(1937- ) UK poet and novelist, son of the poet Roy Fuller (1912-1991), active as an author of poetry from his first book, Fairground Music (coll 1961); The Illusionists (1980), a book-length poem, hovers at the edge of the fantastic. In his first fiction of interest, Flying to Nowhere: A Tale (1983 chap), set in a Land-of-Fable Middle Ages, a religious emissary comes to an Island where a possibly heretic miracle has long before taken place, and finds – at the heart of an underground Labyrinth – the abbot of the order busy dissecting bodies in a search for the Soul. Once this Recognition has been passed, the abbot urges, then we will be free. In the end, though ambivalently, the harness of this world seems to hold.
The Adventures of Speedfall (coll 1985) features an eccentric philosophy professor in various adventures, some of them supernatural. The various protagonists of Look Twice: An Entertainment (1991) leave a Ruritania called Gomsza in search of safety, but are ensnared in an Arabian Nightmare of Story by the fellow-traveller they encounter on the last train to leave the Duchy. The Worm and the Star (coll 1993) is a sequence of Fables and short fantasies, many heavy with message. Though not widely known as a genre writer, JF is a conscious and entertaining manipulator of genre material, and warrants notice. [JC]
John Leopold Fuller