Faded Roses

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Title: Faded Roses
Publisher: Off-Note Productions
Editor(s): Cheryl W. Duval
Date(s): 1989-1993
Medium: print
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast & Phantom of the Opera & Amadeus
Language: English
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Faded Roses is a gen anthology (not crossovers) with fiction from Beauty and the Beast, Amadeus and Phantom of the Opera, fandoms the zine describes as "three of the most romantic universes of all time." It was edited by Chery W. Duval.

General Reactions and Reviews

FADED ROSES is quite possibly the most beautiful anthology of fan work available. Gorgeous, original artwork is featured on almost every page. But I was frustrated with the Phantom segments of ROSES. ROSES, you see, is not exclusively Phantom; with the exception of the PHANTOMS IN TIME production, all of the FADED ROSES volumes feature the three themes of Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, and Mozart. Unfortunately for Phantom fans, the Mozart and Beast segments seemed to occupy more space in the volume, with more variety in the stories presented. The POTO segments seemed brief and the stories were not so memorable as the artwork.[1]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1 by Lisa Conner
back cover of issue #1, Phred, portrays Vincent Wells and various Disney cats

Faded Roses 1 was published in 1989 and contains 227 pages.

This zine has a color cover and art by Lisa Conner, Elizabeth Dewar, Julie Edwards, Joseph Phillips, Phred, Donna Barr, Christopher Cook, Ann Davenport, Lenore Dunlop, Cheryl Whitfield Duval, Debbie Joseph, Melinda Knapp, Phred, Terrie Smith, Daniel Stevens, and Sandy Williams. The front cover is by Phred.

Dedication: "For Vincent, Erik, and Wolfgang... Three delightful gentlemen who made this book possible."

From the editorial:

is a word that can summon up a thousand images:

as Romantic as an underground waterfall or a cave of crystals or the warm glow of a thousand candles -- Romantic as a subterranean palace ruled by a mysterious lord -- Romantic as a MOlart concerto on a summer evening, in a garden lit by overhanging stars.

ROMANCE means love. It can mean a powerful, inexorable bond between two lovers who ought never to have been; but without whom neither could bear to live. It can mean being torn between innocence and a terrifying, compelling passion for a lover that could never be. It can mean a warm, intimate, uncomplicated love that weathers every storm and survives to the end, though history would destroy it if it could.

ROMANCE has its darker side: the thorns on the roses. The loneliness, the longing, and the emptiness of separation.

A face the world must not see because of ignorance -- and a face which hides its ugliness behind a mask and a mystery.

A heart torn with envy and rage and self-loathing. Or an empty, soulless covetousness that would crush and destroy l to take that which could never be taken -- only shared.

And finally, ROMANCE is a tender flower, faded by sorrow, yet still speaking of hope and love's beauty. A ghost from the past, a dream of the present. A flower which conceals its thorns, and moves us with its truth. It is a faded rose.

So welcome, Gentle Reader, to the candlelit, perfumed world of ghosts and shadows, masks and dreams. May you find your bit of Romance and Fantasy fulfilled. This book is to be enjoyed and savored, and hopefully will leave you wanting more.

