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Mamatas, Nick

(1972-    ) US author much of whose work has been horror or fantasy, of interest not only for his sf but for an assured and adventurous mixing of genres (see Equipoise), often couched as Satire, throughout his career to date; it is at times not easy – nor perhaps very useful – to fix particular tales into a safe generic framework, though his creative interest in H P Lovecraft makes it possible to describe much of his work in terms of Horror in SF. He began to ...


1. Perhaps the most famous of all Graphic Novels, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Watchmen appeared initially as a twelve-part Comic (September 1986-October 1987 Watchmen), each part corresponding to a chapter of the full novel, which was published as Watchmen (graph 1987; with additional material 1988). The initial premise is ingenious: given a late-1930s America where costumed Golden Age Superheroes exist, maintaining law and order on a vigilante basis, what sort of ...


Film (1994). Largo International N.V. in association with JVC Entertainment present a Signature/Renaissance/Dark Horse Entertainment Production. Directed by Hyams. Executive producer Mike Richardson; producers include Sam Raimi. Written by Mark Verheiden from a story by Richardson and Verheiden, based on the Comics series created by Richardson and Verheiden. Cast includes Scott Bellis, Bruce McGill, Gloria Reuben, Mia Sara, Jason Schombing, Ron Silver and Jean-Claude Van Damme. 98 minutes. ...

Curse of the Fly

Film (1965). Lippert. Directed by Don Sharp. Written by Harry Spalding, based on characters created by George Langelaan. Cast includes George Baker, Brian Donlevy and Carole Gray. 86 minutes. Colour. / This UK film is the sequel to the two US films The Fly (1958) and Return of the Fly (1959). The confused script is largely a rehash of them, but Sharp's direction, which concentrates on the mental disintegration of the Mad Scientist's wife (Gray), is – occasionally – visually ...

Death Race

Film (2008). Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media an Impact Pictures-Cruise/Wagner production in association with Roger Corman. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Paul W S Anderson from the screenplay for Death Race 2000 (1975) by Charles Griffith and Robert Thom, itself adapted from Ib Melchior's short story "The Racer" (October 1956 Escapade). Cast includes Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez, Ian McShane and Jason Statham. 110 minutes. Colour. / ...

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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