see!

  • Guardian Angels by Wendy Rathbone (Twin Peaks) (4)
  • Till Tomorrow by Robyn LaSalle ("Doc Scurlock and Jose Chavez y Chavez make plans for the future while the rest of Billy's gang enjoy themselves at Jane Greyhouse's "social club".") (reprinted in Interludes #3) (Young Guns) (5)
  • Into That Good Night by Theresa Kyle ("The doctor says Hardcastle's going to die; truths and hidden secrets reveal themselves... to both men.") (Hardcastle and McCormick) (13)
  • A Bitter Draught by Gai Sable (UFO) (28)
  • Sights of the Sun by MerLyn ("In a drastic break from DYAD's usual policy, Bodie and Doyle make a visit to Miami Vice.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/The Professionals/Psychic Vampires) (46)
  • Shadow of a Noose by MerLyn ("Hardin and Gilmore head into the swamps on a case and come face-to-face with Gilmore's jealousy over Hardin's interest in Ray Doyle.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Psychic Vampires) (60)
  • A Star and a Shield by Susan K. Dundas ("It's up to Jim Corrigan's friend and lover, Hooker, to help him come to terms with the death of an officer he was training.") (T.J. Hooker) (77)
  • Loner by Gene Dalapenia Miami Vice (86)
  • In Hiding by Robyn LaSalle ("Penhall and Hanson challenge Hoffs and Ioki to a game of best undercover "hide and seek", but Hoffs and Ioki have no idea just how much they'll discover.") (21 Jump Street) (87)
  • Twin Dreams I by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Twin Peaks) (106)
  • Twin Dreams II by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Twin Peaks) (107)
  • Behold a White Horse by Debra Hicks ("Colonel Ironhorse is accused of making a homosexual advance toward one of his men, and his friends not only stand by him, they try to clear him of the charges.") (reprinted in Business Associates #1) (War of the Worlds) (108)
  • Teddy Bears' Picnic by Diane ("Sheriff Harry Truman sure knows how to tempt Special Agent Dale Cooper into taking a day off: in his Blazer, Harry's got fresh blueberry pie and lots of damn fine coffee, too!") (Twin Peaks) (158)
  • Dancing with Shadows by Dovya Blacque ("Was it a dream? That's what Crockett wants to know when he wakes up on his boat after the Stalker case. Can Castillo answer his question?") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (180)
  • Bright Star by Kelly Hill (Quantum Leap) (195)
  • Courtmartial by Gai Sable ("Commander Straker's feelings for Paul Foster come to the surface after Foster's close call with death.") (UFO)

Issue 6

Dyad 6 was published in 1991 and 158 pages long.

The submission deadline was January 15, 1991.

The art is by Dragon, KOZ (front and back cover), Anja Gruber, Cooper, Susan Dundas.

front cover of issue #6, KOZ (Miami Vice)
back cover of issue #6, KOZ (Miami Vice)

From the editorial:

In this issue, we have a nice variety of fandoms. And two sequels. Well, one sequel and one story that was strongly influenced by another story. However, both sequels that appear in this issue stand very well on their own.

In the "variations on a theme" department, we have THE DREAM CATCHER by Natasha Solten, a TWIN PEAKS story that is most likely unlike any you've seen before. Also, there's WORKING WITHOUT A NET by MerLyn which is an interesting little twist on your usual MIAMI VICE scenario. And for the "pushing the envelope" department, there's OTHER THINGS IN LIFE THAN TEA by Robbie. Although I've seen some fiction in this fandom before, I still find it fits this department well!

  • Midnight Moon by Khylara (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (4)
  • Working Without a Net by MerLyn ("Crockett could only stare at the man with Evan Fried's face. But it wasn't Evan; Evan was dead. This man was looking for Castillo; Roger Loccoco had a bone to pick.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice) (5)
  • Anchor by Taerie Bryant ("Adrift without something to hold on to, Vince Terranova learns some new and surprising truths about Frank McPike.") (Wiseguy) (21)
  • That's What Friends are For by Robbie ("A nice evening out with two very special friends.") (Hardcastle and McCormick) (25)
  • Never Dreamed by Starr Copeland Father Nicholas Kostmayer takes it upon himself to explain a few facts of life to his brother's best friend, Robert McCall.") (The Equalizer) (29)
  • The Dream Catcher by Natasha Solten ("Deputy Hawk has a plan to stop Agent Cooper's bizarre dreams: all he has to do is hang the Indian Dream Catcher in Cooper's window and watch over him while he sleeps.") (Twin Peaks) (55)
  • The Face of Forever by Duval ("In the wake of "Forever Man" (DYAD #4), Lundy and LaFiamma have a few rough spots to work out of their relationship.") (This is a sequel to "Forever Man" by Duval in "Dyad" #4. "The Face of Forever" was reprinted in One in Ten #7.) (Houston Knights) (71)
  • Other Things in Life Than Tea by Robbie ("The incomparable, unflappable Holmes learns that not everything is quite as 'elementary' as he thinks.") (Sherlock Holmes) (91)
  • Crossroads by Robyn LaSalle ("Penhall was beginning to agree with Hoffs: things were changing and maybe not for the best. Just when he feels his lowest, a ghost - in the form of Tom Hanson - appears at the chapel.") (21 Jump Street) (97)
  • Parallel Lines by Robyn LaSalle ("With Tommy back in his life, Doug's next task is to explain their relationship to his brother, Joey.") (21 Jump Street) (105)
  • Strange Fire by Starr Copeland ("The mission is to scout a new location for the rebel base. The participants are Tyler and Donovan -- who have been dancing around one another since they'd been trapped in the ruins of an old building and had faced a few truths about one another. A sort-of sequel to "Love Among the Ruins" by Robbie in "Dyad" #1.") (V) (111)
  • Aftershock by Kate Wallace ("Mickey Kostmayer felt responsible for Scott McCall and the mess he'd gotten the kid into. Little did he know just how complicated that responsibility would become.") (The Equalizer) (141)
  • After the Fall by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) (148)
  • Toshi's Friend by Atira Kei ("Castillo had been stabbed by Jack Gretsky's widow -- now he's disappeared from the hospital. But Crockett knows where to look for him.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (149)
  • Evan by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (158)

Issue 7

Dyad 7 was published in 1991 and is 138 pages long.

cover of issue #7, Kay Wells from Wiseguy

The submission deadline was March 30, 1991.

The art is by Kay Wells (front cover), Tamy Erickson, Cooper, Susan K. Dundas, Koz, and Anja Gruber.

From the editorial:

Again, variety is a key word in this issue (#7!?!). I hope something will please each of you. As always, let me know what you think.

One oddity I feel worth mentioning is the multitudinous appearances of Dean Stockwell characters in this issue! He, as is inevitable in the Crockett/Castillo relationship, pops up as Jack Gretsky in both of Susan Dundas' Bushido poems as he does in Flamingo's Miami Vice story. And he pops up -- in two personas -- in Robyn LaSalle's Quantum Leap story! I wonder if this means something....

There's also a plethora of "guest appearances": Martin Castillo in MerLyn's story, Jack Nicholson (in character) in Robyn's Quantum Leap tale, "Diane" in Stancio del Norte's Twin Peaks offering, and -- an oddity for DYAD at least! -- Rico Tubbs in Flamingo's story. "Cross-overs" seem to be growing in popularity. And, as I'm quite fond of them myself, I hope to see many more in future issues of DYAD.

  • As Sure as I'm Standing Here by Khylara (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (4)
  • Call It Creation by Dovya Blacque ("Camping with Frank and Uncle Mike was not what Vincent Terranova had planned for the weekend. But, despite himself, he was having fun... and was seeing some new angles to Frank McPike.") (Wiseguy) (5)
  • Untitled #1 by Gene Delapenia (Miami Vice) (13)
  • A Questionable Future by J. Burnette ("Mickey Kostmayer figured the kid had simply had another fight with his father when Scott McCall showed up at his door in the middle of the night. But Scott had something else on his mind.") (The Equalizer) (15)
  • Black Velvet by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (28)
  • Blue-Eyed Soul by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (30)
  • Starshine by Khylara (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (32)
  • Fire and Ice by MerLyn ("Nick Ryder and Cody Allen had been ill since their visit to the strange island. Now Lt. Quinlan had shown up with his mysterious friend Martin Castillo telling Nick and Cody that they could help.") (Riptide/Miami Vice) (33)
  • Dreams of the Warriors by Susan K. Dundas (Miami Vice) (53)
  • To One Who Has Gone Ahead by Susan K. Dundas (Miami Vice) ( 56)
  • Incense and Peppermints by Robyn LaSalle ("Sam had found himself in some strange situations before, but leaping into a hippie guitar player who was having an affair with a guy who looked like a very young Al had to be the strangest yet.") (Quantum Leap, inspired by the film Psych-Out staring Jack Nicholson & Dean Stockwell) (59)
  • Sweet Revenge by Robbie (Starsky and Hutch) (73)
  • Revelations by Sue-Anne Hartwick ("Martin Riggs was not prepared for what Roger Murtaugh had to say to him. He didn't want to hear it. Not at all.") (Lethal Weapon) (74)
  • Untitled #2 by Gene S. Delapenia (Miami Vice) (79)
  • Talking in Your Sleep by Stancio del Norte ("When Special Agent Dale Cooper was finished telling Sheriff Harry S Truman the story behind Albert's strange behavior, all Harry wanted to do was take Coop in his arms and make the bad memories fade away forever.") (Twin Peaks) (81)
  • Shy Vision by Natasha Solten (Twin Peaks) (90)
  • Heart of Flint by Flamingo ("Rico Tubbs couldn't help noticing that Martin Castillo had been riding Sonny's back for weeks. Something was very wrong here. Not to mention the strange dreams Sonny'd been having.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (93)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

Reviewer's disclaimer: The following are my opinions and mine alone. No one made me think this and I have no intention of forcing, manipulating or drugging anyone into agreeing. In other words, salt to taste. If you disagree with anything I say, please feel free to post it. If you wish to fall at my feet in abject worship, I'll take that, too.

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I tend to think, for both word and page count, DYADs tend to be a tad overpriced which is a major reason I would generally recommend that people buy them second hand. (I know if everyone bought them second hand, there would be no one to buy them first hand. Fortunately, not everyone is on this list and who listens to me anyway?)

While the page count is pretty much the same as most DYADS and there actually seems to be less white space within the stories themselves (even though there is still more than in most zines), this is doubly true for this one. This issue has more poetry than normal and it particularly noticeable because several relatively short poems, because of spacing and size of type, actually take up two or three pages each. That said, this does have one really fabulous story that I would recommend the purchase of the whole zine for.

"Call It Creation" by Dovya Blacque (WG)--This one takes place during "Call It Casabah". What is with everyone and having these guys have sex on the couch? I keep waiting for someone to go. "You know, we should probably go in the bedroom." But while I question the "Greek god" description of Vinnie by Frank (most Greek gods, from the pictures I've seen, do appear to have *two* eyebrows) and I think the timeline has been fiddled with a bit from one or two comments about Amber, this is a pleasant F/V story.

"A Questionable Future" by J Burnette (Equalizer, Scott/Mickey)--I've only seen a bit of EQ when it was on and I can't say that most of the stories I've read have really not lent me a yearning desire to see anymore. At least part of that is that, this story amoung them (though not as bad as some), most have either portrayed Scott as having all the emotional development of a 12-year-old or as just plain pathetic. Whether this is in character or not, I can't really say.