  • Romance, an editorial (inside front covr)
  • Table of Contents (1)
  • Dedication (iii)
  • Faded Roses, poem (multifandom) (1)
  • Barriers, poem by Teresa Sarick (Beauty and the Beast) (8)
  • All We Know of Heaven by Carol Kyne (Beauty and the Beast) (9)
  • Meditations from the Tunnels, poem by Sue Ann Sarick (Beauty and the Beast) (22)
  • Vincent's Lament, poem by Sue Ann Sarick (Beauty and the Beast) (23)
  • Your Hands, poem by Tricia Field (Beauty and the Beast) (24)
  • Healing Powers by Claudia Bertrand (Beauty and the Beast) (25)
  • Opaque Images by Dianne M. Smith (Beauty and the Beast) (47)
  • Golden Tunnels, poem by Teresa Sarick (Beauty and the Beast) (62)
  • Reflections: A Dark Fantasy by Dianne M. Smith (Beauty and the Beast) (64)
  • Promise, poem by Melinda Knapp (Beauty and the Beast) (65)
  • Opaque Images by Dianne M. Smith (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Promise by Melinda B. Knapp (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Hopes and Dreams by Claudie Bertrand (Beauty and the Beast) (88)
  • Chasms, poem by Teresa Sarick (Beauty and the Beast) (96)
  • Phantoms, poem by Teresa Sarick (Phantom of the Opera) (100)
  • Hannibal's Friend by Katherine Keetch (Phantom of the Opera) (101)
  • Resolutions by Christine Reynolds (Phantom of the Opera) (107)
  • The Adventure of the Opera Ghost by Pat Dunn and Diana Smith (Phantom of the Opera) (124)
  • The Phantom Revisited by Pat Dunn and Diana Smith (Phantom of the Opera) (140)
  • Opera Ghost, poem by Judy Nathanson (Phantom of the Opera) (160)
  • Hannibal's Ghost by Katherine Keetch (Phantom of the Opera) (161)
  • A Little Night Music, poem by Tricia Field (Amadeus) (172)
  • Send in the Clowns by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (Amadeus) (174)
  • Limerick by Jill Stone (Amadeus) (183)
  • Wolfgang by Judy Nathanson (Amadeus) (184)
  • Letter by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (Amadeus) (186)
  • Overture by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (Amadeus) (187)
  • Mozart, poem by Teresa Sarick (Amadeus) (198)
  • In the Gutter (I Mean, Sewer), humor by Melody E. Wilde (Beauty and the Beast) (199)
  • What If...v by Debbie Joseph (203)
  • A Mediocre Melody, comic by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (Amadeus) (205)
  • Salieri's Lament, filk to the tune of "Short People" by Randy Newman (Amadeus) (207)
  • A Fairy Tale in Old Vienna, comic by Sandy Williams (Amadeus) (208)
  • This Notes for You, or Maim That Tune, comic, humor by Cheryl Whitfield Duval, Elizabeth Dewar, and Chris Cook (multifandom) (218)
  • Limerick, humor by Jill Stone (227)
  • Touches of Romance (inside back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Beautiful to look at, superbly edited. Hysterical cartoons, splendid color cover. Reviewer holds this up as an example of how a zine should be printed. Fiction takes a backseat to the artwork, cartoons, & poetry. Also a classic naughty limerick and a most memorable back cover.[2]

A 'zine which combines the fantasies of both B&B and "The Phantom of the Opera" (and also includes "Amadeus") is FADED ROSES. The story "Renascence" (sic) [3] by Christine Reynolds has renewed my own passion, faith, and hope for rich romantic interludes and happy endings. Add the hilarious incidental cartoons, the gorgeous color cover and illustrations, and the entire layout of the book itself, and you'll find that this 'zine is more than work it's [sic] $23 price. [4]

Readers should note in one short story, "Reflections, A Dark Fantasy," Vincent dies in a cave-in. Lots of art, poetry and cartoons.[5]

Faded Roses is a fanzine that covers three romantic universes: Beauty & the Beast, the Phantom of the Opera, and Amadeus, Since this is a Phantom of the Opera magazine that celebrates it in all its forms, let's get to the POTO stories, shall we?

Phantoms by Teresa Sarick. A lovely poem that sums up the lure of this guy in the mask.

Hannibal's Friend by Katherine Keetch. An interesting story that has Erik meeting up with someone worse off than he is, showing how a person can either be enobled or destroyed by such suffering.

The Adventures of the Opera Ghost by Pat Dunn & Diana Smith. A story that tells us what might have happened after the events of the musical. Cute story but I really had problems with part of the Phantom's rationale for his actions and it seemed inconsistent. I did like having another famous literary figure involved in the story.

The Phantom Revisited by Dunn & Smith. A half-sequel to the above story.

Opera Ghost by Judy Nathanson. Another poem neatly summing up the Phantom's sad life.

Hannibal's Son. Another story by Ms. Keetch that has the Phantom meeting another historical person. I liked this story even better than the first.

