I sold two horror stories to Arkham House before I was drafted in 1969, and sold two more in 1970–1. The fourth sale came after I got back to the World and reentered Duke Law School. Then August Derleth, the proprietor of Arkham House, died and left me without a market.
There were very few professional outlets for fantasy stories at the time, and the fan press didn’t pay at all. The modern fantasy/horror small press really started when Stu Schiff began paying a penny a word for stories in
My friends Manly Wade Wellman and Karl Edward Wagner suggested that I use Viet Nam settings. Nothing else was working, so I tried that, with some success, selling a fantasy to