- REDGROVE, Peter (William)
- (1932-)UK poet and novelist, married to Penelope SHUTTLE. His first work of sf interest was "Mr Waterman" for Paris Review in 1963; although he contributed occasionally to NW, including a fantasy poem later published as The God-Trap (1966 chap), he remains of sf interest mainly for his novels, the first two of which - The Terrors of Dr Treviles: A Romance (1974) and The Glass Cottage: A Nautical Romance (1976) - werewritten in collaboration with Shuttle. Both are FABULATIONS whose venues are rendered unstable through hyperbolic imagery and their authors' taste for holy witchcraft and other transcendental transgressions of the natural order. The God of Glass (1979) is a tale of the NEAR FUTURE in which a new prophet diseases the world with his message. The Sleep of the Great Hypnotist (1979) introduces a device which cures ills but also hypnotizesits inventor's daughter into bringing him back to life after death. The Beekeepers (1980) and its sequel, The Facilitators, or MisterHole-in-the-Day (1982), set in an ominous insane asylum where strange experiments are being conducted, marry occult imagery and murk-choked scientism in a complex narrative involving an ambiguous penetration of Bedlam. Primarily a poet, PR writes novels whose plots ride upon deepswells of language-driven meditation, although the tales assembled in The One who Set Out to Study Fear (coll 1989) - perhaps because they arederived from the Brothers Grimm-display a more forthright story-telling gift.JC
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