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Ross, Joseph

Entry updated 9 April 2023. Tagged: Editor.

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Working name of US teacher and editor Joseph Wrzos (1929-2023). He acted as Managing Editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic 1965-1967 while continuing to teach high-school English full-time in New Jersey. He edited The Best of Amazing (anth 1967), selecting only stories from before he became editor; and Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration (graph coll 2012). His influence on the field has not been well publicized. He helped Sam Moskowitz with his Robert Duncan Milne collection – Into the Sun and Other Stories: Science Fiction in Old San Francisco, Volume II (coll 1980) – and wrote an article about it in the Winter 1982 Fantasy Commentator. He helped Peter Ruber with most of his projects at Arkham House but may only be formally co-credited on the Seabury Quinn collection Night Creatures (coll 2003). He also compiled the August Derleth collection In Lovecraft's Shadow: The Cthulhu Mythos Stories of August W Derleth (coll 1998) to which he contributed the introduction. Derleth's final sf anthology, New Horizons (anth 1998), was put into its final shape by Ross, who again provided the introduction. He was one of the consulting editors on the newly revamped (from 2012) Amazing Stories.

His name was added, as Joseph Wrzos, to the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2016. [MA/PN]

Joseph Henry Wrzos

born Newark, New Jersey: 9 September 1929

died 7 April 2023

works as editor


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