Fantasy Encyclopedia Updates: U to Z


UNICORN For "Imortal Unicorn" read "Peter S. Beagle's The Immortal Unicorn".

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UTTERSON, SARAH E(LIZABETH) B(ROWN) (1782-1851). UK editor of the early Tales of the Dead (anth 1813), which she translated from the French with additional material of her own. >> ANTHOLOGIES.


VAMPIRE MOVIES Dracula was released in 1931, not 1930. The sentence "vampires took on distinctly more alien forms" implies that all of the films then listed involved aliens, which was not the case: Blood of Dracula involves hypnosis, while The Vampire involves a pill. Return of Dracula is generally dated 1958, not 1957. German Robles's The Vampire is generally dated 1956, not 1957. The full UK title of the relevant movie is Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire. Blood Demon is generally dated 1969, not 1967. The Reflecting Skin is generally dated 1991, not 1990.

VAMPIRES Fuller ascription: The Vampyre: A Tale (1819 chap).

VANCE, JACK For "A Quest of Simbilis" read "A Quest for Simbilis".

VAN VOGT, A. E. Died 2000.

VENICE Further relevant titles are The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice (1875 Belgravia; 1879) by Wilkie COLLINS and Simple Prayers (1994) by Michael Golding. For "Farewell Nikola (1900)" read "Farewell, Nikola (1901).

VINGE, JOAN D. Tarzan, King of the Apes is not a movie novelization.

VIRGINITY The Tempest should be dated (performed c1611; 1623).

VIVIAN, E. CHARLES Further relevant titles are The Forbidden Door (1927) and The Tale of Fleur (1929). Her Ways Are Death was published in 1941, not 1939. This has significance in the description of the series, as it requires recasting of the claim that The Glass Too Many (1940) closes the sequence. Maker of Shadows (1938) should be listed between Nightmare Farm (1937) and The Ninth Life (1939), thus avoiding the embarrassment of the undated reference to it farther down the entry. The "one more mundane adventure", The Kleinert Case (1938), in fact features at least four appearaces of the "spirit" of the dead inventor.


WAGNER, KARL EDWARD KEW's publishing firm was Carcosa, not Carcosa House, which was an unrelated 1940s company. Carcosa won the WORLD FANTASY AWARD in 1976, not 1975.

WALLOP, DOUGLASS It was not a playoff game but the final game of the regular season.

WANDREI, HOWARD Missing pseudonyms include Graham, Von Drey and Garron (we have been able to ascertain these pseudonyms' first names). The last is particularly important, as HW wrote lots of fantasy for Spicy Mystery as Garron.

Ardanth is not a sorcerer from "ancient Thebes" but from the entirely fictional "ancient Cebes". He is noted as "red-skinned". For "The Monacle" read "The Monocle".

WARNER, SYLVIA TOWNSEND For "The Kingdoms of Elfin" read "Kingdoms of Elfin".

WATT-EVANS, LAWRENCE LW-E started using this version of his name as early as the 1975 story listed; his files were destroyed in a fire, but he thinks he started using it as early as 1972, when he was writing newspaper features. For "Legend of Ethshar" read "Legends of Ethshar". Add The Blood of a Dragon (1991) to the listing of titles in this series. The Spell of the Black Dagger was published in 1993, not 1994.

WAUGH, SYLVIA Queried birth date 1935 now confirmed.

WEIRD TALES Sam Moskowitz died 1997. For "Betancourt" read "BETANCOURT". The last two sentences of the final full paragraph in the left-hand column on page 1002 can now be amended to read: "Although the spirit of WT remained, the loss of the title took with it some of the soul. After four years the licence was reconfirmed and WT was relaunched with issue #313 (Spring 1998)."

WELLS, H.G. Born 1866, not 1886.

WEREWOLF MOVIES The Return of the Vampire was released in 1943, not 1944, and the grounds for labelling this vampire film as a "variation" on the werewolf theme are questionable. The Werewolf of Woodstock was a 1974 tvm, though possibly released abroad theatrically in 1975. TEEN WOLF inspired not just the sequel discussed under that heading but a tv series.

WEREWOLVES Debra DOYLE did not coedit Werewolves with Jane YOLEN and Martin H. GREENBERG.

WESTON, JESSIE L. Entry should cross-refer to WASTE LAND.

WHARTON, EDITH "The Fulness of Life" does indeed appear in a later collection: The Muse's Tragedy: And Other Stories (coll 1990) ed Candace Ward.

WHARTON, WILLIAM Birdy was filmed as Birdy (1984), and future editions will carry an entry on that movie.

WHISPERS For "The Bone Wizard" read "The Bones Wizard". For "Elle est Trois (La Mort)" read "Elle Est Trois, (La Mort)".

WHITE, E.B. Charlotte's Web was filmed as the animated movie Charlotte's Web (1973).

WHITTEMORE, EDWARD Three of the Jerusalem Quartet volumes are misdated: Sinai Tapestry was published in 1977 rather than 1979, Jerusalem Poker in 1978 rather than 1980, and Jericho Mosaic in 1987 rather than 1986. William Gaddis died 1998.

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WIESE, KURT (1887-1974) >> Walter R. BROOKS.

WILDE, OSCAR Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published in 1886, not 1896.


WILDER, THORNTON For "Our Town, New York" read "Our Town".

