The Spiral Staircase

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Zine
Title: The Spiral Staircase
Publisher: Beauty and the Beast Fan Club of Victoria
Editor(s): Lyn Roewade
Type: newsletter
Date(s): August 1989-1995
Frequency:
Medium: print
Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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The Spiral Staircase is a newsletter of the Beauty and the Beast Fan Club of Victoria and edited by Lyn Roewade. It contains non-fiction, photos, art, fiction, poetry and essays.

Issue 1

The Spiral Staircase 1 was published in August 1989 and contains 52 pages. It has fiction by Gwen Lord, Mary Page, Lisa Whiting, Joanne Gillmeister, Karen Freiman, Dariene Little, and Thomas A. Cameron. It has art by Dariene Little, Sandra Parker, Mary Page, and Beverly Parker. This zine contains a miscellany of fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork (including some art and writing by children).

This zine contains a mixed bag of stories from all seasons . In some stories Vincent and Catherine consummate their love; in another, Vincent begins to move past his grief to begin a new relationship (not Diana). One story features Mouse. [1]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

The series as a whole is a miscellany of fiction, poetry, essays, and mix of very amateur artwork (including some art and writing by children) and the work of such artists as Pam Tuck and Barb Gipson. Good-natured and loving tributes to B&B. [2]

Issue 2

The Spiral Staircase 2 was published in 1990 and contains 107 pages. Art by Pam Tuck, Jan Durr, Kay Leonard, Mary Page, Karen Jones, Kathy Palumbo, J. Jung, Yasmin ; Reboe, and Sandra Parker.

Authors are Sandra Orr, Gwen Neilson, Mary Page, Sylvia Fisher, Christopher Papps, Karen Jones, Donna Croft, Janet Knights, Sandra Parker, Dariene Little, Joanne Gillmeister, Ashley Neilson, Colleen Hillerup, and Lyn Roewade.

  • And Lovers Be Found by Sylvia Witt Fisher
  • A Study of Character Mouse by Sandra Parker
  • And Other Palms Were Won by Lyn Roewade
  • Changes by Colleen Hillerup
  • Daily Routine Below by Gwen Neilson
  • Fatherhood by Joane Gillmeister
  • Fever by Sandra Parker
  • Lovelorn Mouse by Donna Croft
  • New Life, New Beginning by Sandra Orr
  • The Grandmother by Karen Jones
  • Together Forever by Gwen Neilson

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Like Volume 1, this zine contains something for everyone. Several stories rewrite the events of 3rd season or its aftermath. In one, it turns out Catherine dreamed her death while, in another story line, Vincent and Diana move toward a relationship. Also contains a crossword puzzle and trivia game. [3]

Issue 3

The Spiral Staircase 3 was published in 1990 (?) and contains 120 pages.

A miscellany of fiction, poetry, LOCs, essays, and artwork. Also trivia, a crossword puzzle, character study of Elliot, a movie review ("Mr. Destiny"), discussion of an episode, and a report on a convention. This issue is mainly 4th season; no SND, but Diana appears as a friend . One story, "Resurgat" by Roewade, a serial continued in later zines; in this segment, Diana encourages Vincent to seek a college degree by mail. In "Legacy" by Sandra Orr, Vincent, Jennie and Nancy comfort one another on the anniversary of Catherine's death. In Roewade's story, "Return from Yesterday," Devin rescues Vincent from the emotional backlash that followed "The Hollow Men." [4]
  • A Personal Study, a Time to Heal by Sandra Parker
  • A Study of Character, Elliot Burch by Sandra Parker
  • Fashions from Below by Gwen Neilson
  • Legacy by Sandra Orr
  • Resurgat by Lyn Roewade
  • Summer Vacation by Sandra Orr
  • The Introduction by Gwen Neilson
  • You Are a Mirror to Me, Elliot Burch by Davie Roewade
  • Just a Fantasy by Sandra Parker
  • Vincent's Note by Ashley Neilson, age 6

