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Tales of Terror from the Beyond

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird-fiction magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Charlton Comics. Editor: Patrick Mansuelli. One issue only, Summer 1964. / This scarce publication is not a Media Magazine as such, but seems popular among collectors of such periodicals. Most of the stories are by Stanton A Coblentz, including several reprints from 1947-1950 issues of ...

Blacker, Terence

(1948-    ) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers and for younger children, active from about 1984; he is best known for his Ms Wiz stories for younger children, and has also written adult novels. Of sf interest is The Angel Factory (2001), in which the young protagonist's parents turn out to be Aliens who have adopted him for reasons not entirely to his liking. [JC]

Warner Bros. Cartoons

A lengthy sequence of short (about seven minutes) animated cartoons produced for Warner Bros. Pictures between 1930 and 1969. Initially made by Harman and Ising studios; then by Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933; bought by Warner Bros in 1944 and renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons; DePatie-Freleng Enterprises briefly took over in 1964; the name reverted to Warner Brothers Cartoon Studios in 1967. Issued as either Merrie Melodies or Looney Toons – the former initially being ...

Farrer, Matthew

(1970-    ) Australian author who also signs as Matt Farrer, most of whose work to date has consisted of contributions to the Warhammer 40,000 Role Playing Game universe, beginning with "Badlands Skelter's Downhive Monster Show" for Inferno! in 1999, and continuing with Warhammer 40,000: Crossfire (2003), which features the continuing character Shira Calpurnia of the Adeptus Arbites, and other similar ...

Cromie, Robert

(1855-1907) Irish journalist and author, who began his career as an author of fiction with a Future War novel, For England's Sake (1889), a somewhat congested tale set in Near Future India, in which loyal native forces turn the tide against invading Russia; a later loosely connected tale, The Next Crusade (1896), continues the action in eastern Europe: luckily, the novel ends with the Mediterranean ...

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 ...

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