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Dark Shadows

US tv series (1966-1971). Dan Curtis Productions for ABC. Created by Dan Curtis. Producers included Curtis, Robert Costello, George DiCenzo, Peter Miner, Lela Swift and Sy Tomashoff. Directors included Lela Swift and John Sedwick. Writers included Art Wallace, Gordon Russell and Sam Hall. Cast included Alexandra Moltke (Victoria Winters), Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Joan Bennett (Elizabeth Collins), Louis Edmonds (Roger Collins), Thayer David (Ben Stokes), Grayson Hall (Julia Hoffman) and ...

Jackson, Geo Russell

(circa 1834-1892) Scottish-born journalist, songwriter and author, in the US from an early age; his Young Adult novel, Ambregris Island; Or, the New El Dorado (1882), flirts enticingly with the Lost Race tale – the eponymous Island contains huge quantities of ambergris and an unknown tribe – and boasts a sea serpent (see Monsters). [JC]

Chester, Lillian

(1887-1961) US screenwriter and author who seems to have worked exclusively in collaboration with her husband, George Randolph Chester, after their marriage in 1911; it now seems unclear who was the senior partner (the two credited each other generously), though in the early twentieth century her husband was assumed to dominate. Of his (or their) works of interest, only The Ball of Fire (1914), a Near Future tale in which a magnate comes to dominate the Transportation networks of the world, is ...

Vardeman, Robert E

(1947-    ) US author whose ruthless productivity – he has written about sixty books since his first sf novel, Pleasure Planet (1974 as by Edward E George; vt Outer Space Embrace 1978 as by Monica Mounds; vt Janet's Sex Planet 1980 as by Carrie Onn; vt Intergalactic Orgy 1983 as Obie Khan; vt Sexual Coquette 1985 dos as by Marv Elous; vt Playing with Desire 1986 as by Fred Sparkrock) – has yet to give birth to tales that are more than workmanlike. As well as some ...

Lynch, Colonel Arthur

Form of his name sometimes used by Australian-born soldier, medical doctor, politician, civil engineer and author Arthur Alfred Lynch (1861-1934), in UK and US and Ireland variously; in the UK in 1903 he was sentenced to death by hanging for his involvement on the Boer side of the Second Boer War (where he was made Colonel), but was released about a year later. His written work is very various, with one novel, Seraph Wings (1923), being of sf interest for its positive depiction of the ...

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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