TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 2 pages on a single sheet, dated 26 December 1987, to "Ned" Brooks (Cuyler Warnell Brooks, Jr.). Signed "Walt" and "Vin¢." A lengthy letter partially about fanzines and about Arthur Machen. Walter Alexander Willis (1919-1999) "Irish editor and author, one of the most notable members of Irish and world Fandom, whose main period of activity ran from 1948 to the mid-1960s. He co-edited and wrote for two classic Fanzines, SLANT and HYPHEN, and was a highly regarded columnist in QUANDRY and WARHOON. His minor fanzine PAMPHREY (7 issues 1951-1958) was produced for FAPA. Willis wrote a column on fan-related matters for NEBULA SCIENCE FICTION, titled "The Electric Fan" in issues #1 to #12 (Autumn 1952-April 1955) and "Fanorama" from #14 (November 1955) to the final issue #41 (June 1959); these columns were eventually collected with additional material as FANORAMA: WALT WILLIS' FAN COLUMNS FROM NEBULA SCIENCE FICTION (1998). His popularity among U.S. fans brought him a sponsored trip to the 1952 Worldcon, leading directly to the creation of the still-running TransAtlantic Fan Fund. With Bob Shaw he wrote THE ENCHANTED DUPLICATOR (1954), an allegory ... of the joys and aspirations of fanzine publishing; this has been many times reprinted ... Willis received a Hugo Award as "Most outstanding actifan" (active fan) ... The twenty-eighth issue of WARHOON (1980) is a massive 614-page hardback collection of his best fan writing." - SFE (online). Fine. (#162837).