Within the Crystal Rose

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Title: Within the Crystal Rose
Publisher: Mountain Rose Press
Editor(s): Margaret Davis
Date(s): 1990-1994
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (TV)
Language: English
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Within the Crystal Rose is a het Beauty and the Beast anthology edited by Margaret Davis.

cover of issue #1, J. Ley

Issue 1

Within the Crystal Rose 1 was published in May 1990 and has 175 pages. Art by J. Ley, interior art by Phyllis Berwick, Dragon, Barbara Gipson, Kevin, K. Jacobson, J. Ley, Pilgum, Holly Reidel, Star, Chris Schacter, Maggie Wade. Contributors include Erica Aquilar, Gina Alkazian, Bobbi, Eleanor Clark, Beth Druham, Anita Hooson, Kerin Rose Houseburg, Kathy Jacobson, Roxanne Shearer Koogler, Linda Money, Kathie Ono, Kay Simon, Lisa K. Wildman.

a flyer for issue #1
No 3rd season in this zine. Story lines include: Vincent rescues Joe; an alternate ending to 'TRIS'; Stephen Bass returns to torment Catherine (continued in Volume 2); Vincent helps Catherine grieve for her father; and Vincent and Catherine marry and have a child. Jenny Aronson appears also. Nice, sweet stories.[1]
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Meet the Contributors (2)
  • Longings of My Heart by Margaret Davis (4)
  • Catherine's Egg by Linda Mooney (5)
  • I Know Your Soul by Erica Aguilar (9)
  • Litany by Gina Alkazian (10)
  • Images Within by K. Jacobson (11)
  • Whispers by Gina Alkazian (12)
  • Blackout by BeeDrew (Joe is trapped in a subway tunnel during a power outage. Vincent rescues him when he is mugged.) (14)
  • Lionheart by Roxanne Shearer Koogler (36)
  • Vincent by Kerin Rose Houseburg (37)
  • Soulmate by Gina Alkazian (39)
  • Nonie by Linda Mooney (40)
  • The Forbidden by Kerin Rose Houseburg (45)
  • The Mirror Pool by Kerin Rose Houseburg (45)
  • Tunnel Children by Lisa K. Wildman (47)
  • Beyond Silence by Eleanor Clark (48)
  • Wonderment by Bobbi (79)
  • This Secret Place by Kerin Rose Houseburg (79)
  • Revenge, part I by Margaret Davis (This is the story of Steven Bass and what happened to him after Catherine stopped Vincent from killing him.) (80)
  • That I Might Touch That Cheek by Roxanne Shearer Koogler (94)
  • In Memory of Charles Chandler by Margaret Davis (95)
  • Reflections on a Crystal Rose by Margaret Davis (Vincent gives a special token to Catherine as she grieves for her father a year after his death.) (96)
  • A Challenge to Love by Bobbi (116)
  • The Joining by Margaret Davis (117)
  • Beauty by Kerin Rose Houseburg (128)
  • The Beastly Love by Lisa K. Wildman (129)
  • The Facts of Love by Kathie Ono (130)
  • The Candlemaker by Kay Simon (The story of Rebecca who makes the Winterfest candles.) (136)
  • The Wells Family Chronicles by Margaret Clark (144)
  • A Silent Joining by Gina Alkazian (155)
  • A Life Together by Anita M. Hooson (156)


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

A choice collection of short stories, mainly concerning Vincent's past. The series overall is Continued Classic in an alternative timeline to 3rd season. [2]

Issue 2

Within the Crystal Rose 2 was published in November 1990 and contains 187 pages. Cover by Phyllis Berwick, art by Berwick, Dragon, Barbara Gipson, Kerin Rose Houseburg, Shirley Leonard, J. Ley, Paula Ollie, Holly Reidel, Chris Schacter, Star, Maggie Wade, Lisa K.Wildman. Contributors include Eleanor Clark, Beth Druhan, Anita Hooson, Kerin Rose Houseburg, Linda Jordan, Roxanne Shearer Koogler, Marilynn, Winifred McBeth, Linda Mooney, Sandra Saidak, Lisa M. Schroeder, Kay Simon, Adele Turner, Lisa K. Wildman.

