Frighten the Horses
From 1990 to 1994, with my partner Cris Gutierrez and a crew of friends and contributors, I published a zine subtitled “A Document of the Sexual Revolution.” Our intention was to publish transgressive sex writing alongside news and features about the way women and queer people continued the sexual revolution.

This page’s contents:
Contents of all 13 issues | Staff notes | FAQ | Links

To get back issues, email me at toobeaut [at] yahoo (dot) com. Numbers 5 and 12 are sold out. But we’ve got so many of no. 13 that we’ll give a copy away with an order of any other issue. Go to the rest of Mark Pritchard’s website

no. 1,
Spring 1990
Fiction by Mark Pritchard, Kim Addonizio, James Bergeron and Carol Queen
Poems by Lisa Bernstein
How the aids scare hits heterosexuals, by Dave Gilden
Column by Rachel Kaplan

no. 2, Summer 1990
Fiction by Marilyn Jaye, Kim Addonizio, Julia Toth and Lance Swanson
Poetry by Philip M. Klasky and Harvey Stein
“Disconnecting Gay Phone Sex” by David Anger
“S-M is bad” by Marie Antoinette
Rachel Kaplan’s column
Cover and column by Angela Bocage

no. 3,
Fall 1990
Fiction by Kim Addonizio, Kathy Anderson and Andy Dunn
Poetry by Lisa Bernstein
Feature on Annie Sprinkle
Excerpts from “Queers Read This;”
Rachel Kaplan’s column

no. 4,
Winter 1991
The Madonna issue!
Fiction by Ann Henry, Artemis Golightly, Julia Toth and Sunah Cherwin
Poetry by Alex Chee
Six pages on Madonna, including excerpts from her interview on ABC’s “Nightline”
Essay on overpopulation by Cris Gutierrez
Rachel Kaplan’s column

no. 5,
Spring 1991
Sold out.
Fiction by Mark Pritchard, Marilyn Jaye and Tanya Dewhurst
Queer Street Patrol, by Ellen Twiname
“Basic Instinct” protests
Rachel Kaplan’s column
Poetry by Pat Califia
First appearance of Tanya Dewhurst’s Letter from London
Michael Manning cover

no. 6,
Summer 1991
Fiction by Brian Bouldrey
Sex comix by Michael Manning
Why dykes don’t do safe sex, by Pat Califia
Jeffrey Dahmer, by Michael Botkin
Hollywood’s homophobia, by Mark Freeman
New government repression of sex, by Bill Andriette
Letter from London by Tanya Dewhurst
Rachel Kaplan’s column

no. 7,
Fall 1991
Fiction by Sarah Schulman, Christine Carraher, Kris Kovick, and Susan Carlton
Clarence Thomas, by Shirley Gutierrez
Features on sex comix (Angela Bocage) and
Mexican street hustlers (Mark Freeman)
Rachel Kaplan’s column
Abortion rights and desire, by Sonia Ivette-Roman
Letter from London by Tanya Dewhurst
Michael Manning cover.

no. 8,
Winter 1992
The SCUM Manifesto
Fiction by Trish Thomas, Tamar Perla, and James Bergeron
Menstrual Extraction, by Orna Izakson
TV witch hunt for pedophiles, by Michael Botkin
Review of “Twisted Sisters” anthology, by Angela Bocage
Letter from London by Tanya Dewhurst

no. 9,
Spring 1992
Our 2nd anniversary issue!
Fiction by Kim Addonizio, Kris Kovick, Tamar Perla, Susan Carlton, and Brian Bouldrey
“Men are Dogs” by Cris Gutierrez
Review by Shirley Gutierrez of the book “Backlash”
Rachel Kaplan and Letter from London
Michael Manning cover

no. 10,
Summer 1992
The “macho” issue!
Fiction by Kris Kovick, Alfred Kleyhauer III, and Abraham Katzman
Across the U.S. with Tanya Dewhurst
Opinions on NAMBLA by Cris Gutierrez and Bill Andriette
Rachel Kaplan on new visions of sexuality
Dykes and their fantasies about dicks, by Trish Thomas
Photos by Mark I. Chester
Reviews of women’s erotica, “Closer to Home,” and female ejaculation videos

no. 11,
Winter 1993
Fiction by Deran Ludd and Katherine Israel
Poem by Donimo
Kathy Acker’s books, by Holly Willis
“Aileen Wuornos, Hothead Paisan and Me,” by Cris Gutierrez
Louise Sloan on the New Christian Right
Tanya Dewhurst on homophobic legislation in Colorado, Oregon and England

no. 12,
Spring 1993
Sold out.
Fiction by Mark Pritchard, Sigfried Gold, Shelly Jackson, Lyn Gaza and Julia Trahan
2000 Years of Witch Hunts (Part I) by John Earl
The Satanic Conspiracy Hoax, by Cris Gutierrez
Lou Ann Thomas on queers getting together
Nancy Irwin with lots of needles stuck in her backside
Neal Goldsmith on electronic privacy
Comix by Angela Bocage and Terry Laban

no. 13, Winter 1994
Fiction by Jennifer Teig von Hoffman, Rebecca Rosenskjold, and Alfred Deitrich Kleyhauer III
Salem and other witch hunts, by John Earl
Men Are Pigs, by Michael Botkin
Pleasure in extremis, by Mark Pritchard and Cris Gutierrez
Mini-comic by Angela Bocage and Mark Freeman
Here’s a review of FTH by someone. And, just found on the internet, a review in the Harvard Crimson, 10 February 1994.

