Browne Popular Culture Library

PCL MS-180: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Collection

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction 

The Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Collection is comprised of 17 cubic feet of manuscripts and correspondence from 1978-1999. The manuscripts include primarily historic and contemporary horror novels and some western, science fiction, and romantic suspense. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library February to May 1999 and has no restrictions placed upon its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission from the author when duplicating any unpublished or published works included in the collection. The finding aid was completed by Patricia Falk in February 2010.

Biography 

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro was born in Berkeley, California, September 15, 1942. She became a professional writer in 1968 and has written over 60 novels and short stories in such genres as horror, western, and science fiction. She has won awards for her historic and contemporary horror novels and short stories and was the first female president of the Horror Writers Association. She has been active in other areas including music, palm and tarot reading and the occult. Yarbro continues to live and write in Berkeley.

Scope and Content 

Manuscripts for horror and science fiction novels comprise the majority of the Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Collection. Researchers will principally find a manuscript and an edited copy of most titles. Certain titles include either galleys, book proposals, or book covers. There is a very limited amount of correspondence regarding two specific novels and some scattered correspondence from 1976-1988.

Series Description 

Correspondence

Series
1976-1988 Scattered
Can include some correspondence relative to publication of C. Yarbro novels.

Literary Productions

Series
Novel manuscripts
1978-1999
Arranged chronologically by book publication date
Can include novel manuscripts, edited copies and galleys.

