John Grant (22 November 1949 – 3 February 2020)

jgrantAs a continuation to my previous blog entry here, I copy and paste from Wikipedia the following information to honour the memory of a good friend and fellow blogger John Grant, who left us too soon last 3 February, unexpectedly. 

Born as Paul le Page Barnett in Aberdeen, Scotland, Grant has sometimes written under his own name (Paul Barnett), as Eve Devereux and under various other pseudonyms; he has also ghostwritten a number of books. The author of some 70 books in all (excluding ghostwritten books), he has published several original novels as well as one novel in the Judge Dredd series and, with Joe Dever, 11 novels and a novella collection in the Legends of Lone Wolf series; edited several anthologies, beginning with Aries 1 (1979) and most recently New Writings in the Fantastic (2007); and has written dozens of nonfiction works, including several relating to fantasy and science fiction.His collaborators have included David Langford and, as illustrator, Bob Eggleton. With John Clute, he co-edited The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) for which he also wrote all the cinema entries. He has written numerous short stories, articles and columns. Barnett lived in New Jersey with his wife, Pamela Scoville, a noted animation art expert and co-founder with her late husband Michael of the Animation Art Guild Grant died in February 2020 at the age of 70.

Bibliography (This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it)

  • Vassal, Jacques (1976). Electric children : roots and branches of modern folkrock. Translated and adapted by Paul Barnett. New York: Taplinger.
  • Planet Earth: An Encyclopedia of Geology, 1977, as Paul Barnett (co-editor with Anthony Hallam & Peter Hutchinson)
  • Aries I, 1979, edited as John Grant
  • Phaidon Concise Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 1979, as Paul Barnett, edited by John-David Yule (Contributing Editor)
  • The Book of Time, 1980, as John Grant (co-editor with Colin Wilson)
  • A Directory of Discarded Ideas, Ashgrove Press 1981, as John Grant
  • The Directory of Possibilities, 1981, as John Grant (co-editor with Colin Wilson)
  • A Book of Numbers, 1982, as John Grant
  • Dreamers: A Geography of Dreamland Ashgrove Press 1983
  • The Truth About the Flaming Ghoulies, 1983, as John Grant
  • Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis, 1986, as John Grant
  • Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters, Harper & Row 1987, as John Grant. ISBN 978-0-06-015777-7 (first edition)
  • Earthdoom! 1987, as John Grant with David Langford
  • The Advanced Trivia Quiz Book, 1987, as John Grant
  • Great Mysteries, 1988, as John Grant
  • An Introduction to Viking Mythology, 1989, as John Grant
  • The Great Unsolved Mysteries of Science, 1989, as John Grant
  • Eclipse of the Kai, 1989, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Dark Door Opens, 1989, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Sword of the Sun, 1989, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • Hunting Wolf, 1990, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • Albion, 1991, as John Grant
  • Unexplained Mysteries of the World, 1991, as John Grant
  • The Claws of Helgedad, 1991, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Sacrifice of Ruanon, 1991, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The World, 1992, as John Grant
  • Monsters, 1992, as John Grant, US title: Monster Mysteries
  • The Birthplace, 1992, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Book of the Magnakai, 1992, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • Legends of Lone Wolf Omnibus, 1992 as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 1993 (second edition), edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls, John Grant technical editor
  • Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters 1993 (second edition), as John Grant
  • The Tellings, 1993, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Lorestone of Varetta, 1993, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • History Book, A Thog the Mighty Text (chapbook), 1994, as John Grant
  • The Secret of Kazan-Oud, 1994, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Rotting Land, 1994, as John Grant with Joe Dever
  • The Hundredfold Problem, 1994, as John Grant
  • Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, 1995, as John Grant (children’s retelling)
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy and Science Fiction Art Techniques, 1996, as John Grant with Ron Tiner
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. edited by John Clute and John Grant, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997. ISBN 0-312-15897-1.
  • Strider’s Galaxy, [Legend] 1997, as Paul Barnett
  • Frankenstein, 1997, as John Grant (children’s retelling)
  • Strider’s Universe, [Orbit] 1998, as Paul Barnett
  • Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters, 1998 (third edition), as John Grant
  • Enchanted World: The Art of Anne Sudworth, 2000, as John Grant
  • Guts, 2001, as John Grant with David Langford
  • Masters of Animation, 2001, as John Grant
  • The World, 2001, as John Grant (re-issue)
  • Albion, 2001, as John Grant (re-issue)
  • The Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery, 2002, as Paul Barnett
  • Perceptualistics: The Art of Jael, 2002, as John Grant
  • Dragonhenge, 2002, as John Grant with Bob Eggleton
  • The Far Enough Window, 2002, as John Grant
  • Qinmeartha and the Girl-Child LoChi, 2002, as John Grant, part of double book with The Tomb of the Old Ones by Colin Wilson
  • The Chesley Awards For Science Fiction & Fantasy Art: A Retrospective, 2003, as John Grant with Elizabeth Humphrey and Pamela D. Scoville. ISBN 978-1-904332-10-7
  • The Hundredfold Problem, 2003, as John Grant (re-issue)
  • Earthdoom! 2003, as John Grant with David Langford (re-issue)
  • Strange Pleasures 2, 2003, edited as John Grant with Dave Hutchinson
  • Take No Prisoners, 2004, as John Grant; story collection
  • Digital Art For the 21st Century, 2004, edited as John Grant with Audre Vysniauskas
  • The Stardragons, 2005 as John Grant with Bob Eggleton
  • Sci-Fi Movies, AAPPL 2006, as John Grant
  • Noir Movies, AAPPL 2006, as John Grant
  • Life-Size Dragons, 2006, as John Grant with Fred Gambino
  • Animated Movies, AAPPL 2006, as John Grant
  • Discarded Science: Ideas That Seemed Good at the Time…, Facts, Figures & Fun, 2006 ISBN 978-1-904332-49-7
  • Beer, AAPPL, 2006, as Paul Barnett
  • New Writings in the Fantastic, 2007, edited as John Grant
  • Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science, Facts, Figures & Fun, 2007 ISBN 978-1-904332-73-2
  • The Dragons of Manhattan, 2008, as John Grant
  • Leaving Fortusa, 2008, as John Grant
  • The City In These Pages, PS Publishing, 2008, as John Grant
  • Bogus Science: Or, Some People Really Believe These Things, Facts, Figures & Fun, 2009, ISBN 978-1-904332-87-9
  • Denying Science: Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality, Prom
  • Eureka!: 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History, Zest Books TM, 2016 by John Grant. ISBN: 978-1942186175