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

A miscellany of fiction, poetry, LOCs, essays, and mix of very amateur artwork and the work of better-known fan artists including Pam Tuck and Barb Gipson. Some writing & art by children. Also trivia, a crossword puzzle, character study of Elliot, a movie review (Mr. Destiny), discussion of an episode, a report on a convention, and the kitchen sink. Good-natured and loving tributes to B&B. This issue is mainly 4th season; no SND, but Diana appears only as a friend. A strong story is “Resurgat” by Roewade, a serial continued in later zines; in this segment, Diana encourages Vincent to seek a college degree by mail. In “Legacy” by Sandra Orr, Vincent, Jennie and Nancy comfort one another on the anniversary of Catherine's death. In Roewade's strong story, “Return from Yesterday,” Devin rescues Vincent from the emotional backlash that followed “The Hollow Men.” Not a polished zine, but pleasant reading. [5]

Issue 4

The Spiral Staircase 4

  • A Study of Character Study, Mary by Sandra Parker
  • Courage Loyalty and Love by Gwen Neilson
  • Dusty by Darlene Little
  • Silent Truths by Sandra Orr
  • The Voice of the Charmer by Lyn Roewade and pat Dhillon

Issue 5

The Spiral Staircase 5 was published in summer 1991 and contains 109 pages. Art Information: Includes work by Beth Blighton and Pam Tuck, among others.

  • From the Ashes by Sandra Orr
  • Look Ahead to Happiness by Gwen Neilson
  • Not Again by Lyn Roewade and Pat Dhillon
  • The Gift by Sandra Orr
  • Truly Blessed by Sandra Parker
  • Hope by Roberta Swinson
  • A Beauty and the Beast Tale by Shannon Little, age 7
  • Kaleidoscope of Voices by Lyn Roewade
  • A Study in Character, Pascal by Sandra Parker

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

This interesting and more consistent issue of this all-season Canadian zine continues two serials and has the usual mix of crosswords, puzzles, “sightings” of B&B castmembers, fiction, and poetry. Artwork here includes work by Beth Blighton and Pam Tuck, among others. In Chapter 3 of Roewade's serial “Resurgat,” Elliot tours Below and Vincent and Charles are injured in a tunnel accident. In Sandra Orr's “The Gift,” Catherine's spirit comes to inhabit dying Diana's body. Other fiction (Roberta Swinson's “Hope,” for instance) begins to suggest that Vincent “moves on” to loving Diana. “Look Ahead to Happiness” by Gwen Neilson has blind Kayla trying to adjust to life Below, with the help of Mouse. In the long story “From the Ashes,” Sandra Orr has Vincent collapse, sick, after Ashes, Ashes, to be tended...and bedded...by Catherine. Other fiction by Pat Dhillon and Darlene Little. Sandra Parker offers a profile of Pascal and, in “Truly Blessed,” throws Vincent a lavish surprise 4th season birthday party. Poetry by Sandra Parker, Darlene Little, and David Roewade. [6]

Issue 6

The Spiral Staircase 6 was published in spring 1992 and contains 106 pages. Art Information: Belinda Wojcik, Beth Blighton, Sandra Parker, Pam Tuck, others.

  • A Study of Character, Jamie by Sandra Parker
  • Among the Stars by Gwen Neilson
  • Begger's Comet by Gwen Neilson
  • Dancing Lights by Sandra Parker
  • Nor Space and Time by Sandra Orr
  • To Dream Again by Sandra Orr

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

This catchall all-season Canadian zine becomes more interesting and polished with each issue. Besides trivia quizzes, cartoons, crosswords, brief essays, and other miscellany, this volume definitely signals reciprocated V/D romance, but there are also Classic stories, too. In Chapter 4 of Roewade's “Resurgat,” Vincent and Charles convalesce from their injuries...Vincent, with Diana's help. Sandra Orr's “To Dream Again” has V dying after the Trilogy, then reviving months later, to rejoin C before the birth of their child. Orr also offers “Nor Space and Time,” a B&B/STNG crossover story. Chapter 5 of Gwen Nielson's “Among the Stars” tells of V's encounter with extraterrestri-als. In Sandra Parker's “Dancing Lights,” V and the children Below have a wonderful 4th season encounter with strange, but natural, lights. Art by Belinda Wojcik, Beth Blighton, Sandra Parker, Pam Tuck, others. Poetry by Mary Page and David Roewade. [7]

Issue 7

The Spiral Staircase 7 was published in summer 1992 and contains 115 pages. Art Information: Pam Tuck, Mary Page, Beth Blighton, J. Jung, Sandra Parker.