"Fire and Ice" by MerLyn (RIPTIDE/MV)--I thought that this was part of the Psychic vampire series that was started in DYAD. Then we got into "cross-dimensions". Quite frankly, by the end of it, I had no idea what was going on. (FYI, Castillo is the only character from MV in this and it's only listed as a RT story in the table of contents.)

"Incense and Peppermint" by Robyn LaSalle (QUANTUM LEAP)--This has a beginning note stating: "Inspired by the film PSYCH-OUT staring [sic] Jack Nickolson [sic] and Dean Stockwell". I think I might enjoy the story if I was familiar with the movie, though from everything I heard about it, I doubt it would really help. This does have two main problems, one being that, when told he has to save David's life in the next day or so, Sam's immediate response is "By saving him, what will that accomplish?" This seems to utterly out of character that it threw me out of the story. My other problem is just one involving the Reece's Cup theory again. It also wraps up way to quickly and patly.

"Revelations" by Sue-Anne Hartwick (LETHAL WEAPON)--Squirm notice--I remember someone mentioning in their list something about having the girlfriend/SO who sees it as patently obvious that the guys are in love and walks quietly and contentedly into the sunset, which is a squirm I share. This is a variation on that theme, with us finding out that Trish has figured out about Riggs and her husband being lovers, seeing it as obvious, and doesn't walk off into the sunset, but contentedly decides to share. I think this might not bother me so bad if it weren't for the fact that I see Riggs as being patently homophobic (in the first movie he makes a snide remark about the girl having been with a *woman*, for heaven's sake, something most men don't tend to find particularly disgusting) and Murtaugh not only being incredibly devoted to his wife, but just terminally straight. That's a problem I have with slash based on the moves in general, though, and has much less to do with this story in particular.

"Talking In Your Sleep" by Stancie de Norte (TWIN PEAKS)--While I don't quite buy the Albert theory, this is a pleasant first time Cooper/Harry story. I did get an unintentional giggle, too, from Harry "plundering" Cooper.

"Heart of Flint" by Flamingo (MV)--I always feel that Flamingo's stories are worth getting out of bed for. She always has some wonderfully intense, emotionally and hormonally, sex scenes in her C/C and this is no exception. This is by far the best story in the zine. (FYI, there is an even better sequel to this story in a later issue, the number of which I can't remember at the moment. I believe I might have already reviewed it, though.)

So, all in all, some more relatively non-filling stuff from DYAD, with the the meat (if you'll pardon the expression) being provided by the one MV story. Maybe think of it as a snack to tie you over." [2]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Cooper (Equalizer)

Dyad 8 was published in 1991 and contains 160 pages.

The submission deadline was May 10, 1991.

The art is by Cooper, Susan Dundas, Wolff, KOZ, and Alayne.

From the editorial:

Did someone hear me say there would be no more installments in MerLyn’s "psychic vampire" series? No? Good! Because there’s another installment in this issue! Though I think this probably is the final one. I want to take this opportunity to thank MerLyn for the series. I know how much I loved it and, from the response I received in the form of LOCs, my readers seemed to enjoy it, too.

Also, a quick thanks to Taerie Bryant for letting me reprint Deveraux Dane’s EQUALIZER story which was originally published in her multi-media adult zine, HEROS. I recommend the zine as it’s a really good read. Ordering information is on the contents page of this issue.

And a correction: Mickey Kostmayer is not spelled Mickey Kostmeyer. I apologize for my ignorance on the matter. My only excuse is that I grew up with someone named "Kostmeyer".

  • Bless Me, Father by Kate Wallace ("Mickey hadn't been to confession in a long time, but his feelings for Scott McCall drove him to church... and into comfort from an unexpected source.") (The Equalizer) (5)
  • A Friend in Need by Ida Vega ("The attack had been brutal, intimate, degrading. Now Sonny Crockett has to learn to like has to learn to like himself again and to trust those who care about him.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (11)
  • Back From the Pit by MerLyn & Andy D. ("Sonny Crockett can't help interfering in Vince Terranova's struggle with the entity known as Sonny Steelgrave.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Wiseguy/Psychic Vampire) (47)
  • Harden My Heart by Stancio del Norte ("Larry Zito's murder hits Sonny Crockett hard.") (Miami Vice) (65)
  • Adventures in the Wildwood by Robbie ("Responding to Nasir's letters about their brief encounter in a pool, Robin addresses a few subjects that have been troubling him.") (Robin of Sherwood) (69)
  • The Healing Touch by Deveraux Dane ("It was the last thing Mickey Kostmayer expected from Robert McCall, but there was his friend, insisting he accept physical closeness.") (The Equalizer) (reprinted from Heroes #1) (79)
  • The Ol' Gray Hair by Sue-Anne Hartwick ("Martin Riggs plans a special surprise for Roger Murtaugh's birthday.") (Lethal Weapon) (89)
  • Riders on the Storm by Starr Copeland ("Dennis Booker never did get along very well with Tom Hanson. But now's his chance to deal with a few subjects that have been troubling him.") (21 Jump Street) (101)
  • The Curse of the Black Opal: Martin's Past by Flamingo ("A chapter from Flamingo's novel, The Curse of the Black Opal. Martin Castillo has some old business with Elliot Burch.") (Miami Vice/Beauty and the Beast) (119)

Issue 9

Dyad 9 was published in 1991 and contains 174 pages.

The submission deadline was July 15, 1991.

The art is by Dragon (front cover), Cooper, Anja Gruber, Alayne, T. Erickson, KOZ, and Kay Wells.

cover of issue #9, from Lethal Weapon, artist is Dragon

I've always said I like to "push the envelope" when it comes to printing unusual fandoms. Well, I think with this issue that "envelope" is being stretched to new limits!

Occasionally over the past few years, the question has been raised: "Why are there no female "/" stories" in general and, specifically, in DYAD. Well, with issue #9 there is a female "/" story in DYAD; a CHINA BEACH story involving Colleen McMurphy and K.C. To those of you who have been involved with K/S, Arlan Symons may be a familiar name... a familiar infamous name. Infamous for reasons too complicated to go into here. Suffice to say Arlan has always taken on the risque, the dangerous, the controversial topics. I think she's done a wonderful job this time and I hope to hear everyone else's opinion on the subject, as well.

Also pushing that "envelope" (at least as far as "unique fandoms" go) are [Melody C's] DARK SHADOWS story that takes place in the original DS universe, the 1840's time-line, and MerLyn's "V" story, which a friend of mine affectionately referred to as a "lizard lust" story!

On the more usual front, we have a wonderful selection of MIAMI VICE, THE EQUALIZER, HOUSTON KNIGHTS, WAR OF THE WORLDS to mention only a few fandoms in this issue. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

To mention again, yes, there will be a second issue of DYAD: THE VAMPIRE STORIES. Deadline is January 1, 1992. I hope to have the issue available in time for "Escapade II" in early February. Please send in those submissions!

Response to the chapter from Flamingo's novel, Curse of Black Opal, which was printed in DYAD #8, was astounding! You liked it, you really liked it! [3] I thank you and Flamingo thanks you! I hope to have news of the full novel soon so keep those SASEs coming.

You will notice a new feature in this issue of DYAD. At the back of the zine are a few pages of advertising. I figured it was time to save myself and other editors time and money and condense the information on the plethora of flyers I always get to include with orders when they're filled. I also thought it might be more convenient for you, the readers, to keep track of titles and addresses if they were inside a zine. All those pesky flyers make such a mess! This is a feature I hope to continue in DYAD from now on. All editors are welcome to send me ads, preferably typed, for their most current zines. Deadline for ads is the same as the deadlines for submissions.


I want to see submissions from a lot of you... I know what you've got hiding in that closet! Guidelines are always available for a #10 SASE. One last thing. I hope you will excuse my filching a few drawings from Holes In The Ozone for my WISEGUY poems. It seemed the... uh... logical thing to do! Enjoy!

  • A Word from Our Sponsor, editorial (3)
  • Surrogate Lover, poem by Helena Wolff (Quantum Leap) (4)
  • Dreamin' by Sue-Anne Hartwick ("Martin Riggs struggles through a strange and all-too-real dream.") (Lethal Weapon) (5)
  • The Nature of Things, poem by Mikki Cruz (Miami Vice) (12)
  • Flowers by Duval ("Harrison Blackwood shares his love of spring with his friend, Paul Ironhorse.") (War of the Worlds) (13)
  • Sun Shadows, poem by Dovya Blacque (Wiseguy) (16)
  • Sleeping With the Past by Ida Vega ("On the night Crockett and Castillo finally admit their attraction to one another, a stranger from Martin's past comes asking for a favor.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/The Equalizer) (17)
  • White Child, poem by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (54)
  • Practical Experience by MerLyn ("Charles needs some assistance in understanding the odd sexual behavior of humans.") (V) (55)
  • Roll in the Hay by Etch ("What's a partner to do when he and his friend are stuck in a barn on a rainy afternoon but indulge in a little loving?") (Houston Knights) (65)
  • Light and Dark, poem by Helena Wolff (Miami Vice) (71)
  • Just Another San Diego Sunday Morning by Robbie ("An unbelievable surprise awaits the brothers at a local grocery store... would you believe dragons?") (Simon & Simon) (73)
  • Starting Over, poem by Khylara (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (95)
  • Old Lies, poem by Dovya Blacque (Wiseguy) (96)
  • The China Sea by Melody C. ("In the original series 1840 timeline, Quentin and Gerard face more than one kind of storm while at sea.") (Dark Shadows) (97)
  • The Two of Us, poem by Khylara (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (121)
  • Pillow Talk by Susan K. Dundas ("Martin Castillo accepts comfort from his lover after the death of Jack Gretsky.") (Miami Vice) (123)
  • Journal by Gene S. Delapenia ("LaFiamma starts wondering about the strange dreams he's been having that feature a certain Miami vice cop.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Houston Knights/Psychic Vampire) (125)
  • Beautiful Man, poem by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (128)
  • At the Edge by Debra Hicks ("John Kincaid helps Harrison face Paul's death.") (reprinted in Business Associates #3) (War of the Worlds) (129)
  • Some Like It Hot by Stancio del Norte (" As the temperature rises in the squadroom, so does Sonny Crockett's internal heat as he watches his lieutenant work.") (Miami Vice) (133)
  • Whose Sex Life is It, Anyway? by Robyn LaSalle ("What's with all the strange looks people have been giving Tom Hanson and his partner? Doug seems to understand, all too well.") (21 Jump Street) (137)
  • Accustomed to Her Face by Arlan Symons ("Colleen McMurphy discovers a comfort from a surprising source, her best friend and enemy, K.C.") China Beach) (161)

Issue 10

Dyad 10 was published in 1992 and contains 155 pages.

cover of issue #10, Alayne (War of the Worlds)

The submission deadline was September 1, 1991.

The art is by Alayne (front cover), Anja Gruber, S.K. Dundas, Cooper, E.K. and KOZ.

From the editorial:

Okay, I admit it; I was wrong. I know I said there would be no more installments to MerLyn's "psychic vampire" series. I know I made an exception to that statement in DYAD #8. Well, I'm making an exception again as there is another installment in this issue. Now, I have no idea when any more installments will be seen, but I have a very strong feeling there will be more. For which I, personally, am grateful as I adore the series and hope it never ends!

You will notice that the print size in #10 is a bit smaller than normal. This had to be done to keep the zine below 200 pages and, thus, keep it at a somewhat affordable price. You're actually getting more for your money with this issue than with any other aside from #5 which ran 195 pages. I hope the smaller print face doesn't upset anyone too much.

