Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Moore, Brian

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(1921-1999) Irish-born writer, a Canadian citizen resident in the USA from 1959, best-known for nongenre work like Judith Hearne (1955 UK; vt The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1956 US), the first novel now commonly ascribed to him, though he did in fact write some early detective thrillers under his own name and as by Bernard Mara and (later) Michael Bryan. Of his novels which incorporate some element of the fantastic, Catholics (1972 Canada) is closest to sf. Of more direct fantasy interest are tales which equivocate with themes typical of Supernatural Fiction. In Fergus (1970) an expatriate Irish novelist is haunted by Ghosts from his Irish past; in The Mangan Inheritance (1979), a similar challenge to his identity faces an Irish novelist who returns to Ireland. The Great Victorian Collection (1975) traces the consequences of the sudden incursion into this world of the eponymous collection, which appears suddenly in a California parking lot – apparently generated out of a Dream experienced by the scholarly protagonist. Cold Heaven (1983), which initially has the air of a Ghost Story, rapidly becomes a much more complicated exercise in what proves to be a Godgame of sorts, imposed by God on the female protagonist. Eventually she is allowed to continue her life, and to leave her husband. [JC]

Brian Moore


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.