There was a nice big interview with me in a book called Weird Like Us by Ann Powers, in which I talked about the ideas behind the magazine and writing pornography.

Staff notes
Mark Pritchard and (beginning with issue no. 2) Cris Gutierrez were co-editors and co-publishers of FTH

Art directors:
Orna Izakson, issues 6-9
Anders Ahlen, issues 10 and 11
Sophie Constantinou, issues 12 and 13

Sunah Cherwin was our distribution manager for the first three-plus years, helping us immensely with the business end of things

Jym Dyer, Nancy Gold, Nishanga Bliss, Jamie Lawrence, Stephanie Kulick and other friends helped out on all kinds of stuff.

Authors who contributed more than once included
Marilyn Jaye (Lewis)
Now the author of stories in many erotica anthologies as well as her own books. Marilyn constantly updates her website with her news
Pat Califia
One of the best-known lesbian authors of the 1980s and 90s, Califia is now Patrick Califia
Tanya Dewhurst
Tanya is a widely published travel writer and website producer. She has moved back to her native Australia.Dispatches:

Brian Bouldrey
Brian is the author of several books, including the recently published Monster: Adventures in American Machismo
Kim Addonizio
Well known as a poet, Addonizio is a recipient of multiple NEA fellowships and other awards, including finalist for the National Book Award.
Carol Queen
Queen has become one of the country’s best-known writers on sex, with many published books and stories.
Kris Kovick
Author of “What I Love About Lesbian Politics is Arguing with People I Agree With,” Kovick was also a community organizer. She died in 2001 at age 50.
Orna Izakson
The former FTH art director is now in medical school in Portland, Ore. Previously she wrote for the Eugene Weekly.
Michael Botkin
A journalist and activist who died in 1996.
Mark Freeman
lives in San Francisco
Alfred Deitrich Kleyhauer III


Q. What were you trying to achieve with FTH?
A. A place to publish transgressive fiction, including my own, and to inform the fiction with news and reviews of things actually happening.
Q. How did you start the magazine?
A. It was late 1989. I had just taken the SFSI training and we had just gotten our first Mac Plus. Like hundreds of other frustrated journalists, I started my own zine using the Mac and PageMaker.
Q. What made the zine initially successful?
A. We got some really good material, including Marilyn Jaye‘s first published story and some early stuff from Michael Manning. And a friend, Sunah Cherwin, exerted a huge amount of energy selling ads and, especially, getting the zine distributed. Also, we got reviewed in Factsheet Five, the Whole Earth Review, and other places.
Q. Was it expensive? Who paid for it all?
A. Initially it was not too expensive. The first issue was produced and printed for less than a thousand dollars. Gradually, as we started spending more money on better paper and, eventually, a little color, the cost of producing each issue increased. By the time of the last issue, it was costing more than $5000 to produce an issue.
Q. Where did the money come from?
A. Mostly out of our own pockets, although subscriptions and newsstand sales really helped. We also sold substantial numbers of back issues.
Q. What was the circulation?
A. We printed 500 of no. 1, and worked out way up to a print run of 4000-5000 of the last several issues. Of each print run, about 70% were sold and 25% were given away. Most readers got it on newsstands; we had only about 150 subscribers at the peak. Our circulation was never audited, but we always suspected most copies were read by at least two people.
Q. How did people react to FTH?
A. We heard from dozens of readers who liked the magazine and really got what we were doing. We heard from very few people who hated us.
Q. Why did you stop doing FTH?
A. The increasing deficits coming out of our own pockets — almost all production costs — the amount of time and energy it took to produce an issue, and the inability to replace Sunah as distribution manager. We had started working inthe high tech industry and it was really tough to keep doing, despite a great deal of volunteer labor from friends and interested people.
Q. Are you going to put the contents of all the FTH issues up on the web?
A. No. Not only do I not have the time and energy for that, but we did not negotiate electronic rights to our contributors’ content, and thus do not have the right to post the contents.

Q. What do you feel when you look back on FTH?
A. I’m really proud of it. It’s one of the most substantial things I’ve ever done. And I’m always going to be grateful to those who helped us put it out.

Got a question? Want a back issue? Email Mark.

last updated 9 Jan 2011 email “toobeaut at yahoo dot com”  copyright 2003-2011 Mark Pritchard, Bernal Heights, San Francisco



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