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Masters, Anthony

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1940-2003) UK educator and author, active from about 1964; he was a prolific author of biographies; his eleven novels for adults are nonfantastic. Relatively early in his career, writing as Richard Tate, he published some deliberately exorbitant shockers, of which The Dead Travel Fast (1971) is of interest for its transgressive invasion of Dracula territory via a series of vampirish murders on a film set. Red Ice (1986) with Nicholas Barker is a Technothriller. Much of Masters's output for children and Young Adults is horror, though a series like Weird World, beginning with The Dark Side of the Brain (1997), allows Psi Powers explanations for the weird enablements that inspire and challenge its young protagonists. [JC]

Anthony Richard Masters

born Esher, Surrey: 14 December 1940

died Hastings, East Sussex: 4 April 2003

works (selected)



  • The Beginning (London: Bloomsbury, 1995) [Roadkill: pb/Paul Kidby]
  • The Alliance (London: Bloomsbury, 1995) [Roadkill: pb/Paul Kidby]

Weird World

individual titles

works as editor


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