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Van Ash, Cay

(1918-1994) UK academic and author long associated with Sax Rohmer, whose biography, Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer (1972), he wrote with Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. He is of sf interest for a Fu Manchu Sequel by Other Hands series comprising Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Matches his Wits with the Diabolical Dr Fu Manchu (1984) and The Fires of Fu Manchu ...

Night of the Blood Beast

Film (1958). Balboa, American International Pictures. Directed by Bernard Kowalski. Written by Martin Varno, based on a story by Gene Corman. Cast includes John Baer, Michael Emmet and Angela Greene. 65 minutes. Black and white. / In this typically cheap 1950s Corman production (the executive producer was Roger Corman; his brother Gene produced it from his own story), a ...

Wilson, H W

(1866-1940) UK journalist and author, a founder of the Navy League, and with one of its members, Arnold Henry White, author of a Future War tale, When War Breaks Out [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1898 chap), which dramatizes the dangers of an unprepared navy [for further details see entry on his collaborator]. [JC]

Navarro, Yvonne

(1957-    ) US author, married to Weston Ochse; her work is mostly fantasy and urban fantasy (in its twenty-first century sense as a term describing supernatural fictions set in Cities with romantic plots often involving Vampires, Werewolves and/or Zombies, but normally discounting sf-like rationalizations). She began publishing ...


US Fanzine edited by Redd Boggs; also known as Sky Hook. Twenty-five issues, quarterly although with irregularities, from Winter 1948 to Autumn 1957. Of particular note was the "Pro-Phile" critical column by James Blish writing as William Atheling Jr, launched in issue 15 (Autumn 1952): these essays made up the bulk of Blish's first book of sf criticism, The Issue at Hand (coll 1964) as by William Atheling Jr. ...

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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