So all this leads to the inevitable question, "Should I buy this Zine?" I bought it and I definitely wasn't disappointed, even though Iam not B&B or Mozart fan. Faded Roses is worth your time and money. --— M. Giles Andre [6]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Faded Roses 2 was published in 1990 and contains 265 pages.

It contains art by Teresa Buffaloe, Julie Edwards, Debbie Joseph, Vickey Kime-Macky, Frank Rolapp, Terrie Smith-Wooten (including color cover), Pam Tuck. The Beauty and the Beast stories are by Teresa Sarick, Melinda Knapp, Adina Reeve, Sue Ann Sarick, Krista Chafin, Angela Matis, Claudia Bertrand, Cheryl Duval, Jan Grokett, Christine Reynolds.

  • Chronicles of a Forgotten World by Krista Chaflin
  • Separate Worlds by Claudie Bertrand
  • The Mistrial by Claudie Bertrand
  • The Princess and the Sorcerer by Melinda B. Knapp
  • Tunnel Notes by Teresa Sarick
  • Matches by Cheryl Duval
  • Resolutions by Christine Reynolds
  • Where All Must Pay Homage To Music by Valerie Meachum ("Stuck while composing "Don Juan Triumphant", a frustrated Phantom receives inspiration from an unexpected source.") (Amadeus)
  • Alouette, story by by Valerie Meachum ("Erik grudgingly befriends a gifted street urchin who wanders into his world. Takes place about a year before the musical begins.") (Amadeus)
  • I Hear the Music, poem by Valerie Meachum (Amadeus)
  • A Friendly Wager by Valerie Meachum ("Mozart is the unwitting object of a game between a pair of bored socialites...or is he?") (Amadeus)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

How does Cheryl manage to corner so many talented artists to work for her? The artwork and the production exceed the fiction. A worthy addition to the series.[7]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Paulie
back cover of issue #3, Paulie

Faded Roses 3 was published in 1991 and contains 209 pages.

The interior art is by Julie Blewett, Judith Boguslawski, Lisa Conner, Christopher Cook, Lenore Dunlop, Cheryl W. Duval, Julie Edwards, Kerin Rose Houseberg, Debbie Hoyt, Valerie L. Meachum, Paulie, Joy Riddle, Holly Riedel, Cheryl Serr, Terrie Smith, Pam Tuck, Sandra Williams, and Jessica Yost.

From the editorial:

This is the FADED ROSES I have envisioned since the very beginning. Smaller, more compact and streamlined, it contains some truly wonderful stories and poems, graced with superb illustrations, each of them capturing the atmosphere and Romantic spirit that has long been the goal of this publication.

Everything you could wish for is here--from the beautifully moving trilogy that rounds off the end of each section of the zine to the lengthy cliffhangers that were too big for one issue to contain. Everywhere, the atmosphere lingers like a delicate, slightly musty old lace glove. The soft, intimate glow of candlelight and occasional gas lamps hover over the characters like old friends. The invisible accent of faint rose scents mingle and tease while shadows flicker in soft, dark shapes-and above all, a soft, tinkling of music pervades the soul. All of this is FADED ROSES, and all of this is here.

In my humble belief, this is the finest FADED ROSES ever, and one which you will find especially charitable So take it and enjoy it! Curl yourself up before a fire with a warm cup of tea and a blanket swathed over your lap and your cat purring at your knees. A little soft music of an appropriate kind in the background. I promise a perfect evening, and one you'll wish to return to again and again and again.

