|Alias(es):||Sylvia Knight |
|Type:||writer, zine editor, zine publisher, fan artist, vidder|
|Fandoms:||Star Trek, Blake's 7, Wiseguy, others|
|URL:||at the K/S Archive|
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Gayle F was hugely influential in early Kirk/Spock fandom. She wrote some of the classics of that time, such as Mirrors of Mind and Flesh, edited, illustrated and published The Price and The Prize, and other K/S zines.
Her illustration style was very stylized yet lush, and she moved easily between simple portraiture and elaborate and sometimes explicit story illustration. K/S stories of the time often posited unusual versions of Spock's alien genitalia, and her art often reflected them -- she even made a famous paperdoll set with different sets of Vulcan penises.
She continued doing cover art for zines long after she stopped writing or publishing zines of her own.
Later, Gayle started vidding, both with Tashery Shannon and alone -- she was an early slash vidder in Blake's 7 fandom. After a multiple year hiatus, she reappeared primarily as a Wiseguy vidder in the late 1990s, collaborating with Lynn C. and later Morgan Dawn.
Gayle's zines are all among the most beautiful and most carefully-produced works ever to come out of fandom. She herself was probably the leading K/S artist of her day, often using a highly stylized Art Nouveau or Aubrey Beardsley style that is both flowing and extremely explicit. 
... the first time I ever saw GF, I looked across a room and saw a woman in a flowing patterned dress with a filmy overdress that was also patterned, so that as she moved the two patterns slipped over each other to make an ever-changing, intricate moire; and I said to myself, "That has got to be GF." And indeed it was! (None of the patterns involved delicate flowers with penis stamens, though.) 
And may I just say, in no uncertain terms, that you have not *lived* until you've seen [Gayle F's] art. This woman was/is a fucking genius. Her drawings of Kirk and Spock are explicit, mythical, transcendent and completely mind-blowing. 
Her Debut in 1976From Interphase #2:
Special Calendar Supplement... Let me mention right here that the calendar is only available as part of the zine; it is not available separately. [Gayle F], the artist whose illustrations make the calendar so special, has been on the periphery of fandom for a while, but this is, I believe, her debut in a fanzine. Gayle is a multi-talented and remarkably imaginative person (you will probably be seeing her excellent fiction in zines soon, as well as her dynamic artwork), and it is with wide-eyed, 'goshwow' gratitude that I'd like to publicly her welcome to fanzine fandom.
In Her Own Words: 1982In 1982, she was nominated for a FanQ award and submitted the following bio to The Annual Fan Q Awards Nominations Booklet:
"I've been involved in Star Trek Fandom since 1976, as artist, writer, and editor. I published THE PRICE AND THE PRICE (with Syn Ferguson), and MIRRORS OF MIND AND FLESH. My work has appeared in my own fanzines and numerous others, among which are NOME, INTERPHASE, SUN AND SHADOW, GALACTIC DISCOURSE, THE CAPTAIN'S WOMAN, THRUST, OUT OF BOUNDS, T'HY'LA, NAKED TIMES, COMPANION, CHEAP THRILLS, DUET, R & R, and THE OBSC'ZINE, among others. .. I live with a marvelous husband and two cats .... I have degrees in Art and Creative Writing. I love film, literature, Fantasy and Mysteries, Astrology and Tarot, costumes, gourmet cooking, and gardening. And cats."
In Her Own Words: 1994
I am, not surprisingly, a fan of both [erotic stories and erotic art], if both are well done. To me, a good slash drawing would capture an emotional mood, and not just be a depiction of body parts. While I often see erotic photos or paintings that are not slash that I find erotic because of the sculptural quality of the pose or the beauty of the skin tones, even though I can't see the faces of the people, I much prefer to see the faces, the expressions of the slash couples, and would find the same beautiful pose far less erotic in a slash context. There are a lot of poses from gay mags that I never used for my own slash art because of this. But as an artist, I've also learned that if you are working from a particular figure in a photo that it can only be altered a little from it's actual form to fit the character that you wish it to be, and it's hard to find both a pose you like combined with a body type that is believably the character that you want to draw!
