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Cook, Oscar

(1888-1952) UK editor and author, several of his tales of the fantastic being derived from several years in Borneo, "St Urag of the Tail" (July 1926 Weird Tales), an Apes as Human story climaxing in fatal devotions paid to a killer orchid; he is perhaps best known for the nonfiction Borneo: The Stealer of Hearts (1924). Of marginal sf interest is The Seventh Wave (1926), about a Drug-induced cure for a mysterious disease which causes blindness and intense pain; the tale climaxes in scenes of ...

H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror

US Semiprozine available as a Print Magazine for its first four issues but only as a downloadable Online Magazine for its final issue. Published by Wildside Press from Rockville, Maryland, and edited by Marvin Kaye. Of the print issues, all were letter-size except the third (actually #2), Spring 2005 which was standard size (see Magazines). The second print issue was an interim number #1.5 (Fall 2004). The magazine was a companion to Weird Tales, which it closely resembled. It ran fiction ...

Good Place, The

US tv series (2016-2020). Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television. Created by Michael Schur. Directors include Dean Holland, Beth McCarthy-Miller and Morgan Sackett. Writers include Megan Amram, Joe Mande, Michael Schur and Jen Statsky. Cast includes Kristen Bell, D'Arcy Carden, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Marc Evan Jackson, Jameela Jamil and Maya Rudolph. 52 episodes – each of 22 minutes save for the double-length series finale – plus six online ...

Nevins, Jess

Working name of US reference librarian and author John J Nevins (1966-    ), most of whose work to date has been nonfiction, with an emphasis on Fantastika, initially focusing on the study and annotation of Superhero Comics; he began to publish fiction with "A Jest, to Pass the Time" in Gentlemen of the Night, anth 2006, edited by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier. His first novel, The Datong Incident (2016), is an Alternate History set in early twentieth-century ...

Sargasso Sea

This region in the west of the North Atlantic Ocean, with Bermuda near its western edge, is named for the Sargassum seaweed that grows there and which – along with historical accounts of sailing ships being becalmed there – gave rise to the popular legend of a seaweed-choked Zone of mystery, a mist-shrouded oceanic Lost World of derelict ocean craft, very probably infested with Monsters and concealing lost Islands where Lost Races dwell. Beyond a perhaps exaggerated density of ...

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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