And now, for all you anal retentive types: here's a bibliography of Barbers FA stories.
The following has been done in order of publication, though when discussing a series, I've tried to indicate each story's place in the general chronology. I've excluded most of my non-FA stories that have appeared in men's mags over the years, unless they contained FA elements in the plot line; these are differentiated from the more straight-faced FA fiction by my use of the word "element."
When appropriate, I've tried to indicate when the story was part of a series. NF = Non fantasy story.
- September, 1986, "Fate on the Fat Side" (original title: "Chubby Maker"), BUF, NF.
My first published story was a feeder story (though I didn't know the term at the time), written for BUF before I'd even seen a copy of the magazine. Lucky me: my first story appeared in the same issue where super-sized model Kelly Goodman debuted.
- May, 1987, "Parting of the Weighs (original title: "Jack's Search"), BUF, NF.
The majority of my early stories are predominately "realistic." The first of my fantasies ("Angie's Wish") took several years to see print, and by then it'd been eclipsed by more elaborate tales.
- October, 1987, "The Balloon Lady," BUF.
My first fantasy to get published was also the first to experience serious editorial mayhem. Though heavily advertised on the front cover (as "The wacky adventures of Jean Razton"), it was printed without any authorial credit. The story is my first fictional play on celebrity: the heroine clearly is meant as a Jane Fonda surrogate.
- December, 1987, "Growing Into The Neighborhood," BUF, NF.
My first Bob and Ann story (they reappear in "Bob And Ann At The Oaktown Buffet").
- April, 1988, "The Librarian," BUF, NF.
The joys of creating fiction: you can rewrite any moment from your life into a more satisfying conclusion. This story was inspired by an unsuccessful pick-up attempt made by yours truly back when he was still single and desperate. In my story, the attempt works.
- December, 1988, "Fat Magic," Dimensions.
The first public appearance of Fast Majicke, a tome that floats in and out of my fiction. Originally written for BBW(!), it was accepted by their editors, but I withdrew it after they sent me their contract.
- April, 1989, "The Weight Spell," Dimensions.
A Fast Majicke story.
- September, 1989, "A Weighty Revenge" (original title: "Scott's Revenge"), Juggs, NF.
This contains a Ned Sonntag graphic that is still one of my favorites: it previewed in Dimensions several months before its appearance alongside the story and was the first time Ned had tackled one of my heroines. The pic since has appeared as a jpg. in several newsgroups and home pages.
- October, 1989, "Woman On A Bus," BUF, NF.
A pretty straightforward FA erotic tale inspired by a real-life sighting. Whoever that lovely woman was, I hope she's happy.
- November, 1989, "The Haunting Of Trisha," Dimensions.
The most heavily editorially revised of my Dimensions' stories to date: I like the tale's references to Anita Ekberg and Mamie Van Doren, though. When I transcribed it for the home page, I wound up changing most of the story back.
- December, 1989, "Bob And Ann At The Oaktown Buffet," BUF, NF.
Sequel to "Growing Into The Neighborhood;" Bob and Ann also make cameo appearances in the next story.
- June, 1990, "The Big Diner's Club," BUF.
My attempt at reclaiming the uncredited "Balloon Lady," it contains repeated references to the first story and introduces the first family connections in my brood of white witches.
- July, 1990, "Cookies," Dimensions.
A Fast Majicke story.
- July, 1990, "Emblems, Inc.," self-published booklet.
My first forey into self-publication: initially put together to sell at a NAAFA national convention in Chicago, it sold about five copies there. My take on the Seven Deadly Sins: much more fun than Seven.
- October, 1990, "Mind Over Mammaries," MAX.
A breast growth fantasy with FA elements.
- October, 1990, "The Mall Women," BUF.
My first attempt at broadening the scope of the Fast Majicke stories by adding a strong anthropological context to the series. Major editorial snafu in the published version: two pages got printed out of order.