WILD HUNT Brian STABLEFORD did not write a book called Plague Warriors * (1991) but rather two books called, respectively, Plague Daemon * (1990) and Storm Warriors * (1991), both as Brian Craig. It is the latter title which features the (eponymous) version of the WH.

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WILLIAMS, CHARLES Bad cross-reference to LION.

WILLIAMSON, CHET CW's first story was "Offices" (1981) for Twilight Zone Magazine. [The entry for Shirley JACKSON appears in the Addenda, not the main text.]

WILLIAMSON, J.N. JNW has published over 150 stories. For "The Book of Websters" read "The Book of Webster's". For "Don't Take Away the Night" read "Don't Take Away the Light".

WILSON, COLIN For "Hoffman" read "Hoffmann". George Bernard Shaw should appear as George Bernard SHAW.

WILSON, GAHAN Still Weird has no subtitle. For "Weirder Yet" read "Even Weirder".


WIZARD OF OZ, THE To Further reading for 1 should be added: The Making of "The Wizard of Oz" (1977) by Aljean Harmetz and Down the Yellow Brick Road: The Making of "The Wizard of Oz" (1976) by Doug McClelland.

Under 4, for "Minelli" read "Minnelli".

Mention should be made of The Wizard of Oz (1922 silent), directed by Larry Semon and starring Dorothy Dwan as Dorothy, Semon himself as the Scarecrow and Oliver N. Hardy as the Tin Woodsman.

Return to Oz is set in 1899, not 1898.

WOLLHEIM, DON Elsie Wollheim (1910-1996) has been described as co-founder of DAW Books despite her nonappearance here.

WONDERLAND Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865, not 1864.

WONDER TALES The term in fact dates back at least to the late 19th century.

WONDER WOMAN For "Mike Sekowski" read "Mike Sekowsky".

WORLD FANTASY AWARDS Whether or not it was ever the case, it is no longer the case that WFAs are nominated by a panel of judges with the final decision being taken by members of the current convention. At present, the panel both nominates and makes the final award decision.


1985: For "The Bridge of Birds by Barry M. HUGHART" read "Bridge of Birds by Barry HUGHART".

Lifetime Achievement

1995: Ursula K. LE GUIN

Best Anthology/Collection

1976: For "The Enquiries of Dr Esterhazy" read "The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy"

1987: For "James M. Tiptree Jr" read "James Tiptree Jr".

1988: For "Dark Descent" read "The Dark Descent".

1989: For "Stories from the Old Hotel" read "Storeys from the Old Hotel".

Best Short Fiction

1975: For "Pages from a Young Girl's Diary" read "Pages from a Young Girl's Journal".

1981: For "The Ugly Chicken" read "The Ugly Chickens".

Best Novella

1983: For "Beyond All Measure" read "Beyond Any Measure".

1988: For "Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight" by Ursula K. LE GUIN read "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

1995: For "Last Summer at Mars Hills" read "Last Summer at Mars Hill".

Best Short Story

1982: Add "Do the Dead Sing?" by Stephen KING (joint winner).

1984: For "Elle Est Troi (La Mort)" read "Elle Est Trois, (La Mort)".

1985: Add "The Bones Wizard" by Alan Ryan (joint winner).

1988: For "Friends' Best Man" read "Friend's Best Man".

Best Artist

1994: For "Alan Clarke" read "Alan M. Clark".

Special Awards

1976: For "Carcosa Press" read "Carcosa".

1982: For "Fantasy Newsletter ed Robert Collins" read "Fantasy Newsletter ed Robert Collins and Paul Allen".

1984: For "Ian and Betty Ballantine, Joy Chant and George Sharp" read "Ian and Betty Ballantine, Joy Chant, George Sharp and David Larkin for The High Kings".

1986: For "Pay LoBrutto" read "Pat LoBrutto".

1987: For "Favorite Tales from Around the World" read "Favorite Folktales from Around the World". For "Connor" read "Conner".

1990: Mark V. Ziesing; Peggy Nadramia for Grue.

1991: For "Chizmarfor" read "Chizmar".

WORLDS OF FANTASY AND HORROR The magazine closed after the Winter 1996/7 issue. At end of entry add: "These issues have been treated as retitled issues of WT."

WORLD WAR I Time Enough for Love was published in 1973, not 1970.

WURTS, JANNY The Wars of Light and Shadows series is more properly listed as The Curse of the Mistwraith (1993) and The Ships of Merior (1994), the latter's two halves having been widely published separately as The Ships of Merior and Warhost of Vastmark.




ZIMMER, PAUL EDWIN The Dark Border fantasy series, as described, is something of a publisher's artifact. The first two titles, The Lost Prince (1982) and King Chodos' Ride (1982), which as written were a single volume entitled «The Dark Border», should be called The Carcosa Cycle. A Gathering of Heroes (1987) and Ingulf the Mad (1989) are both set in Dark Border country (the second preceding the first) but have little further connection. PEZ died 1997.

ZIPES, JACK Note subtitle: Beauties, Beasts and Enchantment: Classic French Fairy Tales (anth 1989). JZ's edition of The Arabian Nights: The Marvels and Wonders of the Thousand and One Nights (1991) should be mentioned.

ZODIAC Little, Big was published in 1981, not 1980.