Etchison’s horror fiction appeared regularly since 1961 is a wide range of publications including such varied periodicals as Cavalier, The Oneota Review, Rogue, Seventeen,Statement, Fantastic Stories, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mystery Monthly, Escapade, Adelina, Comet(Germany), Fiction (France), Universe (France), Fantasy Tales, Weirdbook, Whispers, Fantasy Book and in such anthologies as Orbit, New Writings in SF, Rod Serling’s Other Worlds, Prize Stories from Seventeen, The Pseudo-People, and The Future is Now.
His stories may also be found in many of the major horror and dark fantasy anthologies including:
Frights, Dark Forces, Terrors, New Terrors, Horrors, Fears, Nightmares, Shadows, Whispers, Night Chills, Death, World Fantasy Awards, Mad Scientists, Year’s Best Horror Stories, The Dodd, Mead Gallery of Horror, Midnight and others.
While his books have not obtained the bestseller status of Stephen King or Peter Straub, Etchison is generally regarded as one of the finest writers currently working in the horror genre, especially by his peers. The late Karl Edward Wagner proclaimed him “the finest writer of psychological horror this genre has ever produced.” Charles L. Grant called Etchison “the best short story writer in the field today, bar none.”