- December, 1990, "The Feeder And The Demoness," BUF.
A Fast Majicke story. My first story illustrated by Delacroix; I liked his rendering of the female demon. This is the first time the term "feeder" appears in one of my stories. The tale was later reworked by an pseudonymous gay reader and posted on GainRWeb for that audience. I didn't mind the modification, but I asked the site's webmaster to acknowledge the story's original source. They did.
- January, 1991, "A Mind Of Their Own," MAX.
Sequel to "Mind Over Mammaries," with FA elements even stronger.
- February, 1991, "Angie's Wish," BUF.
This early Fast Majicke story now looks pretty tentative and tame compared to what would come.
- June, 1991, "Makeup," BUF.
Still one of my faves, for the way it uses horror movie lore. My first story where "artificial" fatness turns genuine (see also: "Sumo Night" and "The Layered Look"), a theme that probably has its genesis in those old Twilight Zone/comic book tales of masks made real. My first mega-growth story, though, I immediately followed it up with two more.
- August, 1991, "The Camera," BUF.
An example of how one editorial glitch can fiddle with a story: the set-up growth scene describes a male jogger who's been fattened by the eponymous object. The gain as written (eighty-two) was typoed as eight, an underwhelming figure that runs counter to the more prodigious growth that the story's heroines experience.
- November, 1991, "Growth Spurts," BUF.
Originally written for kinky amateur magazine, Giantess, this was rejected because I didn't make the heroine dominating enough.
- November, 1991, "A Weight Gain Story," (retitled: "Avoirdupois Illustrated" for its online appearance), Dimensions.
Another favorite, primarily for the way it plays with both real and imaginary autobiographical elements of my writing. Great Sonntag illo.
- May, 1992, "Food Fair," Juggs, NF.
The first story to be taken from my original draft of "Weight Loss Camp," my big attempt at an erotic weight gain novel. When the full-length manuscript found no takers, I wound up cannibalizing chapters and turning 'em into short stories. The bulk of the book was printed in installments in the first four issues of my short-lived newsletter, Wilson Barbers Quarterly (see below).
- May, 1992, "The Undercover Connoisseur," BUF, NF.
Recommended in the print version for the Delacroix graphics which accompanied it, but - look out! - someone got a page out of order in the text. . .
- July, 1992, "Body Switch," second self-published booklet.
A Fast Majicke story. My Thorne Smith homage, in tribute to the fantasy author who has been a major influence on these stories. More family connections.
- November, 1992, "Winnie's Loss," BUF.
My take on Oprah Winfrey's battle of the bulge - only slightly successful, in my opinion.
- November, 1992, "Adipost Zone - Part One," Dimensions.
This short novel was serialized over three issues of Dimensions. The first two parts contained some magnificent Sonntag graphics, though the final part disappointingly did not. Detective hero Page Briant is meant to be a future ancestor of the protagonist of "Fat Again."
- Winter, 1992, "A Thousand Words," Giantess.
My most cynically written story, aimed directly at the magazine and reworked to fit its narrow parameters. Not bad, but the main reason to seek this out is for Delacroix's choice illustrations.
- January, 1992, "Adipost Zone - Part Two," Dimensions.
- March, 1993, "Mo's Dessert," Juggs, NF.
Another pilfered chapter from "Weight Loss Camp."
- March, 1993, "Adipost Zone - Part Three," Dimensions.
- Spring, 1993, "The Recipients," Wilson Barbers Quarterly.
Spurred by the publication of feeder fantasy amazines like F.F.I. Newsletter, I decided to try a quarterly newsletter. (Oh, the hours spent cross-legged on the floor, collating pages!) The first four issues followed the same format: two chapters from "The Weight Loss Camp" and a fantasy specially written for the zine. "Recipients" was my first such fantasy, and I clearly liked the results: it spawned two sequels.
- Spring, 1993, "Weight Loss Camp - Chapters One and Two," Wilson Barbers Quarterly, NF.
