Good Guys Wear Fangs

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Title: Good Guys Wear Fangs
Publisher: KnightWriter Press
Editor(s): Mary Ann McKinnon
Date(s): 1992-?
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Good Guys Wear Fangs is a gen and het vampire-themed multifandom/crossover fanzine edited by Mary Ann McKinnon.

It is a sister zine to The Good Guy Vampire Letterzine.

The Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and P.N. Elrod Connection

This zine was inspired by the pro novels of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and another pro writer, P.N. Elrod contributed a story that crossed one of Elrod's characters with Quantum Leap to the first issue. In between the publication of the first issue of this zine series, however, both of these pro authors brought the hammer down on fan writing, an action they took in September 1992, along with Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey, and Anne McCaffrey. See Holes in My Yard (Zimmer Bradley, September 1992), Open Letter to FYI from Author P.N. Elrod (Elrod, September 1992), and A Matter Of Willful Copyright Infringement (Quinn Yarbro, Summer and Fall 1992), and a wrap-up: The Marion Zimmer Bradley Fanfiction Controversy.

Good Guys Wear Fangs was a short-lived annual vampire fanzine dedicated to what founder/editor Mary Ann B. McKinnon termed good guy vampires. In the mid-1970s, McKinnon, never a horror fan, discovered the novels of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, whose vampire character, St. Germain, was a romantic hero. McKinnon considered Yarbro an isolated author and enjoyed most of her novels as they continued to appear through the 1980s. It was not until 1989, when she saw the made-for-television movie Nick Knight, and later the two To Die For movies, that McKinnon developed some hope that other good guy vampire fiction exists. She decided to announce the development of a fanzine based on the theme of the vampire as a hero. The response to her announcement showed the vast interest and supporting material for her approach to vampirism.

The first copy of the 300-page Good Guys Wear Fangs appeared in 1992. It featured original short stories and poetry in which the vampire was the hero. By this time, Forever Knight, the television series that grew out of the Nick Knight television movie, was airing on CBS late-night television. The Nick Knight character was featured in Good Guys Wear Fangs. In 1993, McKinnon added a related periodical, The Good Guy Vampire Letterzine a newsletter for good guy vampire fans. The Letterzine kept fans aware of newly discovered good guy vampire fiction and movies, and carried an ongoing discussion on the nature of good guy vampirism.

McKinnon has encouraged not only completely original fiction but new stories that feature popular characters from television and the movies. By far the most popular character who appeared in Good Guys Wear Fangs was Nick Knight, but other stories have featured Starsky & Hutch, Columbo, and Dark Shadows.[1]
Some June 1992 comments by P.N. Elrod, three months before she disallowed fanworks in her own universe, and disavowed her own previously written fanworks:

Speaking of Jack Fleming and QUANTUM LEAP, I was asked to trib to a zine called GOOD GUYS WEAR FANGS. I'd been thinking of doing a QL-Jack Fleming crossover, but the idea of Sam leaping into Jack just wouldn't spark. Then, I wondered what would happen if he leaped into Jack's human partner, Escott. 24 hours and 7000 words later (my usual speed is 1000 words a day), I had the start of a promising story. It ended being a novella, and will appear in issue one.


With fanfic, you can jump into things without the bother of setting everything up for the reader. I also find it to be more of a challenge to write because all the other fans have their version of a media character and maybe a writer doesn't live up to that view. Because of that, fanfic can be more gratifying than the pro stuff when someone tells me I got it right!

Some pros have wondered why I spend any time on the zines, but anything to do with writing teaches me. If I hadn't put so much work into the zines, my second novel would have been a bomb. I had grown as a writer because of the zine work. This QL zine I mentioned above is a good example as it gave me a chance to practice a third person point of view. Most of my work is done in first person, and I wanted, and enjoyed the stretch.[2]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Chris Haire
back cover of issue #1, Barb Johnson
page one of the editorial, contains story descriptions, click to read
page two of the editorial, contains story descriptions, click to read

Good Guys Wear Fangs 1 was published in May 1992 and is 300 pages long.

The front cover is by Chris Haire and back cover is by Barb Johnson; interior art is by Sherlock, Barb Johnson, Derrin, Peggy Spalding, T.J. Glenn, Monique DeMontigny, Kirk Taskila, Athan Y. Chilton, Cheryl Duval, Sharon Wells, Frances Quinn, and Valerie Meachum.