I agree with [T] about the idealization of the bodies. While I don't want to see a unbelievably perfect body on a character that I like, I see nothing wrong with trying to draw them at their best. Most of the actors looked their best at their slimmest, and I generally picture the characters bodies at the actors best, though I will follow the aging of their faces more accurately. Kirk, Sonny Crockett, and Vinnie, to name a few, all looked best at their most slender. In the case of Blake's 7, I certainly think that Blake and Avon are in better shape than Gareth Thomas and Paul Darrow. Cally and Dayna are making sure that they stay in shape. Although I picture Spock with a similar body to Leonard Nimoy's, I imagine him with far better muscle tone and more grace in movement. Leonard Nimoy had very graceful gestures, but didn't move all that well - how many Spock fans have a Spock that runs like Nimoy?
With few exceptions, like Avon, who is a clothes horse, I don't find what the characters wear all that sexy. I'd rather see either an explicit nude, or a fantasy AU (or combo). I do like good portraits, that convey a lot of emotion and/or character. Like [D], I also will sometimes build a fantasy based on an intriguing piece of art. Suzie Lovett often does wonderfully evocative work that stirs the imagination.
[T] and I were talking, and agreed that in a badly written story, there are still usually bits and pieces that the reader could carry off and transform to their liking. But a badly done piece of art is right there in your face, not looking like the characters. It's just a matter of degree, however, as the more poorly written a story is, the more difficult I find it to visualize the characters as they appear on screen. I tend to see them from a greater and greater distance and more nebulously. In a good story, I am closer to them and they are far more vivid.
So, I like good erotic art, and I also prefer my stories explicit as well. While I certainly appreciate all the skillful building of erotic tension that comes before the characters fall into bed, I definitely feel cheated if the author does not develop the sex scene with the same care. I think the sex scenes can and should continue to investigate the characters emotionally. Whether or not there is an ongoing tension in the erotic scene would depend entirely on what the circumstances are. A first time story, no matter how sweet, still has the "How are they going to deal with this?" question to supply tension.[A] felt that the sizzle of love denied was more potent than that of love consummated (I really HATE the stories where they NEVER get together). I don't agree with that myself - but what about the sizzle of love denied, then consummated, then denied again? The intensity of the consummation only increases the desire. Most of the series slash stories evolve around an ongoing series of conflicts - probably a central one that isn't resolved until the end about one of the characters ability to commit to the other, and whatever other ones keep the plot moving and, hopefully reveal some interesting aspects of the characters as we share their passionate relationship. I agree that Sandy's favorite scenario is a very potent one - hiding the Longing for Love behind a facade of animal lust. Given the different sexual acts, combined with the characters attitudes toward what is happening, there are many, many possible "first times" - the first time they do some specific thing can become a new first time when they know that they love each other, or when one character has done it for the other, but not vice versa. And there are so many possible different moods for the characters to express in bed. When I got into K/S, I never expected to branch off into other fandoms, but one of the fun things about it has been to discover how differently the different characters would make love. On the other hand, I admit that it's damn hard to find new ways to describe the same acts and emotions - there just aren't enough words! But I can always find a few things new and different to do, just because the characters are new and different, and relate to each other differently than the other slash couples. Or my response to what they do will be different. 
I started my first historical romance when I was writing the B7 stories, and I had to focus on getting that done. Unfortunately, it took far longer than I imagined, and the passion for B7 had waned enough to subvert further fiction. The romance did, thankfully, sell. It does have an Avonic hero (well, he turned out sort of like Avon's nicer, more emotional, less twisted Italian younger brother - but there is enough remaining to please truefen, I hope. The book isn't due out till next year, at which point I will tell you more and urge you to run to your book stores, but I don't want to carry on about it when it's not available. I also have an Avonic "villain" in the one I am currently writing, with a heroine inspired by Soolin. It is interesting to watch what changes and what remains the same in moving a character into another universe.
