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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Bibliography Creator

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in 2009

Born(1942-09-15) September 15, 1942 (age 75)
Berkeley, California, US
Pen nameQuinn Fawcett, Trystam Kith, Terry Nelson Bonner, T. C. F. Hopkins, Camellia Gabor, Vanessa Pryor
EducationSan Francisco State College (now University)
GenreScience fiction, horror
Notable worksThe Saint-Germain Cycle
SpouseDonald Simpson (m. 1969; div. 1982)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (born September 15, 1942) is an American writer. She is known for her series of historical horror novels about the vampire Count Saint-Germain.


Yarbro was born in Berkeley, California. She attended Berkeley schools through high school followed by three years at San Francisco State College (now University).

In November 1969 she married Donald Simpson and divorced in February 1982. She has no children.

Writing for over 45 years, Yarbro has worked in a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to westerns, from young adult adventure to historical horror. She is the author of over 70 novels and numerous short stories. In addition to the Count Saint-Germain novels, she also has published numerous volumes in a popular series of channeled wisdom from the entity Michael in the Messages from Michael series.

Yarbro's contribution to the horror genre has been recognised in a variety of ways: she was named a Grand Master at the World Horror Convention in 2003, and in 2005 the International Horror Guild named her a "Living Legend".[1] She has received the Knightly Order of the Brasov Citadel from the Transylvanian Society of Dracula.[2] In 2009 the Horror Writers' Association presented Yarbro with the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award.[3] In 2014, she was honored with the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.[4] Additionally, two of her novels, The Palace (1979) and Ariosto (1980) were nominated for the World Fantasy Award, neither winning.[5]

On average, Yarbro writes three to four books and one or two short stories and/or essays a year. She writes six hours per day, six days per week except when traveling. Five days a week she spends three to four hours doing research.[6]

Aside from writing, she has worked as a cartographer, has read tarot cards and palms, and has composed music, all of which she continues to do. Over the years she has studied seven instruments, voice, and musical theory: composition, voice, and piano have continued to be active interests for her. The newsletter, Yclept Yarbro, about her and her writings has been published since 1995 by Lindig Hall Harris.[7] She played a major role in popularizing The Eye of Argon, a novella that became part of widespread science fiction convention reading game.[8]


  • Quinn Fawcett (her projects with Bill Fawcett)
  • Trystam Kith (two-volume Trouble in the Forest series featuring vicious vampires)
  • Terry Nelson Bonner (vol. 5 in The Making of Australia series)
  • T. C. F. Hopkins (non-fiction history)
  • Camille Gabor (high fantasy "Nimuar's Loss," Book One of "The Vildecaz Talents")
  • Vanessa Pryor (romance; one title: Taste of Wine)

The Michael teachings[edit]

Main article: The Michael Teachings

Messages from Michael is the first in a series of four books that chronicles a three-decade-long "conversation" between a group of friends surrounding Sarah Chambers (d. 1998) and a channeled, spiritual teaching entity that has come to be known as Michael. As of September 2013 this conversation continues, as the Michael group continues to conduct closed sessions in the San Francisco Bay Area. A core concept of the teachings is "all choices made are equally valid."

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's book presented a heavily fictionalized version of Sarah Chambers' group, identifying her under the pseudonym of Jessica Lansing. Yarbro owns the copyright to the group's work and published three more books on the subject, containing edited channeling transcripts as well as additional background material.


Main article: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro bibliography



  • Clute, John; John Grant (1997). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 1041–1042. ISBN 0-88184-708-9. 
  • Clute, John; Peter Nicholls (1995). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 1357–1358. ISBN 0-312-13486-X. 
  • Searles, Baird; Meacham, Beth; Franklin, Michael (July 1982), A Reader's Guide to Fantasy, Avon, pp. 158–160, ISBN 0-380-80333-X 
  • Sullivan (editor), Jack (1986). The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. Viking Press. p. 470. ISBN 0-670-80902-0. 

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“The detailed historical knowledge characteristic of the series is evident, complemented by highly literate eroticism.” ―Publishers Weekly on Commedia della Morte

“Rich descriptions and impeccable attention to historical detail.” ―Historical Novel Society on Commedia della Morte

“A meticulous novel, An Embarrassment of Riches brought to mind an elaborate version of The Historian, told from the vampire's perspective. Despite the many books that have come before, Saint-Germain's perspective is easily accessible to a new reader. I had no difficulty feeling involved.” ―All Things Urban Fantasy

“You might compare Yarbro's style to Anne Rice in her vampire tales, where the plot is character driven. The book is intriguing.” ―Shelf Life on Borne in Blood

“Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has created the most remarkable and original vampire since Bram Stoker's Dracula.” ―Midwest Book Review

“Yarbro's compelling prose and meticulously researched setting combine effectively for a vivid historical tale.” ―Publishers Weekly on An Embarrassment of Riches

“The characters are richly described and brought to life. The book's attention to details and development of characters make it a must-read.” ―Booklist on An Embarrassment of Riches

“Quinn Yarbro is one of our finest writers and craftpersons, incapable of a slack paragraph, or a fuzzy thought. Everything is perfectly focused, everything is expertly accomplished. And the Count remains a vibrantly original character, one of the greatest contributions to the horror genre.” ―Peter Straub

“These solidly researched novels show us a Saint-Germain who genuinely learns and grows from a fiend into a being of great gentleness, wisdom, and compassion. The series is probably the most sustained and impressive treatment to date of extreme longevity.” ―Minneapolis Tribune

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