  • What Is A "Good Guy" Vampire by Margaret L. Carter (reprinted in The Good Guy Vampire Letterzine) (vi)
  • Partners In Time by P.N. Elrod (Quantum Leap/Jack Fleming) (1)
  • The Cross Roads by C.E. Weindel—Poetry. (24)
  • Incunabula by Margaret L. Carter (Original Universe: Vanishing Breed) (26)
  • Sweet Darkness by Heidi Staneslow—Poetry. (38)
  • The Truth About Murdoc by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn (MacGyver/Original Universe: Nicholas & Varina) (40)
  • Instinct by B.N. Fish (Starsky & Hutch/Nick Knight) (64) (reprinted in L.A. Knights #1)
  • Choices by B.N. Fish (Starsky & Hutch/Nick Knight) (77) (reprinted in L.A. Knights #1)
  • Black Dawn by Laurie Keeper (Stingray) (96)
  • Moondance by Lyle Macdougall (104)
  • April's Dream by Jack Summers (Original Universe: Vampires of Marsh Hollow (114)
  • The Unwilling Kill by Janet P. Reedman—Poetry. (To Die For II: Son of Darkness) (122)
  • Catching Cat by Athan Y. Chilton (124) (later published as standalone zine)
  • The Awakening by Janet P. Reedman—Poetry. (132)
  • Of Wooden Stakes and Silver Crosses by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn (Columbo/Original Universe: Nicholas & Varina) (133)
  • Moonshine by Rachel Kadushin (152)
  • Running by Cheryl L. Connors (Nick Knight) (158)
  • Partners by M.H. Burchett (Nick Knight) (166)
  • The Intrepid Vampire Killer by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn (Original Universe: Nicholas & Varina) (177)
  • Autumn by Heidi Staneslow—Poetry. (183)
  • A Curse In Time by Sharon Wells (To Die For: Son Of Darkness/Robin Of Sherwood) (186)
  • Seeking Dracula by Judith R. Conly—Poetry. (196)
  • Exodus by Janet P. Reedman (To Die For: Son of Darkness/Subspecies) (203)
  • Nina Remembers Max Schreck by Janet P. Reedman—Poetry. (To Die For: Son of Darkness) (224)
  • Angel of Darkness, Angel of Light by Diana Smith, Pat Dunn, and Valerie Meachum (Two vampires very unlike himself and one formerly-immortal witch join forces in an attempt to free Barnabas from his curse.) (Dark Shadows/Original Universes Nicholas & Varina and Lia the Irish Witch (226)
  • In The Beginning by Lisa Savignano (Nick Knight) (255)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Good Guys Wear Fangs is a collection of stories, poetry, and artwork about literary, media and original vampires... but they're the "good" guys. Bauhaus is right, Bela Lugosi is dead [3]..the popular bloodsuckers are a kinder, gentler breed of vampire. There are a few of the old breed "evil" vampires around to give their " brothers of light" a cross to bear, but they're only window dressing. What ever happened to the wonderful state of moral ambiguity (and I'm not talking that solipsistic angst that passes for emotion in the Anne Rice vampire novels), the theory that absolute power will corrupt absolutely, or even the time-treasured whiff of brimstone and the fetid smell of post-mortem halitosis?... None of these stories should have appeared like this— they could have been repaired by their authors with a little more attention to vocalization, description, character vocabulary, or even by having a fan of the series (who wasn't particularly interested in vampires but who knew the show) take a good. Kind look at the stories. Are these good MacGyver, or Starsky and Hutch, or Columbo stories? Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! One could make the argument that these stories aren't MacGyver, or Starsky and Hutch, or Columbo stories-they're vampire stories. And that's a rational opinion. So then why use those characters in the first place? Why not use original characters?... The actual layout of the zine is generally uninspired, with small and poorly reproduced clip-art in odd spaces. The margins are fine, the spiral binding is sturdy, and the type is legible...but one would think that SOMETHING could be done regarding the presentation of the poetry... And then there are eighteen pages of advertisements at the end! If I want to pay money for eighteen pages of ads, I'll buy an adzine. $22.00 is not a bad price (postage include in your collection. But knowing what I know now, I think I'll take a second or even a third look at the fiction in the next issue before plunking down my blood money.[4]
It's good. However, except for the two entries by professional writers, most of the stories suffer from the same problem found in so much fanzine fiction -- flawed conflict and suspense. Don't laugh -- conflict and suspense are very hard skills to master, and doing them both at the same time is much harder than walking and chewing gum. Unfortunately, the vampire form requires both suspense and conflict cranked up to the highest pitch, and many of these stories fail for the lack of it. However, there is relish and delight in introducing favorite media characters such as Columbo and Starsky and Hutch to a "real" vampire. GOOD GUYS WEAR FANGS is a very tame pg-13 rated 'zine.[5]

