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I'm a sarcastic, artistic, geeky, queer, feminist, goth-girl who is completely obsessed with the Victorian era. All the totally messed up things about that time period really interest me, and I love to point out everyday atrocities. When not writing or making zines, I'm usually reading fantasy books, reading comic books, messing around with art supplies, or hanging out on the interwebs.

If you're interested in my zines, you can contact me at cryptstine[at]gmail[dot]com or just leave a comment here.

Available zines:

New! Sins of Machines #3: Infanticide: Quarter-sized, 32 pages, black-and-white. This issue focuses on the history of infanticide in the Victorian era, with a few pages on puerperal insanity and its cures, and a close focus on my personal holy trinity of baby farm killers: Ada Chard Williams, the Finchley baby farmers, and Amelia Dyer. Also included are three poems inspired by these women, and plenty of quotes taken straight from Victorian newspapers and the court records from each woman's trial. $2 US/Canada, $3 International, or trade for your zine.

Sins of Machines #2: 1888: Quarter-sized, 36 pages, with hand-colored covers. Everything in it was inspired by the year 1888. Most of the zine focuses on Jack the Ripper, including his victims, the media portrayal of the case, and how the crimes led to social reform. Also included are seven poems (most inspired by the murders), five blind contour drawings based on the mortuary photographs of Jack's victims, two excerpts from 1888 publications, and a reflection on my first memory of Jack the Ripper, and about being both fascinated and sickened by him. $2 US/Canada, $3 International, or trade for your zine.

Sins of Machines Issue #1: Quarter-sized, 16 pages, saddle-stitched. Included are four poems inspired by Victorian art, crime, and literature, and a short essay on the crime of Maria and Frederick Manning in 1849. $1 US/Canada, $2 International, or trade for your zine.

Things Found in Library Books: Quarter-sized, 32 pages, black-and-white. Exactly what the title says: a found-objects zine collecting paper ephemera I've found in library books, with commentary. Also some stories, including "Top Three Weirdest Things Found in the Book Drop." And some drawings, because I can't resist a good doodle. $1 US/Canada, $2 international, or (preferably) trade for your zine.

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At 9:16am on January 4, 2013, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine.

At 11:15am on April 13, 2011, Nielzine said…

Your Zines look interesting. wWould you be up for a Trade?

Let me know.

Some Dude, Nielzine

At 1:03am on November 5, 2010, georgi said…
thank you so much for trading! i got your zine yesterday in the mail and i love it! hope you get my zine soon! let me know once you've received it :)
At 1:31am on October 21, 2010, georgi said…
hi! your 'things found in library books' zine looks really interesting! i work in a library too and love finding surprises in books. :) would you want to trade? i have this one ready for trading: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56713479/i-found
its also on found objects. i have another one - a perzine, with photocopies of bits and pieces of paper ephmera, but i haven't listed it yet.
At 5:21pm on October 12, 2010, Vanessa Berry said…
Yes I think you would like fern zine, being a Victorian! I will send you one as a trade - I think you will need to remind me of your address . . .
At 9:03pm on October 10, 2010, Vanessa Berry said…
We have traded zines in the past, I remember you also sent me a great article from the year that is the same number as my post office box! Would you like to trade a couple of zines? I'd love to read Sins of Machines #2 and #3. I'll send you two of mine. . . x Vb.
At 8:21am on September 16, 2010, kit feral said…
Yeah, I sent that package before I went on vacation, which was early July... wow. I wonder what it was doing! I'm so glad you got it, though! And I hope you get the other one much quicker, haha.
I just finished Sins over breakfast and loved it, of course :) I'll definitely review it. It should be in print by the end of the month.
At 1:22pm on September 15, 2010, kit feral said…
Hi! I assume you mean the ones I sent a while ago since I just sent Gathered Years 1 a couple days ago? Wow, if it's those ones, they sure took their time getting there! I hope you enjoy them and I hope you enjoy Gathered Years 1 :) Oh, and I just got yours yesterday- funny story, I forgot how long ago we traded and you wouldn't have my new address, but the old one is my mum's and I happened to be there yesterday when the mail came and was delighted to see your zine! I haven't had a chance to do more than skim it yet but it looks so good and I'm sure I'll love it. I think I'll review it in my next issue of Gathered Years if that's okay? :)
At 6:02pm on September 7, 2010, Yvonne G. said…
hi, i was wondering if my Ladybug zine has already arrived at your mailbox?
At 1:32am on September 5, 2010, Isabel Xochitl said…
i started writing you back about the last package you sent me (the library zine was wonderful - thank you!), but i haven't finished yet -- school started and i'm so busy.
anyway i see you finished sins 3, it sounds awesome!! i recently served as editor for a diy fashion-themed compzine called chintz. there's a description on my profile.
any interest in trading?
i promise to finish the letter soon and send it your way!
thanks, isabel


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