Then the editor of
But—and this is very important—Jim neither understood nor liked the Hammer stories at the time he bought them (as he admitted to me later). He bought them simply because they were written with a higher degree of literacy than most of what was submitted to
The Hammer stories were written with a flat affect, describing cruelty and horror with the detachment of a soldier who’s shut down his emotional responses completely in a war zone . . . as soldiers always do, because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to survive. Showing soldiers behaving and thinking as they really do in war was unique at the time and extremely disquieting to the civilians who were editing magazines.