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Rocky Horror Picture Show, The

Film (1975). A Lou Adler-Michael White Production/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Jim Sharman. Written by Sharman, O'Brien, based on O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show (1973). Cast includes Jonathan Adams, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, Charles Gray, Peter Hinwood, Meatloaf, Little Nell (Laura Campbell), Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn and Susan Sarandon. 101 minutes. Colour. / This UK film created little stir when first released in the USA, but by mid-1976 it was attracting large ...

Barnett, David

(1970-    ) UK journalist and author, some of whose early work is horror, beginning with Hinterland (2005), in which the badland borders of semi-rural quasi-suburban England are Crosshatched with a land which seems simultaneously to resemble Faerie [for Crosshatch and Faerie see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Hell. Angelglass (2007) more ambitiously interweaves two tales set in Prague in different eras, the only immediate link being a mysterious wanderer ...

Swann, Ingo

(1933-2013) US psychic experimenter, artist and author whose psychic abilities were once compared favourably with those of Uri Geller (1946-    ); in his one novel, Star Fire (1978), a Near Future rock star (see Music), endowed with a unique mind capable of psychic feats (see Evolution; Psi Powers), saves Homo sapiens from enemies whose own powers have been given over to the dark. Some of his nonfiction work [not listed below] deals with UFOs. [JC]


US Fanzine (1962-?2001) edited from New Hampshire by Ed Meskys (1936-2021) alone for the first five issues, when it was a small, personal fanzine circulated through an APA; then with Felice Rolfe and Anne Chatland from #6, Chatland dropping out after #8. Under Meskys and Rolfe, Niekas established itself as a large and variegated magazine containing a mixture of articles, but with particular emphasis on Fantasy and J R R Tolkien. Al Halevy's "Glossary of Middle Earth" was first published in ...

Bertin, Jack

Pseudonym of Italian-born author Giovanni Bertignono (1904-1963), who moved to the US in 1907 and who published frequently from the late 1920s in various Pulp magazines, his first work being Western stories as Jack Bertin; in magazines, he published his sf or fantasy as John Bertin. His only sf novel, Brood of Helios (May-July 1932 Wonder Stories as by John Bertin; 1966), whose book version was released posthumously as by Jack Bertin, is an unremarkable adventure. The Pyramids from Space (1970) ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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