  • No Dominion by Sandra Orr
  • The Final Message by Mary Page
  • A Traveller from an Antique Land by Sheila Waters
  • One Day in the Life of Young Jacob by Marguerite Bray
  • Destiny Fulfilled by Gwen Neilson
  • Galen by Timothy Little
  • A Personal Study, Ashes, Ashes by Sandra Orr
  • Fate's Hand by Sandra Orr

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

The usual miscellany. Stories include “Galen,” a 4th season story by Timothy J. Little in which Peter mistakenly rescues an injured double for Vincent and returns him to the tunnels, causing much humorous confusion. Sandra Orr's “Fate's Hand” spins off the pilot: Catherine was returned home, never having seen Vincent. They meet, instead, in the aftermath of “Nor Iron Bars A Cage,” after which V recuperates in C's apartment. In Orr's SND “No Dominion” C recovers, with difficulty, her memory of her past life...and V. Mary Page's “The Final Message” is from Elliot to V, after C's death. In Sheila Waters' “A Traveler from an Antique Land,” V meets a female lookalike and learns some secrets about his origins. “Only One Day in the Life of Young Jacob” by Marguerite Bray shows that life as filled with mischief and love. In the serials, Gwen Neilson's “Destiny Fulfilled” gives further developments of V's alien kin and in Roewade's “Resurgat,” V/D romance finally blooms. Sandra Parker discusses “Ashes, Ashes.” There are more “sightings” of former B&B castmembers and the usual puzzle, crossword, etc. Art in this issue is particularly nice, with work by Pam Tuck, Mary Page, Beth Blighton, J. Jung, Sandra Parker. Poetry by David Roewade, Sandra Parker. [8]

Issue 8

The Spiral Staircase 8 was published in winter 1993 and contains 92 pages. Art Information: Pam Tuck, Mary Page, J. Jung, Sandra Parker.

  • Destiny by Sandra Orr
  • A Christmas Fairy Tale by Barbara Hill
  • A Dream Come True by Gwen Neilson
  • A Study of Character, Joe Maxwell by Sandra Parker
  • Beacon of Light by Marilyn Mastin
  • Omega by Sheila Waters
  • The Sacrifice by Sheila Waters
  • To Follow Your Dreams by Sandra Orr
  • Vincentastic Surprise of Lyn Roewade

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

Maintains this series' standard for diversity and inventiveness. In the final chapter of Gwen Nielson's “A Dream Come True,” V and extraterrestrial lover Taiyanna marry and contemplate their future as two people from (literally) different worlds. Chapter 6 of Roewade's 4th season serial “Resurgat” describes Diana and Vincent combining to rescue Zack [sic] from a ring of child molesters, and V comforting Zack after this traumatic ordeal. In Sandra Orr's “To Follow Your Dreams,” V rescues C from Gabriel's skyscraper (which is then destroyed by divine lightning, thanks to Narcissa's intervention!) before she goes into labor and later stands by her through the birth of their child and the difficulties of letting those above know C isn't dead. And in Orr's “Destiny,” Gabriel escapes with Jacob/Julian after C's death, but the bond between father and son proves stronger than anyone could have imagined, with a surprising outcome when Gabriel and his entourage at last return from Europe to New York. There's a character sketch of Joe Maxwell by Sandra Parker and brief vignettes by Marilyn Mastin, Sheila Waters, Barbara Hill, and Roewade. David Roewade provides poetry, as do Lyn Roewade and Mary Page. As usual, there are puzzles and sightings. Art by Pam Tuck (a striking picture of V running!), Mary Page, J. Jung, Sandra Parker.[9]

Issue 9

The Spiral Staircase 9 was published in winter 1994 and contains 101 pages. Art Information: Pam Tuck, Mary Page, Jan Durr, Kathy Palumbo, Bev Ingle, Barb Gipson, M. J. Bray, J. Jung, Sandra Parker.

  • Chronicler by Joanne Gillmeister
  • Episode Study, Song of Orpheus by Sandra Parker
  • Hindsight by Sandra Orr
  • I Know Who You Are by Sheila Waters
  • Once Upon a Hot Roof by Rhonda Collins
  • Out of Friendship by Sandra Orr
  • Wot No Third Season by Janet Kilbourne

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

In this especially strong outing of this potpourri all-season zine, there's much to enjoy. And, in this series' continuing stories, much to look forward to, as well, in future issues.

