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Sim, Dave

(1958-    ) Canadian artist and author, creator of Cerebus the Aardvark, the abrasive and perverse eponymous star of a satirical Comic book originally intended as a pastiche of Robert E Howard's Conan the Barbarian, and which has lampooned a number of the leading characters of the Heroic-Fantasy and comics genres. The comic book features several Parody characters including Elrod of Melvinbone (spoofing Michael Moorcock's Elric), Bran Mak Mufin (Howard's Bran Mak Morn) and ...

Moore, Brian

(1921-1999) Irish-born author, in Canada 1948-1959, in the USA from 1959, best known for non-genre works like The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1960); he also published at least seven detective thrillers beginning with Wreath for a Redhead (1951) under his own name and as by Bernard Mara and Michael Bryan. Several of his novels contain strong elements of fantasy, like Fergus (1970) and Cold Heaven (1983), two tales linked by their preoccupation with the dead – dead parents visiting their child; ...

Townsend, Eric

Pseudonym of UK author Eric William MacLean (1901-?   ), who also wrote as by Eric W Townsend, almost exclusively for Boys' Papers; much of this work has never appeared in book form, with two exceptions of some sf interest. The Bell of Santadino (13 January 1922 Champion; 1937) revolves around a giant bell, likely of ancient origin, which is discovered in the mountains of Peru. The Lair of the Bird-Men (1938), is a Lost Race tale featuring a hirsute minuscule race of humanoids ...

Pow, Tom

(1950-    ) Scottish poet and author of two Young Adult tales: Scabbit Isle (2003), set in a surreal townscape and countryside haunted by a cemetery where plague victims had been buried centuries earlier; and The Pack (2004), a Young Adult tale set in a Dystopian Near Future UK where the wealthy hide themselves in an armoured Keep called The Invisible City, while the poor scrabble and starve in The Zones and The Forbidden Territories. Analogies with life in twenty-first ...

3-D Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Published by Myron Fass as Fair Publishing Limited. No editor named. One undated issue, 1964. / This unusual publication featured ten pages of rather blurry 3-D photographs and a bound-in pair of three-dimensional spectacles. Other content consisted of conventional photographs and short, uncredited articles on various Horror films and Monster Movies of the period. 3-D Monsters is of some historical interest as apparently being the first US ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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