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Web Terror Stories

US Digest-size weird fiction magazine. Published by Robert C Sproul (1920-2007) as Candar Publishing Company. Credited editor was Sproul. Eight issues, August 1962 to June 1965. Publication, nominally quarterly, was in fact erratic. / This title has a complex history involving several name changes. It began as Saturn, which Sproul had published briefly from 1957 to 1958; this continued as the crime magazine Saturn Web Detective Stories from August 1958, then as Web Detective Stories to July ...

Heartbeeps

Film (1981). Universal. Directed by Allan Arkush. Written by John Hill. Cast includes Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters and Randy Quaid. 79 minutes. Colour. / Obviously disliked by its distributors, who trimmed it by ten minutes before release (not enough action) and then allowed it to sink almost without trace, this film is a mildly amusing, perhaps over-cute, extremely silly comedy about two domestic Robots (male and female) who escape from the repair shop and fall in love. It oscillates ...

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

Film (1983). Delphi Productions/Columbia. Directed by Lamont Johnson. Written by David Preston, Edith Rey, Dan Goldberg, Len Blum, from a story by Stewart Harding, Jean Lafleur. Cast includes Ernie Hudson, Michael Ironside, Molly Ringwald and Peter Strauss. 90 minutes (but reported as being originally 105 minutes). Made in 3D. Colour. / Bedevilled with production problems, changing directors in midstream (it was begun by Jean Lafleur), suffering from the ominous stigma of six screenwriting ...

Smith, Kathryn

(1971-    ) Canadian author who also writes as by Kady Cross, Kate Cross and Kate Locke, each name being attached to a separate subgenre for marketing purposes. Kathryn Smith has focused on paranormal romances, specifically the Brotherhood of the Blood and Nightmare Chronicles series; Kady Cross on Steampunk romances for the Young Adult market, specifically the Steampunk Chronicles beginning with The Girl in the Steel Corset (2011); Kate Cross on adult steampunk romances, ...

Fairman, Henry Clay

(1848-1899) US lawyer, editor and author whose Lost World novel, The Third World: A Tale of Love and Strange Adventure (21 April-October [or later] 1894 The Sunny South; 1895) oddly (though crudely) prefigures Dan Simmons's The Terror (2007) in depicting the rescue by an Eskimo of the last survivor of the John Franklin expedition (circa 1850), who then finds a 150 mile passage into a Hollow Earth enclave directly under the North Pole, whose inhabitants are advanced, though they suffer (as ...

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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