Inventory 

 Box C1-Correspondence
FolderDescriptionDate
1General correspondence1976-1988 scattered
2Sins of Omission-Editor's letter1980
3Mortal Glamour-Correspondence1983
Box M1-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Hotel Transylvania 1978
Edited manuscript 
1pt.I
2pt.II
3pt. III, Ch. 1-4
4pt.III, Ch. 5-9
5pt. III, Ch. 10-Epilogue
6Book outline #1
7Book outline #2
8Page inserts
9Miscellaneous materials
 Box M2-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Music when Sweet Voices Die 1978
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-60
2pp.61-140
3pp.141-200
4pp.201-264
5pp.265-318
Edited manuscript (photocopy)
6pp.1-73
7pp.74-155
8pp.156-215
9pp.216-264
Edited manuscript
10pp.1-60
11pp.61-125
12pp.126-190
13pp.191-230
14pp.231-278
15Inserts
16Book proposal
17Reviews and research
Box M3-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
The Palace (also titled Palazzo Wallachia)1979
1pp.1-55 
2pp.56-102
3pp.103-160
4pp.161-225
5pp.226-276
6pp.277-329
7pp.330-374
8pp.375-435
9Book proposal (Palazzo Wallachia)
10Book proposal (Palazzo San Germano)
11Reviews
12Book cover
Box M4-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Blood Games 1980
Edited manuscript — pt. I 
1pp.1-75
2pp.76-150
3pp.151-225
4pp.226-292
Edited manuscript — pt. II
5pp.293-350
6pp.351-425
7pp.426-500
8pp.501-575
9pp.576-638
10Book proposal #1
11Book proposal #2
12Book proposal #3
13Book reviews (photocopies)
Box M5-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Blood Games (aka Villa Ragoczy)1980
1pp.1-57 
2pp.58-124
3pp.125-200
4pp.201-292
5pp.293-350
6pp.351-425
7pp.426-500
8pp.501-580
9pp.581-625
Box M6-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Cabin 33 1980
1Manuscript 
Sins of Omission 1980
Edited manuscript (cop.1) 
2pp.1-60
3pp.61-130
4pp.131-200
5pp.201-275
6pp.276-325
7pp.326-369
Edited manuscript (cop.2)
8pp.1-60
9pp.61-130
10pp.131-200
11pp.201-275
12pp.276-325
13pp.326-369
14Sample book cover
15Book proposal
16Revised book proposal
Box M7-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Path of the Eclipse - pt.I1981
1pp. 1-60 
2pp.61-125
3pp.126-181
4pp.182-259
Path of the Eclipse - pt.II
5pp.260-330
6pp.331-400
7pp.401-465
8pp.466-513
9pp.514-569
10Book proposal (cop.1)
11Book proposal (cop.2)
12Book proposal (cop.3)
13Hand-drawn symbols
Box M8-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Tempting Fate - pt.I1982
1pp.1-60 
2pp.61-125
3pp.126-176
4pp.177-235
5pp.236-300
6pp.301-340
Tempting Fate - pt.II
7pp.341-372
Tempting Fate - pt.III
8pp.373-435
9pp.436-500
10pp.501-566
Tempting Fate - pt.IV
11pp.567-620
12pp.621-690
13pp.691-753
Box M9-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Tempting Fate (con't.)1982
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-50
2pp.51-121
3pp.122-200
4pp.201-265
5pp.266-320
6pp.321-382
7Book proposal
8Book summary
On Saint Hubert's Thing 1982
9Book proposal 
Box M10-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Hyacinths 1983
1Partial manuscript - pp.1-51 
Manuscript
2Ch.1-3
3Ch.4-6
4Ch.7-8
5Ch.9-10
6Ch. 11-12
7Book proposal
Mortal Glamour 1983
Edited manuscript 
8pp.1-60
9pp.61-120
10pp.121-180
11pp.181-250
12pp.251-325
13pp.326-378
Box M11-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Mortal Glamour 1983
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-60
2pp.61-125
3pp.126-200
4pp.201-280
5pp.281-331
6pp.332-378
Edited manuscript
7pp.1-60
8pp.61-125
9pp.126-200
10pp.201-275
11pp.276-331
12pp.332-378
Box M12-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Mortal Glamour (con't.)1983
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-60
2pp.61-125
3pp.126-182
4pp.183-245
5pp.246-309
6pp.310-378
7Partial manuscript - pp.1-35
8Book proposal
Box M13-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Saint-Germain Chronicles (short story, cop.1)1983
1pp.1-67 
2pp.68-140
3pp.141-222
Saint-Germain Chronicles (short story, cop.2)
4pp.1-67
5pp.68-137
6pp.138-222
7Research material
Box M14-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Locadio's Apprentice 1984
1Edited galley (cop.1) 
2Edited galley (cop.2)
3Edited page signatures
pp.1-219
4Page signatures
pp.1-219
Edited manuscript
5pp.1-50
6pp.51-99
7pp.100-155
Edited manuscript
8pp.1-50
9pp.51-99
10pp.100-155
11Glossary additions
12Front and back flap
Box M15-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Floating Illusions 1985
1Galley (1st rev.) 
2Galley-master set
3Edited galley-master set
4Edited galley-author's set
Edited manuscript
5Ch.1-7
6Ch.8-13
7Ch.14-17
8Ch. 18-20
Box M16-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
To the High Redoubt 1985
Edited galley 
1pp.1-73
2pp.74-179
3pp.180-269
4pp.270-370
Edited manuscript
5pp.1-65
6pp.66-130
7pp.131-200
8pp.201-270
9pp.271-330
10pp.331-400
11pp.401-448
Box M17-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
To the High Redoubt (con't.)1985
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-65
2pp.66-130
3pp.131-200
4pp.201-270
5pp.271-330
6pp.331-400
