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Night Fright

Film (1967; vt Fright Night). Produced by Wallace P Clyce Jr. Directed by James A Sullivan. Written by Russ Marker from his original idea. Cast includes John Agar, Ralph Baker Jr, Dorothy Davis, Carol Gilley and Roger Ready. 75 minutes. Colour. / As two young people in a car are being romantic, there are radio reports of a falling UFO; within minutes they are attacked and killed by something unseen. Early next day, Sheriff Clint Crawford (Agar) is at the scene with a deputy and unnamed US ...

Gibbons, Cromwell

(1893-1977) US author – probably the working name of Francis Cromwell Gibbons, a chemical engineer whose two-book thriller sequence featuring the Pulp magazine-style para-legal scientific detective Rex Huxford comprises Murder in Hollywood (1936) – set amid the California film industry, with some mildly speculative radio Communications – and The Bat Woman (1938). Both tales are eventful, especially the second, in which Gibbons depicts a Neanderthal-like German Mad Scientist, ...

Schuster, Michael

(?   -    ) Austrian author to date exclusively associated with the Star Trek universe as an author of Ties, beginning with "The Future Begins" with Steve Mollmann in What's Past (anth 2006) edited by its various contributors; his first full novel, Star Trek: A Choice of Catastrophes (2010) with Steve Mollmann, edges into Dystopian sf. He should not be confused with the Michael Schuster who publishes nonfiction books on wine. [JC]

M'Guire, Sean

(?   -?   ) UK author of two Lost Race novels of interest. Spider Island (1929), set on an Island in the South Pacific, features the discovery of a range of Monsters under the sway of a race of web-footed amphibians. Beast or Man? (1930) combines Lost Race and feral child modes (remotely evoking Tarzan in its beginning chapters), but then shifts into an Apes as Human tale of some significance. Having reached manhood, the "Tarzan" figure trains his half-human son to ...

Winter, Ariel S

(?   -    ) US bookseller and author whose first novel, The Twenty-Year Death (2012) is a nonfantastic thriller told in three parts, each part in the voice of a famous crime writer (the first being Georges Simenon). A children's book, One of a Kind (2012 chap) is for younger children. He is of sf interest for his second adult novel, Barren Cove (2016), set in an Entropy-ridden seemingly balkanized Near Future America, seemingly close to the end-days of Homo ...

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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