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Walsh, Goodwin

(?   -?   ) US author known only for one novel, The Voice of the Murderer (1926), of sf interest for depicting the Invention and consequences of a kind of Time Machine which accesses sounds from the past; as the title indicates, the voice of a murderer is thus detected. Walsh may be a not yet identified pseudonym. [JC]

Du Bois, Theodora

(1890-1986) US playwright and author whose first short stories were published in 1920, but who is best known for her many detective novels, often on medical themes, and for several fantasies, including her first novel, The Devil's Spoon (1930), in which a young devil takes over a human being in order to fight against Satan's plans for the world [for Devils and Satan see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below; see ...

Bell, Neil

Preferred pseudonym of UK author Stephen Southwold (1887-1964), born Stephen Henry Critten; he took the name Southwold from his birthplace in Suffolk, because he despised his father, for reasons made clear in the semi-autobiographical chapters which recur in many of his novels; though it has been stated that he changed his name to Bell by deed poll around 1930, this seems not actually to have happened. At least one posthumous volume is copyrighted "Mrs Stephen Southwald". Though he also wrote ...

Pagliassotti, Dru

(1966-    ) US academic, publisher and author who is of sf interest for her Steampunk Clockwork sequence beginning with Clockwork Heart (2008), set in a world seemingly governed by a Computer-controlled Great Engine. The protagonist is a young woman in a guild of messengers who accomplish their missions with the aid of artificial wings (see Flying) made of ondinium, ...

Weird Comics

US Comic (1940-1942). Fox Publications, Inc. Twenty issues. Artists include Louis Cazeneuve, Dan Gormley and Don Rico. Seven or eight comic strips and a two-page text story in most issues. Weird Comics ran several series, each with its own creator – but these were House Names, the actual artists and writers would change, often leading to inconsistencies in art style, character, origin stories and setting. / Issue #1 ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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