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Dracula vs Frankenstein

Film (1971; vt Blood Freaks). Independent International Pictures. Produced and directed by Al Adamson. Written by William Pugsley and Samuel M Sherman. Cast includes John Bloom, Regina Carrol, Lon Chaney, Anthony Eisley, J Carrol Nash and Zandar Vorkov. 90 minutes. Colour. / Dr Duryea (Nash) is actually Dr Frankenstein, who has set up shop at a sleazy sideshow carnival near Venice, California, and continues his experiments in a hidden basement laboratory, hoping to perfect a life-giving ...

Simmons, Dan

(1948-    ) US elementary school teacher circa 1971-1987 and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The River Styx Runs Upstream" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine in April 1982, and who was for some time thought of primarily as an author of tales of Horror, some of which – along with sf and Fantasy stories – were assembled in Prayers to Broken Stones (coll 1990). True to the instincts of that genre, his first novel, Song of Kali ...


Role Playing Game (1981). Hero Games (HG). Designed by George MacDonald, Steve Peterson. / The first edition of Champions popularized the use of a point-based method for character creation, an idea previously seen in Superhero 2044 (1977) and The Fantasy Trip (1977-1980 Metagaming Concepts) designed by Steve Jackson. All characters begin the game with a set number of points which they can use to buy skills and Superpowers, a process intended to ensure that players can create their preferred ...

Ace Books

US paperback-publishing company founded by pulp-magazine publisher A A Wyn in 1953. Under editor Donald A Wollheim, Ace published a high proportion of sf, much of it in the "Ace Double" format of two titles bound together Dos-à-Dos: the first sf story to be published thus was Theodore S Drachman's Cry Plague! (1953 dos) in the volume with serial number D-13. The series included the first or early novels of many writers who became famous, such as John Brunner, Samuel R Delany, Philip K ...

Utter, Virgil S

(1925-2006) US fan and bibliographer whose first publications were letters to Astounding in 1942 and 1944. He wrote or co-wrote several titles in the Galactic Central Bibliographies for the Avid Reader series. The entry for Phil Stephensen-Payne gives the full list of these useful booklets; only Utter's solo contributions, on George Allan England and Perley Poore Sheehan, are shown below. His final bibliography, of E Hoffman Price, was a contribution to that author's posthumous essay collection ...

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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