Safe Places

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Title: Safe Places
Editor(s): Rowena G. Warner
Date(s): both in 1988
Medium: print
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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Safe Places is a het Beauty and the Beast anthology edited by Rowena Warner. It is one of the first zines published in the fandom.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Safe Places 1 was published in March 1988 and contains 205 pages.

Classic stories including several episode expansion vignettes, a BATB/Stingray crossover, a new tunnel unleashes a horror from below, Christmas brings despair to a man who has lost everything, Vincent brings a street waif below who wrecks havoc on the other tunnel residents and Vincent loses his memory when he's shot and is befriended by a carnival owner. [1]
  • That's More Like It
  • True Beauty Touches the Soul
  • The Journal
  • Love's Tender Chains (missing scene fro m "Nor Iron Bars a Cage")
  • Reflections in a Darkened Mirror
  • My Love
  • A Christmas Story
  • My Dearest Catherine, My Dearest Vincent (an exchange of letters after "Dark Spirit")
  • Sesame Street Was Never Like This
  • Ashes of the Past (missing scene from "The Alchemist")
  • South of Oz, North of Shangri-La (missing scene from "Promises of Someday")
  • Chambers of the Soul

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This book is a series of short stories by Rowena Warner. It has an amateurish appearance which is offset by a wonderfully xeroxed color photograph of Vincent. The stories are a mixed lot. A crossover "Stingray" story, has most of the elements I have found to reside in crossovers, principally, moments of confusion, unless one is intimately acquainted with the characters and idiosyncrasies of both genres. A whimsical story concerning getting television via satellite called "That's More Like It" is mildly amusing. A small piece, "The Journal" ostensibly penned by Vincent, is a touching reincarnation of the first days, with Catherine, as a character study. "Reflections in a Darkened Mirror" is a chilling look into what mght have happened to Vincent if not for Father. One story, "Sesame Street Was Never Like This", explores intriguing avenues, ie: "What would Vincent be like as a father?" An exchange of letters set after after the "Dark Spirit" episode come close to capturing the characterizations which the B&TB writers in the "Brotherhood of Pain" and of course, the fans, know so well. The least likely premise appears in the last story, "Chambers of the Soul", the obligatory Vincent-amnesia story. May they not do it prime-time this year (hear that, oh Brotherhood of Pain in L.A.?) Overall, I recommend this as a series of diverting "vignettes" (no groaning, please). One must read this however, understanding that the content and quality of the offerings is uneven. Ms. Warner has made this a labor of love worth reading, despite its flawed nature. [2]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Safe Places 2 was published in November 1988 and contains 194 pages.

In 'The Code,' the tunnel community turns against Vincent when a man he brought Below without the council's approval is accused of murder. In 'The Sound of Alone,' Catherine blames Vincent when he doesn't arrive in time to save her from being raped. Catherine shares an 'Autumn Interlude' with Vincent when they spend a weekend Above. Forged notes are being sent Below. Are they merely pranks or something much more sinister? [3]
The second in this series contains 12 stories and journal entries set in the 1st season time frame. In 'The Code,' Vincent falls from Catherine's balcony and is helped by a stranger who he brings Below to live with hazardous results. Stories also include : 'Is This The Little Girl I Carried' where Charles Chandler meets Vincent; 'The Sound Of Alone' where Catherine is trying to help some 'date- rape' victims and is herself raped; 'Autumn Interlude' has Vincent and Catherine finally having their country vacation; and in 'Till An III Wind Doth Cease To Blow,' Devin returns to the Tunnels and Paracelsus wreaks havoc on everyone. [4]
  • Autumn Interludes
  • The Code
  • Father's Journal, A Happy Life
  • Is This the Little Girl I Carried?
  • The Sound of Alone
  • Till an Ill Wind Doth Cease to Blow
  • Vincent's Journal, A Happy Life
  • When the Bough Breaks
  • Wings
  • A Bedtime Story


  1. ^ from the Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review Online
  2. ^ from Datazine #53
  3. ^ from the Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review Online
  4. ^ from The Beauty and the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines