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Robert W. Lowndes

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Robert W. Lowndes

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Full Name: Robert Augustine Ward Lowndes
Born: September 4, 1916
Died: July 14, 1998
Occupation: Writer, Editor
Nationality: American


Robert Augustine Ward "Doc" Lowndes was an American science fiction author, editor and fan. He was known best as the editor of Future Science Fiction, Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Quarterly, among many other crime-fiction, western, sports-fiction, and other pulp and digest sized magazines for Columbia Publications. Lowndes was also a horror enthusiast--as a young fan, he received two letters of encouragement from H. P. Lovecraft in 1937. He wrote a number of dark fantasy stories such as "The Abyss" (1941) and "The Leapers" (1942), inspired by Lovecraft. In 1963, Lowndes initiated the Magazine of Horror (1963-1971) for Health Knowledge Inc., which mixed reprints with new stories. The magazine was popular and spawned several companion magazines: Startling Mystery Stories, Famous Science Fiction (both 1966) Weird Terror Tales (1969) and Bizarre Fantasy Fiction (1970). Lowndes also edited two non-fantastic-fiction magazines for the company,Thrilling Western Magazine (1967) and World Wide Adventure (1967), along with the speculative nonfiction titles they published.

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