TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1 page (both sides of a half-sheet), dated 6 June 1978, to "Dear Kirby" [McCauley], signed "Brian." On pale blue onion skin, with typed return address Roussillon Barracks, Chichester, W. Sussex. Reports sending off the finished manuscript of RETURN OF THE DEEP ONES to James Turner at Arkham House. "The only previously published stuff in it is 'Haggopian,' which I've done up as a chapter proper, and around which I built the rest of the story. Anyway, it's good stuff, with a girl and S-E-X, but not done in such a way as to offend even the straightlacedest HPLite." (RETURN OF THE DEEP ONES was rejected by Arkham House. It was first published in FANTASY BOOK as a three-part serial, March, June and September 1984.) 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 crease where folded for mailing, fine. (#102650).

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