Recobbled into a "finalized" version for Fat Magic in 1999.
- Summer, 1993, "The Chain," WBQ.
Written for the newsletter: my favorite "celebrity story" to date, this time a play on the career of Anna Nicole Smith. I was doing research on circus fat ladies for a Dimensions article at the time, and it shows.
- Summer, 1993, "Weight Loss Camp - Chapters Three and Four," WBQ, NF.
- October, 1993, "Videodrain," Bust Out!
Another breast gain story with FA elements. Sonntag's graphic made the story more "demonic" than I'd originally intended. This has since appeared in the Breast Expansion story archives of several breast theme sites.
- Fall, 1993, "Weight Loss Camp - Chapters Five and Six," WBQ, NF.
- Fall, 1993, "Family Life," WBQ.
Written for the newsletter. First sequel to "The Recipients" with a "celebrity" protagonist.
- Spring, 1994, "Weight Loss Camp - Chapters Seven and Epilogue," WBQ, NF.
The novel's conclusion, though chapter seven was totally re-written for the newsletter.. My original version had been sent to Plumpers and Big Women, so I had to do something.
- Spring, 1994, "Sumo Night," WBQ.
Written for the newsletter.
- July, 1994, "The Door In Golden Mall," BUF.
Sequel to "The Mall Women."
- July, 1994, "Dinner With Kay," Plumpers And Big Women.
The original version of chapter seven, though I tend to favor the newsletter's finale, now.
- January, 1995, "Body Types," BUF, NF.
- March, 1995, "Consuming Love" (original title: "Consuming Interests"), Plumpers and Big Women, NF.
PBW's editors heavily revised this story in both its beginning and end: the most telling change was a significant diminution of the heroine's weight gain.
- March, 1995, "The Layered Look," BUF.
In which it turns out the publisher of Fast Majicke is related to the same white witches who keep popping up in my other stories. Of course he'd be.
- July, 1995, "The Fan Letter," BUF.
Printed without authorial credit, though I snuck my name in as an anagram. This 'un was meant as a tweak on the growing library of FA erotica by writers who don't share an appreciation of the fullest figures. Similar to "A Thousand Words" in structure but the more successful piece.
- Spring, 1995, "Dee's Husband,"Wilson Barber's Newsletter.
In 1995, I changed the newsletter's name from Quarterly (to more accurately reflect its publication schedule); with the novel finished, I stuck to a format of one "realistic" and one "fantasy" story. With my first realistic story, though, I decided to change the primary focus by making the husband the gainer. It was almost immediately reprinted in the June, 1995, issue of Dimensions. Guess I struck a chord.
- Spring, 1995, "Fat Again," WBN.
Written for the newsletter. FA pastiche of the Kenneth Branagh flick "Dead Again." Imagine the heroine as a plumper version of Emma Thompson.
- October, 1995, "Trish's Trove" (original title: "Temp Trish," a shameless pun that even Juggs wanted nothing to do with!), Juggs, NF.
- November, 1995, "Carla's Cookbook," BUF.
The magicked heroine of "The Balloon Lady" (quite a bit heavier on her own, incidentally) gets to wield her own spell! For an indication of how this kind of fantasy has evolved, compare the final versions of both stories' heroines.
- January, 1996, "Maxfed," BUF.
Subtitled "A Romance of the Future," this is an Adipost Zone story without my detective hero Page Briant. I'm really fond of this story, but computer formatting problems turned the printed version's prose into something resembling bad beat prose. It wasn't meant to be this difficult to read.
- Spring, 1996, "Drive-Thru," Wilson Barber's Newsletter, NF.
Written for and rejected by Big Butt, I used it as the sixth issue's "realistic" entry. One of my weakest stories.
- Spring, 1996, "A Small Percentage," WBN.
