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California sorcery : a Group celebration
Nolan, William F., 1928-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Abingdon, MD : Cemetery Dance Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
285 pages, 4 pages of plates] : illustrations ; 24 cm
Showcases 12 writers called "The Group" who in the 1950s and 1960s established the roots of today's science fiction and fantasy. Includes nine original stories and classic reprints ranging from science fiction to fantasy, crime to horror, the Wild West to small-town America.
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Always before your voice / Function of dream sleep / Wages of cynicism / Lone Star traveler / People of the blue-green water / C.O.D., corpse on delivery / Way of a man with a maid / Hungry Alice / Wind blows free / Different / Man who was Slugger Malone / Pilgrmiage
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Author Notes

William Francis Nolan is an American author who is best known for writing stories in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. He was born on March 6, 1928. He coauthored the novel Logan's Run and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1976 horror film Burnt Offerings which starred Karen Black and Bette Davis.

Nolan was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute and worked for Hallmark Cards before becoming an author. Among his many awards, he was voted a Living Legend in Dark Fantasy by the International Horror Guild in 2002. During 2006, he was bestowed the honorary title of Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Stoker award from the Horror Writers Association (HWA). He now lives in Vancouver, WA. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, Charles Beaumont, Ray Russell: during the 1950s and '60s these legendary writers and others formed a SF powerhouse known as the California School or, more simply, the Group. Within their abundant novels, screenplays, television treatments and stories can be found the genesis of much of today's SF, fantasy and horror. In what is perhaps the first anthology dedicated to the Group's writing, Christopher Conlon provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to its history and its influences on the popular fantastic form, from literature to Roger Corman's films to The Twilight Zone. Informative headnotes from co-editors Nolan (himself a member of the Group) or Schafer preface each author's contribution. Nine of the 12 stories are previously unpublishedÄincluding Bradbury's "Pilgrimage," which recounts with sharp details a young man's visit to his cousin's grave ("There were more birds in the trees than leaves, it was that early in the year"). Unfortunately, the collection doesn't present the finest examples of Group work. The biggest disappointment is Russell's "The Way of a Man with a Maid," an excerpt from an unpublished Victorian romance that, with its giddy, steamy prose, departs from Russell's better-known writings. Nonetheless, most of the contributions are adequate and a few are jewels, such as Matheson's tale of a small-town postmistress who falls in love with a visiting writer; an excellent example of character study, "Always Before Your Voice" seamlessly moves from idyllic sweetness to eerie suspense. Sure to provoke a better understanding of these prolific authors, this anthology delivers cogent literary history and generally enjoyable fiction by master craftsmen. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Christopher ConlonWilliam F. NolanRichard MathesonHarlan EllisonCharles BeaumontWilliam F. NolanJohn TomerlinRobert BlochRay RussellJerry SohlChad OliverCharles E. FritchGeorge Clayton JohnsonRay Bradbury
Introductionp. 9
Remembering "The Group"p. 35
Always Before Your Voicep. 39
The Function of Dream Sleepp. 63
The Wages of Cynicismp. 93
Lone Star Travelerp. 99
People of the Blue-Green Waterp. 163
C.O.D.--Corpse on Deliveryp. 177
The Way of a Man with a Maidp. 195
Hungry Alicep. 217
The Wind Blows Freep. 225
Differentp. 261
The Man Who Was Slugger Malonep. 275
Pilgrimagep. 283