Title: World AIDS Day
Author: April Valentine
Page Count: 93
Format: Full Size
Color cover by April Valentine
Available From: In Person Press - At Cons Only
Price: InPerson Press - $14.00 (US) * $17.00 (Canada) * $19.00 (Global)
Jim and Blair become lovers and then worry about the possibility of being infected. Not a death story!
The slash slut is a slug. She hasn't written her own review. It's hard to get
incentive when you have such wonderful
servants friends who
do such a great job!
I do know at least two wonderful things about this 'zine. One, it's by April. If you've read Without You you know that's a very good thing.
And two, April is donating part of the proceeds to her HIV Positive support group.
Thanks so much to Serena for coming through for me once again! I'm giving you a raise, Serena! I'm going to double your salary.
During news-coverage about "World AIDS Day" Blair Sandburg, sitting alone in the loft, is forced to rethink his life and his feelings for his partner, Jim Ellison, with whom he had fallen in love. He finally decides to tell the other man, but when Jim finally comes home, the movie "Philadelphia" is playing on TV, it turns out that the Sentinel has finally come to the same conclusions as his guide. A night of passion and love cements the new bond between the men, gives them a glimpse of forever being in each others arms.
Literally the next day a phone call shatters and destroys the newly found happiness of Blair Sandburg; an old friend and former lover is calling with devastating news. Having been tested positive the young man tries to contact people he might have infected, urging them to get tested themselves.
Blair looks at the remains of his life: Has he in one wonderful night destroyed the love of his life by making love to his Sentinel? Has he contracted the disease? What would have happened had his friend called 24 hours earlier...
He copes the only way he knows how: He turns away from Jim, isolates himself. Torn between his very real fear of AIDS and Jim's growing desperation at the thought that Blair has had second thoughts about their commitment, he tries to find a way out.
It's April Valentine - gotta love it - 'nuff said! Or maybe not: Follow her as she gives Blair and Jim life; as she, without being preachy, manages to drive her point home: Use Protection, Get Tested. For 14 years April has worked in HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and management. She knows - as first hand as a healthy person can - how to deal with that terrible plague. And she donates part of the cost of the fanzine to her HIV support group, Horizons.
This zine is not only very well written (and the sex in it is hot as hell - and there is lots of it! grin) it also catches the mood of a grave topic without being depressing. This story is also about living with AIDS.
Why you should buy this 'zine:
Why you shouldn't buy this 'zine:
Blair does NOT have AIDS
Review: Write to Submit