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Lady and the Monster, The

Film (1944). Republic. Produced and directed by George Sherman. Written by Dane Lussier, Frederick Kohner, based on Donovan's Brain (1943) by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Richard Arlen, Sidney Blackmer, Vera Ralston and Erich von Stroheim. 86 minutes. Black and white. / This is the first of the three film versions of Siodmak's novel; the others are Donovan's Brain (1953) and Vengeance (1963; vt The Brain). Financial wizard W H Donovan is killed when his plane crashes in the desert. An ...


Chicago-based instrumental group. Their compositions are structured around carefully locked-together repetitive riffs and generate considerable quasi-hypnotic intensity. Psychic Psummer (2009) opens with the deep space tour "Gamm" (the name comes from an obscure Swedish record label); and the album also includes "Encino Man", a version of the 1992 movie Encino Man about a frozen caveman who is brought back to life in modern-day California. The group's third album, Neverendless (2011) includes, ...

American Fantasy

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird fiction magazine. Publishers: Nancy and Robert Garcia. Editor: Robert Garcia (series one); Robert and Nancy Garcia (series two). Five issues, May 1982 to Winter 1988. Publication was roughly quarterly. / This well-produced Semiprozine had two incarnations, the first comprising two quarterly issues in 1982 with critical material on Fantasy and Horror fiction, with some coverage of Cinema. A long interview with Peter Straub appeared in #1 (February 1982). ...

Teenagers from Outer Space

US film (1959; vt Invasion of the Gargon; vt The Gargon Terror; vt The Ray Gun Terror UK). Tom Graeff Productions/Warner Brothers Pictures. Directed and produced by Tom Graeff. Written by Graeff. Cast includes Dawn Bender (credited as Dawn Anderson), Harvey B Dunn (Gramps Morgan), Tom Graeff (credited as Tom Lockyear – Joe Rogers), Bryan Grant, David Love, King Moody (spacecraft captain) and Gene Sterling. 86 minutes cut to 72 minutes for home video release. Black and white. / Derek ...

Orgill, Douglas

(1922-1984) UK author, mostly of thrillers, from the early 1960s; of sf interest are his two novels with John R Gribbin, whom see for descriptions: Sixth Winter (1979) and Brother Esau (1982). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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