KU News Release

Oct. 27, 2010
Contact: James Gunn, Center for the Study of Science Fiction, (785) 864-3380

Documentary about science fiction author Charles Beaumont to screen at KU

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will host the Midwest premiere of a documentary about legendary science fiction writer Charles Beaumont.

“Charles Beaumont: The Twilight Zone’s Magic Man” will be shown Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. “The Intruder,” a cult film that Beaumont wrote and performed in, also will be shown. Events begin at 6 p.m.

Beaumont was a prolific author of science fiction and horror. He wrote several classic “Twilight Zone” episodes, including “The Howling Man,” “Miniature” and “Printer’s Devil.” He also penned screenplays for several films, including “7 Faces of Dr. Lao,” “The Intruder” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” He died from an unusual aging disease in 1967 at age 38.

The documentary’s director, Jason Brock, and a good friend of Beaumont’s, William Nolan, will attend the film screenings at KU and answer questions from the audience. Nolan is a Kansas City native, noted science fiction writer and co-writer of the film “Logan’s Run.”

There will be an autograph session with Brock and Nolan after the screenings. DVD copies of the documentary will be available for purchase at Jayhawk Ink in the Kansas Union.

The screenings are hosted by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction and the Department of Film and Media Studies.

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