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Wood, Edward D, Jr

(1924-1978) US filmmaker and pulp author monumentalized posthumously for his eccentric lifestyle and surreally inept attempts at genre B-movies, of which especially Glen or Glenda? (1953) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) have attained belated but unassailable cult status. His films are characterized by dreamlike narrative logic, bombastic dialogue, a repertory cast of vivid oddballs (including the elderly Bela Lugosi and the gigantic Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson), and the elevation of ...

Cunningham, Michael

(1952-    ) US author, most prominently of The Hours (1998), a novel about Virginia Woolf which won the Pulitzer Prize and other awards; of sf interest is Specimen Days (2005), which like its famous predecessor has a tripartite structure, in this case three thematically intertwined stories, each set in an almost animate New York, each featuring versions of the same three primal characters. The first, set in the mid-nineteenth century, is a Ghost Story [see The Encyclopedia ...

World Famous Creatures

Small US Bedsheet-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on mid-grade newsprint paper. Four approximately bimonthly issues published by Magsyn Publications, October 1958 to February 1959. Editor: M Leon Howard. / One of the first competitors of Forrest J Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland from Warren Publishing, this title was aimed at the same audience, which was just discovering the older Horror films and Monster Movies of the 1930s and 1940s thanks to Universal's "Shock Theater" ...

Lord, Gabrielle

(1946-    ) Australian author, mostly of thrillers, who has been publishing novels since 1980. Her fourth, Salt (1990), is a routine Post-Holocaust novel set in Australia in 2075 CE suffering from devastating Climate Change, the holocaust having been the product of Overpopulation, Pollution and dreadful damage to the Ecology; Sydney itself has been transformed into an oppressive Keep, but mutants roam the hinterlands. [PN]

Mailer, Norman

(1923-2007) US public figure, controversialist and author at the centre of American intellectual life for many decades after the publication of his first novel, The Naked and the Dead (1948), though his influence waned in his last years. Mailer's work was never identified with genre fiction, but all of his later fiction contain elements of Fantasy, with frequent evocations of an imaginative world containing spirits, paranormal phenomena and magical correspondences. Even a work as early as ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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