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Le Prêtre, William

Pseudonym of UK chaplain, tutor and lecturer the Rev William Hendy Cock (1873-1938), author of the Near Future sf novel, The Bolshevik (1931), in which the Bolsheviks have created a Dystopian rule over France and Britain; an uprising ensues. [JC]

Screen Chills and Macabre Stories

Pulp-size magazine. Pep Publishers and Printers of Croydon, South London. Editor: uncredited, believed to have been Leslie Syddall. One undated issue; possibly November 1957. / This extremely rare publication is of historical importance since – although the exact date of publication remains unknown – it may have preceded Famous Monsters of Filmland as the first Movie Monster magazine. Contents included Horror fiction along with reviews of such current films as I Was a Teenage ...

Leslie, Desmond

(1921-2001) UK composer and author, son of the writer Shane Leslie (1885-1971) and best known for co-authoring with George Adamski (whom see for details and related works by Adamski alone) the famous early UFO book Flying Saucers Have Landed (1954; exp by Leslie 1970). Of more direct sf interest is Angels Weep (1948), a right-wing Dystopia, and The Amazing Mr Lutterworth (1958), in which Aliens avert the destruction of the planet through a device which provides unlimited energy: a Time of ...

Croft, Herbert

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 (1788 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist below] continues in the same vein. ...

Frankenstein's Daughter

Film (1958; vt She Monster of the Night). Astor Pictures/Layton Film Productions, Inc. Produced by Marc Frederic. Directed by Richard E Cunha. Written by H E Barrie, distantly based on Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Makeup by Harry Thomas. Cast includes John Ashley, Wolfe Barzell, Sandra Knight, Harold Lloyd Jr, Felix Locher, Donald Murphy, Sally Todd and Harry Wilson. 85 minutes. Black and white. / A descendant of the infamous ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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