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King, Tappan

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1950-    ) US editor and author, grandson of Austin Tappan Wright, and married to editor Beth Meacham from 1978; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Fearn" in Galaxy for September 1978, and wrote several stories until 1995. With Meacham he wrote Nightshade Book One: Terror, Inc (1976), which is supernatural horror in the Weird Tales Shared World sequence. He is best known for a Young Adult tale, Down Town: A Fantasy (1985) with Viido Polikarpus, who was also responsible for the book's illustrations; set in an Underground world beneath New York, where the young protagonist encounters a complex array of seemingly time-shifted conflicting cultures. The story Equipoisally applies sf tools (a Computer disk is central) to the unravelling of a plot typical of much Urban Fantasy [for this term and for As Above So Below see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. From the end of 1986 until it ceased with the June 1989 issue, King edited Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine. [JC]

Tappan Wright King

born 1950



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