|Type:||author, reviewer, reccer|
|Fandoms:||Blake's 7, historical RPF, Hornblower & some other Age of Sail|
|Communities:||Space City/Freedom City|
|URL:||AO3; Hafren's Gloomy Patch of the Forest; LJ|
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Hafren is a fan author active since the late 1990s, predominantly in the Blake's 7 fandom. She is also interested in some Age of Sail fandoms, and explains her interests as including reading, especially poetry and history, ancient TV shows (Blakes 7, Open All Hours, Bagpuss, Nightingales....) and beautiful young men, but only from a distance because I'm far too old for them. Snowgrouse describes her as one of the most talented and brilliant writers in B7 fandom.
Many of Hafren's B7 stories have been recommended on Crack Van. Her fanfiction tends to vignettes, although she has written longer pieces. It is unusual in often incorporating supernatural elements or references to fairy tales, despite the sf nature of the source. The style is simple and lyrical, the tone often bittersweet or angsty. She writes gen, slash and occasional femslash, with common pairings including Blake/Avon and Avon/Vila. Some of her works highlight minor characters from canon, such as Deeta Tarrant & Vinni from "Death-Watch".
Her stories are archived at Archive of Our Own and her personal website, Hafren's Gloomy Patch of the Forest (formerly hosted by GeoCities). Many of them first appeared on the Freedom City list. Several were published in printzines, including Angelfood, Dead Boyfriend of the Week, various issues of Fire and Ice, No Holds Barred 26, various issues of Tales from Space City and TTBA.
Hafren is also known for her generous & insightful zine reviews and fanfiction recommendations.
- Fetch. S4 summary with a supernatural twist. Ika writes: a chilling, terrifying riff on Avon's progress through Series 4. It's like the few HP Lovecraft stories I've read, it gets under your skin - and stays there. Blimey. Just... amazing.
- In My Hands. Bittersweet Avon & Vila afterlife vignette, with elements of a fairy tale. Alinewrites writes: Besides the obvious -the awesome writing, the characters' voices that are so perfectly true, there is something in this story that I didn't find anywhere else.
- Last Wishes. Dead Letters story, set after Gan's death. Executrix writes: Not a word wasted, perfect character voice, sad and beautiful.
- Sentence. Avon & Blake vignette, set post-Gauda Prime. Inspiration for The Atonement Cycle by Hafren, Willa Shakespeare & Nova
- Wishing Makes It So. "Blake" AU ficlet. Lazy Neutrino writes: short, sweet and beautifully written one-shot ... a magical piece of writing, as simple and lovely as a child's fairy story.
- The Queen and the Soldier. Historical RPF. Espresso Addict writes: This clever weaving together of legends brings the 10th century Queen Gunnhild to life
- hafren: Profile (accessed 19 July 2013)
- crack_van: Norwegian Wood by Hafren, PG for very mild slash (accessed 19 July 2013)
- TTBA: Review by Ika (accessed 19 July 2013)
- crack_van: In my hands, by Hafren (Gen, "mild slashiness", PG-13?) (accessed 19 July 2013)
- crack_van: Last Wishes by Hafren (accessed 19 July 2013)
- crack_van: 'Wishing Makes It So' by Hafren (accessed 19 July 2013)
- Espresso Recommendations: Historical RPF (accessed 19 July 2013)