Visiak, E H

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Working name of UK poet, critic (a noted Milton scholar) and author 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. Visiak's personal knowledge of Joseph Conrad is reflected in the nonfiction The Mirror of Conrad (1955); as a friend of David Lindsay, who had strongly influenced his own fiction, he 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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