Kaleidoscope (Beauty and the Beast zine)
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Kaleidoscope is a three-volume series of Beauty and the Beast stories and poems written by Cynthia Hatch.
They are online here, without art: Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope 1 was published in August 1989, has 202 pages, and art by the author.warning regarding "The Bridge":
I am told by those who previewed this book that the second story requires a note of caution -- something akin to the Surgeon General's warning about possible health hazards. It may be best to think of it as a commercial break for reality -- the kind of reality that allows network executives, who worship only cold hard numbers, to hold the power of life and death over something too fragile and perfect for them to understand. If it strikes you as pure fantasy, while the other two stories seem real, that's fine. Over the past two years, we've all learned how beautifully and mysteriously the two can blend. Rest assured that, having completed the treacherous crossing of "The Bridge" in safety, you will find yourself in unknown territory, but back in the realm of B&B, as we very are close, in fact to the place from which we started. Safe journey. C.H.
The reaction to "The Bridge" was primarily negative. The sentiment against the story was so strong that a fan wrote a responsefic (with Cynthia's permission) which was published under the title Once You are Real.
- The Deception of Stars (6)
- The Circle (7)
- Continuum (74)
- The Bridge (75)
- Shades of You (143)
- Guards (145)
- Words (200)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
See reactions and reviews for The Bridge.
A summary: This novel continues the story of Vincent & Catherine failing to get together. A subplot deals with an art theft that turns into a hostage situation. Mitch appears.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2
This novel continues the story of Vincent & Catherine failing to get together, although the impediment is a little hard to discern. Nevertheless, excellent characterizations and good reading throughout. A subplot deals with an art theft that turns into a hostage situation.
Kaleidoscope 3 was published in June 1991 and has 294 pages. Art by Sue K.
A summary: The author premises this novel on the assumption that K-2 was all a dream. Deals with Vincent's Dark Side and Catherine's complicity in evoking it by her dangerous lifestyle.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3
Hatch premises this novel on the assumption that K-2 was all a dream! Grittier account than K-2, with more recognition of Vincent's “Dark Side” and Catherine's complicity in evoking it by her dangerous lifestyle. Long, long, gorgeous “first-time” middle section. There's an attempt to generate suspense through a small subplot about a possibly deranged friend of Steven Bass following Catherine around, hoping to spot the “monster” Steven told him about; but that pretty much comes to nothing when the threat is fortuitously removed. Vincent and Catherine waltzing outside a Halloween party, then wandering the streets, is quite charming. There's a lot more philosophizing by all participants than there is action but the process of Vincent's finally coming to accept Catherine's decision to move Below is well handled. Would have benefited by tightening/trimming some of the long, long conversations but definitely good reading. A lot of zine for the money.