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Landolfi, Tommaso

(1908-1979) Italian translator (mostly from the Russian) and author, active as an author of short fictions from 1929. Three selections, covering most of his career, have appeared in English: Gogol's Wife and Other Stories (coll trans Raymond Rosenthal, John Longrigg and Wayland Young 1963), Cancerqueen and Other Stories (coll trans Raymond Rosenthal 1971) – which includes the short title novel, Cancroregina (1950 chap; trans Jack Murphy 1950 in Botteghe Oscure), about a mad astronaut ...

Malraux, André

(1901-1976) French statesman, adventurer and author whose La Voie royale (1930; trans Stuart Gilbert as The Royal Way 1935) conveys a slightly peripheral Lost World atmosphere as its spiritually ambitious protagonist travel further and further into a heart of darkness in Cambodia and Laos, searching for a mysterious lost guru. [JC]

Chetwynd-Hayes, R

(1919-2001) Working name of UK author and anthologist Ronald Henry Glynn Chetwynd-Hayes, who also published stories as by Angus Campbell and Henry Glynn; though he wrote some sf, most of his more than 200 tales, beginning with "The Orator" for The Lady in 1953, are fantasy or horror. The Clavering Grange tales, a series which includes two novels and variously released shorter works, are set in a twelfth-century mansion in Kent, where hauntings are numerous; some of the tales are set in the Near ...

Finder, Jan Howard

(1939-2013) US academic administrator, careers counsellor and sf fan, active in Fandom from the late 1960s, initially as an organizer of conferences (beginning with the J R R Tolkien-themed "First Conference on Middle-earth" in 1969) and Conventions; his Fanzine was The Spang Blah (20 issues 1974-1980). He published some short fiction including "The Grapes of the Rath" for Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories (anth 1980) edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H Greenberg ...

Bennett, Robert Jackson

(1984-    ) US author whose first novel, Mr Shivers (2010), a supernatural thriller, plunges into what would become his dominant focus of interest: the Matter of America. In this tale, a man whose child has been murdered becomes a hobo in order to track down the eponymous creature responsible for this and other similar deaths, riding the rails of 1930s America in his quest for "justice" (see Crime and Punishment); Bennett portrays the troubled land with a melodramatic but ...

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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