TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1 page, dated 21 February 1979, to "Dear Kirby" [McCauley], signed "Manly." On plain letter-size paper with Wellman's Chapel Hill address typed at the top. Wellman discusses business matters concerning book club sales and advances. He quotes recent reviews (one calling his new book a "little gem"), progress on his third Silver John novel, THE LOST AND THE LURKING, and continues to promote the idea of a fix-up novel using his short stories featuring Kardios, sole survivor of Atlantis, a kind of sophisticated, more heroically proportioned John. Some of the stories were written for the anthology series, SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS, edited by Andy Offutt, which reminds Wellman of a pair of robbers with that surname he knew back in Wichita, Kansas where he was a police beat reporter. When the police detective, Dan Carrier, arrested them, they got their hands on his gun arm and Carrier wound up killing them both. The detective was subsequently tried for murder (and acquitted). "I was a witness for him in that case, since I was on the scene almost before the smoke cleared away; and also could testify that Carrier was one of the kindliest of men, only there was no future in trying to take a gun away from him." Wellman, rising above his pulp roots, was accomplished in nearly all genres of popular fiction, and was noted for bringing a pungent American flavor to his work. 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, 20 mm closed tear at bottom edge, near fine. (#102744).

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