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Darkfic recs, November 2000

Note: Some of these I could not find valid links for. If you have a link to any of those ones missing, please drop a comment & let me know! Also, if you know the ljs of any authors that I don't, let me know about that, too!

Rating system:
double espresso - espresso - espresso macchiato - cafe noir - cappucino - cafe latte - cafe au lait


Blasphemy, by The Spike (spike21).
Fandom: Brimstone.
Pairing(s): Stone/Devil.
Darkfic Rating: Cappucino.
I first became aware of Spike's work in JarJar slash, and have been an admirer ever since. This is a neat little piece of power-trip sex, very short, very subtle, with a fantastic ending.

Mutually Assured Destruction, by Viridian5 (viridian5).
Fandom: X-Files/Fight Club.
Pairing(s): Krycek/Tyler.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe noir.
The second in Viridian5's Two-Faced series showcases the twisted sides of two characters who will use anything, including sex, to really mess things up. Contains major spoilers for Fight Club.

Adam, by Russet McMillan.
Fandom: Highlander.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe latte.
I'm grumpy because I thought of the idea of hitchhiking Immortals two days before I found this story. I doubt, however, that I'd have dared to give it the unpleasant little twist that Russet does, turning a great concept into a great tragedy.

Apprentices Old and New, by Basingstoke (basingstoke).
Fandom: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Pairing(s): Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan implied.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe noir.
Another Dead Padawan Society story, one that I think deserves special mention. A refreshingly strange view of a Jedi master, with some lovely sense-imagery.

Clueless, by Ann Wortham and Leah Rosenthal.
Fandom: Highlander.
Pairing(s): Methos/Alexa.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe au lait.
mecurtin claims it's too loony to be darkfic, but what do I care. I'm glad she found it again, because I'd forgotten to bookmark the sucker--and I'm not above a little humor in my darkfic. Anyway, in this delightful little thing, Alexa Bond isn't quite what you might think....

Kind of Perfect, by Anagi.
Fandom: Due South.
Pairing(s): Fraser/RayK.
Darkfic Rating: Double espresso.
A brilliantly messed up little thing. Absolutely lovely. I wish it were longer, just so I could revel in the messed-up-edness. basingstoke told me I'd like this one in particular, and--as always--she was right.

Unbearable, by LaT (latxcvi).
Fandom: Due South.
Pairing: Fraser/RayK.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso.
If I were demented enough to let my suicide and necrophilia stories mate and have little stories, and if I were a better writer than I am, and if I wrote Due South[1], this is what I'd wish I'd've written.

Paying Silence, by Mairead Triste (cimmerians).
Fandom: Sentinel.
Pairing(s): Jim/Blair.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso.
I have a Thing for repressed Jim stories, but this one goes beyond repression into pathology.

Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, by Wax Jism (wax_jism).
Fandom: X-Files.
Darkfic Rating: Double espresso.
Another Krycek tale--and I admit I'm a sucker for Stephen Crane titles--and this one is all about the interior life of a murderer. I like stories like that (as if you couldn't guess by the other stories on this page).

Dark Fire, by Debra Fran Baker (mamadeb).
Fandom: X-Files.
Pairing(s):Mulder/Krycek.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe latte.
Really just a brief character sketch that captures Alex Krycek in the moment of a kiss. Wish I could convince Deb to write truly dark fiction; she seems to shy away from it, despite obvious talents in that area. (She's going to hurt me for that...)

Millenium, by Sylvia Volk (sylviavolk2000).
Fandom: Highlander.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso.
One of the most interesting Gathering stories I've read. Sylvia has quite a knack for constructing tragedy, and this one is marvelous.

The Guilty Party, by Robin Lawrie and He Who is Without Sin, by Admiral TAG.
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Pairing(s): Riker/Picard, Picard/Crusher.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso.
Robin's story is Riker-centric, with an unusual but disturbingly plausible view of the character. I hate Riker stories, normally, but this one has stuck with me. The sequel, by Admiral TAG, is a Beverly Crusher story that is equally disturbing.

Terminus, by Judith Gran.
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series.
Pairing(s): Kirk/Spock.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe latte dark, espresso bleak.
This is one of the first K/S stories I can remember reading. I was in a programming class, and I completely ignored the lecture for almost a week finishing this story. It's more bleak than dark, but it tied me up inside for quite some time.

