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Starmont House

Tagged: Community

Former US Small Press, located successively in West Linn, Oregon, and in Mercer Island, Washington State from 1980, founded 1976 by T E Dikty, specializing in monographs on individual sf writers, along with some Bibliographies of and guides to sf magazines and book lines, and occasional reprints of pulp and paperback fiction. Starmont's first book was The Annotated Guide to Robert E. Howard's Sword & Sorcery (1970) by Robert Weinberg, but its best known line was the Starmont Reader's Guide series of sf monographs, established in 1979, edited to a fairly rigid pattern by Roger C Schlobin, originally under 100pp, but 100-170pp in later years; the final volume was #61, Kurt Vonnegut (1992) by D...

Fort, Charles

Tagged: Author

(1874-1932) US journalist and author whose first work, The Outcast Manufacturers (1909), is a novel only remotely connected to his later interests. He also wrote numerous usually realistic, and often humorous, short stories including a satirical fantasy, "A Radical Corpuscle" (March 1906 Tom Watson's Magazine), before settling into the work for which he is remembered. Working from extensive notes collected mainly from newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, Fort compiled a series of books containing accounts of "inexplicable" incidents and phenomena; unusual phenomena that recurred repeatedly, such as rains of fish or frogs, poltergeist activity, mysterious disappearances and UFOs. Th...

EC Comics

Tagged: Comics | Community

Company founded in 1945 by M C Gaines (1896-1947), creator of the format of the modern Comic book and original partner in the company that became DC Comics. The initials stood for both Educational and, later, Entertaining Comics. After Gaines's death the company passed to his son, William M Gaines (1922-1992), who revamped the line to his own taste. Educational Comics was wound down and Entertaining Comics was transformed into a line of anthology titles that included two sf comic books – Weird Science and Weird Fantasy – which were the poorest sellers, but which survived because of his personal support. Various artists drew the sf stories, which ranged from the clichéd and absurd to the surp...

Hornig, Charles D

Tagged: Author | Editor | Fan

(1916-1999) US editor whose career began in September 1933 when, as a young sf fan, he started a Fanzine called The Fantasy Fan: The Fans' Own Magazine (see Amateur Magazine), and happened to send a copy of it to Hugo Gernsback. By coincidence, Gernsback was at that time looking for a new managing editor for Wonder Stories, and was so impressed by Hornig's editorial that he decided to offer him the post. At seventeen, Hornig became the youngest-ever sf magazine editor, attending evening classes at the same time until he finished high school. He edited Wonder Stories November 1933-April 1936, when the magazine was sold to another publisher and became Thrilling Wonder Stories. During his tenur...

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