cover of issue #2, Phyliss Berwick
Continuing the plotlines from WCR-1. Some explore the histories of the tunnel people.[3]
  • Spring Break by Margaret Davis (A new Tunnel dweller misses the green of Above and Eric has persuaded Father that Below classes need a Spring Break.)
  • Revenge, Part II by Margaret Davis and BeeDrew
  • Artemis Below by Linda Mooney
  • Beloved Friends by Sandra Saidak
  • From the Mouth of Babes by Kathie Ono
  • Happily Ever After by Adele Turner (reprinted in slightly altered form in Love Songs #1)
  • Living the Dream by Anita Hoosen
  • Puccini and Pipes by Margaret Davis
  • Reprise Lisa's Legacy, Samantha's Toe Shoes by Margaret Davis
  • The Real Fairy Tale by Kay Simon
  • Wells Family Chronicles by Margaret Davis

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

This well-written collection of stories includes Part 2 of 'Revenge' and 'Wells Family Chronicles.' The latter consists of journal entries detailing the day-to-day events of life as Catherine and Vincent raise their two children. This volume also includes storylines concerning some of the Tunnel inhabitants and Vincent's childhood. [4]



Issue 3

Within the Crystal Rose 3 was published in April 1991 and contains 198 pages. Cover by Barbara Gipson, art by Phyllis Berwick, Belen, Dragon, Gipson, Bruce Hoiroyd, Kerin Rose Houseburg, Kathy Jacobson, Jackie Kapke, Shirley Leonard, Lyndsay, Jeanne McClure, Paula Ollie, Chris Schacter, Janine Wills, Kathy Wooding. It has contributions by Mohamed Alkhoudairy, Belen, Laura Darus, Beth Druhan, Anita Hooson, Roxanne Shearer Koogler, Linda Mooney, Katrina Relf, Kay Simon, among others.

cover of issue #3, Barbara Gipson
Volume 3 continues its focus on the Tunnel world and its inhabitants. Story lines include: Vincent as a child; the capture and taming of Mouse; and more 'Wells Family Chronicles.' In 'So Much for a Romantic Interlude,' Catherine discovers a drunken Vincent really can't sing![5]
  • Siege of Flowers by BeeDrew
  • A Small Adventure by Anita Hoosen
  • Close Call by Kay Simon
  • Laundry Duty by Linda Mooney
  • Me and the Boy by Margaret Davis
  • Memories by Sue Regan
  • New Friends by Karen Morgia
  • On the Wings of Darkness by Margaret Davis
  • Rivals by Barbara E. Trimble
  • Shadowheart by Laura Davis
  • So Much for a Romantic Interlude by Debora Maureen Eaton
  • Soul Shadow by Linda Jordon
  • The Ceremony by Laura Davis
  • The Message by Karen Witkowski
  • Understudy by Roxanne Shearer Koogler

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Continuation of this series reaches new artistic levels. It's turning into a truly charming, must-buy series. [6]



Issue 4

Within the Crystal Rose 4 was published in September 1991 and contains 179 pages. Artwork by Phyllis Berwick, Belen, Dragon (cover), Barbara Gudlauski, Bruce Holroyd, Kathy Jacobson, Jacquelyn Kapke, Shirley Leonard, Diane Leva, Judy Ley, Lyndsay, Jeanne McClure, Paula Ollie, Chris Schacter, Sandy (Chandler) Shelton, Kathy Wooding.

cover of issue #4, Barbara Gipson
In this fourth volume of the series, several stories focus on Mouse and some original characters that impact the Tunnel world. There is also another installment o f the 'Wells Family Chronicles' and the short story, 'She Loves You,' wherein Vincent and Catherine come close to having their first fight. The Tunnels also face a crisis of the first magnitude in 'Gone' - Father runs out of tea! [7]
  • Family Pride by Winifred McBeth
  • Au Lait by Linda Mooney
  • Family's Christmas Gift by Margaret Davis
  • Gone by Roxanne Shearer Koogler
  • Never Again by Jessica Payne and Margaret Davis
  • Over the Hills and Far Way by Amy Bechtel
  • The Secret by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn
  • She Loves You by Anita Hooson
  • The Storyteller by Laura Davis
  • The Secret by Dianne Smith and Pat Dunn
  • an excerpt from the "Wells Family Chronicles" by Margaret Davis
  • poetry by Katherine Garnett, Linda Jordan, Winifred McBeth, Phyliss Amason, Dee Bronson, Kerin Houseburg, Kay Simon, Katrina Relf, MariLynn


