more bits and pieces
It was always my intention to continue with Five Hundred Eyes, but in the autumn of
1990, with FHE5 put to bed, I sold out and became involved in the sordid world of
pro-zines in the form of DWB. As this consumed first my time and then my enthusiasm for
all things zineish, the inevitable issue six never actually happened.
But there were a few bits and pieces that I'd cobbled together more in hope than
expectation, and in due course, some of them may find their way here ...
Licence Denied ...
Back in the late 90s, Paul Cornell's gorgeous Licence Denied reprinted a couple of FHE
articles (1001 things more enjoyable than watching 'Time and
the Rani' and, bizarrely, the issue five index, since you ask).
Paul asked me for a contact address to go into the book, in case readers wanted to buy an
issue - to which, of course, being a grasping editor, I readily agreed.
Now this is where it gets complicated. I was about to move house, and wasn't sure what
my address would be - certainly not for the lifespan of the book. So I gave him my
parents' address in Yorkshire.
And then my parents decided to move.
Now a few letters of appreciation came my way. Even better, a few cheques. But I have a
horrible feeling that a lot more got lost in the various moves. So if you sent me a letter
all those years ago and I didn't reply, I'm sorry ... but I wasn't really ignoring you.
And now through the magic of the internet I can explain it all, and beg your
forgiveness, and say that I do actually have a handful of copies of issue five under the
spare room bed. So if you would like a physical copy of FHE5, in all its smudgy
toilet-paper glory, rather than just the easy-to-read electronic version here, drop me a line
Oh, the shame of it. But yes, I am that sad that I've made my own covers for my recordings of the current Doctor Who
series. And some old stories as well. And worse, in a tragically retro mid-80s BBC Video
style. I do believe that's unique. And if it isn't, it should be.
View the covers, if you must ...