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Weird and Occult Library

UK pocketbook magazine, three numbered, undated issues 1960; published by G G Swan, London; no editor named, but was Gerald Swan (1902-1981). Weird and Occult contained a mixture of weird, sf and mystery stories, most of which had been gathering dust in Swan's drawer since World War Two. Unlike its companion, Science Fiction Library, the fiction was mostly by British writers including A M Burrage and John Russell ...

Bangs, John Kendrick

(1862-1922) US editor, playwright, poet and author, extremely prolific under several names from about 1880, though he increasingly used his own; most of his books are primarily of interest as humorous fantasies, though some are sf or sf-like. His editorial career with Harper's New Monthly Magazine (and its offshoots) lasted from 1888 to 1901, during which period he was involved in publishing work by Arthur Conan Doyle (whose work he parodied: see ...

Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine

US low-paying print-on-demand Semiprozine produced and edited by Cecil Washington of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It ran for eleven issues from October 2003 to May 2008, usually two issues per year. The magazine was dedicated to running Speculative Fiction either by Black writers or featuring Black characters and Black themes, but it was evident from Washington's regular editorial pleas that acquiring such fiction in sufficient ...

Track of the Moon Beast

Film (1976). Brandon Films/Cinema Shares International Distributors. Produced by Ralph T Desiderio. Directed by Richard Ashe (credited as Dick Ashe). Written by Bill Finger (credited as William Finger), and Charles Sinclair. Makeup by Rick Baker and Joe Blasco. Cast includes Joe Blasco, Chase Cordell (Paul Carlson), Leigh Drake (credited as Donna Leigh Drake), Gregorio Sala and Patrick Wright. 90 minutes, cut to 81 minutes for home video. Colour. / An ...

Naked Jungle, The

Film (1953). Paramount. Directed by Byron Haskin. Produced by George Pal. Written by Philip Yordan and Franz Bachelin, based on the story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" (1937 as "Leiningens Kampf mit den Ameisen"; trans December 1938 Esquire) by Carl Stephenson. Cast includes William Conrad, Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. 95 minutes. Colour. / This film is not strictly sf, though it does follow the basic ...

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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