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House of Hammer, The

UK small Bedsheet-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published first by G D B Limited, then Top Sellers Limited. Editor: Dez Skinn. 24 issues, 1976 to 1978. / The best-selling UK Monster Movies magazine of its day, The House of Hammer was attractively produced, with Brian Lewis covers for most of Volume One; further featured artists were Brian Bolland and John Bolton. Other contributors included John Brosnan, Ramsey Campbell, Alan Frank and Dennis Gifford. The publication naturally ...

Patel, Carrie

(?   -    ) US games designer and author whose first novel, The Buried Life (2014), set deep Underground underneath a Ruined Earth surface, long after a planetary Disaster; the tale is set in the great City of Recoletta, which has become a centrally-controlled Dystopia, its starkness ameliorated by a Steampunk sense that in Urban Fantasy terms Recoletta is a dark mirror of London [for As Above So Below and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

Live Action Role Playing

Term used to describe a form of Role Playing Game in which players physically act out their parts, as opposed to speaking them in the manner of a radio drama. An actual environment (for example, a castle or a city) is used to stand in for the game's fictional setting. Two main forms exist: those in which physical actions such as combat are enacted using padded weapons and similar devices, and those in which a set of symbolic rules (or simply the judgement of the Gamemaster) are used to ...

Anderson, M T

(1968-    ) US author who has written almost exclusively for younger readers and the Young Adult audience; for the former market – in series like the Norumbegan Quartet, which is set partly in an Alternate World, and the spoofish Pals in Peril/Thrilling Tales [details in Checklist] – he has restricted himself to Fantasy. The Octavian Nothing series – comprising The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party (2006) and The ...

Sackville, Orme

Probably the pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of several florid adventure novels, the first of which, The Curse of Amen-Tah (1933), may be of some interest. Of the remaining identified titles, all published in 1935, Jungle Goddess (1935) is of modest sf interest in its depiction of a female Tarzan who has been discovered in a remote African land; and The Island of Ghosts (1935) is set on a remote Pacific Island, where a Mad Scientist is ...

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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