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Screen Chills and Macabre Stories

Pulp-size magazine. Pep Publishers and Printers of Croydon, South London. Editor: uncredited, believed to have been Leslie Syddall. One undated issue; possibly November 1957. / This extremely rare publication is of historical importance since – although the exact date of publication remains unknown – it may have preceded Famous Monsters of Filmland as the first Movie Monster magazine. Contents included Horror fiction along with reviews of such current films as I Was a Teenage ...

Roberts, James Hall

Pseudonym of US author Robert Lipscomb Duncan (1927-1999), which he used for some thrillers at the edge of the fantastic, including The Burning Sky (1966), a Lost Race tale set in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, where remnants of the highly-civilized Hohokam civilization have survived in secret. [JC]

Bowen, John

(1924-2019) Indian-born playwright and author, in UK from childhood, active in television and radio; he was notable for his habit of adapting works from one medium to the other. His first novel, The Truth Will Not Help Us: Embroidery on an Historical Theme (1956), is a fantasy in which an eighteenth-century piracy trial is depicted as a twentieth-century event, with much anachronistic verisimilitude; the attack on McCarthyism is explicit. His first work of sf interest was "Living? Try Death" ...

Man or Astro-Man?

Rock band formed in Auburn, Alabama, in the early 1990s, core members being Star Crunch, Birdstuff and Coco, The Electronic Monkey Wizard. They might be Aliens who crashlanded on Earth, as they claim, or Brian Causey, Brian Teasley and Robert DelBueno. Musically recapturing the sound of the instrumental surf-guitar music of early 1960s acts like Dick Dale and the Chantays, but with an added punk gusto; they are steeped in sf influences, particularly 1950s/1960s Sci Fi movies, including ...

Self, Will

(1961-    ) UK journalist and author who early established a name for savagely gonzo Satire, both in his fiction and his nonfiction, where his targets run from adversarial anatomies of the State of the Nation to similar explorations and exposés of his own psyche, sparing nothing in his descriptions of his early years of drug addiction, and of his erratically transgressive acts as a human being. His work in all genres has the scatological intensity of Jonathan Swift, ...

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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