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

A pleasant mix of stories, good poetry, and vignettes, effectively illustrated by a roster of good artists.

A notable anecdote involves Egyptian myths of lion-headed divinities (“Family Pride” by Winifred McBeth). Notable among the full stories are “Over the Hills and Far Away” by Amy Bechtel, about Mouse's troubling recollection of his past; “The Secret” by Diana Smith & Pat Dunn, in which Mouse rescues street-waif Molly, setting up a continuing storyline; a gentle and perceptive story of V/C unhappiness and reconciliation, “She Loves You” by Anita Hooson. Also an excerpt from the “Wells Family Chronicles” by Margaret Davis, a continuing feature. Other fiction contributors include Jessica Payne, Laura Davis, Linda Mooney, Roxanne Shearer Koogler. Poetry by Katherine Garnett, Linda Jordan, Winifred McBeth, Phyliss Amason (some fine haikus), Dee Bronson, Kerin Houseburg, Kay Simon, Katrina Relf, MariLynn. Artwork by Phyllis Berwick, Belen, Dragon (cover), Barbara Gudlauski, Bruce Holroyd, Kathy Jacobson, Jacquelyn Kapke, Shirley Leonard, Diane Leva, Judy Ley, Lyndsay, Jeanne McClure, Paula Ollie, Chris Schacter, Sandy (Chandler) Shelton, Kathy Wooding. As always, well edited and presented, raising it a cut above average.

[8]

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Rita Terrell

Within the Crystal Rose 5 was published in May 1992 and contains 170 pages. Art Information: Amy Bechtel, Phyllis Berwick, Duke Cullen, Stephanie Davis, Barb Gipson, Barbara Gudlauski, Bruce Holroyd, Kathy Jacobson, Jackie Kapke, Shirley Leonard, Judy Ley, Lyndsay, Holly Reidel, Chris Schacter, Amber Shelton, Sandy Chandler Shelton, Rita Terrell (cover), Sandy Tew, Kathy Wooding.

  • Voices from the Past by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn
  • Boo by Roxanne Shearer Koogler
  • Dear Diary by Margaret Daivs
  • Music Lesson by Laura Davis
  • Dark of the Heart by Laura Davis
  • Tears by Linda Mooney
  • The Dark at the End of the Tunnel by Kay Simon
  • The Most Precious Gift by Stephanie Davis
  • Wells Family Chronicles by Margaret Davis
  • Change of Life by Margaret Davis
  • Star Light, Star Bright by Anna Gerard
  • poetry by Bruce Holroyd, Dee Bronson, Katherine Garnett, MariLynn, Linda Jordan, Randie Pressman, and Kerin Houseburg.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

This volume offers two V-childhood stories by Stephanie Davis and Roxanne Koogler. Diana Smith and Pat Dunn, in “Voices from the Past,” offer a thoughtful, interesting frame story in which Father, severely ill, remembers moments from the tunnels' founding days. In Laura Davis' brief but strong “Dark of the Heart,” the child who shot Vincent in The Outsiders is at last integrated into the tunnel community. In Linda Mooney's “Tears,” Paracelsus' followers pose a threat even after his death (striking art for this story by Duke); in Kay Simon's “The Dark at the End of the Tunnel,” C attempts to discover who's polluting the tunnels' water supply; in “Change of Life,” V/C have some anxious moments as daughter Jenni cannot be found (striking art here from Bruce Holroyd) and C finds her life changed in a remarkable way. Vignettes by Laura Davis and Anna Gerard and another segment of the Wells Family Chronicles, this time excerpts from the diary of Jessica Caroline Wells' (V/C's adopted daughter), giving glimpses of daily life including the children's bout with “chicken pops,” and, later, V/C's diary exchanges. [9]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Dragon

