Category Archives: RIP

Farewell to Brian Clemens (1931-2015)

News has belatedly reached Fedora of the passing of Brian Clemens, the creative force behind such classic British TV shows as The Avengers, its 1970s sequel The New Avengers, the anthology drama Thriller and The Professionals. Equally at home with mysteries, … Continue reading


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Farewell to PD James

News reaches Fedora that PD (Phyllis Dorothy) James, creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray, has died at the age of 94. She made her debut in 1962 with Cover Her Face and was soon trumpeted as a major innovator … Continue reading

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Richard Matheson is no longer Earthbound

We bid farewell to Richard Matheson, one of Fedora’s first and greatest literary loves. Born in 1926, he was the author of such powerful and influential novels as I am Legend and The Shrinking Man as well as dozens of … Continue reading

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Farewell to Bryan Forbes

It is with sadness that we learn of yesterday’s passing of Bryan Forbes, a capable actor who in the 1950s developed into a successful screenwriter and later moved into directing, making a succession of highly individual films that rarely bowed … Continue reading

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RIP Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

The American novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and all-round man of letters Eugene Louis ‘Gore’ Vidal has died at the age of 86. He spent much of his life living in self-imposed exile in Italy though returned to the USA in … Continue reading

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RIP Reginald Hill

The British writer Reginald Hill died on Thursday at the age of 75. The author of nearly sixty books (some published under the pseudonyms Charles Underhill and Patrick Ruell), he is best known as the creator of Yorkshire police detective … Continue reading

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RIP Gilbert Adair (1944 – 2011)

News has reached us here at Fedora that the British novelist, critic, poet, translator and screenwriter Gilbert Adair has died at the age of 66. He was born in Edinburgh on 29 December 1944 but for many years was based … Continue reading

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Jimmy Sangster (1927 – 2011)

The British writer-producer-director Jimmy Sangster (James Henry Kinmel Sangster) has died aged 83. Long associated with the films made at Hammer Studios, where he first had a long career as an assistant director before moving on to writing, he is … Continue reading

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