I want to welcome a new member to the ranks of DYAD contributors, Katy Katana, from whom we will be hearing much more in the future. In my humble opinion, QUANTUM LEAP is a difficult fandom in which to write believable "/", but I feel Katy has done a magnificent job with "Stardust"... and I hear she's already working on a sequel!

Other than MerLyn's and Katy's stories, inside this issue is a variety of fandoms from a bit of unusual MIAMI VICE to an EQUALIZER situation I've been dying to read for a long time to a sweet HARDCASTLE & MCCORMICK tale to a lovely little SHERLOCK HOLMES vignette. There's a bit of hot LETHAL WEAPON as well two very distinct interpretations of the Blackwood/Ironhorse relationship in two WAR OF THE WORLDS stories. Also this issue contains some very touching MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. poetry and a HOUSTON KNIGHTS story that deals with rape in a very sensitive and effective manner. Although I am trying to stay away from "rape stories" at this point, I do make exceptions for exceptional stories, which I feel "Pins N Needles" to be.

  • Embracing the Snake by Duval ("Paul Ironhorse can't remember what happened to him while he was with the alien, Katara. Hypnosis helps to recall those events... plus some other, more personal memories.") (sequel to "Behold A White Horse" by Debra Hicks in Dyad #5) (War of the Worlds) (5)
  • One More Leaf by Robbie ("An accident brings the Judge and Mark face-to-face with the uncomfortable subjects of mortality... and love.") (Hardcastle and McCormick) (23)
  • Jungle Fever by Susan K. Dundas ("In the jungles of Asia, Martin Castillo and Jack Gretsky come to depend on one another... for everything.") (Miami Vice) (31)
  • Pins 'n' Needles by Etch ("Kidnapped and brutalized, Joey LaFiamma needs the help of his partner and lover, Levon Lundy, to help him heal"). (Houston Knights) (39)
  • Limits by Kate Wallace ("Scott McCall reveals his love for Mickey Kostmayer to his father... who is none too pleased with the situation.") (The Equalizer) (63)
  • A Case of Misunderstanding by Robbie ("Watson has been acting aloof of late... a new, baffling mystery for Holmes!") (a first-person, Holmes-POV first-time story) (Sherlock Holmes) (77)
  • Young Blood by Sue-Anne Hartwick ("Age... a difficult concept!") (Lethal Weapon) (83)
  • Lost in the Flood by MerLyn ("Zeke Anderson attacked Castillo for a reason... but it will take the combined effort of all the psychic vampires to help Crockett and Castillo get to the bottom of the plot behind Anderson's strange behavior.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Tour of Duty/Psychic Vampire) (89)
  • Stardust by Katy Katana ("For some reason, Al isn't assisting Sam on his leap into the life of a jazz musician named Dusty. And the reason becomes clear once Sam has met Dusty's best friend.") (Quantum Leap) (reprinted in Leap in the Dark) (101)
  • After-Image by Starr Copeland ("Something is bothering Harrison Blackwood and, if he doesn't resolve whatever it is, the rest of the team are going to murder him in his sleep!") (War of the Worlds) (129)

Issue 11

Dyad 11 was published in 1992 and 178 pages long.

cover of issue #11, KOZ

The submission deadline was November 30, 1991.

The art is by Cooper, Anya Gruber, Todd Parrish, Helen Wolff, and KOZ.

  • Captured by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (4)
  • Shadows Past by Atira Kei ("Nightmare memories of his father's death haunt Crockett after the episode "Payback".") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (5)
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Helena Wolff ("Back from his travels through time, Sam spends his first Christmas with his new lover.") (Quantum Leap) (19)
  • A Sniper by Etch ("Recovering from gunshot wounds, Joey LaFiamma has some interesting dreams... or are they memories?") (Houston Knights) (25)
  • A Second Chance at Love by Khylara (Man From UNCLE) (31)
  • Thanks Given by Duval ("Why can't two men who love one another marry? That's the question Debi asks on Thanksgiving day.") (War of the Worlds) (33)
  • Walking the Razor's Edge by MerLyn ("Crockett kept in touch with the smuggler/pilot, Jackson, from "Trust Fund Pirates". And, even after Jackson changed his name and moved to San Francisco, he proves of particular help when Crockett's feelings for Castillo begin to change.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Midnight Caller) (41)
  • Another Fine Mess by Gene S. Delapenia ("Starsky and Hutch aren't thrilled at having to baby-sit a couple of cops from Miami... and Starsky's even less happy when he begins to get strange feelings about the blond half of the Florida team.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Starsky & Hutch/Psychic Vampire) (71)
  • Mirror by Faris Vincent (Quantum Leap) (77)
  • Retiring Personality by Sue-Anne Hartwick ("Martin Riggs' daring dos begin to wear on his partner's fragile nerves.") (Lethal Weapon) (79)
  • The Colonial Affair by Hephaiston ("Following the incidents in Billy Budd, Stephen "Illya Wyeth finds himself in the hands of the infamous Colonial pirate, Napoleon Solo.") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (83)
  • He's Cute by Sue-Anne Hartwick (Lethal Weapon) (142)
  • Swan Song by Lucinda Kerr (The Equalizer) ("What's Mickey Kostmayer to do when Scott McCall shows up on his doorstep in the middle of the night acting like a duckling looking for its mama?") (143)
  • Angel or Devil by Arlan Symons (Star Wars) (158)
  • The Sixth Day by Starr Copeland ("Months after their run-in with the wrong side of the law, Gabe Cash and Ray Tango re-examine the strange chemistry between them.") (Tango & Cash) (161)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

See reactions and reviews for The Colonial Affair.

Issue 12

cover of issue #12, Alayne
flyer for issue #12

Dyad 12 was published in 1992 and contains 180 pages.

The submission deadline was January 20, 1992.

The art is by Todd Parrish, Anja Gruber and Alayne.

From a flyer: "Aspects of same-sex relationships vividly depicted."

From the editorial:

Did someone say "unusual fandoms"? Well, here they are: AIRWOLF, ELFQUEST, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, THE SANDBAGGERS, STAR WARS, And some familiar faces as well; MIAMI VICE, PSYCHIC VAMPIRES, HOUSTON KNIGHTS, WAR OF THE WORLDS, WISEGUY, etc. Hope you enjoy the selection of 15 (15?) different fandoms this time around!

Just between you and me, one of the fandoms I was looking for most when I started DYAD was AIRWOLF. It's taken 12 issues to find a story, but I'm so glad Fortune Teller (AIRWOLF fans, note the reference?) has allowed me to reprint her story here! [4]

I want to say a very special word of thanks to Natasha Solten for doing the bulk of the typing for #12. There is no way this issue would have made print on time without her help, But, as usual, any and all typos are my fault, not hers or any other typists, And, also as usual, I'm already aware of all and sundry typos so please don't send me a list! Thanks. (And yes, I know the flyers for #12 say "available October 1993"... obviously I meant 1992!)

Out of necessity, MKASHEF ENTERPRISES is going on hiatus for about 6 months. DYAD #12 will be the last issue of DYAD until May/June 1993 when DYAD #12 will be the last issue until May/June 1993 when DYAD #13 will be due.

  • Falling by Khylara (Man From UNCLE) (4)
  • Out of the Fire Zone by Robbie ("No longer on the police force, no longer in contact with the Jump Street program, Dennis Booker is shocked to find Tom Hanson show up at his door... but not so shocked that he can't try to put to rest some old resentments.") (21 Jump Street) (5)
  • HeartQuest by Gene S. Delapenia (ElfQuest) (16)
  • Satin Sheets by Etch ("Joey LaFiamma's new house holds more surprises than just his eager lover, Levon Lundy.") (Houston Knights) (17)
  • A Certain Balance by Lucinda Kerr ("To Scott McCall's mind, it's time to tell his father the truth about his relationship with Mickey Kostmayer. And he receives support from a surprisingly unexpected party.") (The Equalizer) (25)
  • Out in the Cold by Khylara (Miami Vice) (42)
  • Alien Distant Shore by MerLyn ("While trying to pin down the mysterious "help" he and Castillo had received in their battle with Lao Li, Crockett runs into some very strange beings... "Elementals".") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Sapphire and Steel/Psychic Vampire) (43)
  • The Waiting Room by Khylara (Quantum Leap) (56)
  • Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Fortune Teller (From a flyer: "In an attempt to find some peace, Michael "Archangel" purposefully strands himself at Stringfellow Hawke's mountain retreat. But is it only his own peace of mind he's seeking?" From the online version: "Archangel engineers a confrontation with Stringfellow Hawke about the truth of his brother's death, thereby setting events in motion which result in violent emotional catharsis and a perilous new unity between them.") (Airwolf) (57)
  • My Captain by Khylara (The Hunt for Red October) (70)
  • Sunday in the Park with Jorge by Ida Vega (Miami Vice) (71)
  • Picking Up the Pieces by Susan Brandford ("After the episode "Splinters", Mickey and Robert face some old ghosts.") (The Equalizer) (87)
  • Between Two Soldiers by Debra Hicks It's a dangerous mission and Ironhorse hates the fact that the only logical person to undertake the task is his lover and teammate, Harrison Blackwood.") (reprinted in Business Associates #2) (War of the Worlds) (91)
  • Something Different by Khylara (Wiseguy) (130)
  • Giving Thanks by Khylara (Wiseguy) (131 )
  • The Language of the Owl by Dovya Blacque (Twin Peaks) (132)
  • Lundy's Gone by Etch (Houston Knights) (133)
  • Bags of Sand by Dovya Blacque (The Sandbaggers) (144)
  • The Promise by Theresa Kyle ("The story features a scene where Luke is lying underneath a vehicle, trying to fix it. Han crawls next to him and rather shamelessly tries to seduce him, while Luke struggles with his conflicting reactions to Han.") (Star Wars) (145)
  • Tracking the Lightning by Starr Copeland (Quantum Leap) (162)
  • Miracle Men by Dovya Blacque ("Sonny didn't realize what he'd done was so funny, still wasn't sure it was as funny as Castillo apparently did. He didn't know anything anymore, not since his world had turned up-side-down at the sound of his lieutenant's laughter.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (163)

Issue 13

Dyad 13 was published in 1993 and is 187 pages long.

The submission deadline was March 10, 1992.

The art is by Cooper, Alayne, and e.k..

cover of issue #13

From the editorial:

With this issue, DYAD breaks a few self-imposed restrictions, not the least of which is the inclusion of a PROFESSIONALS story. Yes, I’ve finally buckled, caved in, bowed to peer pressure... I will continue to print PROS stories in the future... especially if you submit them to me! (Sorry, still not interested in any ST:TNG... but I wouldn’t mind taking a look at any DS9 stories you have!)

The second breaking of restrictions, though a much less well known one, is the inclusion of MerLyn’s GARRISON’S GORILLAS story, Doublecross And Counteraction. One of the unspoken rules for the past twelve issues of DYAD was that the stories concentrate on the physical relationship between two people. In this story of MerLyn's, we have the somewhat unique situation of a "/" story- involving 5 (yes, five) men.

Furthermore, I know how a lot of you tend to skip over fandoms you don't know or haven’t enjoyed in the past. I truly hope you will trust me enough to take my word that reading Doublecross And Counteraction will be well worth your time. In my opinion, this is not only one of MerLyn's best crafted stories, it’s also a very emotionally involving story... not to mention damned sexy! Trust me!

