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Vampire Bat, The

Film (1933). Majestic Pictures Inc. Produced by Phil Goldstone and Larry Darmour. Directed by Frank R Strayer. Written by Edward T Lowe. Cast includes Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne, Robert Frazer, Dwight Frye and Fay Wray. 63 minutes. Black and white. / In the village of Kleinschloss somewhere in central Europe, there is a rash of mysterious deaths in which the blood is drained from victims' bodies. Two small puncture marks are found on each throat, as if made by ...

Clarke, Susanna

(1959-    ) UK author, partner of Colin Greenland from 1996; she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" in Starlight 1 (anth 1996) edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, which was assembled with other tales in the thematic Raven King sequence as The Ladies of Grace Adieu (coll 2006), most of these stories serving as pendants to her ...

Davis, Mike

(1946-2022) US activist, editor, futurologist and author who is of narrow though legitimate sf interest for the Islands Mysterious Young Adult sequence beginning with Land of the Lost Mammoths: A Science Adventure (2003), whose three young protagonists while visiting Greenland are transported to a Lost World in the interior of the great Island, where they encounter Vikings, flora ...

Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1996). Original title Tokumu Sentai Shainzuman. Based on the Manga by Kaimu Tachibana. Production I.G. Directed by Shinya Sadamitsu. Written by Hideki Sonoda. Voice cast includes Yasunori Matsumoto, Ryoko Sakakibara, Nozomu Sasaki, Toshihiko Seki and Hekiru Shiina. Two 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This is an affectionate Parody of ...

Whitnall, Harold O

(1877-1945) US academic and author, whose nonfiction focused on prehistory, with popular studies of early flora and fauna. His Hunter of the Caverns (1939) is a Prehistoric SF tale set in southern France about 30,000 years ago. [JC]

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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