Beside the Wells (Version 1) and Beside the Wells (Version 2), by Jess in England.
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series.
Pairing(s): Kirk/?
Darkfic Rating: Espresso
AU. These paired stories have a very bitter bite to them. There are risks and consequences for those who enslave others, as one man finds out.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, by Halrloprillalar (prillalar).
Fandom: X-Files.
Pairing(s): Krycek/Pendrell.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe latte.
I can't recommend Hal's fiction highly enough. This particular piece is humor, done in true Hal style--that is, like no one else on this earth.

Contrition, by Ysanne.
Fandom: Highlander.
Darkfic Rating: Cappucino.
Yes, I'm on a Highlander kick. If your body cannot scar, how do you express the marks that pain has left on you?

Rightful, by Sleeps With Coyotes (ciceqi).
Fandom: Highlander.
Pairing(s): Duncan/Methos implied.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe au lait, with an espresso chaser.
Hey, it's my page, I can have as many recs of one author as I like. This one is short and sharp...and doesn't appear to be all that dark until you get to the end. Heh. Heh. Heh. Methos has Amanda steal him back something he lost, and he tells a story about how he acquired it originally.

Heart-Shaped Box, by Sleeps With Coyotes (ciceqi).
Fandom: Highlander.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso macchiato.
To explain my reaction to this would spoil it utterly. Tightly written, marvelously paced, and twisted through and through.

Golden Boy, by Jungle Kitty.
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series.
Pairing(s): Kirk/Spock, Kirk/m.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso macchiato.
A creepy, nasty alternate universe, where tragedy is the main course. I don't re-read this one often, because I always end up shell-shocked. Parts of the story are centered around "Journey to Babel"; the rest around Kirk's experiences at Starfleet Academy. Jungle Kitty weaves them together expertly and in unexpected ways.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue, by Gillian Leeds.
Fandom: Highlander.
Darkfic Rating: Double espresso.
I like my Methos to be more Death than Adam Pierson; I like him to have put all of his considerable and formidable will into being Death. In Gillian Leeds's bloody little story, he's as sweetly, psychopathically twisted as I could hope for.

The Politics of X, by Zen & nancy.
Fandom: Due South.
Pairing(s): Fraser/RayK.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe noir.
The story that dragged me kicking and screaming into Due South. What not to do when your partner is drugged...and begging for it.

The Darkness That is Seven, by Lorre.
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager.
Pairing(s): Janeway/Seven, Seven/f.
Darkness Rating: Double espresso.
mecurtin claims this story should be rated NC-35. I think it should be rated "Mother of God..." And yes, that method of murder is medically possible.

Hard as Hell, by torch (flambeau).
Fandom: X-Files.
Pairing(s): Mulder/Krycek.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso macchiato.
I asked friends for M/K recommendations, and this is the first one I read. I hated it because it hurt, and loved it for the same damn reason.

Snapshots, by Morgan Dawn (morgandawn).
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe noir.
This is the one S&H story that I always think of when someone mentions that fandom. Excellent imagery and a lot of desperation.

Small Sacrifices, by Aeshna.
Fandom: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Darkfic Rating: Cappucino.
When something is written for the Dead Padawan Society, one does begin to wonder. This story is perhaps my favorite DPS story; like many of my other favorite stories, it's death with cream and sugar. Check out the other DPS stories as well; I'm fond of a number of them.

Damned, by Virg Vaughn.
Fandom: Sentinel.
Pairing(s): Jim/Blair.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso macchiato.
I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach even thinking about this story. "Damned" plays with consent in ugly ways, and show you how dark and lovely Jim's fear can be. Espresso macchiato.

Even White Teeth, by Basingstoke (basingstoke).
Fandom: X-Files, DC Comics/Vertigo universe.
Darkfic Rating: Cafe noir.
I will admit to a fondness for nightmares, and this story unleashes one of my favorites--the one who sometimes makes me wake up shaking. I tend to identify with Alex Krycek, and here he is at the mercy of the very deadly, smiling-in-triplicate Corinthian. You do not need to know the DC Comics/Vertigo universe to follow this story.

One Thousand, by Amand-r (amand_r).
Fandom: Highlander.
Pairing(s): Duncan/Methos.
Darkfic Rating: Espresso.
A Gathering story, in which Methos shows his true colors.



[1] I am NOT updating all the old references in these damn things. In 2000, I didn't write Due South, so that's the way it is staying.
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