AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS). 1 page, dated 12 May 1978, to "Dear Kirby" [McCauley], signed "Brian." On lined and perforated steno pad paper. Refers, with some displeasure ("Bollocks"!) to the rejection by Ramsey Campbell of a short story (referred to here as "Snarker"; probably "Snarker's Son") which he had submitted for a Campbell anthology. Campbell called the story "too typically Lumley -- wants something un-typical." Also wonders when Jove Books is going to pay him the remainder owed for THE CLOCK OF DREAMS. Reports good progress on RETURN OF THE DEEP ONES, a short novel he is writing for Arkham House. 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. a bit of creasing along bottom edge, else fine. (#102648).