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Tales of Magic and Mystery

US Pulp magazine published by Personal Arts Company, Camden, New Jersey and edited by Walter B Gibson. It ran for five issues, December 1927 to April 1928. A weird fiction/occult magazine published partly to take advantage of Gibson's connections in the world of stage magic and particularly with Howard Thurston (1869-1936), for whom Gibson ghost-wrote several so-called true experiences starting with "The Miracle Man of Benares" (December 1927), and Harry Houdini, about whom Gibson wrote several ...

Dziemianowicz, Stefan R

(1957-    ) US editor, critic and author whose main focus of interest is Horror and supernatural fiction, in this capacity publishing many reviews in Crypt of Cthulhu and other venues since 1985, and co-editing the critical Fanzine Necrofile: The Review of Horror Fiction with S T Joshi and Michael A Morrison for its entire run of seven issues, Summer 1991 to Fall 1994; Necrofile won a 1995 British Fantasy Award. He has edited many anthologies, usually in collaboration, ...

Thompson, Caroline

(1956-    ) US screenwriter and author; she wrote at least three scripts for Fantasy films by Tim Burton (not given entries here), and for City of Ember (2008) directed by Gil Kenan. Of sf interest is First Born (1983), in which an aborted foetus either returns to life, or is the survivor of a Mad Scientist experiment on the part of the abortionist (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Muir, Tamsyn

(?   -    ) Australian-born author, in New Zealand since infancy and in the UK from some point after 2010, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time" in Fantasy Magazine for February 2011, most of her subsequent short fiction being fantasy. Her first novel, Gideon the Ninth (in Publishing 2019 Debut Sampler: Some of the Most Exciting New Voices in Science Fiction and Fantasy, anth 2019 ebook; much ...

Kavan, Anna

Name under which French-born, much travelled UK painter and author born Helen Emily Woods (1901-1968) wrote all her later fiction, her first six novels (1929-1937) being published under her married name, Helen Ferguson; the orphaned protagonist of Let Me Alone (1930) and A Stranger Still (1935) is named Anna Kavan, and after 1938 Edmonds went by that name, signing all her later books Anna Kavan (though she did not, as has been suggested, change her name by deed poll). Her life was severely ...

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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