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Devil Bat, The

Film (1940; vt Killer Bats). Producers Releasing Corporation. Produced by Jack Gallagher. Directed by Jean Yarbrough (as Jean Yarborough). Written by John T Neville from an original story by George Bricker. Cast includes Yolande Donlan (credited as Yolande Mallott), Suzanne Kaaren, Bela Lugosi, Edmund Mortimer (as Edward Mortimer) and Dave O'Brien. 68 minutes. Black and white. / Dr Paul Carruthers (Lugosi) is a Mad Scientist who feels he has been cheated out of his share of an aftershave ...

Essex House

A short-lived (1968-1969) Los Angeles publishing imprint, a subsidiary of Milton Luros's Parliament News, Inc, specializing in highbrow erotica. Many Essex House novelists were young serious writers (several of them poets), and some used scenarios drawn from sf and fantasy, including future Dystopias, as settings for their pornography. About half the 42 titles published by Essex House were sf/fantasy; they included novels by Philip José Farmer, Richard E Geis, David Meltzer (perhaps the ...

Suprynowicz, Vin

(circa 1950-    ) US Libertarian columnist and author whose sf novel, The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance (2005), seems written mainly to advocate his Politics views. Near Future America is dominated by a surveillance-obsessed authoritarian government which exercises much of its authority through militarized police units known as the Homeland Security Special Forces. The protagonist – pictured as a Superman with some powers verging on the supernatural – ...

Garson, Vaseleos

Pseudonym of US author William J Garson (?   -    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "One Against the Stars" for Planet Stories in Summer 1944, and who was moderately active in the 1940s. His sf novel, Brother Earth (1974), is an elaborate but unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Geissler, Ludwig A

(?   -?   ) US author, not to be confused with the American writer Ludwig S Geissler, or with several Germans with the same name; his Looking Beyond: A Sequel to "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy, and an Answer to "Looking Forward" by Richard Michaelis (1891), is a Sequel by Other Hands which, with some ingenuity, treats the return to 1888 of Julian West, Edward Bellamy's original protagonist, as a dream, while also treated Richard Michaelis's negative sequel to ...

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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