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Castle of Frankenstein

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Gothic Castle Publishing Company Incorporated. Editors included Calvin T Beck, Larry Ivie and Bhob Stewart. 25 issues 1962 to 1975 plus one Annual edition. Publication, though nominally quarterly, was very erratic. / This is widely considered the best of the US Monster Movies magazines, eclipsing ...

Gallego, S G

(1883-1944) Spanish-born author, in US from an undetermined point; John Smith, Emperor (1944) is a Near Future tale whose culture-Hero protagonist uses his Invention of a secret device to impose peace on the world, and to institute a Utopia where anything that the protagonist considers immoral (Sex is particularly offensive to him) is made ...

Baron Prášil

Film (1961; vt The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, Baron Munchausen). Filmové Studio Gottwaldov. Directed by Karel Zeman. Written by Jirí Brdecka, Josef Kainar, and Karel Zeman, based on the book by Rudolph Erich Raspe and Gottfried August Bürger. Cast includes Jana Brejchová, Karel Höger, Rudolf Jelinek and Milos Kopecký. 83 minutes. Colour. / In a film that combines live action footage and ...

Schutz, J W

(1912-1984) US author, mostly of short stories, and diplomat who graduated in science and later from the US Counter-Insurgency School. He was in his fifties when – to give himself something to do while stationed in West Africa – he began writing sf, with "Maiden Voyage" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in March 1965. His two Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited are ...

Davidson, Lionel

(1922-2009) UK author who began to publish short fiction – none of it apparently fantastic – in the 1930s, and who was best known for his intermittent but highly successful thrillers, beginning with The Night of Wenceslas (1960). In his second novel, The Rose of Tibet (1962), a young man traces his half-brother into a Lost World in the heart of 1950 Tibet, just as China prepares to invade; it is a tale full of the same ...

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 ...

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