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Brood, The

Film (1979). Mutual Productions/Elgin International. Written and directed David Cronenberg. Cast includes Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Cindy Hinds and Oliver Reed. 91 minutes. Colour. / In this Canadian film, the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics's pop psychologist Raglan (Reed), author of The Shape of Rage, is regarded with suspicion by Carveth (Hindle), whose wife Nola (Eggar) is a patient there. Gathering evidence against Raglan, Carveth finds dreadful physical changes taking place in ...

Tompkins, Walker A

(1909-1988) US author, mostly of Westerns; he is of sf interest for Ozar the Aztec (January 1933-June 1933 Street and Smith's Top-Notch all sections under the House Name Valentine Wood; fixup 1935), a Lost Race tale whose inhabitants, under the leadership of Ozar, survive in the contemporary West. [JC]

Werner, C L

(?   -    ) UK author who has published some horror fiction but has concentrated almost exclusively on Ties to the Warhammer Wargame universe (one title as by Bruno Lee) and to the related Warhammer 40,000 sequence, his contributions to the latter world being restricted to Warhammer 40,000: Siege of Castallax (2012) and Warhammer 40,000: Cult of the Warmason (2017). His professional gifts are here appropriately applied to the Medieval Futurism that governs ...

Servello, Joe

(1932-    ) American artist, apparently a lifelong resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Online biographies report generally that Servello has worked as an actor, art and drama teacher, and art director for television, but no specific information is provided. As a commercial artist, Servello is best known as an illustrator of children's books; his most prominent assignments were the covers and interior art for several juvenile novels by William Kotzwinkle, for which he usually ...

Bukiet, Melvin Jules

(1953-    ) US author much of whose work is irradiated with fantasticated tropes – the circus, the Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] that protects Jewish children from the Final Solution (see Holocaust Fiction) until the world breaks through, the Island – but does not always carry these transfigurations into literal sf or fantasy. Exceptions include his first novel Sandman's Dust (1985), in which Mr Besmith's Wonderful Show literally ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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