There's the usual miscellany: sightings and current doings of B&B castmembers; a crossword; a trivia quiz; some cartoons and limericks (by L. Roewade); discussion of "Song of Orpheus" by Sandra Parker. Particularly thought-provoking in this miscellany is a well reasoned and well put essay on the reasons for, and dramatic effectiveness of, B&B's controversial 3rd season, by Janet Kilbourne. It complements Sheila Waters' appraisal of the divisive tendencies that sometimes surface within the fandom and her appeal for charity, helpfulness, and toleranceÞthe values of the tunnel community (reviewer's comment, not Waters'). Sue Haley provides Vincent's journal musings about what Winslow meant to the community.

In the fiction, in "Chronicler," Joanne Gillmeister tells of Amanda Danning, writer and helper, who's recruited by Father to write down the stories, the history, of the tunnels. Amanda accepts the chore eagerly, not least because it promises opportunities to be around Vincent. Rhonda Collins' lighthearted anecdote " Once Upon a Hot Roof" describes Diana's unconventional method of getting Vincent to remove some of the stifling layers of clothes during a NY heatwave. The newest chapter of Roewade's continuing story "Resurgat" has Vincent and Diana quietly sightseeing through the tunnels and, prodded by Narcissa, about to enter a new phase in their relationship.

Sandra Orr's "Out of Friendship" posits a different, and less difficult, progression from friendship to love between V/C, starting in the pilot. Orr's "Hindsight" has C blackmailed into marriageÞnot only loveless but sexlessÞwith Elliot, who comes to regret mightily (and for reasons you won't guess) his breaking their agreement by attempting to rape her. Roe¬wade's "The Second Blossoming" has V rather bemusedly acting as confidante and go-between for uncertain lovers Cullen and Sarah. And in the zine's final story, "I Know Who You Are" by Sheila Waters (reprinted from a British zine), toddler Jacob's display of increasingly aggressive tendencies troubles V, who fears they are a mirror of his own dark Beast nature surfacing in the child, otherwise seemingly so normal. Poetry by Tom Shapiro and Ron Hellard, David Roewade, Junior Charles, and Sandra Parker. Art by Pam Tuck, Mary Page, Jan Durr, Kathy Palumbo, Bev Ingle, Barb Gipson, M. J. Bray, J. Jung, Sandra Parker. Highly enjoyable. [10]

Issue 10

The Spiral Staircase 10 was published in winter 1995 and contains 69 pages. Art information: Artwork by Pam Tuck, Mary Page, Rhonda Collins, M. J. Bray, J. Jung, and Sandra Parker.

  • A Stain on His Character by Lyn Roewade
  • Happily Ever After by Sandra Orr
  • What is It all About by Sue Evans
  • Father, the Outcast Creator by Janet Kilbourne

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

This Canadian all-season zine has become a happily anticipated annual pleasure for many. This issue concludes Roewade's V/D novelette, "Resurgat." In the present installment, Vincent completes his absentee college studies, comes to a new understanding with Diana, and accepts his right to have, and claim, a life of his own, in addition to his role as a member of the tunnel community.

Sandra Orr's "Happily Ever After" presents Vincent's twin, David, whose empathic sense, more intense than Vincent's, has become a debilitating curse that has exiled him from nearly all human contact. But in the wake of Vincent's recovery of Jacob, David is astonished and gratified to find the nearness of one person—Diana makes his awareness of others' pain magically and blessedly vanish. And if that were not enough happiness in a single story, Joe Maxwell unwillingly reveals that Catherine is alive, comatose, and all hasten to recover her to the world of the living and loving.

In Roewade's "A Stain on His Character," Elliot Burch, now living Below, justifies himself concerning the first and second season events that gave people of the tunnel community a negative impression of him without understanding his perspective on things.

British writer Janet Kilbourne discusses Father's role in the community and treatment of Vincent in "Father—the Outcast Creator," an essay. In another essay "What It Is All About" Sue Evans emphasizes third's season's theme of transcending sorrow and suffering as a vital component of Beauty and the Beast as a whole and a valuable perspective on life for those who love the series. Also several poems by David Roewade and other poems whose author(s?) isn't identified. A cartoon, a word search game, and sightings of cast members are also included. Artwork by Pam Tuck, Mary Page, Rhonda Collins, M. J. Bray, J. Jung, and Sandra Parker. [11]

References

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  2. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  3. from The Beauty and the Beast Buyer's Guide to Fanzines
  4. from the Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review Online
  5. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  6. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  7. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  8. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  9. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  10. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite
  11. from Helpers' Network Quality Fanzine Review -- 1997; WebCite