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Russell, Alan K

Pseudonym of UK publisher and anthologist Lionel Leventhal (1937-    ), founder or co-founder of several firms, including Arms and Armour Press and Greenhill Press; at one point he also controlled Lund Humphries Publishing and Chatham Publishing. Leventhal is of genre interest for the Anthologies listed below, all reproduced from the original illustrated magazines, and all edited as by Alan K Russell; he also signed some material as by A Kingsley Russell. The accompanying ...

Valley of Eagles

Film (1951; vt Valley of the Eagles US). The J Arthur Rank Organization/Independent Sovereign Films (UK)/Lippert Films (US). Produced by Nat A Bronstein (as Nat Bronsten). Directed by Terence Young. Written by Young from an original story by Bronstein and Paul Tabori. Cast includes Anthony Dawson, Nadia Grey, Christopher Lee, John McCallum, Jack Warner and Mary Laura Wood. 86 minutes, sometimes cut to 82 minutes. Black and white. / Norwegian Scientist Dr Nils Ahlen (McCallum) has developed ...

Murphy, Warren

(1933-2015) US author, married to Molly Cochran, known largely for the Destroyer sequence, a long series of spoof thrillers, many with Richard Ben Sapir, featuring the Doc Savage-like adventures of Remo Williams, a White man (and avatar of Shiva the Destroyer) trained in the paranormal combat arts of Sinanju, which allow him (for instance) to interpenetrate his body with other matter (see Matter Penetration). The first titles were written mostly by Murphy and Sapir, who died in 1987, but later ...

Gordon, Stuart [2]

(1947-2020) US screenwriter and director whose first film, Re-Animator (1985), fully established the cheerfully gonzo transgressiveness of his treatment of horror in this and other Splatter Movies. The film is taken from H P Lovecraft's Herbert West – Reanimator (February-July 1922 Home Brew as "Grewsome Tales"; vt March 1942-November 1943 Weird Tales; 1977 chap), but the black-humour extremes to which violence is taken, as well as a clear linking of violence and deeply repressed Sex, ...

Hescox, Richard

(1949-    ) US illustrator who, between 1976 and 1993, painted some 135 covers for sf and fantasy books, and who thereafter has devoted his artistic endeavours to the Games industry and to private works. / Hescox received his formal art education at Citrus Junior College, Glendora, California, and more significantly at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, where he took Fine Arts as a major. Even while still there he began eking out an income by ...

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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