We had two ghost stories published in 1976. One - Curtain Call - was in London Mystery Magazine, a wonderful paperback mag that was around for a long time.
The second story began a lifetime of friendship with one of the great names in ghost story and the supernatural , Hugh Lamb. Benjamin's Shadow was a very personal story about the loss of a child. It was started one late night after a drunken evening in the Crown and Horsehoes pub in Enfield where we used to drink with a large group of friends. Back home and with fountain pen on scraps of paper the story was scribbled out. Next morning, well okay all but afternoon, it was viewed and amongst the ink blots and damp from tears shed was a decent story.
Using a manual typewriter it was written up, expanded, revised, and within a day was complete. Hugh Lamb was the name for anthologies and while I can't recall how we got his address or knew how to contact him - no Internet in those days of course - we sent the story off and within a reasonable time period it was accepted. Hugh said some kind words about it. It was published in his The Taste Of Fear.
We then became firm friends and he kindly supplied the missing books of his - so many of these featured are inscribed by him. Tide of Terror was purchased in Totnes Devon for £3 a bargain. We saw Hugh at WHC in Brighton most recently and he was in fine form.