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Collings, Michael R

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1947-    ) US poet, story writer and author of a number of nonfiction studies of sf and fantasy writers, including several on various aspects of the work of Stephen King and Bibliographies of King, Orson Scott Card and Peter Straub. In Naked to the Sun: Dark Visions of Apocalypse (coll 1986 chap) and Dark Transformations: Deadly Visions of Change (coll 1990 chap), he published Poetry which tended to use sf and fantasy motifs as premises for metamorphic brooding. His nonfiction includes Piers Anthony (1984 chap), Brian W. Aldiss (1986), In the Image of God: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card (1990), Hauntings: The Official Peter Straub Bibliography (2000) and Storyteller: The Official Orson Scott Card Bibliography and Guide (2001), plus the various books on King: Stephen King as Richard Bachman (1985), The Shorter Works of Stephen King (1985) with David Engebretson, The Many Facets of Stephen King (1986), The Annotated Guide to Stephen King (1986; much exp as The Work of Stephen King 1996), The Films of Stephen King (1986), The Stephen King Concordance (1986), with David Engebretson, The Stephen King Phenomenon (1987) and Horror Plum'd: An International Stephen King Bibliography and Guide 1960-2000 (2003). His criticism tends to be theme-oriented. He edited Reflections on the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Fourth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (anth 1987). [JC/DRL]

see also: Greenwood Press.

Michael Robert Collings

born Rupert, Idaho: 29 October 1947






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