B7 and Wiseguy - I would like to be doing more B7 & WG art and music vids, but those activities are going to be limited by the necessity of finishing the book (for that matter, I'll have to restrain my Emailing too). Although Vinnie is very beautiful, he isn't as visually fascinating as Avon. And while Sonny is attractive, what is erotic about him to me is his energy, which is pretty damn hard to draw. I've got a couple of illos that I've thought about doing, but I'm more likely to do vids for WG. Sonny and Vinnie really kicked my brains until I wrote them, but they have calmed down for the moment, and it will be at least a couple of months before I expect to write any more.
As to what is about-to-be-available: There is a sequel to "Marie Blackpool's" St. Christopher's Lie, that is a collaborative effort. It will probably be, not in McPickus, but in Manacles Press' multi-media zine. It's titled Hard Truths. And I wrote a sequel to that called Playing With Fire that is going to be in the next No Holds Barred from Kathy Resch. Plus I wrote a truly wacky WG/SW thingee called Starguys that will be in it. "Marie" also wrote a funny S/V piece for it. Oh yeah - I did do a F/V poem called Vinnie's Valentine. That will probably be the only F/V I do. Those zines are due out for Media West.I was a Sonny fan before I was a fan of any other aspect of WG. I just love Ray Sharkey's performance. Then I got into the villains in general. I always thought Frank was a good character. I never disliked Vinnie, but he wasn't intellectual enough to interest me at first. Now he's a great favorite. And it is really fun to have the two characters appeal almost equally, since there were so many things I disliked, or found unerotic about Kirk and Blake. I liked both Crockett and Castillo, but never got hooked enough to write MV. Slashing Frank has no real interest for me - there could be a very powerful conflict in a triangle situation, but for once, I rather dodge that conflict, as I don't see a happy resolution for anybody in it. Unlike B7, I'd rather avert tragedy and unhappy endings in WG, granted I can't imagine any altogether happy ending for S/V. I do understand the emotional appeal of F/V, and I'd read it if it's as well-written as Melody's novels, but I still go Frank? Sexy? Every time he first comes on the screen. I can commiserate with those Frank fen fending flack, however. For a long time I adored Anthony Zerbe's Lt. Trench in Harry O, while Richard and [T] kept telling me he was NOT sexy. Finally I just said, okay, he's not sexy, but he sure turns me on. Which reminds me - are there any other Harry O fen out there? I could never slash Orwell and Trench beyond a one night stand with an embarrassed morning after, but they are absolutely one on of my all time favorite male bonding relationships. I wish they would rerun the show so that I could get good tapes. 
In Her Own Words: 2013
Gayle F: How did I get into fandom, as fandom, as opposed to being a fan of Star Trek. I saw the first—maybe a year and a half of Star Trek when it first came out and I was a fan, but then I didn't have a television for a long time. And in the '70s, the ladies upstairs had a TV and were watching Star Trek, and I went up and watched all these re-runs of things I had never seen, and I fell in love with Spock all over again. And at the same I found a book called Star Trek Lives, and discovered there was such a thing as fandom, and wrote to Jacqueline Lichtenberg. And she gave me addresses, and I wrote to those people. And I started writing stories. I think I was writing stories before I wrote to the people, because I was in love with Spock! But—... Seventies sometime. Seventy-four or –five. 'Cause I went to a convention in '76. 
- Desert Heat (first published in The Sensuous Vulcan in 1977)
- Beyond Setarcos (first published in Thrust in 1978)
- Night of the Dragon (first published in Thrust in 1978)
- Between Friends (first published in Obsc'zine #3)
Gayle also published two K/S novellas, illustrating them with all her own artwork:
Data's Dream, aka Flight Dreams, (to the song Orinoco Flow) -- absolutely exquisite multimedia vid of SF and F shows, framed by Data. Originally created on vcrs, but remastered in the early 2000s on computer. Most of the source wasn't strictly media fannish, but of course, there's enormous overlap between media fandom and SF&F fandom. Many fans have said this is the most beautiful vid they've ever seen. A streaming version can be viewed by contacting Morgan Dawn here.