Written for the newsletter. I'm lousy with numbers, which probably adds to my sympathy with the protaganist's plight. Both this and "Sumo Night" feature salesman for the mysterious outfit, Ample Stuffing, which doubtless supplies necessaries for many of my other characters, too.
- Spring, 1996, "Emblematic Behavior," Fat Magic.
My first story for the home page was a sequel to a booklet tale few had even read. Do I know how to write to a mass audience or what? Posted first as a First Virtual story,it's since slid over onto the freebie side.
- March, 1996, "Lady Bountiful," BUF, NF.
A Thanksgiving feeder story, written for PBW originally when a letter to that mag prompted the editor to discuss the possibility of a November feeder theme issue. The editors accidentally cut off the ending.
- May, 1996, "Examples," BUF, NF.
A weak entry originally written for The Twilight Zone magazine as a horror story(!)
- Summer, 1996, "Ceres' Chosen," Fat Magic.
Piqued by the sight of a short-lived newsletter devoted to the mystical aspects of fatness, I wrote this tale following a vacation trek through Pennsylvania. Once a First Virtual story, since published in WBN.
- July, 1996, "Water Lily," Juggs, NF.
Souvenir of a six-month membership in a low-impact water aerobics class. The images of heroine Lily moving in the pool were directly inspired by my lovely wife.
- July, 1996, "Tabloid Life," BUF.
This 'un was inspired by a photo on the front page of the Weekly World News, one of those tricked-up pics pretending to be a photo of a one-ton man. The software used to work this story's magic was undoubtedly disseminated by the publishers of Carla's cookbook.
- September, 1996, "A Short-Term Spell," BUF.
A Fast Majicke story.
- September, 1996, "Choice," Fat Magic.
My second Adipost Zone romance, in which I start to look at the parameters of the s-f world a bit more closely. Specifically, what does it mean to live in a world where you can choose any body type you can? First Virtual story turned into a web page freebie.
- November, 1996, "Fattening of Marian Meredith," BUF, NF.
Another story inadvertently cut off too soon, and it hurt. I really liked Marian, possibly because she was a feedee version of my earlier heroine in "The Librarian."
- November, 1996, "Morphing," Fat Magic.
A Fast Majicke story. I was just starting to get comfy as a web surfer when I wrote this 'un. First Virtual story reprinted in WBN.
- January, 1997, "Witchery," BUF.
My last original story for BUF was originally written as a Breast Expansion story, but I revised it into a straight gain tale when none of my usual breast tale markets bought it. The revision was only moderately successful.
- January, 1997, "Lingerie," Fat Magic.
If at first you don't succeed: this was another breast story rewritten towards - um - broader specifications. Much more effective, in my opinion. First a First Virtual story, now a WBN tale.
- April, 1997, "Astral Thief," Fat Magic.
One of my more elaborate stories, this started out modest but kept growing. Kind of appropriate, wouldn't you say? There's at least one more Neldra Cambry chapter waiting to written. Started as a First Virtual story, though the first chapter was published in the print Dimensions as a stand-alone story and the whole piece soon found its way onto the freebie section.
- June, 1997, "Inheritance," Fat Magic, NF.
My sole (to date) "realistic" story written especially for the home page. First Virtual story reprinted in WBN.
- August, 1997, "Shapeling," Fat Magic.
Just what the world needed: a sci-fi weight gain musical! A prequel to the Adipost Zone stories. First Virtual story became a freebie in 2001 - to absolutely no public acclamation!
- September, 1997, "Receiving," Fat Magic.
The third Recipients story, this time significantly enhanced by some Will N. Dorf graphics (love his rendering of Robin Garner!) First Virtual story reprinted with graphics in WBN.
- March, 1998, "Dreams," Fat Magic.
A mish-mash story culled from a lifetime of FA fantasies. Not a tale for those turned off by gender flux. . . First Virtual story also reprinted in WBN.
- May, 1998, "Man, Woman, Buffet," Juggs, NF.
