The Faces of Darkness

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Title: The Faces of Darkness
Publisher: Firetrine Press
Author(s): A.V. Wilde and Alexander Vincent (poetry), edited by Jean Hinson
Cover Artist(s):
Illustrator(s): see below
Date(s): 1991
Series?: see below, note two different titles
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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The Faces of Darkness is subtitled, "Discovery." It is a het 172-page Beauty and the Beast novel by A.V. Wilde. Art information: A.V. Wilde and Lisa Stubblefield. While the summaries talk of a sequel/s, they were never published.


In this novel, the painful events of 'TLBL' are played out in full detail again, although changed in significant ways, against the backdrop of another Catherine and Vincent story set in an alternate universe. Readers should note that neither story line is resolved. 'The Faces Of Darkness II: Eve of the Storm' is in the works. [1]
What happened after Catherine went into the dark after Vincent at the end of the second season's final episode? No matter what you think happened... you WILL be surprised. [2]
Eye of the Storm-Second book of what is apparently destined to be a trilogy, (at least), by A.V. Wilde, chronicles the further development of Vincent's and Catherine's stormy relationship in the fascinating alternate universe tale of his origins. [3]
From the blackness of a lonely cavern deep inside the earth springs a path that leads Vincent and Catherine to unimagined places. [4]

Reactions and Reviews

This novel [of which only Book 1 has yet been published] operates under two timelines: the end of the Trilogy and 3rd season and, in counterpoint, a fantasy world in which Vincent is a clan-chief/warlord of the Dikarna (people like himself) who share the land uneasily with the early Celts (Llnaelli), who hunt and murder them, considering them animals. All are in danger of invasion by the Romans; a treaty of mutual defense is being contemplated. Catherine, a Celt, becomes his captive and eventually his lover. The two stories occasionally intersect. Writing is hard-edged, gritty, unsentimental, occasionally grim, yet romantic in the grand heroic tradition; pacing, characterization, dialogue, plotting are excellent, given that the novel ends at a highly dramatic cliffhanger (the aftermath of an ambush). Observations of Celtic and tribal society's customs are vivid and convincing. Very good reading if you don't mind being left hanging. Some pretty rough-and tumble sex, here and there; definitely not hearts and flowers. Occasional good art by author, Lisa Stubblefield, Alexandra Vincent. [5]


  1. from the The Beauty and the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines
  2. from On the Double
  3. from On the Double
  4. from Bill Hupe's catalog
  5. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite