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Yeux sans Visage, Les

Film (1960; vt Eyes without a Face; vt The Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus). Champs-Elysées/Lux. Directed by Georges Franju. Written by Jean Redon, Franju, Claude Sautet, Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, from Les yeux sans visage (1959) by Redon. Cast includes Pierre Brasseur, Juliette Mayniel, Edith Scob and Alida Valli. 95 minutes, cut to 88 minutes, further cut to 84 minutes. Black and white. / Released in the USA with cuts as The Horror Chamber of Dr Faustus, and condemned in the ...

Dick Barton Strikes Back

UK film (1949). Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Godfrey Grayson. Written by Elizabeth Baron and Ambrose Grayson, based on a story by Ambrose Grayson. Cast includes Sebastian Cabot, Jean Lodge, James Raglan, Don Stannard and Bruce Walker. 67 minutes. Black and white. / Dick Barton – Special Agent was an extremely popular BBC Radio show that ran 1946-1951, with 10 serialized stories running over 711 15-minute episodes (plus a Christmas special). It featured the adventures of former ...

Wilcox, Henry S

(1855-1924) US lawyer and author whose first novel was Flaws (1885; vt A Strange Flaw 1906) initially as By a Lawyer, in which a small fraud concatenates into a country-shaking scandal. He is of genre interest for his second novel, a Lost Race tale: The Great Boo-Boo: A Tale of Fun and Fancy, Replete with Love, Wit, Sentiment and Satire (1892), an early American example of pornographic sf, though Sex involving nudity and Torture makes up only part of a complicated Satirical narrative. The heart ...

Holgate, Jerome B

(1812-1893) US author of A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation in the Year of Our Lord 19— (1835), a self-published Dystopia set in a Near Future City in Upstate New York where miscegenation is legally enforced, over against every decent instinct of whites, who (Holgate's anti-Abolitionist venom must have seemed grotesque even in 1835) faint at the smell of Blacks. Noachidæ: Or, Noah and His Descendants (1860) is a very much less offensive Lost Race tale set in Antediluvian times. ...

Radio Boys

Less important and numerous than the extremely popular Airship Boys tales and series in the first half of the twentieth century, the smallish subgenre of boys' stories devoted to Radio Boys remains of some interest in the development of sf. As usual in almost all the series ultimately derived from Dime Novels and – very frequently – written and published to emulate the success of the Tom Swift series from the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the Radio Boys books depended on storylines in ...

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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