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I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Film (1957; vt Blood of the Werewolf). Sunset Productions, American International Pictures. Produced by Herman Cohen. Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr. Written by Cohen and Abel Kandel (credited as Ralph Thornton). Makeup by Phillip Scheer (credited as Philip Scheer). Cast includes Whit Bissell, Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime and Charles Wilcox (credited as Tony Marshall). 76 minutes. Black and white. / As the film begins, quick-tempered teenager Tony Rivers (Landon) is involved in a physical ...

Sterne, Julian

Pseudonym of UK conspiracy theorist and author Nesta Helen Webster (1876-1960), whose early Feminism faded after World War One, when her public avowal of the essential truths contained in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (trans 1920) survived the almost immediate demonstration that they were an anti-Semitic hoax; she faded almost completely from view. She did subsequently publish a novel no less implausible as history but marginally less unattractive to contemplate. In The Secret of the ...

Youll, Stephen

(1965-    ) British artist, identical twin brother of artist Paul Youll, who is sometimes credited as Steve Youll. The older twin, Stephen studied art with his brother at Durham's New College and Sunderland University, and they initially worked together as cover artists, beginning with a cover for Daniel Keys Moran's Emerald Eyes (1988). Their collaborative works included colourfully busy covers for the 1989 republication of Sheila Finch's The Garden of the Shaped (1987) and ...

Howard, Jonathan L

(?   -    ) UK game designer, involved with the Broken Sword sequence of occult-conspiracy Adventures (which see), and author who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Between the River and the Road" (June 2001 Realms of Fantasy). The eponymous Antihero of the darkly humorous Johannes Cabal sequence, introduced in "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day" (Spring 2004 H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror), conducts obsessive research into reviving the ...

Living Worlds

The notion that a planet might be a living creature is a rather startling one; indeed, it was initially used purely for its shock value. In R A Kennedy's remarkable philosophical extravaganza The Triuneverse (1912), Mars begins to reproduce by binary fission and its daughter cells devour much of the solar system. In "When the World Screamed" (25 February-3 March 1928 Liberty; April-May 1928 Strand) by Arthur Conan Doyle a hole is drilled through the Earth's "skin" and the living flesh within ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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