It can be added to the above list: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide, Applause Books, 2013, ISBN: 978-1557838315, as John Grant

Critical studies and reviews of Grant’s work

Enchanted world

You can also check, at his Wikipedia page, the list of Awards and Nominations granted for his publications; references; and external links.

John Grant / Paul Barnett Multi-award Winning Author Official Website


John Grant In Memoriam

descargaI couldn’t believe it or, to be more precise, I didn’t want to believe it when I read yesterday, through a social media post, that John Grant had passed away. Today I woke thinking that soon it was going to be belied, but sadly that has not happened.

I’ll miss him enormously. I had not the opportunity to meet him personally, but I always used to read his blog posts and, I like to think, he also used to read mine. Occasionally he used to  make me some comments and I particularly very much liked his sense of humour.

Even though I knew him as John Grant his name was Paul Barnett, an award-winning writer and editor, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but a long-term inmate of New Jersey, USA.

After the release of A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide John created the website Noirish, which acts as an “annex” to the encyclopaedia, containing longer, chattier and less formal notes on movies that, although possessing some noir connection, for one reason or another didn’t make it into the printed book.

As John Grant he has received two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards. Under his real name, Paul Barnett, he has written a few books (like the space operas Strider’s Galaxy and Strider’s Universe) and for a number of years ran the world-famous fantasy-artbook imprint Paper Tiger, for this work earning a Chesley Award and a nomination for the World Fantasy Award.

Read more here.

So long dear friend!

Next Christmas Gift Idea

I’m developing an increasing interest in film noir. For this reason I would like to suggest the following Christmas Gift:

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide by John Grant.

According to Film Noir, this book “is a 512 page behemoth that boasts capsule reviews of over 3,500 films. As you would guess the net has been cast far and wide to get this tally, with the publisher’s blurb telling me that the book covers “3,500 movie entries, including not only classic US film noirs from the 1940s through 1960s, but also modern manifestations like neonoirs and erotic thrillers. Films from every continent (except Antarctica)”.

Later on added: “Flipping through the book on my iPad, I see all the essential noirs are there, and Grant gets the stories right – something Silver & Ward in their pioneering effort, The Film Noir Encyclopedia, achieve only occasionally in their longer and rather overwrought entries. One thing Grant does do is avoid spoilers and this is definitely welcome.  His entries for the more important movies are longer, and provide some background and snippets on a movie’s aesthetics.” 

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Detailed Description:

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir (The Essential Reference Guide). Applause Books. Hardcover. 765 pages. Published by Limelight Editions (HL.314927). ISBN 1557838313. 8×10 inches.

Featuring rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, double-crossers, femmes fatales, and, of course, losers who find themselves down on their luck yet again, film noir is a perennially popular cinematic genre. This extensive encyclopedia describes movies from noir’s earliest days – and even before, looking at some of noir’s ancestors in US and European cinema – as well as noir’s more recent offshoots, from neonoirs to erotic thrillers. Entries are arranged alphabetically, covering movies from all over the world – from every continent save Antarctica – with briefer details provided for several hundred additional movies within those entries. A copious appendix contains filmographies of prominent directors, actors, and writers.

With coverage of blockbusters and program fillers from Going Straight (US 1916) to Broken City (US 2013) via Nora Inu (Japan 1949), O Anthropos tou Trainou (Greece 1958), El Less Wal Kilab (Egypt 1962), Reportaje a la Muerte (Peru 1993), Zift (Bulgaria 2008), and thousands more, A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir is an engrossing and essential reference work that should be on the shelves of every cinephile.

About the Author

John Grant, A Scot by birth but a long-term resident of New Jersey, is the author of some sixty books. His nonfiction has included The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney’s Animated Characters, Masters of Animation, three pocket books on cinema (Animated Movies, Sci-Fi Movies, and Noir Movies), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (with John Clute), and a series of books on the misuse and misunderstanding of science, begun with Discarded Science and continued most recently with Denying Science; for his writings on popular science he was described by author Gregory Frost as “the living heir to Martin Gardner.” His fiction has included novels like The World, The Far-enough Window,, The Dragons of Manhattan, The City in These Pages, and The Lonely Hunter, as well as numerous short stories, some of which have been collected as Take No Prisoners. For his nonfiction work he has received the Hugo Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award, and various other international awards and nominations. His editorial work, in particular his time running the celebrated fantasy art book imprint Paper Tiger, has brought him a Chesley Award and a World Fantasy Award nomination. For more of John Grant on noir and related movies, follow: Noirish “The annex to John Grant’s *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

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