As I Do Thee #1, cover
As I Do Thee #7, cover
California K/S #2, back cover
California K/S #2, front cover
The Captain's Woman #2 (1980), back cover
The Captain's Woman #3 (1981), cover
Charisma #3 (1988)
Choices, cover (1986)
Choices, back cover
Choices, unpublished art for the zine (1986)
Companion #3, cover
The Cosmic Collected, for "Beyond Setarcos"
Fesarius #5, cover
Fire and Ice #1, back cover
Fire and Ice #1, front cover
Fire and Ice #1, inside art
Fire and Ice #2, inside art
Galactic Discourse #2, inside art (1978)
Galactic Discourse #3, inside art (1980)
Galactic Discourse #4, inside art (1983)
Galactic Discourse #5, inside art (1987)
Grup #5, inside art (1976)
The Holmesian Federation #1, cover (original image 1976)
The Holmesian Federation #1, back cover (original image 1976)
IDIC #6, back cover
Interphase #4, cover (1977)
Interphase calendar, cover. Sep. 1976 - Mar. 1977 (below), May to Nov. 1977 (above)
Interphase calendar #1 (1976)
KSX, back cover
KSX #1, front cover (1987 or 1988)
KSX #1, frontispiece (1987)
Mirrors of Mind and Flesh, cover art
inside art from Naked Times #3, "Bubbles"
inside art from Naked Times #3
Nightvisions, inside art
Nome #5, cover (1982)
Nome #6 (1982)
Nome #7 (art from 1977)
Nome #10, interior page, art for "Faith"
Obsc'zine #1, inside art
Obsc'zine #3, inside art
The Other Side of Paradise #3, front cover
Out of Bounds, cover (1981)
Out of Bounds Again, cover (1983)
cover of Out of Bounds, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves (1984)
Out of Bounds, Too, cover (1982)
Powerplay #6, back cover
The Price and The Prize, cover 2nd ed (1981)
The Price and The Prize, inside art
Prisoners of the Night #1, cover
R & R #2, inside art (1976)
Shades of Grey #1 (1982)
Straight Trek (1982)
T'hy'la #4, cover
T'hy'la #8, cover art
T'hy'la #9, cover
Twin Destiny, cover
Within the Mirror #1, back cover
Within the Mirror #1, front cover
Within the Mirror #1, inside front mirror image
Within the Mirror #1, inside back mirror image
Sexually Explicit Art
As I Do Thee #2. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
California K/S, back cover of issue #1. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Cover of California K/S #4. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Companion. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
front cover of "The Cosmic Collected". Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
The Cosmic Collected, for "Beyond Setarcos". Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Daring Attempt #4. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
First Time #1 (1984). Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
First Time #7 (1986). Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
back cover for First Time #7 (1985). Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
front cover for First Time #10. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
back cover for First Time #10. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
front cover for First Time #18. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
back cover for First Time #18. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Naked Times #8. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Nightvisions, interior art. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
cover of Nocturne. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Obsc'zine #1, inside art. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
back cover of Obsc'zine #4 (1980). Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Cover of Price and The Prize, The 1st ed. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
cover of T'hy'la #3. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
T'hy'la #3. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
interior art from T'hy'la #7. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Cover of Thrust (1978). Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Thrust, inside art. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
Twin Destiny #2, cover. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
T'Zad'U, interior art. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
T'Zad'U, frontispiece art from both volumes. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
1979 fan art from spockslash's collection, unknown fanzine. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized. In 2017 tumblr fan's gushed over the drawing: " saroodles asked: Why is Spock in knee highs? Why are they on fire? What is happening? jimlikesgreendick replied: "I imagine the fire is symbolism for Mirror Spock’s blood fever, because this looks to me to be pon farr, judging by all the jizz on the ground under them. You’ll also notice that the background is full of penis imagery—Spock’s double ridged penis, to be precise. And the boots are probably because Spock was in such a frenzy to mate that he didn’t have time to get them off." saroodles:"Well thank you I didn’t even notice the ground jizz and penises everywhere " 
- Intimate Details, a game
- January 27, 2000 comments at ASCEML by a member of Foresmutters Project
- Sexuality and slash fandom (2007 post), shoshanna
- ASC, April 1998
- comments on Virgule-L, quoted with permission (April 22, 1994)
- comments on Virgule-L, quoted with permission (April 23, 1994)
- from Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Gayle F and Caren P (2013)
- From my personal collection 1979,