The third restriction was one I placed solely on myself and that was not to "preach" or become "political" in my editorials. The reason I'm breaking that rule now is to discuss the growing, crippling problem of zine photocopying. I don't want to go on about this too long so, to sum up the problem: photocopying an issue of DYAD (or ZINE X, Y or Z) for one or two or five friends is not only a violation of the law, it is destroying the ability of ALL editors, not just me, to produce new issues of their zines. For every copy you make, you are taking funds away from the production of the next issue of that zine. In other words, although you may think you're doing a kindness for a friend or twelve, all you're doing is shooting yourself, and fandom, in the foot. You simply cannot rely on "the next person" to support your hobby for you. If you don't support the zines you enjoy, who will? Consider where you will be when there are no more zines because editors lack the funds needed to publish their next issues.

And for those of you who seem to think photocopying zines is either not taking place at all or, if it is, is no problem, I have proof in my possession that photocopying was going on in quantity at two particular conventions in early 1993. [5] If it was taking place at two cons, I'm sure it was taking place at three or ten or twenty cons. Also consider the fact that DYAD #13 has been ready to go to press for a few months now but had to wait because I didn't have the funds needed to have it printed.

All I'm asking is that you support the zines you enjoy by purchasing them from the PUBLISHER or her/his LEGAL AGENT.

This issue of DYAD begins with a poem by S. Castillo that seems to be proof that not only does synchronisity exist but it has a tragic sense of irony. There was, for a brief moment, the possibility of not printing this poem so soon after Ray Sharkey's passing. It gave me some difficult hours of thought. But I truly believe that when synchronisity [sic] shows up on your doorstep, you should listen to what it has to say. So, taking into consideration the affection and respect with which I regard the art left behind by the man, I chose to include the poem you will find when you turn this page. I also want to thank S. Castillo for sharing her lovely composition.)

  • A Word from Our Sponsor (3)
  • Steelgrave's Ghost, poem by S. Castillo (Wiseguy) (4)
  • Mysteries by Dovya Blacque ("A challenge, some truth, a bit of anger and denial lead Vinnie and Frank to an interesting realization"). (Wiseguy) (5)
  • Question and Answer, poem by Khylara (Man From UNCLE) (10)
  • The Visit by Joram ("Returning from an encounter with the aliens, Paul Ironhorse asks Harrison Blackwood to stop at a small town where he has a ghost to put to rest.") (War of the Worlds) (11)
  • Uncle Mikey by Etch (Houston Knights) (23)
  • Memories, poem by Khylara (Quantum Leap) (28)
  • After the Darkness by Kyra Taylor ("When McCall goes missing, Control's orders to Gage are to protect Scott. But Harley hadn't bargained for exactly what that would involve.") (The Equalizer) (29)
  • [Ring of Truth Ring of Truth] by Katy Katana ("The Doctor and The Master share a few remembrances.") (also in Uncharted Waters #10) (Doctor Who) (37)
  • The Promise, poem by Khylara (Man From UNCLE) (50)
  • Midnight Confessions by Leah S. ("Some relationships are so close that not even marriage can withstand the competition. Hutch decides it's time to stop standing in the way of Starsky's life.") (Starsky & Hutch) (51)
  • Weakness, poem by Khylara (Blake's 7) (54)
  • To Love My Enemy by Jonnie Corday ("There are just certain things the Drac couldn't comprehend, like Davidge's sexual appetite. But that doesn't mean it isn't willing to learn.") (Enemy Mine) (55)
  • At Ma and Pa's Place, poem by Michelle Christian (Wiseguy) (61)
  • Doublecross and Counteraction by MerLyn ("Had Garrison really betrayed the team? It seems so, until the four ex-cons hear, and believe, the truth. Only then do they decide "the Warden" is worthy of being brought fully into the group.") (a gen version of this story is in Airwaves #30.) (Garrison's Gorillas) (62)
  • Like a River to the Sea by Kitty Fisher (" A mysterious letter causes Doyle to withdraw from his lover... now it's time for explanations.") (The Professionals) (109)
  • In My Dreams, poem by Khylara (Miami Vice) (120)
  • Tequila, Tears and a New Sunrise by MerLyn ("The mournful phone call from Dale McKussic telling Nick Frescia that Jo Anne was dead didn't explain that her death wasn't the work of a hit man after McKussic... Frescia didn't learn the truth about Jo Anne's death until he was at McKussic's side in Mexico... and then things looked very different.") (Tequila Sunrise) (121)
  • Hard Freeze by Duval ("A trip to the cabin, a sudden snow storm, a delayed Ironhorse and a surprise gift for Debi make for an unusual night for Blackwood.") (reprinted in One in Ten #8) (War of the Worlds)(134)
  • Chain Reaction by Aletha Wyndsor ("Kostmayer couldn't believe it when he found Scott in a B&D club, he could only assume Scott was curious and Gage wasn't willing to indulge the young man. Convinced that it's for Scott's own good, Mickey talks Harley into playing a little game to teach Scott a few lessons.") (The Equalizer) (141)

Issue 14

cover of issue #14, Cooper (Miami Vice)

Dyad 14 was published in January 1994 and contains 166 pages.

The art is by Cooper, Roo, and Anja Gruber.

From the editorial:

A Marilyn Cole PROFESSIONALS cover was promised for this issue. Unfortunately, it has become a casualty of the 6.6 "Northridge Quake”: you see, for mail to come from Marilyn to me, it must go through Los Angeles. Due to the earthquake, all mail passing through Los Angeles is subject to a serious delay, including, it seems, Marilyn’s drawing! So, instead of the promised PROFESSIONALS cover, we have a beautiful MIAMI VICE cover by Cooper. Actually, the two figures have been printed previously in DYAD (#7 #8), just not together. Marilyn’s cover will appear at a later date.

  • A Word from Our Sponsor (3)
  • Surrender, poem by Jonnie Corday (Man From UNCLE) (4)
  • Bullets or Blossoms by Maxine Blythe Curry ("Something important has happened between Doyle and his current girl. What was it and why is Doyle so hesitant to explain it to his partner?") (The Professionals) (reprinted in A World In Us) (5)
  • Welcome Home by MerLyn ("Reggie Hammett is finally out of jail and Jack Cates is there to greet him... and so is trouble.") (48 Hrs) (27)
  • In the Light of Day by Denyse (sequel to "After the Darkness" in Dyad #13) ("Scott McCall and Harley Gage have a lot to work out.") (The Equalizer) (31)
  • Dreaming, poem by Jonnie Corday (Hardcastle and McCormick) (43)
  • I Don't Do Fishing by Etch ("The news of Joseph La Fiamma's promotion isn't news good enough to make Joey cave in to his lover's favorite way to relax.") (Houston Knights) (45)
  • Considering the Need by Kelly Hale ("Is Ironhorse trying to get himself killed, just like Harrison's childhood friend did? The question has an interesting answer.") (War of the Worlds) (51)
  • Missing, poem by Khylara (Quantum Leap) (65)
  • Miami Heat, poem by Jonnie Corday (Miami Vice) (68)
  • Moment of Truth by Katy Katana (sequel to "Ring of Truth" in Dyad #13.) ("The Doctor and The Master come to terms.") (Doctor Who) (69)
  • Russian Blue, poem by Khylara (Man From UNCLE) (84)
  • Retreat, Regroup & Redemption by MerLyn (sequel to "Doublecross and Counteraction" in Dyad #13) ("Chief finds himself bitter and alone in jail with no hope of even his old teammates saving him.") (Garrison's Gorillas) (85)
  • Sleepless Nights: Dusk, poem by Michelle Christian (Wiseguy) (107)
  • Sleepless Nights: Midnight, poem by Michelle Christian (Wiseguy) (108)
  • Sleepless Nights: Dawn, poem by Michelle Christian (Wiseguy) (109)
  • Fire Light Reflections, poem by Sonni Castillo (War of the Worlds) (110)
  • Solitary Men by Annie Broome ("When Control's life takes an unexpected turn, who else is there to confide in but Robert McCall?") (The Equalizer) (111)
  • Still in My Heart by Flamingo (sequel to "Heart of Flint" in Dyad #7) ("Is it only Gina Calabrese's imagination that there's been a change between Crockett and Castillo?") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (115)
  • Amnesia, poem by Khylara (Man From UNCLE) (161)

Issue 15

cover of issue #15, Marilyn Cole (The Professionals), winner of a Huggy Award in 1996.

From the zine: "Oi, Bodie! 'S me, Ray. You'd best be getting ready Sunshine. And if you went and got that bloody RoboCop costume after us rowing about it...well, you'd just better not have. By the way, Murph dropped by me flat on his way home with another stack of codes. Do us a favor and do my share for me, huh? I'll be over a bit early so's you have time before the party. Ta, mate."

A fan in 2010 said: "A futuristic Bodie, again it begs you to find the story it goes to. And the eyes ... ahhhh." [6]

Dyad 15 was published in April 1994 and contains 171 pages.

The submission deadline was May 10, 1993.

The cover is by Marilyn Cole, and the interior illos are by Burnett and T.P.

"Burning Blue" was supposed to have a sequel, but this story was never finished. From the editorial of Cross-Currents:

I have to apologize for the absence of the sequel to Burning Blue, the PROS story from DYAD #15 I fondly refer to as the "RoboBodie” story, by Max Curry. The story will appear in either the second issue of CROSS-CURRENTS or in a future issue of DYAD and will involve the PROS with The 6-MILLION DOLLAR MAN. The story was finished on time but it’s long and there simply was no room in this issue. Sorry, Max.

  • Burning Blue by Maxine Blythe Curry ("Every country wanted the scientist who had promised a new world, new freedom. But the scientist had other priorities.") (The Professionals) (3)
  • Bodie by Taerie Bryant (The Professionals) (32)
  • Freedom by Theresa Kyle ("When Mark McCormick's parole is officially over, he finds himself reluctant to accept his new, unwanted freedom.") (Hardcastle and McCormick) (33)
  • Tide by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) (48)
  • The Miles by Arlan Symons (Star Wars) (49)
  • In Love with a Cop by etch ("LaFiamma's had enough of seeing innocent people die. It's now up to his partner, Lundy, to keep him on track.") (Houston Knights) (51)
  • The Return by Kylara (Man from UNCLE) 62)
  • Three-Time Loser by MerLyn ("Imagine the Blade Runner universe populated by Blake, Avon, Vila, Servalan, Tarrant, Cally, Travis...") (a gen version also in Airwaves #30, this slash version also in Merlyn's Tales #3) (Blake's 7) (63)
  • Endings and Beginnings by Michelle Hanson ("Mel Profitt's little mind games bring Vince and Roger Loccoco to a new understanding of one another.") (Wiseguy) (91)
  • Legacy Dovya Blacque by (Highlander) (98)
  • The Consequences of Truth by Denyse ("Once he learns the truth about his son's relationship with Harley Gage, Robert McCall has a few surprises in store for Scott.") (The Equalizer) (99)
  • The Coming Home Affair by Mary L. Millard ("When Illya's wife dies in the Soviet Union, his shocked partner insists on seeing him through his grief.") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (139)
  • Ray by Taerie Bryant (The Professionals) (171)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

There are seven stories in this issue of Dyad, the first of which is a Professionals story, Burning Blue (29 pages) by Maxine Blythe Curry. Burning Blue has a complex and believable plot, which incorporates the character of Dr Rudy Wells, and the concept of bionics, though it can't really be described as a crossover story, as the emphasis is all on Bodie and Doyle. The story starts when Dr Holland, a scientist who has offered to sell his invention to the highest bidder, decides to destroy it and himself instead. It seems that Bodie is killed in an explosion engineered by Holland, but several weeks later Doyle receives a message which makes it clear that Bodie is still alive. When the partners are reunited Doyle is shocked to discover that Holland has turned Bodie into a cyborg. Since Holland believes that making bionic parts look natural is a waste of time Bodie is obviously part man and part machine. Bodie is struggling to come to terms with his new existence, and with the knowledge that the warehouse explosion was a trap; set by Holland to catch an agent who could be used as a guinea pig in his bionic experiments. In an attempt to help his partner Doyle lets Holland implant devices in his head which will create an artificial telepathic link between him and Bodie. But how can he hide his deepest feelings from someone who can read his mind?

