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Adventures in Horror

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird fiction magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Stanley Publications Inc. Editor: Theodore S Hecht, anonymously. Seven issues, October 1970 to October 1971. Publication schedule, nominally bimonthly, was somewhat erratic. / A magazine of generally low-quality Horror fiction with a distinctly erotic flavour, with such lurid titles as "The Naked Slaves of the Master of Hell" (October 1970) and "Trapped in the Vampire's Web of Icy Death!" (December 1970). ...

Luna, Kris

A House Name used twice for Curtis Warren publications: Stella Radium Discharge (1952) by David O'Brien – continuing his International Research Council Future History sequence whose previous titles had appeared as by Berl Cameron – and Operation Orbit (1953) by William Henry Fleming Bird. [JC/DRL]

Wernham, Mark

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author whose first novel, Martin Martin's on the Other Side (2008), is a Satire so gonzo and broad that it approaches slapstick Absurdist SF in its portrayal of the vaguely Near Future Britain, where the action unpacks. The protagonist Jensen Interceptor – hired by the government to track surviving acolytes of the late television psychic Martin Martin, who threatens to return as the Messiah – accomplishes little, ...

Eisenberg, Larry

Working name of US author Lawrence Eisenberg (1919-2018), for many years Co-Director of the Electronics Laboratory at Rockefeller University. He began publishing sf with "The Mynah Matter" for Fantastic Stories (see Fantastic) in August 1962 as Lawrence Eisenberg, and became known for his comic sequence of stories about Emmett Duckworth; many of these were assembled – some published for the first time – in his only collection, The Best Laid Schemes (coll 1971); a further eight ...

Turner, T J

(?   -    ) US author of an Alternate History tale, Lincoln's Bodyguard: In a Heroic Act of Bravery Saves Our Beloved President! John Wilkes Booth Killed in Act of Treason (2015), the period and Jonbar Point being made clear in the subtitle. The story goes on to trace the bodyguard's subsequent travails, as his act of heroism has served to prolong the Civil War, his family is savagely torn apart; but ultimately Lincoln sends him on a secret mission to redeem ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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