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Brandner, Gary

(1933-2013) US author, almost all of whose works are either horror tales or thrillers, including several film Ties; he worked under his own name, which has sometimes been given as Gary Barander, and as Nick Carter, Phil Garrison, Clayton Moore and Lee Davis Willoughby. Of his large output, the best known title is The Howling (1977), a Werewolf story which was loosely adapted for the Cinema as The Howling (1981); there were two novel sequels and three further films, of which Howling IV: The ...

Grant, John

(1949-2020) Pseudonym of Scottish author and editor Paul Barnett, long resident in England and from 1999 in the USA. Under his own name he wrote the lightweight Strider Chronicles, a Space Opera sequence comprising Strider's Galaxy (1997) and Strider's Universe (1998), plus some ephemeral books, a handful of essays and reviews, and a nonfiction book translation. As Eve Devereux he published several works of nonfiction, chiefly ephemeral. Almost all of his copious remaining work was as Grant, ...

Flying Saucer Mystery, The

Documentary film (1950; exp 1952). Telenews. No producer, director or screenwriter named. Cast includes Admiral Calvin Bolster USN and Donald E Keyhoe; those added in the re-release include General John A Samford and Frank Scully. Approximately 9½ minutes; re-release 12+ minutes. Black and white. / Lost for decades until it resurfaced in the 1990s, this may be the first ever documentary about UFOs – apparently produced as a filler to be shown between full-length Cinema ...

Morris, Ralph

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of A Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel ... Taken from His Own Mouth, by Mr Ralph Morris [for full title and vts see Checklist] (1751), in which Daniel is shipwrecked on an Island south of Java, his industrious Robinsonade life being transformed when his companion turns out to be a woman, with whom he has eleven children; as the children grow, Sex issues are resolved by incest. One of ...

Chen, Mike

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Here and Now and Then (2019), focuses on the emotional travails of a Time Police agent suffering from Amnesia who must decide between his job and his new family after he is reconnected to his mission from the future. A Beginning at the End (2020), set in a bleak Near Future balkanized America after a devastating Pandemic, follows a cohort of survivors in their attempts to begin to rebuild a sustainable community. In We ...

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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