Monthly Archives: August 2010

Arkham House Publishers — Submission Guidelines

1. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

2. We do accept proposals for books and outlines of books. Simply describe what you have or you wish to do and one of us will reply by email as soon as possible.

3. We are not a general publishing house. As our Mission Statement states we will publish one new project, and one old project every year. Request our Forthcoming Schedule through the end of 2011 by e-mail. Our interest lies in publishing macabre fiction and fantasy fiction in the form of novels, collections of short stories, and volumes of verse, as did August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, the founders of Arkham House in 1939.

4. Should your proposal or outline meets our editorial requirements – and if we encourage you to submit your manuscript – send it by regular mail.

5. The submission must include a covering letter with contact information and biographical details. Required, also, is a one-page synopsis of your manuscript or proposal, along with the table of contents, as well as the first two chapters or sections of the full work. Do not send the full work.

6. No simultaneous submissions. We respond quickly.

7. If you wish your submission returned, include return postage.

8. We recommend that prospective authors spend at least fifteen minutes examining the website ( to familiarize themselves with the hundreds of books published by Arkham House in past editions.

You may contact either of use initially BUT, Robert prefers that George first screens the requests: On behalf of Arkham House Publishers, The Editors

George A. Vanderburgh, P.O. Box 50, R.R. #4, Eugenia, Ontario CANADA N0C1E0,

Robert E. Weinberg, 15145 Oxford Drive, Oak Forest, Illinois USA, 60452-2041


The Incident at Stilmore Lake

When I was attending The University of Toronto, I spent my summers working for The Canadian Pacific Railroad working as a Dining Car Waiter on board The Canadian, travelling from Toronto to Winnipeg and return via Sudbury. It was four days of work every eight days. We spent two nights on the rails; and one night in the staff bunkhouse near the station, or in the CPR Winnipeg Hotel which is now torn down, only to catch the east bound train the next day.

I learned that I was not a poker-player, travelling the rales those summers. I also learned how to work hard, do the dishes, garnish a cheese tray, eat lots of turkey, set tables, balance a tray stacked with four orders of food, and all this on no sleep!

I remember taking a taxi to the local L.C.B.O. in Fort William.

I remember those baskets of wild blueberries for sale when the train stopped around the Canadian Shield.

I remember alot of things, but then I suppose, I have forgotten some things along the way. The exuberance of youth: the infirmities of age!

Between the 3 serviings of breakfast, lunch and dinner, the dining car crew travelled back and forth to the crew car at the head of train to rest, or alternately sat and gossipped in the dining car. The passengers frequently passed going to the Observation car in the middle of the train or the Observation car at the rear of the train. Some passengers would ask — “What the name of the lake?” that we were travelling beside. I learned that the answer to that question no atter who asked was “Moore Lake.” When that passenger passed again usually walking in the opposite direction; the unprompted reply would always be “and that’s Stilmore Lake” pointing to another body of water on either the same side, or the opposite side of the train.