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Phantasma

Digest-size saddle-stapled Cinema Semiprozine. Published by Atlas Publishing. Editor: Jack Brent. Four issues, 1988 to 1990. / A worthy attempt at a more scholarly film publication on Horror and sf than generally seen in the US, Phantasma perhaps inevitably attracted too small an audience to survive. Features included a study of the Frankenstein Monster in film, a tribute to Boris Karloff tribute, and a survey of Hammer Films. The final issue featured an in-depth look at the career of Ray ...

Johnston, J M

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known; he is credited with Brainchild (1980), an sf novel (see Mutants). [JC]

Moore, F Frankfort

(1855-1931) Irish author, some of whose work contains supernatural elements. Novels of sf interest include The Secret of the Court: A Romance of Life and Death (1895), in which a vast Underground complex is discovered beneath contemporary Egypt, home of the remnants of an ancient Lost Race whose high Technology is now lost, though the secret of reviving the dead is recovered; Dr Koomadhi of Ashantee (1906), whose protagonist enters into deadly Communication with a race of apes (see Apes as ...

Mariner, David

Pseudonym of Scottish author David McLeod Smith (1920-    ) under which name he wrote an unremarkable tale about Space Flight, international conspiracy and attempted assassination, A Shackleton Called Sheila (1970: vt Countdown 1000 1974) for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy

(1885-1939) Polish painter, playwright and author, who also signed himself Witkacy, a combination of his last and middle names; he committed suicide just after the Nazi invasion of his country when he learned that Soviet armies had attacked from the east, the direction in which he was fleeing. Much of his work, some eerily prophetic, deals darkly and humorously with the theme of a conservative world suddenly subjected to change, the clash of cultures, future totalitarianisms and apocalypse (see ...

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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