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, "Dreaming Humanity" by Michele West, "Captures Nick Knight and Natalie Lambert of "Forever Knight" in a thoughtful moment"
back cover of issue #2, Nicholas and Varina by Barb Johnson

Good Guys Wear Fangs 2 was published in May 1993 and contains 380 pages. It has 7 stories featuring Forever Knight or its predecessor Nick Knight, plus Miami Vice, MacGyver, the new Dark Shadows, Star Trek, Star Trek:TNG, Robin of Sherwood, Stingray, the Fox TV movie Blood Ties, Michael Praed's vampire role To Die for 2: Son of Darkness, Phoenix, and original characters, including the vampire couple Nicholas and Varina. Janet P. Reedman's Robin of Sherwood/Son of Darkness crossover won the Major Oak Awards for "Best Long Story in Robin of Sherwood Fandom."

Interior art by Michele West, Peggy Spalding, Barb Johnson, Athan Y. Chilton, T.J. Glenn, Cheryl Duvall, Sherlock, Todd Parrish, and Francis Quinn.

  • Extension, poem by Robin M. White
  • Further to Fall by Valerie Meachum (Forever Knight) (34 pages) [6]
  • Tug of War, poem by Valerie Meachum (Forever Knight)
  • Lessons by B.N. Fish (Nick Knight/Starsky & Hutch) (30 pages)
  • Faces of the Past, poem by Lisa Savignano
  • untitled poem by Lisa Savignano
  • A Job I Can Sink My Teeth Into by Karen Howard (Forever Knight/Miami Vice) (36 pages)
  • The Trouble with Sheldon, vignett by Charles Weindel
  • Bitter Choice, poem by Valerie Meachum (Forever Knight)
  • Promises by Heidi Staneslow (Nick Knight/Stingray/Original Universe: Alexander & Sabri) (40 pages)
  • A Stranger Calls, poem by Robin White
  • First Date by Margaret L. Carter (Nick Knight/Original Universe: Vanishing Breed) (8 pages)
  • Silver Light, poem by Heidi Staneslow
  • Catching the Cat Part I by Athan Y. Chilton (Nick Knight/Original Universe) (later published as standalone zine) (34 pages)
  • Nightwings, poem by Heidi Staneslow
  • Night Call by Jack Summers (Nick Knight/Original Universe: Vampires Of Marsh Hollow) (4 pages)
  • Vampyr, poetry by Lisa Savignano
  • Heart of a Knight by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn (Forever Knight/Original Universe: Nicholas & Varina) (15 pages)
  • Temptation, poem by Heidi Staneslow
  • Bloodmates by Ann Leonhart (Nick Knight/Star Trek: TNG) (12 pages)
  • Yuck! Green Blood by Susan L. Rock (Nick Knight/Dark Shadows/Star Trek) (36 pages)
  • David’s Journal by Lorraine Anderson (Nick Knight/Original Universe) (12 pages)
  • Wild Branch by Margaret L. Carter (Nick Knight/Original Universe: Vanishing Bread/TV Movie: Blood Ties) (14 pages)
  • Healer by Cheryl Connors (Nick Knight) (12 pages)
  • A Stone in the River of Time, poem by Lisa Savignano
  • Dark Storm, poem by Heidi Staneslow
  • Kindred Souls by Dianne M. Smith (Nick Knight/Phoenix) (8 pages)
  • Interlude: Part I and Part II by Pat Dunn and Diana Smith (Nick Knight/MacGyver/Original Universe: Nicholas & Varina) (21 pages)
  • Questions of the Future from the Past, poem by Michele Christian (Forever Knight)
  • Nicholaus, poem by Michele Christian (Forever Knight)
  • Freedom, poem by Michele Christian (Forever Knight)
  • Waiting for Forever, poem by Michele Christian (Forever Knight)
  • Arrows Of Darkness by Janet P. Reedman (Nick Knight/Robin of Sherwood/TO DIE FOR 2: Son Of Darkness) (34 pages)
  • Moonlit Dream, poem by Heidi Staneslow

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Michael Praed as Max Schreck in "To Die for 2: Son of Darkness" by Christine Haire
back cover of issue #3, Michele West, "Nick and Natalie of "Forever Knight" caught in a winsome moment"

Good Guys Wear Fangs 3 was published in November 1996 and is 373 pages long. The interior art is by Michele West, JJ Jones, and Denyse M. Bridger.

