Friswell, Hain

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(1825-1878) UK journalist and author, active from about 1851 in several genres. Blackwood's Comic Zadkiel: An Almanac at Once Prophetical and Profitable [for full title see Checklist] (coll 1855) is a spoof almanac in which the Predictions of its presenter/protagonist Zadkiel are dramatized, sometimes in sf form, including "'Grand Nephew Tom's Cabin,' An Extract From a Sequel Some Sixty Years After the Date of Mrs. Stowe's Volume", a Satire on the abolition of Slavery. Ghost Stories and Phantom Fancies (coll 1858; vt The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of James Hain Friswell 2012) is a Christmas Book comprising several tales, including a novella, "The King of the Gnomes", based loosely on "Viy" from Mirgorod ["Myrhorod"] (coll 1835) by Nicholai Gogol (1809-1852).

The nonfiction Varia: Readings from Rare Books (coll 1866) contains several essays of fantasy interest [for Nostradamus and Paracelsus, and for Christmas Book above, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

James Hain Friswell

born Forton, near Newport, Shropshire: 8 May 1825

died Bexleyheath, Kent: 12 March 1878

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