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Thom, Robert

(1929-1979) US screenwriter and author, of sf relevance mainly for his film work. For Wild in the Streets (1968) directed by Barry Shear, he wrote the screenplay, basing this on an earlier story, "The Day It All Happened, Baby!" (original publication not found); he was also responsible for the novelization, Wild in the Streets (1968). The surname of the rock star in this film – Flatlow – reflects Thom's original surname, Flatow, which was legally changed to Thom when he was seven. ...

To the Moon

Videogame (2011). Freebird Games. Designed by Kan Gao. Platforms: Win. / To the Moon is a graphical Adventure about Dream Hacking in which events are displayed from above in a forced three-dimensional perspective. Created in Canada as an Independent Game and set in the Near Future, its fiction depends on a technology which allows specialists to enter and manipulate the memories of their patients, lending an apparent reality to their unfulfilled dreams and ambitions (see Memory Edit). Since ...

Monster Howls

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Humour magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Robert C Sproul as Humour-Visions Incorporated. Editor: Milton Duggan. One issue only: December 1966. / Seemingly intended to test the waters for Sproul's For Monsters Only, this magazine appears to have been reasonably successful. It featured black and white photographs from various Horror and sf films, with funny captions attached. The rest of Monster Howls consisted of horror Comics and black and white ...

Yeux sans Visage, Les

Film (1960; vt Eyes without a Face; vt The Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus). Champs-Elysées/Lux. Directed by Georges Franju. Written by Jean Redon, Franju, Claude Sautet, Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, from Les yeux sans visage (1959) by Redon. Cast includes Pierre Brasseur, Juliette Mayniel, Edith Scob and Alida Valli. 95 minutes, cut to 88 minutes, further cut to 84 minutes. Black and white. / Released in the USA with cuts as The Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus, and condemned in the ...

Shirow Masamune

Pen-name and preferred romanization of Masanori Oda (1961-    ), a publicity-shy Japanese comics artist crucial to the dissemination of Manga into the international market. Beginning with Areopagus Arther (1980 Atlas), Shirow was published in the fanzine Atlas, home to his early work until he was reprinted by professional publishers. Shirow's meteoric rise in the 1980s found him catching the zeitgeist both in Japan and abroad, beginning with his comic "Black Magic" (1983 ...

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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