Herne's Son

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Title: Herne's Son
Publisher: Dragonbane Press (agented/cooperation with Otter Limits Press)
Editor(s): editor: Linda Patterson, art editor: D. Linn, staff: Laurie Dudik, Terri Halasz, David Locher
Date(s): 1988-1992
Medium: print
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Language: English
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Herne's Son is an adult het Robin of Sherwood anthology that ran five issues. It was edited by Linda Patterson.

It required an age statement to purchase and did not allow same-sex material. See Its Comment on Content.

Its Comment on Content

note regarding slash material from the editor in issue #1, click to read

From the submission requests:

Herne's Son was conceived as a forum for publication of adult Robin of Sherwood fiction, though material need not be of an adult nature. Also, we will accept fantasy fiction in any universe, though our format is devoted primarily to Robin of Sherwood.

Guidelines for Adult Material (as per suggestions of Richard Carpenter):

1) Absolutely NO slash (homosexual) material will be accepted.

2) No material involving pedophilia (children) or bestiality (animals) will be accepted.

3) Stories involving Marion will only have her in bed with either Robin [1] .

From the editorial in issue #1, #2, and perhaps others:

Herne's Son is an adult publication which contains material which may be objectionable to some. It is therefore on sale to adults over 18 only.

The adult material in this magazine is being done with the knowledge and permission of Richard Carpenter. Herne's Son was conceived as a magazine largely for the publication of RoS material of an adult nature, although stories from any fantasy universe (RoS included) will be accepted and need not be of an adult nature. However, since RoS fandom was made possible by the imagination and efforts of Richard Carpenter, in accordance of his wishes, we will not be accepting or publishing stories involving 'slash' (homosexual) encounters. It is, after all, his universe.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Debbie Linn, the standard run
cover of issue #1, the hand-colored run
back cover of issue #1, fourth printing

Herne's Son 1 was published in Spring 1988. It contains 88 pages. The cover and all art is by Debbie Linn. There are numerous black and white illustrations that appear to be medieval clip art.

1st printing March 1988, 2nd printing September 1988, 3rd printing February 1989, 4th printing April 1989.

flyer for issue #1

Besides the original print run, there were also fifteen copies made that included hand-colored illustrations and the editor and all staff members' autographs: "A special parchment edition of Herne's Son all art work will be colored. Include, with all art work, a page with color preferences, do not color the art work itself. Be warned, if no preferences are expressed, we will color it however we feel like it."


I'm sorry my lord, but you've just received an urgent message. I...thought you might wish to see it.

"A message? From the king I suppose, greedy old man. What does he want now? More grain, more money? Well, I haven't got it."

"No, my lord. It's not from the king, I'm afraid it s much worse than that."

"Worse than the king! Don't be stupid Gisburne. Nothing can possibly be worse than the king." His eyes narrowed suspiciously. "Wait a minute, it's not from my mother, is it?"

"Er, no my lord. It's from HTV. " Gisburne shifted uncomfortably.

"Well, don't just stand there, idiot Read it to me!"

Gisburne opened the letter. He flushed nervously "It says, er. It.. It seems we've been cancelled, my lord.

"What! I don't believe it. Let me see that" He snatched the letter from Gisburne's hands and scanned it furiously for a moment. "Cancelled!" he repeated, crumpling the letter in his fist. "Well. I knew it would have to happen sooner or later. Damn that Wolfshead. This is all his fault.

Gisburne looked quizzically at the Sheriff. "Wolfshead? You mean Robin Hood? I don't understand."

De Ramault looked at Gisburne the way you would look at your foot after you had stepped m something unpleasant. "Fool, of course it's Robin Hood. Who else? Him and his band of outlaws, fighting for the poor, stirring the peasants to revolt, warring against injustice. Its obvious. The viewers haw had enough of Saxon violence.

"Yes, perhaps you're right."

"Of course I'm right, Gisburne. Now come along. We've, got a lot of packing to do."

"Yes, my lord " Gisburne followed him out, closing the door behind him.

