O Sweetest Song (Beauty and the Beast anthology)

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Title: O Sweetest Song
Publisher: Sosumi Press
Editor(s): Lynette Combs (the first three) & Teri P (the last issue)
Date(s): 1991-1995
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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O Sweetest Song is an explicit het Beauty and the Beast anthology.

Issue 1

O Sweetest Song 1 was published in June 1991. It was edited by Lynette Combs and contains 52 pages.

  • Chamber Music Revisited by Sally Wright
  • Love Has Come of Age by Lynette Combs
  • The Best of Times by Laurie Whittenberg

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Three adult stories, well done; only one piece of adult artwork. The most substantial story is “Love Has Come of Age” by Combs, detailing the erotic aftermath of Dead of Winter. In Sally Wright's brief, “Chamber Music-Revisited,” there's some heavy petting ...and hope of more...during the concert V/C attend after the one dramatized in Chamber Music. And in “The Best of Times,” Laurie Wittenburg gives us a glimpse of V/C's lovemaking styles after they've become parents. [1]

Issue 2

O Sweetest Song 2 (Verse 2) was published in June 1991. It was edited by Lynette Combs. It contains 35 pages and two pieces of art.

  • Dream Lover by Kathy Mills
  • Love's Longing by Lynette Combs
  • Mistletoe by Sally Wright

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Three adult stories, 2 pieces of Combs' artwork. Betty Mills' “Dream Lover” has a blunt conversation between Vincent and Father embolden Vincent to seek out Catherine as he wants to-as a lover. In Sally Wright's “Mistletoe,” Catherine's Christmas gift and Catherine's vivid imagination unite her and Vincent when they're apart. In Combs' “Love's Longing,” Catherine reveals her pregnancy to Vincent and they celebrate how she got that way. Pleasant, explicit writing, good editing here. [2]

Issue 3

O Sweetest Song 3 (Verse 3) was published in 1992 and contains 74 pages. It was edited by Lynette Combs.

  • Follow Your Dreams by Lynette Combs
  • Love With All the Trimmings by Trisha Kehoe
  • Shameless by Betty Mills

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Three adult stories, 2 pieces of Combs' artwork. Betty Mills' “Shameless” reveals that to Vincent, mushrooms-the ordinary kind-are a powerful aphrodisiac. Lynette Combs' “Follow Your Dreams,” is a dream-within-a-dream-within-a...in which C goes to confront V, Below, about her unsatisfied longings. In Trish Kehoe's “Love with All the Trimmings,” set in the married, Continued Classic present, V recalls visiting Narcissa in despair and being given, by her, a (magic?) potion to take at bedtime, with surprising, erotic results. Overall, pleasant, explicit writing, good editing here. The photo-reduced type is a bit hard to read in places. [3]

Issue 4

O Sweetest Song 4 is subtitled, "Special Edition: The Quickening." It was published in July 1995 and contains 101 pages. It was written by Teri Peppe.

cover of issue #4
inside page from issue #4
The zine's foreword:
This is the first 'zine I've put together which, you will find, is written in its entirety by someone else. However, I feel that the quality of the writing warranted the effort; and I offer my sincerest thanks to Teri Peppe for the opportunity to make it available to the fandom. Working with material of such quality is a real pleasure; and publishing a writer of this caliber is a privilege I do not take lightly. I hope that you, dear reader, enjoy "The Quickening" as much as I have.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

In this competent, literate adult zine, Vincent and Catherine have sex, virtually nonstop, for over a hundred pages, in most imaginable positions, separately and together, both Above and Below, all pertinent body parts fully discussed (usually with one or two or three erotic adjectives appended), with surprisingly little repetition, considering, although certain phrases (the bond "burgeoning," for instance, and particular flesh does tend to "yearn," and lips are frequently "luscious") do tend to recur, as is probably both natural and inevitable. Occasionally the participants speak, but not often, and seldom coherently. Occasionally they get up and do something else, like eat, but not often and not for long. Essentially this is a sexual marathon, and those who enjoy these, relatively unencumbered by plot or dialogue, will find this a headlong exploration of all the ways two people can fit together and stimulate one another. There are occasional pieces of Combs' non-explicit, non-erotic art. [4]


  1. ^ from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  2. ^ from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  3. ^ from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  4. ^ from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite