Jean Paiva papers

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jean Paiva papers
Date (inclusive): 1985-1995
Collection Number: MS 181
Creator: Paiva, Jean
Extent: 2.56 linear feet (5 boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of author Jean Paiva, including manuscript drafts, notes, research, and short stories. Materials in the collection also include literary contracts, earnings statements, and correspondence between Paiva and other authors, editors and literary figures.
Languages: The collection is in English.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Jean Paiva papers (MS 181). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frances Barth, 2003.

Processing History

The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the Jean Paiva papers was completed by undergraduate students form the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Jean Paiva was an American horror novelist who published two novels and multiple short stories. She had worked in some form of publishing since college, which she dropped out of to work on the underground rock culture newspaper Crawdaddy. After working at a men's magazine writing a film review column, in 1984 she found a position as an assistant at a trade magazine publishing company. In addition to her work, she also used the weekends to be a first reader for the New American Library, and work on her own horror/suspense novel. She published her first work, The Lilith Factor, in 1989, before she tragically passed away in November of that year at the age of 45. Her work has continued to be published posthumously, including short stories and her novel The Last Gamble, which was published in 1990.

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of author Jean Paiva, including manuscript drafts, notes, and research related to her novels, most notably The Last Gamble and The Lilith Factor, and numerous short stories. Materials in the collection also include literary contracts, earnings statements, and correspondence between Paiva and other authors, editors and literary figures.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series as follows:
  • Series 1. Novels and short stories, 1985-1990
  • Series 2. Personal materials, 1985-1995

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Fantasy fiction
Horror tales
Literature publishing

Genres and Forms of Materials

Floppy disks
Short stories


Series 1. Novels and short stories 1985-1990

Series Scope and Contents

The series consists of items related to books and short stories written or co-written by Paiva, including her two published novels The Last Gamble (originally titled The Fortean Gamble), The Lilith Factor, and her proposed work Lost and Found: Love in the Classifieds. Materials in series include research notes, character descriptions, outlines, and drafts. Also included are 5¼-inch and 3½-inch floppy disks with additional drafts of Paiva's works.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged into five sub-series as follows:
  • Sub-Series 1.1. The Last Gamble, circa 1988-1990
  • Sub-Series 1.2. The Lilith Factor, 1987-1989
  • Sub-Series 1.3. Lost and Found: Love in the Classifieds, 1985-1986
  • Sub-Series 1.4. Short stories, 1988-1989, undated
  • Sub-Series 1.5. Digital materials, undated.

Sub-Series 1.1. The Last Gamble circa 1988-1990

Box 1, Folders 1-3

Research material and notes circa 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 4

Character and place descriptions circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 5

Chapter descriptions circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 6

Outlines circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 7

Notes and summary circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 8

Excerpts circa 1989-1990

Box 1, Folders 9-10

Annotated typescript circa 1990

Box 2, Folders 1-2

Typescript circa 1990


Sub-Series 1.2. The Lilith Factor 1987-1989

Box 2, Folder 3

Chapter outlines and notes 1987-1988

Box 2, Folder 4

Character descriptions and notes circa 1988

Box 2, Folder 5

Cover art circa 1989

Box 2, Folder 6

Articles and reviews 1989


Sub-Series 1.3. Lost and Found: Love in the Classifieds 1985-1986

Box 2, Folder 7

Research 1985-1986

Box 2, Folder 8

Book proposal - sample chapters and outline 1985-1986


Sub-Series 1.4. Short stories 1.4 1988-1989, undated

Box 2, Folder 9

"The Bath" undated

Box 2, Folder 10

"Cinnabar" undated

Box 2, Folder 11

"Dimes are a Girl's Best Friend" undated

Box 3, Folder 1

"A Dozen Roses" 1988-1989

Box 3, Folder 2

"Found Tomorrow" undated

Box 3, Folder 3

"The Home" undated

Box 3, Folder 4

"Just Idle Chatter" undated

Box 3, Folder 5

"Let Them Eat Cake" undated

Box 3, Folder 6

"Lifemare" undated

Box 3, Folder 7

"Lost and Found" undated

Box 3, Folder 8

"Max's Cap" undated

Box 3, Folder 9

"More than Mercy" undated

Box 3, Folder 10

"The Perfect Foil" undated

Box 3, Folder 11

"The Pride is Back" undated

Box 3, Folder 12

"The Worst Way" undated

Box 3, Folder 13

"Workout" undated

Box 3, Folder 14

Short story notes undated


Sub-Series 1.5. Digital materials undated

Box 5, Items 1-19

5¼-inch floppy disks undated

Box 5, Items 20-44

3½-inch floppy disks undated


Series 2. Personal materials 1985-1995

Series Scope and Contents

The series consists of Paiva's personal records, including literary contracts and earning statements, an article on Paiva, and her death certificate. The series also includes correspondence between Paiva and other authors and editors, mostly related to her works and efforts to publish them.

Series Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically.
Box 3, Folder 15

Article on Paiva circa 1988

Box 3, Folder 16

Contracts 1988-1989

Box 3, Folder 17

Correspondence - Daniels, Les 1988-1989

Box 3, Folder 18

Correspondence - General 1987-1989

Box 3, Folder 19

Correspondence - Godwin, Pete 1988-1989

Box 3, Folder 20

Correspondence - Kaye, Marvin 1986-1988

Box 3, Folder 21

Correspondence - King, Tappan 1986-1987

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence - Koontz, Dean 1987-1989

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence - Maass, Donald 1986-1989

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence - Ptacek, Kathryn 1988-1989

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence - Silbersack, John 1986-1989

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence - Wilde, Kelley 1988-1989

Box 4, Folder 6

Death certificate 1989

Box 4, Folder 7

Earning statements 1989-1995

Box 4, Folder 8

England trip remembrance 1988

Box 4, Folder 9

Horror Writers of America directory 1988

Box 4, Folder 10

Research - ballroom dance, buildings undated