TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1 page, dated 12 April 1978, to "Dear De Marigny" [i.e. Kirby McCauley], signed "Brian." On Lumley's pictorial letterhead, with typed return address Roussillon Barracks, Chichester, W. Sussex. Henri-Laurent de Marigny is the name of one of Lumley's protagonists in his early Lovecraftian novels. Praises the cover art by Boris Vallejo for his just-published SPAWN OF THE WIND. "THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BLOODY MARVELOUS! I'm nuts about it." Asks for extra copies of the book so he can give them to friends. Has finished reading proof for CLOCK OF DREAMS. Hasn't seen the proofs for SPAWN OF THE WINDS yet, which is a "queer thing." Reports good progress, "more than half done already!", on RETURN OF THE DEEP ONES, a short novel he is writing for Arkham House. Written with his characteristic tone of breezy good humor. Lumley, who started his career (like so many others) as a Lovecraft disciple, has been a prolific author of supernatural horror (of which his occult/Cold War Necroscope series is his best and best-known work), even while he was serving, as at this time, in the Royal Military Police. Kirby McCauley was probably the most important literary agent of horror, fantasy and sf writers in the boom years of the 1970s and 1980s. Faint creases where folded for mailing, a bit of creasing at the corners, near fine. (#102647).