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Samalman, Alexander

Entry updated 9 August 2021. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1904-1956) US author and editor who, after many years with Standard Magazines, became in 1954 editor of their sf journals, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Story Magazine (see Fantastic Story Quarterly) and Startling Stories, the first two of which were soon amalgamated with the latter, though to little avail, for it folded before the end of 1955. Relatively little of Samalman's writing is known to be sf, though his son reported that he wrote many sf and Horror stories for the magazines under a variety of pseudonyms. It has been firmly speculated – though there can be no absolute certainty – that under the House Name Will Garth he wrote Dr Cyclops (1940), a rather effective novelization of the film Dr Cyclops (1940), which is seemingly unconnected to the Henry Kuttner novelette, "Dr Cyclops" (June 1940 Thrilling Wonder). [JC]

Alexander Samalman

born New York: 11 January 1904

died New York: 21 January 1956

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