  • Accidents by Apache (Forever Knight: Tracy & Vachon) (2)
  • Mortality by Karen Weiss (Forever Knight) (7)
  • Vampire Eyes, poem by Robin M. White (10)
  • A Chance Encounter by Janet Dornhoff (Forever Knight/Highlander) (11)
  • The Corner Booth by Jack Summers (Original Universe: Vampires of Marsh Hollow) (13)
  • Night Moves by Tammy L. Croft (Original Universe) (17)
  • Reflections, poem by Robin M. White (20)
  • Dilemma of Conscience by Diane Smith and Pat Dunn (Forever Knight/Original Universe: Nicholas and Varina's World) (22)
  • Mirror Image, poem by Denyse Bridger (60)
  • Longing for the Sun, poem by Lisa Savignano (61)
  • Apricots and Mortal Tales by Apache (Forever Knight: Tracy & Vachon) (62)
  • Blood Game, poem by Denyse Bridger (65)
  • Toronto by Night by Marg Baskin (Forever Knight: Tracy & Vachon) (67)
  • Blood Brothers by JJ Jones (Miami Vice/Forever Knight) (78)
  • Another Day with the Dead (Miami Vice) (101)
  • Closing the Wounds by Adriana I. Pena (Wiseguy) (114)
  • A Thief in the Night by Adriana I. Pena (Wiseguy) (128)
  • Fitting In by Margaret L. Carter (Original Universe: Vanishing Breed/Star Trek:TNG) (133)
  • To Be a Vampire by Robin M. White (Nick Knight) (152)
  • Revelations by Diane Echelberger (Forever Knight/Highlander) (162)
  • Midnight Lies, poem by Heidi Staneslow (174)
  • Night/Fall by Denyse Bridger (Forever Knight) (175)
  • Bound to the Darkness, poem by Denyse Bridger (195)
  • The Tears of Heaven, poem by Denyse Bridger (196)
  • Silent All These Years by Valerie Meachum (Forever Knight) (197)
  • Fait Accompli, poem by Denyse M. Bridger (214)
  • Presentation by B.N. Fish (Starsky & Hutch/Original Universe: Morgan's World) (217)
  • Allies by B.N. Fish (Nick Knight/Original Universe: Morgan's World/Starsky & Hutch) (247)
  • Lacroix, poem by Denyse M. Bridger (261)
  • Face of a Child, poem by Savignano (262)
  • Hungry Eyes by Lisa Savignano (Nick Knight) (263)
  • Heart of a Woman, poem by Lisa Savignano (305)
  • Forever Knight: Deyia, script by Denyse M. Bridger (307)
  • The Beast Within, poem by Lisa Savignano (349)
  • From Divia in the Tomb, poem by Michelle Christian (351)
  • Survey (353)
  • Other Items of Interest (publications, conventions, vampire tours) (355)

Issue 4

Good Guys Wear Fangs 4 was published in 2005 and contains 128 pages.

cover of issue #4
  • Payer of Tribute by Margaret Carter (Original universe: Vanishing Breed) (1)
  • Remember Me by Denyse Bridger(Forever Knight) (poem?) (18)
  • Forever Nick by Barbara Fish (Forever Knight/Nick Night) (24)
  • Encounter by Denyse Bridger(Van Helsing/Forever Knight) (49)
  • Demon on the Hill by Margaret Carter (Original universe: Vanishing Breed) (55)
  • To Stand Against the Wraith of Hell by Chris Kenworthy (Angel/Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (63-127)

Issue 5

Good Guys Wear Fangs 5


  1. ^ Vampire Fandom: United States; WebCite (2011?)
  2. ^ Elrod's comments in The Neutral Arbiter #5 (June 1992)
  3. ^ This is a reference to 1979 song by Bauhuas called "Bela Lugosi's Dead".
  4. ^ from a much longer review in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4. The reviewer, Susan M. Garrett, gives it "3 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale.
  5. ^ from Jacqueline Lichtenberg at, accessed March 6, 2013
  6. ^ "Actually the first FK story I started--when the show had been airing for all of two weeks--although "Silent" was finished first. To my knowledge, I was the first fan writer to bring Natalie across. *holds up sign for courtesy claps* An old enemy resurfaces to exact revenge on Nick, and it's Natalie who pays the price. (Posted to FKFIC-L in August 1993)." -- from the author's website