Freedom (15 pages) by Theresa Kyle is a Hardcastle & McCormick first timer. Mark's parole is over, and he is free to leave Gull's Way and start a new life. Of course that also means leaving Judge Hardcastle, the man he loves. Mark tries to make positive plans for the future, and to convince himself that it is better that Hardcastle never knows how he feels about him. But his heart says differently. Meanwhile Hardcastle is harbouring some regrets and secret desires of his own. Though I'm not really a fan of this series I enjoyed this story.

Three Time Loser (28 pages) by Merlyn is a Blake's 7 story, set in the Blade Runner universe. Merlyn meshes these two universes together very skilfully, and there's enough background information in the story to make the scenario work. On an Earth ruled by the Confederation, Avon works for Controller Servalan, while Blake is a bounty hunter. Hired by Servalan to do her dirty work Blake hunts down and destroys the Replicants who have rebelled against the Confederation when Scorpio crashes. on Earth carrying four Replicants, Travis, Tarrant, Cally and Soolin, Servalan gives Blake one last job. But a chain of events is set in motion which leads to Blake uncovering his own forgotten past. While Avon has to choose between the Confederation and the rebellion, and between his two lovers, Servalan and Blake. My one reservation about this story is that it leaves far too many questions unanswered. Merlyn hints that Blake and/or Avon may themselves be Replicants, and the story is fairly open ended. I'm hoping that she's planning a sequel.

Michelle Hanson's Wiseguy story Endings and Beginnings (7 pages) begins with Vinnie having an erotic dream, which quickly turns into a nightmare. His dream lover is Sonny Steelgrave, who's fate still haunts Vinnie. Roger Loccoco wakes Vinnie from his nightmare, and tells him that Mel Profitt requires their presence in the playroom. But play turns into reality when Vinnie realises just how badly he needs a friend he can trust.

The Conseguences of Truth (40 pages) by Denyse is an Equalizer story which pairs off Harley Gage and Scott McCall. The lovers' happiness is marred only by the knowledge that sooner or later they will have to confront Robert McCall. When Scott forgets an appointment with his father, who panics fearing that something has happened to his son, Scott has to confess that he was with his lover. Robert is shocked and outraged, upset not only because his son has a male lover, but also because he fears that being involved with Gage will place Scott in danger. Once Robert has got over the initial shock, however, he suggests that the three of them take a weekend trip to the mountains, so that they will have an opportunity to resolve their differences. Only a sniper follows them up to the cabin, and Scott takes the bullet which was meant either for his father, or for his lover. I really enjoyed reading this story, the emotions and the character reactions are all very well thought out, and the plot manages to add a new twist to the old log cabin saga.

Finally there is a Man from UNCLE story, The Coming Home Affair (32 pages) by Mary Millard. When Napoleon goes to collect Illya one morning he finds him in a state of deep distress, Illya has been notified of the death of Katya Kuryakin. Napoleon assumes that the dead woman was Illya's mother, and he is shocked to learn that she was Illya's wife. The two journey together to Russia, where Napoleon does his best to support Illya while he makes the arrangements for Katya's funeral, Illya is struggling to come to terms with his grief, and with the guilt he feels for leaving Katya, his childhood sweetheart, behind in Russia, while Napoleon finds that painful memories of his own dead wife are being reawakened. Gradually shared sorrow brings the two men closer together and makes them realise how much they mean to each other. This story is a bit too over emotional for my taste, and it does fall back on the old 7 could never feel this way about another man' scenario, but on the plus side there's lots of angst, lots of sex, and lots of romance.

There is also a Houston Knights story, [I Love with a Cop (11 pages) which I liked, but won't comment on as I know nothing about the show. In fact I liked all the stories in this zine, my favourites being Burning Blue and Three Time Loser. I think that both these stories appealed to me because they had original and interesting plots. But there was nothing in the zine that I actually disliked, so I'd highly recommend it. [7]

Issue 16

cover of issue #16, Alayne (Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

Dyad 16 was published in January 1995 and contains 159 pages.

The submission deadline was August 10, 1994.

The art is by Cooper, Anja Gruber and Alayne.

From the editorial:

This issue is packed... and I mean packed. The print has been slightly condensed to bring the zine down from 192 pages to a more reasonable 156; you’re getting more words for your dollar than usual.

The contents of this issue of DYAD are, as I try my best to achieve, eclectic with everything from THE EQUALIZER to INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE! We have westerns ("Go West, Young Man" and "Beautiful Stranger"), leaps into the future ("Fifteen Years On"), science fiction (HIGHLANDER and WAR OF THE WORLDS). A little something for everyone done by new and established DYAD contributors. My gratitude to all of them for sharing their tales.

Everyone seems to have enjoyed the cover of DYAD #15 immensely: it has received more praise than any other DYAD cover. And, yes, there will be a sequel to Maxine Blythe Curry’s PROS story, "Burning Blue", that went along with the cover art. The sequel will appear in a future issue of DYAD. [8]


I hope you enjoy DYAD #16 and look forward to hearing your comments. As always, I apologize in advance for any and all typos. I do my best, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseam.

  • A Word from Our Sponsor (3)
  • Crazy, poem by Khylara (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (4)
  • Dreams Done on a Dare by Charlie M. Clint ("The situation is untenable, impossible, unacceptable. But the reality of it is that, to extricate themselves from whoever's clutches they are in, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin must satisfy their captors... and one another.") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (5)
  • Bed and Breakfast by Denyse ("A lazy day off for Scott McCall and Harley Gage.") (The Equalizer) (21)
  • The Full Moon's Light, poem by Khylara (War of the Worlds) (26)
  • Home by A. Virdon ("Chief's obsessive attention to a recently captured and injured Garrison opens the eyes of the rest of the team to the special bond between the two.") (Garrison's Gorillas) (27)
  • Whirlwind, poem by Maxine Blythe Curry (The Professionals) (50)
  • If Wishes Were Horses by Leah S. ("Sam has some thoughts on his wedding night.") (Quantum Leap) (51)
  • Nothing but Sunshine, poem by Maxine Blythe Curry (The Professionals) (52)
  • Love Letter, poem by Khylara (Miami Vice) (53)
  • The Letter by Dovya Blacque (Inspired by a poem by Khylara. "Sonny Crockett has never been a man shy of words or shy of making his desires known. But when it comes to something this important, to telling his boss how he feels for him, something that will change his life, one way or another, forever, he's as tongue-tied as a school boy.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) 55)
  • The Long Road Ahead, poem by Starr Copeland (Highlander) (75)
  • Louis' Confession, poem by Starr Copeland (Interview with the Vampire) (76)
  • I Didn't Know I'd Miss You by Etch (" Injured in the line of duty, Joey LaFiamma lies in a coma from which nothing seems able to wake him. Until Levon Lundy, thinking himself unheard, makes a late-night confession and reaches the unconscious mind of his partner.") (Houston Knights) (77)
  • Homecoming, poem by Khylara (Quantum Leap) (92)
  • Go West, Young Man by Elizabeth Ann Taylor (Wild, Wild West) (93)
  • I-Sight, poem by Dovya Blacque (Wild, Wild West) (98)
  • Beautiful Stranger by MerLyn ("In this A/U story, our heroes meet as wary strangers on the mean streets of the old west... only to find that sanctuary doesn't always wear a familiar face.") (The Professionals) (99)
  • Two Perfect Elements, poem by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (108)
  • New Year's Day by Kitty Fisher ("Still bruised and hurting from his fight with Joshua, Martin Riggs ponders the changes in his life following the first movie. Everything clarifies, somewhat, when his new partner, Roger Murtaugh, shows up for a chat.") (Lethal Weapon) (109)
  • Land of Our Fathers, poem by Doyva Blacque (Thunderheart (126)
  • Fifteen Years On by Dovya Blacque ("The year is 1999 and Scott McCall -- now a strong, imposing, even intimidating man -- has just buried his lover and is left standing with nothing save his last true friend.") (The Equalizer) (127)
  • Differences, poem by Khylara (War of the Worlds) (141)
  • Thunderheart, poem by Gina S. Delapenia (Thunderheart) (144)
  • Somewhere in the Night by Theresa Kyle ("Sonny Crockett and Martin Castillo have some difficult facts to thrash out... and a new understanding to accept.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (145)
  • Ageless Questions, poem by Starr Copeland (Highlander) (156)

Issue 17

cover of issue #17, Alayne - From the editorial: "About the cover... That’s Val Kilmer as F.B.I. Special Agent Ray Levoi and Graham Green as Tribal Police Officer Walter Crow Horse from the film THUNDERHEART. Why are they on the cover? Because the artist was kind enough to let me brow-beat her into drawing it, that’s why! (Can you say "multiple personality syndrome"?) I hope you like it... possibly enough to go rent the movie so you can understand the strangely compelling appeal of these two characters, an appeal that is beautifully expressed, twice, in this issue by Gene Delapenia."

Dyad 17 was published in September 1995 and is 153 pages long.

The submission deadline was November 10, 1994.

The art is by Alayne (front cover), Anja Gruber, and Virginia Lee Smith.

Several stories in this issue were slated for Resistance and were included here when that zine series ceased.

From the editorial:

Also a HUGE "thank you" to Karin Porter and Khylara for their patience (in the extreme) in waiting for their K/S material to appear in AS I DO THEE #22 for over a year. Circumstances have conspired to force me into discontinuing my K/S zine, AS I DO THEE after 11 years of publication. AIDT was one of the handful of consistent, long-running K/S anthology series. But, as James T. Kirk has been known to say: such is life. Both Karin and Khylara have allowed me to keep their wonderful material and publish it in this somewhat rare form for K/S. You don’t often see K/S in multi-media zines but, from now on, you will be seeing it from time to time in DYAD. I’m very happy to "keep my hand in", as they say! Karin. Khylara... thanks.

DYAD #17 contains not only K/S material but the first DEEP SPACE 9 story I've printed. To avoid possible confusion, remember that when I refer to "STAR TREK", I mean the "classic", original series: spin-offs in all their possible forms will be identified by their secondary titles, such as "DEEP SPACE 9". And, Katy, you actually made me a believer!

