The Hag and the Hungry Goblin

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The Hag and the Hungry Goblin
Issue 5 1983
Cover art by Derek Carter

The Hag and the Hungry Goblin is a science fiction fanzine by Christine and Derrick Ashby.

The Hag and the Hungry Goblin was published in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in the 1970s and 1980s. At least five issues were released.

The first issue was published by Christine McGowan. Christine explains the impetus behind the zine in her 1976 DUFF trip report zine, The Flight of the Kangaroo "With the support of the Magic Puddin' people I even went so far as to put out the first issue of THE HAG AND THE HUNGRY GOBLIN (then unashamedly a Duffzine)..." At this time she was running for DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund).

With #2, the fanzine is edited by newly married couple Christine and Derrick Ashby. Front cover art is by Chris Johnston; interior art is by Christine Ashby and Chris Johnson. Contents include a joint editorial; Derrick's account of Unicon IV, the 1978 Australian National Convention; Keith Taylor writes about action/crime novels in "KillKillKill: The Annhiliating Vigilantes;" "How Aeroplanes Fly and the Consequential Environmental Impact," by Leigh Edmonds (Rataplan); "The Librarian at World's End," a review column by Derrick, this time concerning contemporary fanzines; and a single letter, from Henry Gasko, on the subject of Unicon IV.

Issue 3 appearing in 1978.

Issue 4 was released in December 1979, with front cover art by Chris Johnson, and interior art by Christine Ashby, Derek Carter, and Chris Johnson. Contents include "Fubsy," Derrick's editorial; "How Airplanes Really Fly," by Leanne Frahm; "The Poet and the Table," by John J. Alderson; "Librarian Found in a Bottle," in which Derrick lists current Australian fanzines; Keith Taylor writes "Leigh Brackett: From Mars to Skaith;" Christine offers "Tyre Tracks Over America", the first chapter of her 1976 DUFF report. Letters came from Paul Anderson, Donald Ashby, Sally Bangsund, Douglas Barbour, Joan Dick, Leigh Edmonds, Henry Gasko, Chas Jensen, and Marc Ortlieb (The Mad Dan Review, Q36, Tigger).

Issue 5 appearing in 1983. Cover art work was by Derek Carter, with interior art by Christine Ashby, and Derek Carter, among others. Contents included Part 2 of Christine Ashby's 1976 DUFF report, "Tyre Tracks Over America".

The Hag and the Hungry Goblin is titled after the poem of the same name, also called Tom a Bedlam, thought to be written in the 15th century:

From the hag and the hungry goblin
That into rags would rend ye,
And the spirit that stands
By the naked man
In the Book of Moons defend ye.

Christine and Derrick Ashby also published The Smoff's Newsletter, and Christine published The Flight of the Kangaroo, her Down Under Fan Fund trip report on her visit to North America, in 1976, and the apazine The Better Half for ANZAPA.

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