Obituary: Gunnar Hansen

Actor Gunnar Hansen (b.1947) died on November 7. Hansen’s most famous role was his debut as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He went on to appear in numerous other low budget horror films, including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Chainsaw Sally, and Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.

Obituary: Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschckes (b.1930) died on November 7. Weschckes was the publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which specialized in New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality. Weschckes purchased 60-year old Llewellyn Publications in 1961 and opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis 9 years later. Throughout the first half of the 1970s, he ran Gnosticon in Minneapolis.

Obituary: Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards (b.1952) died on October 28. Edwards was a scholar of the works of C. S. Lewis and was the general editor of the multi-volume C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. He was nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for his study The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer and wrote other books on Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Edwards taught for more than 30 years at Bowling Green State University.

World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 8 at World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY. This year’s judges included Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. At the ceremony, David Hartwell announced the decision to discontinue the Gahan Wilson designed bust of H. P. Lovecraft in future years.

  • Novel: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
  • Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Short Fiction: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
  • Anthology: Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Collection (tie): Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Artist: Samuel Araya
  • Special Award – Professional: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
  • Special Award – Nonprofessional: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Life Achievement Winners: Ramsey Campbell, Sheri S. Tepper

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Mann Leaves Games Workshop

George Mann has announced that after 11 years working for Games Workshop, he has decided to leave the company to spend more time focused on his own writing. During his time at GW, Mann has helped build their The Black Library and the Citadel Publications Studio lines, as well as edit several anthologies and write his own novels, including the “Newbury and Hobbes” steampunk series.

Obituary: George Barris

Car designer George Barris (b.1925) died on November 5. Barris is best known for designing the 1966 Batmobile and went on to design custom cars for The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies. Barris bought the Lincoln Futura which was the base for the Batmobile for $1 and spent about $15,000 to run it into the iconic car. In 2013, he sold the original Batmobile for $4.2 million.

Obituary: Charles Herbert

Actor Charles Herbert (b.1948) died on October 31. Herbert appeared in the original The Fly, The Colossus of New York, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Men Into Space, and The Outer Limits.

Ignotus Award Winners

The winners of this year’s Ignotus Awards were announced at Hispacon, held this year in Grenada. The Award presentation was the weekend of October 31.

  • Novel: El mapa del caos, by Félix J. Palma
  • Novelette: Los centinelas del tiempo, by Javier Negrete
  • Story: “Casas rojas,” by Nieves Delgado
  • Anthology: Terra Nova 3, by Various authors
  • Non-Fiction: Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations.
  • Article: “20 autores de relatos de ciencia ficción que deberías estar leyendo,” by Elías F. Combarro
  • Illustration: Retrofuturismos, by Alejandro Colucci
  • Audiovisual Production: Los Verdhugos, by Various authors
  • Comic: Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations.
  • Poetry: Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations.
  • Magazine: Scifiworld
  • Foreign Novel: The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • Foreign Story: “The Player”, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Web Site: La tercera fundación, by La asociación Clitural Los Conseguidores

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Obituary: Melissa Mathison

Screenwriter Melissa Mathison (b.1950) died on November 4. Mathison is best known for writing the film E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. She also wrote the second section of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, The BFG, and The Indian in the Cupboard. Non-genre film credits include work as a location scout for The Godfather: Part II and as an executive assistant on Apocalypse Now. From 1983-2004, she was married to Harrison Ford.

Obituary: T. M. Wright

Author T. M. Wright (b.1947) died on October 31. Terry Wright began publishing fiction in 1978 with the novel Strange Seed, although in 1968 he published the non-fiction The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Flying Saucers. His short fiction appeared in Twilight Zone, Brutarian, and Cemetery Dance among other places. Wright occasionally used the pseudonym F. W. Armstrong and painted book and magazine covers.