"No One to Blame But Herself"
Short Fiction 193? 9,000 words
  • As far as we know, this was van Vogt's first published work of any kind.

  • Van Vogt originally entitled this story "I Lived in the Streets" but it was changed by the editor prior to publication.

  • In the early 1930s van Vogt began writing. His first market was the genre of so-called "confession" magazines because their contest prizes were alluring. Despite the name "confession" these are fictitious works and were often written from the point of view of a woman.

  • It is doubtful whether he kept copies of these pre-SF stories, or even records of them. After 1938 or so he lost all interest in that genre, switching his output to SF, and in all likelihood he let all the copyrights for these earlier stories expire (assuming these magazines didn't retain the copyrights in perpetuity, as some of them did).

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