Producer Richard Gordon (b.1925) died on November 1. Gordon moved from the UK to New York and founded Gordon Pictures, which imported and distributed numerous low budget horror films from the UK before he turned his attention to production. Beginning with the short Return to Glennascaul, which featured Orson Welles, Gordon went on to produce Devil Doll, Horror on Snape Island, The Playgirls and the Vampire, and Corridors of Blood.
Actor Sid Melton (b.1920, Sidney Meltzer) died of pneumonia on November 2. his largest genre role was as Ichabod ‘Ikky’ Mudd, the sidekick, on Captain Midnight. Melton also appeared in The Lost Continent and on an episode of The Adventures of Superman.
Actor Leonard Stone (b.1923) died November 2, the day before his 88th birthday. Stone may be most famous for his role as Sam Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He also appeared in Soylent Green and in many episodes of television series such as The Outer Limits, Land of the Giants, and The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1959, Stone was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in Redhead.
William and Kim Gilchrist of Damnation Books LLC have announced the cancellation of Realms of Fantasy magazine. The Gilchrists bought the magazine last year after Warren Lapine cancelled the magazine after purchasing it from Sovereign Media. The Gilchrists are looking for a buyer, but the magazine, still edited by its founding editor, Shawna McCarthy, may have published its final issue.