Raising Hell 3

Mini Review by Sarah Thompson

One of my acquisitions at MediaWest was the one issue in this series that I was missing. I see now why I hadn't acquired it earlier-- unlike most of the other issues of this zine, it has no pretty Suzan Lovett cover to catch the eye. There are some good stories, though.

Two of the stories could easily have gone into an adult zine. "Jenna's Fortune" includes some fairly explicit Blake/Jenna scenes. "Last Dance" is a Vila/Kerril vignette; this is the story that explains why they put all their clothes back on after making love. It's short and not explicit, but it sticks in the mind; I've heard a number of people refer to it fondly.

The two stories by Pat Patera, one A-B and one A-V, have a very slashy feel to them and are recommended for slash fans who also like gen stories with intense m-m interactions.

The most unusual story is "End of the Line," a PGP in which Vila and Dayna appear at first to be the only survivors of GP-- and Dayna has been horribly transformed by Dorian's basement. Strong and well-written! I'm fascinated by the few stories that show us Dayna's dark side; Lorna's "Avenging Angel" in Zen and the Art of Rebellion #2 is another excellent example.

This zine fits interestingly into the Tarot discussion. Not only does it include Ann Schwader's cycle of Tarot poems, but the story "Jenna's Fortune" also includes a "Federation Tarot" that figures in the story.


Editor/publisher: Wendy Rathbone (Poway, CA)
Available from: MKASHEF Enterprises
Date: May 1990

Ruth Berman, "Jenna's Fortune" (S1-S5; J; B/J)
Jean B. Hubb, "The Wages of Sin" (S3)
Jean Lorrah, "Homecoming" (S5; alt-Uncertain Alliances universe; sequel to "The Mutoid" by Adrian Morgan and Brendan O'Cullane in Raising Hell #2)
Lorna Breshears, "Passion Play" (S5)
Ruth Berman, "Battle Stations" (S2; post-Star One)
Pat Patera, "Inner Space" (S5; A-B)
Pat Patera, "Quicksilver" (S3; post-Rumours; A-V)
Virginia Waldron, "End of the Line" (alt-S4, S5; V-D; vampires)
Lorna Breshears, "Last Dance" (S3; City; V/Kerril)

Zine ads

Lorna Breshears, "Sarcophagus: Triad"
Ruth Berman, "The Watchers at the Window"
Ann K. Schwader, "A Rebel Tarot"
"King of Swords (Avon)"
"VII: The Chariot (Blake)"
"I: The Magician: Vila"
"Queen of Cups (Cally)"
"Queen of Pentacles (Jenna)"
"VIII: Strength (Gan)"
"XV: The Devil (Travis)"
"Queen of Swords Reversed (Servalan)"
Pat Patera, "Innerspace"
Pat Patera, "Cats"
Anne Collins Smith, "Last Impressons"

"GD" pp. 1, 3, 43 decorative designs
Suzan Lovett p. 5 A-B (same as cover of #2)
? pp. 44-51 Tarot cards
? p. 77 decoration for "Innerspace"

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