Gluttony as an act of sexual obsession: one of my favorite "realistic" stories.
- January, 1999, "The Diminishing Adipost," Fat Magic.
A follow-up to "Adipost Zone," with detective hero Page Briant immersed in a case of family jealousy and misused biotechnology.
- Summer, 2000, "Icons," Fat Magic.
Taking from the worlds of Golden Mall and tabloid television - and putting it together all in a different context. Ace FA artist The Studio provided a wonderful logo for this tale.
- Autumn, 2000, "Illusion," Dimensions.
A Fast Majicke story set in the world of stage magic and fat suits.
- Summer, 2001, "Dueling Emblems," Fat Magic.
The third "Emblems, Inc." story plays even more broadly with theological questions, and brings back both heroines from installments one and two. I was feeling ornery when I wrote this 'un, so there are several not-so-subtle tweaks against conservative Christians in it.
- Autumn, 2001, "Suddenly," Juggs.
Wanted to write a story from the POV of a transformed protagonist who never knows what's happened to her - this was it. My last men's mag story to date.
- Winter, 2001, "Mistress of the Family Business," Fat Magic, NF.
Third and most elaborate of the restaurant stories.
- Spring, 2002, "Lightweight," Dimensions.
The start of a longer "Adipost Zone" story arc, featuring my detective hero Page Briant.
- Autumn, 2002, "Mystery Shopper," Fat Magic.
A writing experiment that worked, I think: written in web log format to chart its first-person heroine's month-long transmogrification. Denise's writing voice was directly influenced by several of the witty regulars on Dimensions' "Weight Board," though I take responsibility for every tin-eared line.
- Winter, 2002, "Hunger," Fat Magic.
A short story that sprang from a short eating description concocted for an aborted round robin writing project - and my memories of a particularly cool BeakerFA graphic.
- Winter, 2003, "Felicia's Charm," Fat Magic.
Turnabout is fair play: after I sent him an early draft of this story for feedback, BeakerFA volunteered to do three illos for the tale. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky. . .
- Summer, 2004, "Thoughtful," Fat Magic.
A pretty plot-heavy outing featuring an obvious celebrity surrogate (this time from the world of politics).
- Fall, 2005, "Three Years," Fat Magic. Written in six parts as a serial - with a trio of Beaker graphics at chapters one, three and six. Love that final image of my heroine!
- Winter, 2005 "Collecting," Fat Magic. A story that combines my love of WG fantasy with fat collectibles.
- Summer, 2006 "The Purse," Fat Magic. Wherein we get to spend more time at everybody's favorite midwestern smorgasbord.
- Winter, 2006 "Passing Fancy," Fat Magic. My third highway WG fantasy and in many ways my fave.
- Spring, 2007, "Marianne/Mare," Fat Magic. The first of several previously "undiscovered" WG stories written by the hero of "The Fan Letter." Has a great StudioFA graphic.
- Summer, 2007, "Patricia/Patti," Fat Magic. Lew's second offering
- Fall, 2007, "Fat Manga," Fat Magic. Wherein I push the puveyors of everybody's favorite magickal tome into the manga publishing biz.
- Summer, 2008, "Rachel's Story," Fat Magic. The "conclusion" to Lew Baird's original WG trilogy (yeah, right!)
- Winter, 2008, "One of Us," Fat Magic. Originally plotted as an online comic story, this Depression Era sideshow WG story is graced by perhaps my favorite BeakerFA graphic to date.
- Summer, 2009, "Sophie/Sofia," Fat Magic. In which this writer is given the opportunity to complete a hitherto unfinished Lew Baird prequel.
- Fall, 2010, "Sandra/Sandy," Fat Magic. Another Baird/Barbers "collaboration," wherein we get to see our Agents of Balance working as a team.
- Winter, 2010, "Belle, Book and Kindle," Fat Magic. The publishers of Fast Majicke get into e-publishing with the inevitable results.