  • Candlenotes, editorial (inside front cover)
  • Table of Contents (ii)
  • Dedication (iii)
  • Faded Roses (1)

The Magic: Beauty and the Beast:

  • City Lights by Marcia Wickes (8)
  • The Other by Linda Mooney (10)
  • The Limits of Love by Kerin Rose Houseberg (12)
  • Strips by A. 'Nea Dodson (14)
  • You Touched Me by Kerin Rose Houseberg (16)
  • Green Finch and Linnet Bird by Valerie Lynn Meachum (18)
  • Mouse's Friend by Cat Miles (24)
  • Friends and Helpers by A. 'Nea Dodson (26)
  • Mary's Memories (27)
  • Inside by Cat Miles (28)
  • The Dark Cavalier by Guinn Berger (30)
  • For I Have Promises to Keep by Trisha Fields (32)
  • Tunnel World by Teresa Sarik (54)
  • Angel of the Night by Angela Matis (56)
  • By Moonlight by Guinn Berger (62)
  • My Greatest Joy by Kerin Rose Houseberg (63)
  • Love Undefined by Karen L. Mitchell (64)
  • First Waltz by A. 'Nea Dodson (66)

The Masque: Phantom of the Opera:

  • Final Lesson: Erik, poem by Valerie Lynn Meachum ("Erik's reaction to Christine's choice at the climax of the show.") (Amadeus) (72)
  • Feast of All Souls by Kat Nickell (74)
  • Farewell by Nancy Catherine (77)
  • Little One by Tricia Field (78)
  • First Meeting by Kim Sanders (80)
  • The Shadow and the Song, part one, Masks by Pat Dunn and Diane Smith (82)
  • Phantom Lullaby by Kim Sanders (110)
  • The Night Before Faust by Cathy Ehlers (112)
  • The Spectre's Cloak by Judie Lucas (120)
  • Little Brother by Katherine Keetch (122)
  • Elusive Angel of Death by Sue Ann Sarick (127)
  • Masquerade by Kat Nickell (128)
  • Dancing with Angels by A. 'Nea Dodson (130)

The Music: Amadeus:

  • Letter to Papa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (136)
  • Night Song by Linda Mooney (138)
  • Lost Notes by Kat Nickell (141)
  • King of Swords by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (142)
  • Mr. Amadeus by Sue Ann Sarick (170)
  • Dreams of Love by Kat Nickell (172)
  • Wunderkind by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (175)
  • Queen of the Night, a Nicholas & Varina fic crossover with Amadeus by Pat Dunn and Diana Smith (reprinted in The Collected Nicholas and Varina) (176)
  • Night Queen by Aurora (196)
  • Homage to Music by Aurora (196)
  • One Thousand Kisses by A. 'Nea Dodson (198)

Scribbling & Bibbling: cartoons and comic strips:

  • Fuga Vulgaris by Katherine Keetch (204)
  • Follicle Blues by Marcia Wickes (207)
  • Mediocre Melody by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (209)
  • Touches of Romance (recipes for rose water and rose oil), insert by Sandra Williams (inside back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

It's the illustrations that make this a noteworthy zine.[8]

Issue 4

Faded Roses 4 was published in 1993 and contains 211 pages. It contains a massive amount of art.

front cover of issue #4, Pam Tuck
back cover of issue#4
one of the table of contents page from issue #4

The art is by Judith Boguslawski, Derrin, Lenore Dunlop, Cheryl W. Duval (the majority), Mary Gerstner, Larry S. Jarrell, Jr., Debbie Joseph, Kerin Rose Houseberg, Debbie Hoyt, Phred, Holly Riedel, Pam Tuck, and Jessica Yost.

The inside back cover is titled: "Touches of Romance."

The zine is dedicated "To all of those who love adventure, love and danger -- Who want their lives filled with romance and beauty and who have enjoyed reading FADED ROSES."

From the editor:

This will be the last issue of this series — but, I am happy to say not the end of FADED ROSES. Rather, in the future, the Faded Roses Collection will be smaller in size, yet expanded in "vision". The first of the new series will be PHANTOMS OF TIME, the PHANTOM special that many of you have already inquired about. After that, there will be a special BEAUTY AND THE BEAST issue which we are calling SEASONS OF THE HEART. Beyond that? There will be BAYBERRY ROSE (Christmas, Winterfest. etc.), SCENTED CANDLES (an R-rated edition), and other projects that will be announced. Details will be available upon request, but I an expanding THE FADED ROSES COLLECTION to include other lustily romantic universes such as DARK SHADOWS, ZORRO, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL any vampire, ghost or swashbuckler story. Naturally, BEAST, PHANTOM, and AMADEUS will always be at the heart of FADED ROSES. but we feel the time has come to branch off into new rose gardens.