  • Beginnings by Debbie Linn ("Here was a creature of the forest, as natural and as wild as the wolf or the deer. He belonged to the timelessness of the trees, the ancient spirit of Sherwood. "Robin Hood", murmured the boy and there was no longer any doubt in his mind.") (1)
  • Marion's Creed by Maddog (8)
  • Robin's Lament by Debbie Linn !10)
  • Culture Clash by L. Patterson (11)
  • Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne (29)
  • The Socreress by Terri Halasz (39)
  • Herne by Linda Patterson ("He reached for the deer's head holding it to himself, "What had been foreseen would be. It could not be changed. He looked again into sightless eyes. Better to forget sleep this night.") (53)
  • Robin Hood and Allan a Dale (58)
  • Herne 2 by Debbie Linn and David Locher (62)
  • Interlude by L. Patterson (69)
  • Study in Scarlet by Debbie Linn (72)
  • The Price by Helen Avry ("On a stormy evening in early spring, the gates opened to admit a small party. The Baron de Belleme and his retinue required shelter for the night.") (73)
  • One Castle for Rent: Cheap by Debbie Linn (humorous commentary on the show's cancellation) (87)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Debbie Linn
a flyer for issue #2

Herne's Son 2 was published in January 1989. It contains 138 pages.

The art is by Vicki Brinkmeier, Tom Clarke, M. Gadzik, D. Linn (cover) and Paulie.

In the zine, 1988 is crossed off in the zine and 1989 replaces it. There is also a handwritten note that the first printing was January 1989. This contradicts the calligraphy on the table of contents page that states "Fall/Winter 1988."

  • My Lady's Love by Debbie Linn (2)
  • Snow Covered Innocence by Maddog (5)
  • Bride of the Hooded Man by R. I. Warkworth (7) (7)
  • Robin Hood and the Monk (12)
  • Creatures and the Monk by Debbie Linn (21)
  • The Forest by Maddog (33)
  • Nightwatch by L. Patterson (34)
  • Sherwood by Janet P. Reedman (35)
  • Ladies of the Shadows by Debbie Linn (winner of the Scorpio VI fiction contest in the Robin of Sherwood category) (36)
  • Dark Eyes by Debbie Linn (45)
  • Herne' Sons by Debbie Linn (47)
  • Nothing's Forgotten by Julie Phipps (reprinted from Silver Arrow #1) (48)
  • The New Hero by David Locher (49)
  • Desert Son by Debbie Linn (51)
  • Gotham by Maddog (53)
  • A Gest of Robyn Hood (58)
  • The Sheriff of Nottingham by Julie Phipps (reprinted from Silver Arrow #1) (75)
  • If Things Were Different by Terri Halaz (77)
  • The Possessor by Julie Phipps (reprinted from Silver Arrow #1) (80)
  • Gisburne Talks to a Wall by Maddog (96)
  • Mirror, MIrror by D. Linn and David Locher (97)
  • The Witch of Ravensburgh by Janet P. Reedman (112)
  • six pages of flyers and a 2-page Fan Q Award ballot

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Vickie Brinkmeier

Herne's Son 3 was published in Summer 1989 and contains 165 pages.

Note: Table of Contents is very faint, and what is transcribed below may have multiple errors.

  • A Child's Eyes by Debbie Linn (1)
  • Nightmare by Julie Phipps (3)
  • Beitein the First by Jeanine Hennig (6)
  • Swordplay by Rache (24)
  • Bloodline by Todd Parrish (64)
  • Eragard's Cross by Janet Reedman (76)
  • Enchantment by Janet Reedman (91)
  • Witches Brew by Debbie Linn (92)
  • Lilith's Song to Azeal by D. Linn (96)
  • Worst of Luck by Janet Reedman (97)
  • Robin in the Hood by Julie Phipps (99)
  • My Ladies Love 2 by Debbie Linn (99)
  • Robin by Debbie Linn (102)
  • Robert by Debbie Linn (103)
  • Memories by Kylie Kay Jackson (104)
  • A Gest of Robyn Hode by Irad (105)
  • Cromm Cruaich by Irad (120)
  • Whisper (Cromm Cruai) by Julie Phipps (123)
  • The Sherriff's Shadow by Julie Phipps (123)
  • Sorceress by Kathy Taylor and Julie Phipps (124)
  • Home by Julie Phipps (132)
  • The Sctahelock Ways by Julie Phips (133)
  • The Swordmaiden by Debbie Linn (135)
  • Winter Solstice by Janet P. Reedman (147)
  • Poetic Licence by [unreadable] (158)
  • art by Vickie Brinkmeier (cover), David Chamberlain, Tom Clarke, and Debbie Linn

Issue 4

Herne's Son 4 was published in 1990.

  • The Black Arrow by Cindy Fairbanks
  • other unknown content

Issue 5

Herne's Son 5 was published in 1992.

  • unknown content


  1. ^ "either" refers to either actor who portrayed Robin