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Archive for April 4th, 2009

Bob Fischer – Wiffle Level To Full

Posted by demonik on April 4, 2009

Bob Fischer – Wiffle Level To Full: Daleks, Death Stars & Dreamy-Eyed Nostalgia at the Strangest Sci-Fi Conventions (Hodder paperback,  30th April 2009 £8.99)


Cover illustration: Joey Hi-Fi

Press Release

Publication coincides with the long-awaited return of cult comedy Red Dwarf for a 2-part Easter weekend special, 21 years after its initial launch.

When Bob, a sci-fi obsessed child of the 1970s and 1980s, discovered a Doctor Who convention taking place five miles from his front door, he couldn’t resist buying a ticket. Thus sparked a (mildly obsessive) marathon twelve-month journey around the country’s biggest and wackiest sci-fi and cult TV conventions.

`Behold the Sponge of Doom’

As Bob freewheels his way from Red Dwarf to Doctor Who, Discworld to Star Wars, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Robin of Sherwood, he discusses the rules of ‘smeg’ with Craig Charles, is brought to his knees in Cardiff City Centre by Imperial Stormtroopers, Joins Douglas Adams devotees hell-bent on destroying Blake’s 7 fanatics with water-pistols, and unearths all kinds of hilarious childhood nostalgia.

‘Peter Davison is currently at the Chiswick Roundabout’

Part fun travelogue, part field report, part charming misty-eyed childhood memoir. it’s compulsive reading — even for those who don’t harbour an inner nerd …

Bob Fischer is a lifelong science fiction and Fantasy fan who has previously enjoyed careers as a record shop owner, a solo singer-songwriter and a short-lived Elvis impersonator (one gig). He now works as a radio presenter for BBC Tees, a job that has led him to spill tea over Jack Charlton’s antique fireplace and sing on a UK Top 10 hit single (Bunsen Burner by John Otway, No 9 in October 2002). Bob has also won a prestigious Sony Radio Award. He lives near Middlesbrough with a girlfriend who thinks old-school Doctor Who is ‘rubbish’, and a dog that doesn’t mind the Jon Pertwee era, but if pressed would admit to preferring Blake’s 7.

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Ghost Stories And Other Queer Tales

Posted by demonik on April 4, 2009

Anon [Percy W. Everett?] – Ghost Stories And Other Queer Tales (Pearson, 1931)

“A compendium of  Uncanny Stories (Pearson, 1916) and More Uncanny Stories (Pearson, 1918) with some additional stories from The Novel Magazine” – Michael Ashley & William Contento,  The Supernatural Index: A listing of fantasy, supernatural, occult, weird, and horror anthologies (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995)

W. G. Litt – The Armless Man
Lewis Lister – The Terror By Night
Ernest R. Punshon – The Last Ascent
Hermine Black & Edith Blair Staples – The Mailed Foot
Theo Douglas [Mrs. H. Everett] – The Pipers Of Mallory
Paul Eardsley – The Jungle
Roy Vickers – The Eighth Lamp
Ernest R. Punshon – The Unknown Quantity
Cecil Morgan & Scudamore Jarvis – The Tomtom Clue
Margaret Strickland – The Case Of Sir Alister Morran
M. E. Royce – The Kiss
Roy Vickers – The Goth
Gladys Stern – The Tragedy Of The Loup Noir
Ernest R. Punshon – The Haunted Chessmen
Hubert Dayne – The Second Chance
William Pollock – The Man Who Got Back

E. F. Bleiler dismisses the bulk of the stories as “reminiscent of  Weird Tales in the 1920’s” and “Mostly crude horror”, the latter a comment he has applied to the Not At Night series, so depending on your point of view, a massive put-down or a huge endorsement.

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