I'm afraid I must apologize for not having the usual, familiar color cover, but the costs of printing were more than I could manage. Nevertheless, Pam Tuck's beautiful black-and-white cover is a worthy successor to those color pieces that came before. in fact, this issue of FADED ROSES is a worthy finale lo a fine series. The three cliff hanger stories from issue stories from issue #3 are successfully concluded, the Scribbling & Bibbling section is full of charming, amusing little yarns as well as cartoons and miscellany, and there are a number of stunning stories, with a particular emphasis PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stories. The gypsy magic in "King of Swords" was thoroughly researched and we have some exceptionally beautiful artwork. I think you will enjoy all of it.

I want to thank you, then, for loyally following FADED ROSES the past several years. It is my wish, of course, that you will continue with us in the future, and that you may find your touches of Romance in these few little pages.

The Magic (Beauty and the Beast):

  • Dreams of Who I Am by Aurora (8)
  • I Will Love You by Sue-Ann Harwick (9)
  • Remembrance by Kat Nickell (11)
  • Tunnels of Love by Teresa Sarick (12)
  • The Bouquet by Linda Mooney (14)
  • Unvoiced Fears by Adina Reeve (17)
  • Growing Pains by Adina Reeve (18)
  • Someday by Cat Miles (19)
  • ... And Miles to Go Before I Sleep by Trisha Fields and Melinda Knapp (200)
  • The Wedding Vows by Angela Matis (45)
  • Princess by Sue-Ann Hartwick (46)
  • Shadows of Hate by Sue-Ann Sarick (48)
  • Vincent's Sunrise by Teresa Sarick (65)
  • You Touched My Heart by Angela Matis (66)

The Masque (Phantom of the Opera):

  • Arabesque by Aurora (70)
  • Share With Me One Lifetime by April Giordano-Gresulfi (72)
  • Overture to the Opera by A. 'Nea Dodson (74)
  • The Shadow and the Song, part II: When Love is All by Pat Dunn and Diana Smith (78)
  • Through a Glass, Darkly by Nancy Catherine (100)
  • No End to Sorrow by Katehy Keetch (124)
  • That Voice Which Calls by Scuramouche (130)
  • Finale by Mary Young (140)

The Music (Amadeus):

  • Letter to Stanzi by Wolfgang Amadeua Mozart (144)
  • The Borrowed Aria by Kim Sangers (146)
  • Proof of Love, part 1 by Linda Mooney (148)
  • Salieri's Lament by Sue-Ann Hartwick (151)
  • King of Swords, part 1 by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (152)
  • You are the Music by Sue-Ann Hartwick (174)
  • Proof of Love, part II by Linda Mooney (176)
  • Fairest in the Land by Kat Nickell (180)
  • For Love is Blind, story by by Valerie Meachum ("A modern-day soprano finds her life parallelling Christine Daaé's just a little too closely.") (Amadeus) ?

Scribbling and Bibbling (poems, vignettes, cartoons, filks):

  • Any Port in a Storm by Maureen Torrens and April Giordano-Gresalfi (188)
  • Mozart by Sue-Ann Sarick (190)
  • Revelations by Sandra Wise (192)
  • Beauty, It's Cold Outside by Teresa Sarick (205)
  • Vincent's in my Cellar by Teresa Sarick (205)
  • A Pain in the Glass by April Giordano-Gresalfi (208)
  • A Mediocre Melody by Cheryl Whitfield Duval (210)


  1. ^ Phantom Books: Anthologies, Archived version
  2. ^ Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review, Archived version (1997)
  3. ^ The reviewer added a "sic" after "Renascence" thinking it was a misspelling of "Renaissance," however the story's spelling is correct. It means "rebirth."
  4. ^ from Once Upon a Time... Is Now #23 (June 1990)
  5. ^ from the The Beauty and the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines (1992)
  6. ^ from an unknown Phantom of the Opera Zine (1989)
  7. ^ Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997, Archived version
  8. ^ Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997, Archived version