7pp.401-449
8Book portion and proposal
Box M18-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
A Baroque Fable 1986
1pp.i-48 
2pp.48A-85
3pp.86-133
4pp.134-179
5pp.180-225
6pp.226-262
7pp.263-292
Edited manuscript
8pp.i-79
9pp.80-151
10pp.152-212
11pp.213-262
12pp.263-292
13Style sheets
Box M19-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
A Flame in Byzantium - pt.I1987
1pp.1-75 
2pp.76-150
3pp.151-232
A Flame in Byzantium - pt.II
4pp.233-300
5pp.301-380
6pp.381-450
7pp.451-525
8pp.526-580
9pp.581-629
Box M20-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
A Flame in Byzantium (con't.)1987
Edited manuscript - pt.I 
1pp.1-70
2pp.71-130
3pp.131-185
4pp.186-236
5pp.237-300
6pp.301-398
Edited manuscript - pt.II
7pp.399-456
8pp.457-525
9pp.526-575
10pp.576-629
11Book proposal
12Inserts
Box M21-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Crusader's Torch - pt.I1988
1Ch.1-4 
2Ch.5-8
3Ch.9-12
4Ch.13-16
5Ch.17-18
Crusader’s Torch - pt.II
6Ch.1-4
7Ch.5-9
8Ch.10-13
9Ch.14-17
10Ch.18-Epilogue
Box M22-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Beastnights 1989
1Ch.1-3 
2Ch.4-6
3Ch.7-9
4Ch.10-12
5Ch.13-15
6Ch.16-18
7Ch.19-20
8Ch.21-23
Edited manuscript
9pp.1-75
10pp.76-150
11pp.151-225
12pp.226-300
13pp.301-375
14pp.376-441
15Book proposal
Box M23-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
1The Magnicate Alliance-a short history1991
2The Magnicate Alliance and Petit Harriers-a short history
3Petit Harriers Bible-background information
Of War and Codes and Honor 1991
Edited manuscript 
4pp.1-41
5pp.42-100
6pp.101-144
Edited manuscript
7pp.1-60
8pp.61-125
9pp.126-194
Box M24-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Poison Fruit 1991
1pp.1-60 
2pp.61-125
3pp.126-200
4pp.201-260
5pp.261-325
6Page inserts
Edited manuscript
7pp.1-75
8pp.76-136
9pp.137-200
10pp.201-270
11pp.271-357
12Book proposal
Box M25-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Inspector-General's Lady n.d.
1pp.1-67 
2pp.68-140
3pp.141-209
4pp.210-271
5pp.272-328
Better in the Dark 1993
6pp.1-60 
7pp.61-120
8pp.121-180
9pp.181-240
10pp.241-300
11pp.301-361
12pp.362-422
13pp.423-483
14pp.484-563
Box M26-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Crown of Empire 1993
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-50
2pp.51-500
3pp.101-172
4pp.173-216
5pp.217-259
6pp.260-315
Down Among the Dead Men 1993
7pp.1-60 
8pp.61-125
9pp.126-172
Box M27-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Madame Vernet Investigates n.d.
1pp.1-62 
2pp.63-112
3pp.113-184
4pp.185-240
5pp.241-286
6pp.287-356
7Photocopy of synopsis
8Synopsis with editor's notes
Charity, Colorado 1994
9Ch.1-4 
10Ch.5-7
11Ch.8-10
12Ch.11-13
13Ch.14-16
14Ch.17-18
15Book proposal
16Echos
book proposals (2)
1994
Box M28-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Against the Brotherhood 1997
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-55
2pp.56-134
3pp.135-209
4pp.210-290
5pp.291-377
Galley proof1998
6pp.1-153 
7pp.154-310
Box M29-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Blood Roses 1998
1pp.1-57 
2pp.58-123
3pp.124-185
4pp.186-271
5pp.272-347
6pp.348-391
7pp.392-451
8pp.452-525
9Foul matter (corrections)
Box M30-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Blood Roses (con't.)1998
Edited manuscript 
1pp.1-59
2pp.60-122
3pp.122-182
4pp.183-240
5pp.241-304
6pp.305-367
7pp.368-429
8pp.430-485
9pp.486-518
Box M31-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fenice 1999
1Ch.1-3 
2Ch.4-6
3Ch.7-10
4Ch.11-14
5Ch.15-18
6Ch.19-23
7Ch.24-28
8Ch.29-End
Box M32-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Magnificat - pt. I (published as an e-book)1999
1pp.1-50 
2pp.51-123
3pp.124-200
4pp.201-280
5pp.281-355
Magnificat - pt.II
6pp.356-429
7pp.430-500
8pp.501-580
9pp.581-654
10pp.655-724
11pp.725-802
Box M33-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Magnificat (e-book — con't.)1999
1pp.1-65 
2pp.66-130
3pp.131-200
4pp.201-275
5pp.276-350
6pp.351-425
7pp.426-500
8pp.501-580
9pp.581-650
10pp.651-725
11pp.726-802
Box M34-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Flying Scotsman 1999
1Ch.1-5 
2Ch.6-9
3Ch.10-14
4Ch.15-19
5Ch.20-22
6Ch.23-epilogue
Box M35-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Beyond the Waterlillies n.d.
1Ch.1-5 
2Ch.6-11
3Ch.12-16
4Ch.17-20
Coronation Conspiracy n.d.
5Ch.1-3 
6Ch.4-5
7Ch.6-7
8Ch.8-9
9Ch.10-11
10Ch.12-13
11Ch.14-15
12Ch.16
Embassy Row (photocopy)n.d.
13prologue 
14pp.120-175
15pp.176-248
16pp.249-333
Box M36-Manuscripts-Novel
FolderDescriptionDate
A Fellow of Infinite Jest (cop.1)n.d.
1pp.1-75 
2pp.76-150
3pp.151-225
4pp.226-300
5pp.301-360
6pp.361-402
A Fellow of Infinite Jest (cop.2)
7pp.1-75
8pp.76-150
9pp.151-225
10pp.226-300
11pp.301-360
12pp.361-402
Box M37-Novel Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Peace Bond n.d.
1pp.1-60 
2pp.61-115
3pp.116-176
4pp.177-260
Petit Harriers II: Sextet n.d.
5pp.1-60 
6pp.61-134
7pp.133-206 (pagination error)

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