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Entry updated 18 June 2021. Tagged: Fan, Publication.


Northern Irish Fanzine (1952-1965) edited from Belfast by Walt Willis, with Chuck Harris and later Ian McAuley. 36 issues duplicated on UK quarto paper, May 1952 to February 1965, plus a single-issue revival in 1987 [see below].

Hyphen is probably the most famous of humorous fanzines. Although production standards (especially for early issues) were less than impressive, the quality and style of its writing made it not only one of the most admired fanzines of its time but also gave it considerable prestige and influence in Fandom. Contributors included Robert Bloch, Damon Knight, Bob Shaw with his regular column "The Glass Bushel" and other material, William F Temple and James White. The staff artist from issue #12 (December 1954) was Arthur Thomson as Atom, several of whose Hyphen covers are remembered as classics of fan Humour. There was a single-issue revival with #37 in Autumn 1987, subtitled "Forty Years of Irish Fandom" and with a new Atom cover; this was edited by Walt Willis with associate editors Chuck Harris, Bob Shaw, James White and Madeleine Willis. A further "tribute issue" produced as Hyphen #38 by Shelby Vick in Spring 1999 consists almost entirely of reprints from past issues, plus a new cover and brief editorial introduction.

Virtually all Walt Willis's fanzine writing of any significance has been assembled in various collections of which the more substantial are listed in his entry; see further reading below for collections that include all notable Hyphen contributions by Chuck Harris (author of the "Random" column) and Bob Shaw. [PR/RH/DRL]

further reading

  • Bob Shaw. The Full Glass Bushel (Reading, Berkshire: Ansible Editions, 2020) [nonfiction: coll: ebook: all the "Glass Bushel" columns plus other articles from Hyphen: edited by Rob Jackson and David Langford: The Glass Bushel: illus/na/Jim Barker]
  • Chuck Harris. Creative Random Harris (Reading, Berkshire: Ansible Editions, 2021) [nonfiction: coll: ebook: edited by Rob Hansen and David Langford: na/photographic]


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