  • Thunderheart II, poem by Gene Delapenia (Thunderheart) (4)
  • Riddles by Leah S. ("When Blake asks Avon a question, he's never quite sure what the answer is going to be... and nothing prepared him for this particular answer.") (Blake's 7) (5)
  • The Judas Rule, poem by Dovya Blacque (Wiseguy) (9)
  • Miami Moon, poem by Khylara (Miami Vice) (10)
  • First Steps by Morgan MacCarin ("Something's bothering Nick but he's unwilling to talk about it, until his nightmares wake up Cody one too many times.") (reprinted in One in Ten #8) (Riptide)(11)
  • Dyad, poem by Natasha Solten (open to interpretation) (24)
  • No Experience by Etch ("Having LaFiamma stay at his house for the weekend has just taken on a new dimension... now that LaFiamma has introduced him to a new way of expressing himself.") (Houston Knights) (25)
  • Robin's Roost by Dovya Blacque (Batman Forever) (35)
  • Together by Karin Porter ("Forced by circumstance to act as lovers, Kirk and Spock find more truth in their roles than either ever suspected.") (Star Trek: TOS) (37)
  • Earth Drum, poem by Gene Delapenia (Thunderheart) (64)
  • Associate by Shona Katt ("Control has been kidnapped and the only one who can help his replacement rescue him is Robert McCall. But the real surprise is the identity of "Associate"... and his real relationship to Control.") (The Equalizer) (65)
  • Tropical Fruit, poem by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (73)
  • Where Are You, Blake? by Patti E. McClellan (Blake's 7) (74)
  • Brotherhood by Michele Hanson (" A heart-broken d'Artagnan turns to the equally heart-broken Athos for understanding and learns a startling truth about the means to which his friend has turned for his own comfort.") (The Three Musketeers) (75)
  • In Aramis' Arms, poem by Dovya Blacque (The Three Musketeers) (82)
  • Morning Stars by Mary L. Millard ("At the beach with his partner while recovering from being shot, Hutch learns just what constitutes "best friend" to Starsky.") (Starsky & Hutch) (83)
  • Wait, Wonder, Hope, poem by Khylara (Star Trek (TOS)) (91)
  • Dangerous Times, poem by Khylara (War of the Worlds) (93)
  • Carrying On by Irish ("A distress call, a compassionate associate, and -- perhaps -- Blake and Avon can heal the wounds caused at Gauda Prime.") (Blake's 7) (95)
  • Louis' Puzzle, poem by Starr Copeland (Interview with the Vampire) (108)
  • DMZ by Katy Katana ("An alternative universe story set during the double episode "The Maquis". What is Vedek Bareil up to in regard to Sisko and Gul Dukat? And, for that matter, what, exactly, was Dukat's motive for seducing Sisko?") (Star Trek: DS9) (109)
  • Miami Rain by Dovya Blacque ("After Castillo is shot in "Miami Squeeze", Crockett does some reflecting, some talking with his injured friend, and some revealing of strongly held and deeply felt fears and hopes.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #1) (Miami Vice) (139)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

See reactions and reviews for Together.

Issue 18

cover of issue #18, Michael Apice (Miami Vice): "Michael’s client list includes AT&T, NASA and the Sci Fi Channel. His work can also be seen on many book covers, CDs and magazines, including the cover of PRISONERS OF THE NIGHT #9 and interior art for POTN #10. He is the President of the Graphic Artists Guild of New York. Michael’s also a great guy who agreed to do some media work for me as a favor, for which I am extremely grateful as I think the cover for DYAD #18 is simply incredible. I hope you think so, too!" [9]

Dyad 18 was published in November 1997 and contains 178 pages.

The submission deadline was January 10, 1996.

The art is by Michael Apice (front cover), Cara J. Loup, and Alayne.

From the editorial:

Riddle: what’s 178 pages long, spans three continents and has been delayed for just shy of three years? You guess it! DYAD #18. Many, many reasons for the delay, none of which are very interesting. Suffice to say that, with the publishing of

this issue, I have every intention of getting back on schedule, publishing an issue of DYAD every six months or so.

Of course, there's one necessary caveat: YOU have to write the stories to fill the pages or DYAD cannot be published.


I hope to hear from hoards of you because I know you all have stories hiding away in your desks, under your beds, behind your Anne Rice and Stephen King novels. I'm the editor here; I am all seeing, all knowing... Ahem. Okay, so I’m just like you and I've always had stories tucked away...

  • Miami Vice, poem by Johnnah Kincaid (Miami Vice) (4)
  • Night Talk by Cara J. Loup ("Some good drink, an equally good friend, and a little truth lead Han Solo to some interesting revelations.") (Star Wars) (5)
  • For Better or Worse by Theresa Kyle ("Shot, unable to travel, Jim West nearly orders his partner to leave him and save himself. That Artemus Gordon can't leave him only makes West wonder at Artie's true motivation.") (Wild Wild West) (11)
  • Vulcan Eyes by Khylara (Star Trek) (24)
  • A Cold Day in Hell by Liz Bradford ("An impossible thing has occurred to Chief. How can he continue as one of Garrison's gorillas under these conditions?") (Garrison's Gorillas) (44)
  • Camera Obscura by Kitty Fisher ("Long time lovers, Napoleon and Illya discover it's never too late to learn more about the one you love.") (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (45)
  • Dreams of Wounded Knee by Gene S. Delapenia (Thunderheart) (58)
  • Talk Radio by T.H.E. Manx (War of the Worlds) (59)
  • White by Johnnah Kincaid (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (62)
  • Second Step: The Cove by Morgan MacCarin ("Cody and Nick spend some quality time alone together.") (sequel to "First Step" in Dyad #17), (reprinted in One in Ten #7) (Riptide) (63)
  • Unfinished Business by T.H.E. Manx (Highlander) (71)
  • The Healing Touch by Mary L. Millard ("A series of injuries leave West sore and worn out. It seems the perfect time in their lives for Gordon to offer some physical comfort.") (Wild Wild West) (73)
  • Thunderheart II by Gene S. Delapenia (Thunderheart) (80)
  • Choose to Chance the Tide by Debra Hicks ("A terrible secret from Chief's past is discovered by Actor who can't bear to remain aloof once the truth is known.") (Garrison's Gorillas) (81)
  • Dare to Dance the Rapids by Debra Hicks ("His secret out, Chief must now deal with the results of Actor's care and attention.") (Garrison's Gorillas) (103)
  • Rookie, poem by Johnnah Kincaid (Nash Bridges) (128)
  • Dancin' as Fast as We Can! by Jonnie Corday ("His secret love for Sonny Crockett having driven him from Miami, Rico Tubbs finds himself back in New York as part of a police unit that is making his life a living hell. Just when he thinks his life is doomed to unhappiness, Tubbs meets the talented brother of a suspect; Leroy Johnson is a revelation to Tubbs... and an unbearable temptation.") (reprinted in Dyad Vice #2) (Miami Vice/Fame) (129)
  • Courage: Part One, poem by Khylara (Wild, Wild West) (159)
  • Courage: Part Two, poem by Khylara (Wild, Wild West) (160)
  • A Distant Thunder by Gene S. Delapenia ("Ray Levoi contemplates his future with Walter Crow Horse.") (Thunderheart) (161)
  • Empty Spaces by Cara J. Loup ("Sanctuary can mean many different things. For Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, the meanings are sometimes very clear... and sometimes utterly confused.") (Star Wars) (163)

Reactions and Reviews: Isseu 18

[Camera Obscura]:

Why this must be read: Illya Kuryakin wears a beautiful blindfold made of black velvet lined with scarlet silk...and nothing else. And Napoleon kisses, sucks and bites his way over every inch of his nude body.

A sizzling PWP. [10]

Issue 19

Dyad 19 was published in April 1999 and contains 164 pages.

cover of issue #19, Alayne

It contains no interior art.

From the editorial:

Hi! And welcome to the 19th issue of DYAD, two years in the making. I hope you all find it worth the wait.

For this issue, we have some new fandoms and some strange fandoms including NASH BRIDGES, DUE SOUTH (not necessarily in the “strange” category!), TAXI, BATMAN and BOB NEWHART (all of which definitely can be described as “strange fandoms”!). Also, some old friends, MIAMI VICE, THE EQUALIZER, BLAKE’S 7, THUNDERHEART, etc. You’ll also find anew MIAMI VICE/psychic vampire story! Something, hopefully, for everyone.


Also... I am very pleased to make two announcements:

1- The MKASHEF Enterprises web page! ASIDOZINES.COM should be up and running by mid-May 1999! Check it out for complete zine listings for MKASHEF Enterprises, Pon Farr Press, Wendy Rathbone zines and Taerie Bryant zines. Also, there's a beautifully designed page devoted solely to PRISONERS OF THE NIGHT. ASIDOZINES.COM will be updated regularly so make the occasionally visit to see what’s up around here.

2- Orders for MKASHEF Enterprises zines can now be made by VISA, MasterCard or American Express! A credit card form is at the back of this zine. Feel free to make copies for your use.

  • Buried Treasure by Starr Copeland (seaQuest) (4)
  • Bridges to Cross by Dovya Blacque ("Cassidy Bridges has a few words of wisdom for her ex-boyfriend. And, much to Evan’s shock, they’re about her father.") (Nash Bridges) (5)
  • Questions by K. Braken (Star Wars) (19)
  • Family Business by Kyra Taylor ("Scott McCall’s sister, Yvette, comes to town… and learns some unexpected truths about her brother…") (The Equalizer) (20)
  • Blue Highways, poem by Gene S. Delapenia (Thunderheart) (35)
  • The Long Loneliness, poem by Starr Copeland (Highlander) (36)
  • The Lazarus Heart by Dovya Blacque ("A grieving Ray Vecchio has nowhere to turn for comfort after the death of his childhood sweetheart. Nowhere to turn… except to his friend, the Mountie.") (Due South) (37)
  • Missing Blake, poem by Khylara (Blake's 7) (45)
  • Strong Arms, poem by Khylara (War of the Worlds) (46)
  • Song of the Orphans by Jonni Corday ("A surprise arrives on Crockett and Castillo’s doorstep…") (Miami Vice/Psychic Vampires) (47)
  • Physical Therapy by Miranda Brown ("When Mr. Carlin begins to believe himself a homosexual, Dr. Hartley finds himself in a quandary as to how to go about advising him… in fact, he doesn’t have a clue. Until he’s given one!") (Bob Newhart) (61)
  • Stay, poem by Dovya Blacque (Star Trek) (78)
  • The Demise of Military Discipline, poem by Khylara (War of the Worlds) (79)
  • The Ties that Bind by Kyrby Kyra Taylor ("A drunken Harley Gage and a helpful Scott McCall make for an interesting mix of elements in a most unexpected evening.") (The Equalizer) (81)
  • Summer Night by Khylara (Miami Vice) (86)
  • Out of the Blue by Starr Copeland ("After Cassidy’s near-fatal car accident, no one’s life is the same again. Least of all Evan Cortez’. Or Nash Bridges’…") (Nash Bridges) (87)
  • Fate by Khylara (Miami Vice) (107)
  • Until Tonight, poem by Khylara (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (108)
  • B'Elanna's Seska, poem by Khylara (Star Trek: Voyager) (109)
  • Knightflight by Bethany Kent ("Sometimes, people grow up without our even seeing it. Bruce Wayne’s eyes are opened, in a most unexpected way, by his ward and partner, Dick Grayson. And so are Batman’s!") (Batman) (111)
  • Back Where I Belong, poem by Khylara (Quantum Leap) (120)
  • To Find the Sky by Dovya Blacque ("Bobby Wheeler left New York years ago and is now a successful actor in Los Angeles. On a trip home, Bobby finds himself nosing around the Sunshine Cab Company… and running into old friends.") (Taxi) (121)
  • A Sort of Homecoming by Allisa Raven Stark ("A night of drunken abandon with his partner and boss leaves Sonny Crockett dreading the thought of leaving Castillo’s company. And, apparently, his boss feels the same way as they take the day off and spend it just driving, talking… and coming to some new understandings.") (Miami Vice) (135)
  • Waking, poem by Dovya Blacque (Miami Vice) (148)
  • Body and Soul by Nova ("After killing Blake, Avon finds himself being held on a rebel base. By Blake.") (Blake's 7) (149)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19

See reactions and reviews for Body and Soul.

Issue 20

cover of issue #20, Alayne (The Sentinel)

Dyad 20 was published in January 2000 and contains 179 pages.

The zine contains two illos by Jeanne McClure of Daniel Jackson.

