I was sorry to hear about the passing of George Scithers, a former editor for Weird Tales magazine.
Unfortunately I’ve never met him, but I have exchanged a few letters with him while submitting stories. He was one of few editors I received personalized rejections (and advice) from when I was first getting started ten or so years ago, and while I never cracked the pages of Weird Tales, I always appreciated his notes and at one point was thrilled when he referred to a previous submission in one rejection.
I sent him a few chapter samples and a synopsis of a novel once, too. I don’t recall now whether he was looking to publish or agent work, but he gave me some great advice on it, too. That novel will likely remain a trunk novel, but the interaction was one of the things that encouraged me to keep on trying and to keep improving my game. That kind of feedback is rare in an editor, especially for young rookie writers.
Thanks, George. I’ll never forget that.