Within the Crystal Rose 6 was published in June 1992 and contains 172 pages. Art by Barbara Gipson, Amy Bechtel, Phyllis Berwick, Dragon (cover), Barbara Gudlauski, Bruce Holroyd, Kerin Houseburg, Kathy Jacobson, Jackie Kapke, Shirley Leonard, Judy Ley, Holly Riedel, Chris Schacter, Sandy Chandler Shelton, Sandy Tew, Kathy Wooding.

  • A Light Dusting by Caitlyn Jay
  • Father's Day by Krystin Wilhelm
  • I Wished that It Was You by Jackie Kapke
  • Loving Glimpes by Katherine Garnett
  • Frank Buck Lives by Betty Reardon
  • Riches by Anna Gerard and Becky Bain
  • Yesterday's Son by Lisa Wildman
  • A Midsummer Night by E. Wyllis
  • Be My Valentine by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn
  • The Whispering Gallery by Bruce W. Holroyd
  • an excerpt from "Wells Family Chronicles" by Margaret Davis
  • Let Down Your Hair by Roxanne Shearer Koogler
  • Flower Power by Karen Morgia
  • Capricorn by Linda Mooney
  • poetry by Katherine Garnett, Phyliss Amason, Katarina Relf, Karen Witkoswki, Randie Pressman, Kay Simon, Lisa Wildman

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

This volume offers Betty Reardon's “Frank Buck Lives,” a charming and pointed child-Vincent story of the differing perspectives of children and adults; in “Riches,” Anna Gerard recounts the adventures of Geoffrey and Samantha in replacing one of Father's books; Lisa Wildman's “Yesterday's Son,” in which C investigates the death of a man who was apparently Father's son; E. Wyllis' "A Midsummer Night,” flashes back to the celebration of V's recovery from his Trilogy illness and older memories lead to a difficult reconciliation with the past. Diana Smith and Pat Dunn, in “Be My Valentine,” chronicle Mouse's search for the perfect Valentine gifts to express his love for sweetheart Molly. Bruce Holroyd's strong and interesting “The Whispering Gallery” recounts the construction of its bridge. Another excerpt from Margaret Davis' “the Wells Family Chronicles.” Vignettes by Karen Morgia, Linda Mooney, Jackie Kapke, Roxanne Koogler, Katherine Garnett, Krystin Wilhelm, Caitlyn. [10]

Issue 7

Within the Crystal Rose 7 was published in July 1993 and contains 153 pages. Art by Kerin Houseberg, Barbara G., Barbara Gipson (cover and interior art), Sandy Tew, K. Jacobson, Michele West, Judy Ley, Phyllis Berwick, Amy Bechtel, Holly Reidel, S. Leonard. Also several unsigned drawings.

cover of issue #7, Barbara Gipson
  • Shadow of a Beast by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn (Shadow Chasers crossover) (reprinted in Crazy Quilt #4)
  • Little Boy Lost by Becky Bain
  • Brother, Mine by Michele Sayles
  • Against the Dying of the Light by Roxanne Shearer Koogler
  • Abandoned in Silence by Margaret Davis
  • In the Days of Yesteryear by Linda Mooney
  • Love Fruits by Katherine Garnett
  • Wells Family Chronicles by Margaret Davis
  • poetry by Jeanne C. Peters, Katherine Garnett, and Margaret Davis