From the editorial:

For our New Century edition we have some new fandoms, some familiar fandoms, some stories off the World Wide Web... lots of stuff! New fandoms (represented in both fiction and poetry) include that dynamo of fandoms. The Sentinel; a fandom with more possibilities than any other I’ve seen come along, Stargate, SG-1; that other dynamo fandom, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; and something I've been waiting to take off in a big way for a few years, Babylon 5. Familiar fandoms include Due South (with a twist of Twin Peaks added for flavor!). Law &Order, The Professionals, Highlander (Joe/Methos in this case) and, last but certainly not least, K/S!

And a few unusual things, too. Like a "/" Beauty & The Beast story! And, most unusual of all, something that puts the "push” into "pushing the envelope": Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade! This is a story involving an incestuous relationship between consenting adults. "Illumination" is the first part of Fedora's amazing novel, Indiana Jones & The Last Taboo (which surprised, shocked and delighted me with both its quality and believability when I read it years ago —it was published in a very limited run and given to only a select few to read). Obviously I highly recommend this story or I wouldn't have printed it here, but I strongly suggest you give it a try, even if the idea is somewhat... unsettling. It is a beautiful, loving piece of fiction.

In my never-ending attempt to bring the worlds of fanzines and Internet fandom together (yeah, right!). I've managed to convince a few web-folk to lend me a story or two (actually, four!) for this fanzine. I want to thank Atira, Jess and Dorothy for breaking the invisible boundaries that seem to separate the two mediums, fanzines and web publication. Personally, I see them as utterly compatible and will continue my campaign to blur the lines between them.

  • Apologies by Starr Copeland (Nash Bridges) (4)
  • Fireflies by Dovya Blacque ("When something goes wrong with his Sentinel’s sense of touch, it’s up to Blair Sandburg, sometimes stumbling Guide, to put things right.") (The Sentinel) (5)
  • Observations, poem by Starr Copeland (The Sentinel) (28)
  • Cause for Concern by Sue Jenkins ("Dr. Ross has some theories on the consequences of close working partnerships within CI-5.") (reprinted from Uncharted Waters #5) (The Professionals) (29)
  • Jericho by Laura J. Valentine ("Vincent and Elliot Burch discover common aspects to their lives, aside from the now-departed Catherine.") (Beauty and the Beast) (69)
  • One Night After Closing by Atira Kei ("In the midst of being suddenly kidnapped by an immortal is just not the right time for Joe Dawson and Methos to finally have that talk.") (previously online) (Highlander) (73)
  • Eye Opener by Dovya Blacque (Highlander) (90)
  • Aftermath by Atira Kei ("Joe and Methos rest and recover after Duncan confronts Kalas.") (previously online) (Highlander) (91)
  • Scattered by Jess Cieplensky ("The sudden return of Jeff Sinclair to B5 has Michael Garibaldi’s world in a whirl.") (Babylon 5) (105)
  • The Gift, poem by Dovya Blacque (The Fugitive) (113)
  • Admission, poem by Starr Copeland (Stargate SG-1) (115)
  • Admonition, poem by Starr Copeland (Stargate SG-1) (117)
  • Invitation, poem by Starr Copeland (The Phantom Menace) (118)
  • Illumination by Fedora ("Just what lines exist and which are to be honored when love is involved between two very unique, special and related men?") (part of Indiana Jones and the Last Taboo) (previously online) (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) (119)
  • Final Blow by Starr Copeland ("The aftermath of Mike Logan getting himself demoted and Jack McCoy’s reaction to the situation.") (Law and Order) (133)
  • Parting, poem by Starr Copeland (Law & Order) (136)
  • Cold Heart by Dorothy Marley ("A surprise visitor during a very cold spell in Chicago has Benton Fraser searching his heart and his life for meaning.") (previously online) (Due South with a smattering of Twin Peaks) (137)
  • A Rare Storm by Dovya Blacque ("On leave, Kirk asks Spock a question that leads to much discussion and many discoveries.") (Star Trek: TOS) (reprinted from As I Do Thee #7) (167)

Issue 21

cover of issue #21, Geli (The Sentinel)

Dyad 21 was published in 2001 and contains 152 pages.

The art is by Anja Gruber, Suse, J. McClure, and Geli (front cover).

  • The Death of Me, poem by Starr Copeland (The Sentinel) (5)
  • After Ahriman by Khylara (Highlander) (6)
  • Chance Encounter by Elizabeth Stuart ("Accidentally seeing Peter leave a bar with another man, Caine follows his son home… to a few surprises.") (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) (7)
  • Transformation, poem by Dovya Blacque (Law and Order) (12)
  • Suck or Bite by Helen Patrick & Predatrix ("Some sweet treats for Blake's crew lead the most cantankerous member to some unexpected thoughts. (Blake's 7) (13)
  • Broken Staircase, poem by Gwendolen (Star Trek: Voyager) (18)
  • Minor Key by T.H.E. Manx ("In Vietnam during his tour, Sonny Crockett meets up with a green lieutenant named Paul Ironhorse… and a strange, dark, mysterious man who was supposed to be nothing but legend and rumor. (Miami Vice/War of the Worlds) (19)
  • Dusk, poem by Dovya Blacque (Miami Vice) (32)
  • Passing by Dorothy Marley ("While in Chicago for the holidays, Col. Jack O'Neill finds unusual companionship in a neighborhood bar. (Jack/Ray K.) (Stargate SG-1/Due South) (33)
  • For Now, poem by Khylara (Young Guns 2) (49)
  • Feelings: Fraser, poem by Khylara (Due South) (50)
  • Sugar Coated Lies by Mandy S. ("Father Ray Mukada lives in two worlds after a hostage situation involving Miguel Alvarez.") (Oz) (51)
  • Sugar Coated Iceberg by Mandy S. ("What really happened during the hostage situation.") (Oz) (63)
  • Old Feelings, poem by Khylara (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) 75)
  • Keep On Talking by Azpou ("A surprise vacation for Jack doesn't turn out exactly as Daniel intended.") (Stargate SG-1) (77)
  • Twisted, poem by Gwendolen (Star Trek: Voyager) (88)
  • Better Friends by Alissa Raven Stark ("How can two deeply close friends come to terms with the fact that only with each other can they get any proper sleep?") (Friends) (89)
  • Confession by Jade Bryce (The Sentinel) (101)
  • Reflections by Moonlight, poem by Khylara (War of the Worlds) (103)
  • Deconstruction, poem by Starr Copeland (The X-Files) (104)
  • Nurturing by Elizabeth Stuart ("After a disrupted weekend in the woods, Peter tries to recreate the mood of being alone with his father in the forest only to discover he's not the only one disappointed by their interrupted weekend.") (Peter/Pop) (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues) (105)
  • Watching You Watching Me, poem by Jade Bryce (Stargate SG-1) (115)
  • Afterthoughts, poem by Dovya Blacque (Interview with the Vampire) (116)
  • Room Service by Helen Patrick & Predatrix ("While in negotiations with The People's Revolutionary Socialist Vanguard for Planetary Liberation, Blake and Avon are forced to share quarters.") (Blake's 7) (117)
  • Reaffirmation by Fedora ("Following their remarkable reunion in New York, Indy and Henry must face each other - and their unconventional choices - in the light of day.") (part of Indiana Jones and the Last Taboo) (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) (125)
  • Truth: Mulder, poem by Khylara (The X-Files) (137)
  • The Toes Knows by Dovya Blacque ("Some secrets a Sentinel doesn't want to share with anyone, not even his guide… and, in this case, especially not with his guide.") (The Sentinel) (139)
  • No Escape by Jade Bryce (The Fugitive) (148)

Issue 22

cover of issue #22, Alayne (Happy Days)

Dyad 22 was published 2003 and contains 195 pages. The art is by Alayne and Geli.

  • Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained by Alyjude ("Until lately, Jim Ellison’s dating has been on again off again. Now, one woman has entered his life and it seems like she’s becoming a permanent fixture in the cop’s life. Until options he’s never considered before are opened to him… from a highly unexpected source.") (The Sentinel) (5)
  • Ambrosia by Starr Copeland (Wiseguy) (20)
  • After Midnight by Garnet ("Only once it's "lights out" are the real Beecher and Keller free to live.") (21)
  • I Never Thought by Khylara (Simon and Simon) (Oz) (29)
  • Light by Khlara (The Phantom Menace) (30)
  • Bohemia Blue by Cynara ("His adventures with his confidant and best friend, Watson, have become the bedrock of Holmes’ life, perhaps too much of a bedrock. As his feelings for his friend begin to mutate into something inappropriate, Holmes contrives to disappear, only to be forced back into the open… and into confronting those very feelings from which he’d been running.") (Sherlock Holmes) (31)
  • Reflections: Avon by Khylara (Blake's 7) (45)
  • Scattered Little Hopes by Lord Tyr ("The secret thoughts, lusts and concerns of Angel and his friends and enemies.") (Angel) (47)
  • Eclipse by Siu-je ("K is concerned about the odd, stand-offish behavior of his once-and-present partner, J. What is truly bothering the younger agent comes seems a surprise… or a blessing, K’s not sure which… or which he’d prefer.") (Men In Black II) (61)
  • Transcending Limbo by Dovya Blacque (The Sentinel) (74)
  • A Break in the Action by Asa Meda ("During a murder investigation, Detective Frank Kohanek goes to Ventrue Price Julian Luna for information and comes away with much more than he’d expected.") (Kindred: The Embraced) (75)
  • A Jedi's Fall by Khylara (Star Wars) (85)
  • Unprecedented by Dorothy ("During the hi-jacking of Air Force One, President James Marshall and Colonel Ryan Caldwell came to rely on one another as only men can in life and death situations. Neither man expected that reliance, that bond to last beyond the crisis, but it has. Now it’s up to the President of the United States to deal with his unmistakable requirement for the presence of the other man in his life.") (Air Force One) (87)
  • Chappa'i by Starr Copeland (Stargate SG-1) (150)
  • Welcome Home by Khylara (Wild Wild West) (151)
  • Saving Han by Khylara (Star Wars) (152)
  • Can't Help Falling by Dovya Blacque ("The untimely death of Lori Beth leaves Richie Cunningham alone and adrift with two young children to care for and a world of hurt in his heart. Returning home seems an obvious step, but even home doesn’t seem to soothe the ache in Richie’s heart. Only the unconditional presence of a dear, old friend is enough to crack the shell pain in which Richie lives.") (Happy Days) (153)

Issue 23

Dyad 23 was published in January 2006 and has 190 pages.

cover of issue #23, Chris Soto, who had recently passed away. From the editorial: "I've had the cover illustration for eleven years, waiting for the perfect time to use it. Iregret not having been able to print it in Chris's lifetime but Ihope she'd be happy with how it turned out." (Starsky & Hutch)

The zine contains no interior art.

