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Brandner, Gary

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(1930-2013) US author, almost all of whose works are either horror tales or thrillers, including several film Ties; he worked under his own name, which has sometimes been given as Gary Barander, and as Nick Carter, Phil Garrison, Clayton Moore and Lee Davis Willoughby. Of his large output, the best known title is The Howling (1977), a Werewolf story which was loosely adapted for the Cinema as The Howling (1981); there were two novel sequels and three further films, of which Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) is a closer adaptation of the 1977 novel than the first movie. The Big Brain sequence, beginning with The Aardvark Affair (1975; vt The Big Brain 1991), is sf in which the "Big Brain" protagonist – gifted with super-Intelligence – investigates offbeat cases on behalf of a secret US government agency. This series is entertaining but undemanding. [JC/DRL]

Gary Phil Brandner

born Sault Ste Marie, Michigan: 31 May 1930

died Reno, Nevada: 23 September 2013

works (highly selected)


The Big Brain

The Howling


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