Visiak, E H

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Working name of UK poet, critic (a noted Milton scholar) and novelist Edward Harold Physick (1878-1972). His fiction – like The Haunted Island (1910) [for subtitles see Checklist], a complex tale featuring ghosts, Magic and piracy – is essentially fantasy, although Medusa: A Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy, & Strange Horror (1929), an almost surreal Fantastic Voyage into unknown seas, gives the eponymous South Pacific sea Monster, which dwells in a vast hole Under the Sea, an sf-like rationale. "The Shadow", a good surrealist ghost novella, appeared in Crimes, Creeps and Thrills (anth 1936) edited by John Gawsworth. As a friend of David Lindsay, who had strongly influenced his own fiction, Visiak contributed an essay to The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (anth 1970; vt The Haunted Man 1979). [JC/PN]

Edward Harold Physick

born Ealing, Middlesex: 20 July 1878

died Hove, Brighton and Hove: 30 August 1972

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