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UK Cinema magazine. Publisher: New English Library. No editor named. One undated issue, 1976. / This one-issue title was an unabashedly juvenile effort whose contents included an "interview" with Count Dracula and a contest to give away one hundred "vampire kites". Some more serious material did however appear, including a brief history of Monster Movies by film scholar Denis Gifford (1927-2000) and an article on performer ...

Frey, James N

(1943-    ) US creative writing teacher (he has published manuals in that field) and author, not to be confused with Mark Washburn, one of whose novels, The Armageddon Game: A Novel of Suspense (1977), shares its main title with Frey's The Armageddon Game (1985) as J N Frey; only Washburn's tale verges on the fantastic. The Elixir (1986) is a Gothic-SF/fantasy story of ...

Final Programme, The

Film (1973; vt The Last Days of Man on Earth). Goodtimes Enterprises/Gladiole Films/MGM-EMI. Directed by Robert Fuest. Written by Fuest, based on The Final Programme (August and December 1965, March 1966 New Worlds; 1968) by Michael Moorcock. Cast includes Harry Andrews, Julie Ege, Jon Finch, Hugh Griffith, Sterling Hayden, Patrick Magee, Derrick O'Connor and Jenny Runacre. 89 minutes. Colour. / ...

Russo, Richard Paul

(1954-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Firebird Suite" for Amazing in 1981. His first novel, Inner Eclipse (1988), is a strongly atmospheric tale, illuminated by striking visual images, which describes a search for Alien intelligence on a jungle world whose major industry is the export of an extremely dangerous recreational Drug. The protagonist, an empath (see ...

Page, Spider

Pseudonym of US author Donald Graham Cormack (1909-2002), active in the Pulp magazines beginning with his first recorded sale "Revolt of the Circus Freaks" (October/November 1938 Horror Stories); his Blue Steel #1: The Ultimate Answer to Evil (1979) had originally been written as "Slaughter, Inc" in 1943 to continue the Spider sequence (see Norvell W Page) in Spider, but was not printed then due to ...

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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