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Lauria, Frank

(1935-2022) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with Doctor Orient (1970), opening the Dr Owen Orient sequence of occult thrillers in urban-fantasy vein, in which the eponymous investigator – gifted with Psi Powers – tangles with such expected menaces as Vampires, voodoo, Werewolves and Zombies, these threats often taking ...

Strand Magazine, The

UK magazine published monthly from January 1891 to March 1950, 710 issues (May/June 1947 issue combined), published by George Newnes Ltd, London; edited until December 1930 by H Greenhough Smith and subsequently by Reeves Shaw (1931-1941), R J Minney (1941-1942), Reginald Pound (1942-1946) and Macdonald Hastings (1946-1950). The Strand was Britain's premier magazine of general interest and popular fiction. Newnes took advantage of new printing techniques to have a heavily illustrated ...

McDonnell, Caimh

(1975-    ) Irish stand-up comedian and author whose nonfantastic novels [not listed below] have appeared as by Caimh McDonnell. His only work of some sf interest, The Stranger Times (2021) as by C K McDonnell, is a spoofish Satire on a more or less contemporary Britain not dissimilar to the societies portrayed by authors like Tom Holt or Robert Rankin. The protagonist of ...

Ross, Joseph

Working name of US teacher and editor Joseph Wrzos (1929-2023). He acted as Managing Editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic 1965-1967 while continuing to teach high-school English full-time in New Jersey. He edited The Best of Amazing (anth 1967), selecting only stories from before he became editor; and Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration (graph coll 2012). His influence on the field has not been well ...

Clifton, Mark

(1906-1963) US author, an industrial psychologist for many years until his retirement around 1950 – mostly occupied in personnel work, putting together many thousands of case histories from which he extrapolated conclusions after the fashion of Kinsey and Sheldon. This practical experience, and the slant of mind it fuelled, mark his work as a writer, beginning with his first stories of genre interest, "What Have I Done?" for Astounding in May 1952, and the ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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