Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Preiss, Byron

(1953-    ) US book packager, anthologist, and author of three novels: Guts (1979) with C J Henderson, Dragonworld (1979) with J Michael Reaves and The Bat Family (1984). Edited works include some of the Weird Heroes sequence, including Weird Heroes #1 (anth 1975), #2 (anth 1975), #6 (anth 1977) and #8 (anth 1978); the series as a whole was produced by his packaging firm, Byron Preiss Visual Publications Inc., or BPVP (> SFE). Of greatest BPVP fantasy interest is the Ultimate series of theme anthologies. The first three – The Ultimate Dracula (anth 1991) with David Keller, Megan Miller and Martin H Greenberg (anon), The Ultimate Frankenstein (anth 1991) with John Betancourt, Keller and Miller and The Ultimate Werewolf (anth 1991) with Betancourt, Keller and Miller – comprise original stories assembled as 60-year anniversary celebrations of the original Dracula and Frankenstein movies (> Dracula Movies; Frankenstein Movies), and the 50th anniversary of The Wolf Man (1941). Most of the stories, unfortunately, eschew any connection with the movies or movie history. Other volumes in the sequence include The Ultimate Dinosaur: Past*Present*Future (anth 1992) with Robert Silverberg, The Ultimate Zombie (anth 1993) with Betancourt, The Ultimate Witch (anth 1993) with Betancourt, The Ultimate Alien (anth 1995) with Betancourt and Keith R A DeCandido, and The Ultimate Dragon (anth 1995) with Betancourt and DeCandido. [JC]

Byron Cary Preiss

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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.