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Fergus (also Feargus) Gwynplaine MacIntyre is a Scottish-born journalist, novelist, poet and illustrator, who now resides in Wales and New York City. MacIntyre's writings include the science-fiction novel The Woman Between the Worlds[1] and his anthology of verse and humor pieces MacIntyre's Improbable Bestiary.[2] As an uncredited “ghost” author, MacIntyre is known to have written or co-written several other books, including at least one novel in the Tom Swift IV series, The DNA Disaster[3], published as by Victor Appleton (a house pseudonym) but with MacIntyre's name on the acknowledgments page.



Although MacIntyre has professionally published many works of non-fiction and literature, he is best known as an author of genre fiction: specifically, science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery stories. His short stories have been published in Weird Tales[4], Analog, Asimov's Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Absolute Magnitude, Interzone[5], the Strand Magazine and numerous anthologies, including Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year #10[6], Michael Reaves's and John Pelan's mystery/horror anthology Shadows Over Baker Street[7], James Robert Smith's and Stephen Mark Rainey's horror anthology Evermore, and Stephen Jones's The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. For Mike Ashley's The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives, MacIntyre wrote "Death in the Dawntime", a locked room mystery (or rather, sealed cave mystery) set in Australia around 35,000 BC, which Ashley suggests is the furthest in the past a historical whodunnit has been set. [8]

In addition to publishing science fiction in Analog, MacIntyre has also contributed to that magazine as an artist, illustrating his own stories and some by Ron Goulart. MacIntyre has also published stories in the Russian-language science fiction magazine Esli.

A characteristic of MacIntyre's writing (both fiction and non-fiction) is his penchant for coining new words and resurrecting obscure words. Language authority William Safire has acknowledged MacIntyre's neologisms.[9]

From October 2002 through November 2005, MacIntyre was a regular contributor to the “Big Town” feature of the New York Daily News, publishing more than 30 by-lined articles about Broadway musicals, restaurants, songwriters, athletes, and other figures in New York City's history. The May 2, 2007 issue of the New York Press carried his first by-lined article for that paper.[10]

MacIntyre has written a considerable number of book reviews for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.[11] In the July 2003 issue of that magazine, MacIntyre mentioned that he is related to the wife of Scottish author Eric Linklater. This admission is significant, as MacIntyre has stated (in interviews and at science-fiction conventions) that he is estranged from his abusive family and does not acknowledge them.[12] He has legally changed his name, officially filing a deed poll: "Fergus MacIntyre" is therefore his legal name but not his birth name. He has acknowledged that he took the name "Gwynplaine" from the protagonist of The Man Who Laughs, a novel by Victor Hugo.[12]

As a screenwriter, MacIntyre contributed substantial script material to a 2006 documentary about actress Theda Bara, The Woman with the Hungry Eyes[13]: his contributions included the film's title and an interview he had conducted with author Fritz Leiber. Contractually prevented from receiving a screenplay by-line, MacIntyre received "special thanks" in the film's credits. [14]




Novels and collections include:

  • The Woman Between the Worlds (1994, ISBN 0-440-50327-2 and 2000, ISBN 0595088848)
  • MacIntyre's Improbable Bestiary (2005, ISBN 1587154722)

Short stories

Short stories include:

  • Asimov's Science Fiction:
    • "For Cheddar or Worse" (volume 4 number 11, November 1980)
    • "Martian Walkabout" (volume 5 number 13, December 1981)
    • "Isle Be Seeing You" (volume 6 number 4, April 1982)
  • Weird Tales:
    • "The Ones Who Turn Invisible" (#293, 1988)
  • Esli:
    • "Random" (July 2008)
    • "Smart Fashions" (June 2009; cover story)


  1. ^ The Woman Between the Worlds publication history at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ MacIntyre's Improbable Bestiary publication history at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  3. ^ The DNA Disaster publication history at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Interzone #202". Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  6. ^ Contents Lists
  7. ^ Charles Prepolec. "Shadows Over Baker Street - Sherlock Holmes & Lovecraft - Reviewed". Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  8. ^ Ashley, Mike (1995). The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives. London: Robinson Publishing. p. 3. ISBN 1-85487-406-3.  
  9. ^ William Safire: The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time: Wit and Wisdom from the Popular Language Column in the New York Times Magazine (2004) ISBN 0-7432-4244-0. Citations of MacIntyre on p. 48, p.379.; "About Language", New York Times Magazine, July 19, 2009.
  10. ^ "New York Press - F. GWYNPLAINE MACINTYRE - Fly-Tipping In NYC". 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  11. ^ Rodger Turner, Webmaster. "Fantasy and Science Fiction Departments: Curiosities". Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  12. ^ a b "F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre's Alleged F.A.Q". Retrieved 2009-04-17.  
  13. ^ The Woman with the Hungry Eyes at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre at the Internet Movie Database


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