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Creature from the Black Lagoon, The

Film (1954). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Harry Essex, Arthur Ross, from a story by Maurice Zimm. Cast includes Julia Adams, Ricou Browning (uncredited), Richard Carlson and Richard Denning. 79 minutes. Black and white. 3-D. / A humanoid creature with gills successfully resists attempts by three scientists – attracted to the area by the discovery of a fossilized hand with fins – to take him from his native lagoon in the upper Amazon. One (Denning) is ready to ...

Carey, C J

Pseudonym of Venezuelan-born journalist and author Jane Thynne (1961-    ), in the UK from childhood; married to Philip Kerr until his death in 2018. Her fiction under her own name is nonfantastic; she is best known for the Clara Vine series of thrillers set in Germany before World War Two [not listed below]. She is of sf interest for Widowland (2021) as by C J Carey, an Alternate History Hitler Wins tale set in the occupied Dystopian Britain of 1953, whose Protector, Alfred ...

Finder, Jan Howard

(1939-2013) US academic administrator, careers counsellor and sf fan, active in Fandom from the late 1960s, initially as an organizer of conferences (beginning with the J R R Tolkien-themed "First Conference on Middle-earth" in 1969) and Conventions; his Fanzine was The Spang Blah (20 issues 1974-1980). He published some short fiction including "The Grapes of the Rath" for Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories (anth 1980) edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H Greenberg ...

Ragged, Hyder

Pseudonym of UK lawyer and author Henry Chartres Biron (1863-1940) for King Solomon's Wives; Or, the Phantom Mines (1887), a Parody of H Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines (1885), of sf interest specifically for the spoof description of how the protagonists travel in a Balloon equipped with a device which keeps it stationary while the world turns. This pseudonym has sometimes erroneously been ascribed to John de Morgan, himself the author of several Haggard parodies. [JC]

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

US academic critical journal sponsored by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, current, theoretically quarterly but irregular after the first four issues (1988), with a further 6 issues during 1989-1991. Then the schedule became more regular, and the journal had reached #21 (Vol 6, no 1) by 1994. Vol 1 #1-#4 published M E Sharpe, Inc, New York, subsequent issues by Orion Publishing, New York. The initial executive editor was Carl B Yoke; other editors Marshall B Tymn, ...

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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