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Rice, Jeff

Working name of US author Jeffrey Grant Rice (1944-2015), best known for his novel The Night Stalker (written 1970; 1973), which before publication was adapted by Richard Matheson as the made-for-television film The Night Stalker (1972). The protagonist of both book and film is newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, whose investigation of a serial killer leads to a Vampire culprit. The next, very ...

Mason, Edith Huntington

(1881-?   ) US author of the marginally Near Future The Great Plan (1913), in which a rich young American woman establishes a Utopian enclave on the banks of the Rhine in Germany, with the intention of upraising German women to a status equal to men (see Feminism); but romance intervenes. [JC]


1. Variant title of the film Forbidden World (1982). / 2. Film (1983; vt Night Shadows). Film Ventures International. Directed by John Bud Cardos. Written by Peter Z Orton, Michael Jones, John C Kruize. Cast includes Cary Guffey, Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, Jody Medford, Lee Montgomery and Jennifer Warren. 99 minutes. Colour. / When their car is wrecked by fun-loving good ole boys, two city slickers are trapped in a ...

Vian, Boris

(1920-1959) French engineer, translator, jazz trumpeter, singer songwriter, playwright and author, his copious collected works amounting to more than fifty volumes; he was Transcendental Satrap of the Collège de 'Pataphysique, and a fine dramatist of the absurd (see Fabulation) who will be perhaps best remembered for his eloquent advocacy of American jazz, for his 400 songs (see Music) and for such plays as ...

Sherman, Harold M

(1898-1987) US psychic researcher, journalist from about 1921, screenwriter, playwright and author whose first work of sf interest was The Land of Monsters (1931), an adventure featuring Dinosaurs as Monsters. In the Tahara sequence – Tahara, Boy King of the Desert (1933), Tahara Among African Tribes (1933), Tahara, Boy Mystic of India (1933) and ...

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 ...

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