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

Standout story here is Becky Bain's “Little Boy Lost,” in which, coming Below, C finds a nearly mute, terrified six (or so) year-old boy, Ross, who's obviously been mistreated. C-and C alone-wins his trust and ushers this all but feral child into the care of the world Below. This longish, utterly unsentimental story is full of well observed and well invented detail, utterly convincing, and shows C/V's dedicated concern for children. Also memorable are Michele Sayles' “Brother, Mine,” an account of very young Devin's feelings of resentful neglect when newborn V takes all the adults' attention...and how Devin is reconciled to the strange foundling and makes his own special contribution. In “Against the Dying of the Light,” Roxanne Shearer Koogler offers V/C daughter Jessica's fear that Rollie's succumbing to complications of AIDS might have been her fault, because she'd gone for her piano lesson while recovering from illness, against C's specific instructions. Margaret Davis' “Abandoned In Silence” is a flashback story: as C tries to rest while V watches over her, apparently after being attacked in her apartment during “An Impossible Silence,” V helps her forget her pain by telling her (a flashback) the story of how Laura first came to them and how he learned to speak to her. “Shadow of a Beast” by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn is a bouncy tale of close friends psychic investigator Jonathan MacKensie and tabloid journalist Edgar Benedek skulking around Central Park hoping to catch sight of “the man-beast.” Instead, Jonathan is mugged, shot, and then rescued by V. Then the problem arises: what to do with this seriously ill stranger in their midst, and what to do about his persistent, shamelessly energetic friend blundering around the tunnels, looking for him. Also fiction by Linda Mooney and Katherine Garnett. There's also another installment of the Wells Family Chronicles by Margaret Davis. Poetry by Jeanne C. Peters, Katherine Garnett, and Margaret Davis. Art (unlisted, so the Q-fer apologizes if anyone's left out or misidentified) by Kerin Houseberg, Barbara G., Barbara Gipson (that Barbara G.-another lady entirely: cover and 2 pieces of interior art), Sandy Tew, K. Jacobson, Michele West, Judy Ley, Phyllis Berwick, Amy Bechtel, Holly Reidel, S. Leonard. Also several unsigned drawings.[11]

Issue 8

Within the Crystal Rose 8 was published in July 1994 and contains 112 pages. Cover by Barbara Gipson. Art by Shirley Leonard, Dragon, Lisa Wildman, West (?), and a couple of unidentified others.

  • The Way Below by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn (Kung Fu: The Legend Continues crossover)
  • Rain by Amethyst Hart
  • Song of Arion by Amethyst Hart
  • The Choice by Becky Bain
  • Past and Forever by Katherine Garnett
  • Never Ready by Margaret Davis
  • poetry by Amethyst Hart, Dragon and MariLynn

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

This newest volume of this consistently enjoyable and well edited series has stories focusing more on peril and adventure than on romantic yearning. The longest story here is "The Way Below" by Diana Smith and Pat Dunn, a B&B/Kung Fu crossover in which Kwai Chang Caine and son Peter come to the Continued Classic tunnels so that the elder Caine can treat ailing Father. Peter becomes involved in a cave-in with V/C's adventuresome 5-year-old son Jacob. Some interesting parallels are drawn between Devin (who doesn't appear) and Peter, and their relationship with their fathers. Though more focused on the Kung Fu aspect than the B&B one, the story is well written and true to character. It's interesting reading despite some odd line breaks. Amethyst Hart has two stories here. Set following "Chamber Music" and the joyous rain during the concert, Hart's "Rain" is a brief, intense tale of flooding Below which catches Vincent, Catherine, and a party of children unprepared. Hart's "Song of Arion," set following "The Watcher," tells how dolphins help Catherine face her new-found dread of water due to her experience of drowning in that episode. Another story of danger and escape, Becky Bain's "The Choice" sets Vincent the task of leading Catherine, Father and some children to safety through an unexplored passage and across a dangerous ledge when flood threatens. The choice Vincent is presented with, and how he makes that choice, is the basis of a strongly dramatic and insightful story. Katherine Garnett's anecdote, "Past and Forever," affirms the possibility of finding true love, even for middle-aged storytellers. The zine concludes with Davis' "Never Ready," a Continued Classic tale in which Father is seriously ill and Catherine offers Vincent emotional support against the spectre of possible loss. Poetry by Amethyst Hart, Dragon, and MariLynn. Cover by Barbara Gipson. Art by Shirley Leonard, Dragon, Lisa Wildman, West (?), and a couple of unidentified others whose names the reviewer apologizes for being unable to decipher. [12]

References

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