  • What if Michael Mann Did Star Trek? by Natasha Solten (Star Trek: TOS) (3)
  • Trust by Valaria Smallville (4)
  • Getting a Clue by Lady of Avalon Mists & CJ ("After being injured (again), Starsky finally gets a clue.") (Starsky & Hutch) (5)
  • Abandoned by Starr Copeland (West Wing) (19)
  • New Mexican Starlight by Jade Bryce (Young Guns) (20)
  • Instant Fire by Vampyr Alex ("Having run away from Four Corners, Chris Larabee comes face-to-face with his feelings for Ezra Standish, but two feuding families delay him doing anything about it.") (Magnificent 7) (21)
  • Missing O'Neill by Starr Copeland (Stargate SG-1) (36)
  • Affirmation by Chris J. Ueberall (Stargate SG-1) (37)
  • Transitory Matters Melody C. ("Following the events of the movie, Eddie Jessup forces his closest friend, Mason Parrish, to face up to the reality of their experiment, Eddie's unique vision of the universe... and so much more.") (Altered States) (45)
  • Priorities by Dovya Blacque (CSI) (60)
  • Settling the Dust by (Asa Meda) ("Tony DiNozzo and Jethro Gibbs have an interesting encounter... in the middle of the bullpen.") (previously online) (NCIS) (61)
  • Sweeping the Dirt by Asa Meda (previously online) (NCIS) (71)
  • I Know He Knows by Valaria (Smallville) (100)
  • Apprentice by Elise Lassiter ("Richie Cunningham receives some hands-on coming-of-age advice from his friend and mentor, The Fonz.") (Happy Days) (101)
  • Quandary by Elise Lassiter (Happy Days) (118)
  • A Friend in Need by Anne Light ("Sentinels are very "touchy feely", as Blair often notes. But Jim never expected to suffer *this* kind of "touchy feely"; he has a little... problem that he can't seem to resolve on his own.") (The Sentinel) (119)
  • Railroad Ties by Sue ("The Man With No Name is called home to deal with a land feud only to find himself unexpectedly followed by the one man he can't -- and doesn't really want to -- shake; Trampas.") (The Virginian) (141)

Issue 24

cover of issue #24, by Suzan Lovett. Title: The Next Turn of the Wheel (Stargate SG-1)

Dyad 24 was published in 2009 and contains 182 pages.

The art is by L.A. Adolf, Suzan Lovett and Romanse.

From the editorial:

On a more personal note, I decided to experiment with the zines of 2009. For the first time in 27 years, I am using a new font for the text of the zines. In my old age, I'm finding a larger type face easier to read; hope no one objects and I hope you all like the new look. Thank you, to my readers, for your patience and loyalty to Dyad; without you, there would be no zine!

  • Precise, vignette by Starr Copeland (Stargage: Atlantis) (4)
  • Leap of Faith by VampyrAlex ("At a conference, Nick Stokes, accompanied by Gil Grissom, runs into a long-lost friend, Ezra Standish, who happens to be at the conference with his boss, and lover, Chris Larabee.") (CSI/Magnificent 7) (5)
  • Emergence, poem by Starr Copeland (CSI: Las Vegas) ( 21)
  • Suspicious, poem by Starr Copeland (Smallville) (22)
  • First Time by Dillya Kay ("New partners, Bodie and Doyle, stumble their way to an understanding. (The Professionals) (23)
  • Puzzle Pieces by Lady Ra Realities clash as two different Daniel Jacksons, two different Jack O’Neills, two different Jim Ellisons and two different Blair Sandburgs cross paths on a convoluted, fascinating and heart-breaking trip to destiny.") ("The story has been previously published at the Sentinel archive: 852 Prospect and at www.visionsofprettvboys.com. Thanks to Lady Ra for letting me publish this wonderful, complex SG-1/The Sentinel AU here.") (Stargate SG-1/The Sentinel) (37)
  • Survivors, poem by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (120)
  • Demons and Angels by Arlan Symons ("Separated for three years by Sam’s demonic blood and Dean’s angelic companions, the brothers come together with new goals in mind.") (Supernatural – “Wincest”) (121)
  • Touch My Heart by Angelise ("Finally able to move on after the loss of his wife, Mac Taylor allows a friend to set him up on a blind date. With a man. A familiar man.") (CSI:NY) (127)
  • Drowning, poem by Starr Copeland (The Sentinel) (140)
  • Boundless, poem by Starr Copeland (The Sentinel) (140)
  • Limits by April H. ("Doyle explores his partner’s limits while attempting to provide some much-needed stress relief.") (The Professionals) (141)
  • Desire, poem by Starr Copeland (Magnificent 7) (153)
  • Survivors II, poem by Starr Copeland (Miami Vice) (154)
  • Strangers on a Plane by Michela ("Are Spencer and Hotch the only two members of the team who don’t know they belong together?") (Criminal Minds) (155)
  • Miracles, poem by Starr Copeland (24) (171)
  • Pride by Starr Copeland (Supernatural (173)
  • Lifelines - Time to Tell by Chris J. Ueberall ("Timelines and realities clash while two different – yet the same – sets of partners face pivotal moments in their relationships.") (Blake’s 7/The Professionals) (175)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 24

See reactions and reviews for Puzzle Pieces.

Issue 25

cover of issue #25

Dyad 25 was published in 2010 and contains 188 pages.

It contains poetry by Khylara, Starr Copeland and Dovya Blacque. The art is by Lorraine Brevig and Lupe.

Issue 26

Dyad 26 was published in May 2013 and contains 230 pages.

Art by Cass. Photoart/Cover by Theresa Kyle.

cover of issue #13, Theresa Kyle (Pirates of the Caribbean)

From the afterword:

...no matter what's slowed me down or tied me up or confounded me about this issue of Dyad, it's remained a fun project, just like it always is. I love doing Dyad. It's my home away from home, the place I can indulge all the weird, off-fitting, odd little stories that not only I harbor in the back of my closet but that so many other writers harbor in the back of theirs. In fact, I had so many great submissions in the last few months that I had to remove my own story from this issue of face a 300 page zine! So, no fiction from me this time. But I did indulge my love for fan poetry and found myself writing all these odd fandom poems, fitting them in here and there. I also indulged my love for these weird little six-word poems I started writing down when I did The K/S Art Project (thank you Wendy for introducing me to them!)


Above everything, though, I owe a very special thank you to Theresa Kyle not only for her wonderful story and her "photoart" (my word!) and for resending the photoart when they disappeared from my freaking computer but for her moral support - and how to put this? - bullheadedness (!) about helping me find contributions and just for being the encouraging word I needed now and then. So this issue of Dyad is

Dedicated to Theresa Kyle
because her fingerprints are all over this issue even if they aren't visible. Thank you for this and for being the voice of reason when I need it and the voice of insanity when I come up with something really weird I want to write and only end up writing it because you encouraged me to do so. So toward Dyad #27!

  • Make Believe, poem by Natasha Solten (Wiseguy) (3)
  • The Doctor Who Loves You, poem by Dovya Blacque (Doctor Who/Torchwood) (4)
  • Aftershocks by Theresa Kyle ("In the aftermath of Duncan and Methos' run in with Cassandra, the two friends must face the task of facing the truth about Methos' past, and Duncan must weigh who Methos was in ancient times and who he has become now against the feelings that he has been harboring for the ancient Immortal.") (Highlander) (5)
  • Hero Worship, poem by Starr Copeland (Hawaii Five-O) (32)
  • Always the Alsmaid by Sekhmet & Bast ("At a wedding, Al Giordino is asked by one of the many women hovering around Dirk Pitt, why Dirk was unmarried. When Al told her the truth, she wasn't at all happy with his answer.") (Sahara) (33)
  • Confession, poem by Starr Copeland (Stargate: Atlantis) (36)
  • Eia Au, Eia ‘Oe [Here I Am, Here You Are] by Orithain and Rina ("After his little brother is long-gone and out of Danny's sphere of influence, Danny is faced with the ugly fact that Matt is a criminal who fled justice on his watch. Not knowing what to do with all the emotions this causes, Danny goes to the one place he knows he can be without question. Trouble is, Catherine is there when he arrives.") (Hawaii Five-O) (37)
  • Two Six Word Poems on Love by Dovya Blacque (Wiseguy) (56)
  • For Jack, poem by Dovya Blacque (Pirates of the Caribbean) (57)
  • Should Haves and Could Haves by TLR ("While Jane is in surgery following a shooting, Maura puts pen to paper to help her make it through the long wait for her friend's life to be saved.") (Rizzoli and Isles) (59)
  • Six Words Upon Observation, poem by Dovya Blacque (Sherlock Holmes) (65)
  • You'd Do Anything by Bast ("An admission by Sherlock leads John to the conclusion that the great detective is as lonely as he is himself. His solution fits both their needs and desires.") (Sherlock Holmes) (63)
  • Brass Ring, poem by Dovya Blacque (Sentinel) (66)
  • Let it Die by Bast ("Jim Street continues to be haunted by the necessary shooting of his ex-partner, Brian Gamble. During the day, he could suppress the memory. It was at night that things became difficult.") (S.W.A.T.) (67)
  • Two Six Word Poems on Love by Dovya Blacque (Stargate: Atlantis) (69)
  • Aloha, poem by Starr Copeland (Hawaii-Five-o) (70)
  • No Turning Back by Natasha Solten ("Following in the wake of the encounter with Sonny's “nephew,” Lorenzo, Vinnie sees a different side to Steelgrave, a side he had no idea existed until Sonny turned to him and let him know that he truly understood what Vinnie was feeling... and made it all right for Vinnie to acknowledge his own emotions.") (Wiseguy) (71)
  • For Marty, poem by Dovya Blacque (Miami Vice) (92)
  • Definitions by Bast ("After Dirk Pitt is injured, Al Giordino refuses to leave his side, helping him recover over the slow months ahead and, in the end, all Dirk every truly needed to remember was right there in Al's eyes.") (Sahara) (93)
  • Heart's Desire by Linda McGee ("The life Will had hoped for with Elizabeth has become a distant dream more than an immediate reality. So, when Captain Jack Sparrow appears in his life again, pulling him in a completely different direction, Will finds himself more than willing to consider Jack's proposal.") (Pirates of the Caribbean) (99)
  • Two Bloody Six Word Poems on Love by Dovya Blacque (Pirates of the Caribben) (124)
  • Forged in Blood by Linda McGee ("While waiting for Will to ready himself to leave Port Royal behind, Jack is attacked and injured by thugs after more than his boat and possessions. When Will arrives to find Jack a prisoner and injured, Will's pirate blood sings in his veins to care for his captain.") (Pirates of the Caribbean) (125)
  • Capturing Lightning by Linda McGee ("Life aboard the Black Pearl is easier – and more difficult – than either Jack or Will anticipated.") (Pirates of the Caribbean) (143)
  • For Avon, poem by Dovya Blacque (Blake's 7) (156)
  • The Flavor of Blair by Natasha Solten ("A simple question from Blair sends Jim's mind in directions Blair had never dreamed his Sentinel could go. The resulting conversation is a revelation for both men.") (The Sentinel) (157)
  • Two Six Word Poems on Love by Dovya Blacque (Sentinel) (161)
  • Ex Post Facto by Cassatt ("When Ed Green left New York for a new life in California, he knew there was only one person he'd truly miss. That Jack McCoy is that person isn't even much of a surprise to him. But missing Ed was the *last* thing Jack ever thought would happen to him.") Art for this story is here. (Law & Order) (163)
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  1. ^ In 1996, Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is quoted here with permission.
  2. ^ In 1996 Michelle Christian posted this review to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is quoted here with permission.
  3. ^ A nod to the actress, Sally Field's, Oscar speech in 1984, which included "You like me, You really like me!".
  4. ^ Perhaps this story had been posted online previously?
  5. ^ See more about this at Zine Piracy 1993.
  6. ^ from a mailing list, quoted anonymously (November 2010)
  7. ^ from Late for Breakfast #25
  8. ^ From the editorial of Cross-Currents: "I have to apologize for the absence of the sequel to Burning Blue, the PROS story from DYAD #15 I fondly refer to as the "RoboBodie” story, by Max Curry. The story will appear in either the second issue of CROSS-CURRENTS or in a future issue of DYAD and will involve the PROS with The 6-MILLION DOLLAR MAN. The story was finished on time but it’s long and there simply was no room in this issue. Sorry, Max." In the end, the sequel didn't appear in "Dyad," nor anywhere else.
  9. ^ from the editor's end note
  10. ^ from Crack Van (Feb 23, 2004)