John DeChancie papers
Finding aid prepared by Julianna Gil, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
Title: John DeChancie papers
Date (inclusive): 1977-1999, undated.
Collection Number: MS 355
2.92 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
Abstract: The John DeChancie papers is a
collection of documents consisting of manuscripts, page proofs, and correspondence relating
to the literary works of American comic fantasy and science fiction writer, John DeChancie.
Languages: The collection is in English.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Distinctive
Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of
the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained
by the researcher.
[identification of item], [date if possible]. John DeChancie papers (MS 355). Special
Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.
Gift of John DeChancie, 2011.
The collection was processed by Julianna Gil in 2017.
Processing of the John DeChancie papers was completed by undergraduate students from the
University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University
Archives Backlog Procesing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR
Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.
John DeChancie was born on August 3, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DeChancie attended
public and private schools, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968 with a
Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy. DeChancie worked for a television station as a technician,
as well as a freelance cameraman for a motion picture. Later on, he focused on directing and
producing educational films, television commercials, and industrial films for about 7-8
years. In 1979, DeChancie began writing fiction. “I Am The Grass” was DeChancie’s first
fictional story to be sold to a professional magazine. Then in 1983 he sold
Starrigger, his first fiction book, to ACE Books who published it in December
of the same year. As an author, he has published numerous books including the
Dr. Dimension series,
Castle Falkenstein series, and other books. DeChancie is also involved in
writing screenplays and teleplays.
Collection Scope and Contents
The collection contains documents from John DeChancie's literary career, inlcuding
manuscripts, page proofs, articles, and memorabilia related to many of his works, and
correspondence with publishers, science fiction societies, and other authors.
This collection is arranged into two series as follows:
- Series 1. Manuscripts & Related Materials, 1977-1999; undated.
- Series 2. Correspondence, 1981-1985.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Genres and Forms of Materials
Manuscripts & Related Materials
Series Scope and Contents
The series contains items related to many of DeChancie's literary works, includings
manuscript drafts, page proofs, outlines, newspaper articles and notes. The series also
Witchblade action figure.
Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1
Bride of the Castle - Annotated Manuscript
Box 1, Folder 2
Bride of the Castle - Page Proofs
Box 1, Folder 3
Castle Fantastic - Page Proofs
Box 1, Folder 4
Castle Fantastic - Roger Zelazny's "Hall of Mirrors"
Box 1, Folder 5
Castle Fantastic - Story Introductions
Box 1, Folders 6-7
Castle for Rent (
Box 1, Folder 8, Box 2, Folder 1
Castle for Rent - Annotated Manuscript
Box 2, Folders 2-3
Castle Kidnapped - Annotated Manuscript
Box 2, Folders 4-5
Castle Murders - Annotated Manuscript
Box 2, Folder 6
Castle Spellbound - Page Proofs
Box 3, Folder 2
The Crooked House - Cover Page and Pages 30-31
Box 3, Folder 3
The Crooked House - Outline
Box 3, Folders 4-5
Dr. Dimension - Page Proofs
Box 3, Folders 6-7
From Prussia with Love - Page Proofs
Box 3, Folder 8, Box 4, Folder 1
Innerverse - Annotated Manuscript
Box 4, Folder 2
Knight Rider - Writer's Guide and Miscellaneous
Box 4, Folder 3
The Kruton Interface - Annotated Manuscript
Box 4, Folder 4
The Kruton Interface - Page Proofs
Box 4, Folders 5-6
Living with Aliens - Annotated Manuscript
Box 4, Folder 7
Living with Aliens - Page Proofs
Box 4, Folder 8, Box 5, Folder 1
MagicNet - Annotated Manuscript
Box 5, Folder 2
"The Man with French"
Box 5, Folders 3-4
Masterminds of Falkenstein - Copyedited Draft
Box 5, Folder 5
Box 5, Folder 6
Pagan Babies - Screenplay, First Draft
Box 5, Folders 7-9
Paradox Alley - Annotated Manuscript
Box 6, Folder 1
Red Limit Freeway - 1st Draft
Box 6, Folders 2-3
Red Limit Freeway - Annotated Final Draft
Box 6, Folder 4
"The Richmond Enigma" - Page Proofs, for book
Sherlock Holmes in
Box 6, Folder 5
Starrigger - Cover Page Proofs, Papers, and Royalty
Box 6, Folders 6-7
Starrigger - First 24 Chapters
Box 6, Folders 8-9, Box 7, Folder 1
Starrigger - First Draft
Box 7, Folder 2
Starrigger - Synopsis and First Few Chapters
Box 7, Folder 3
Untitled Horror Novel - Outline
Box 7, Folder 4
William Tenn's "The Ghost Standard"
Box 8, Item 1
Witchblade Series II - Sara Pezzini Action Figure
Series Scope and Contents
The collection contains DeChancie's correspondence with various authors, publishers,
and others. Topics addressed in the correspondence include DeChancie's publishing
process, his collaborations with other authors, and his process of scriptwriting. The
series also includes correspondence, memberships, and programs related to science
fiction conventions and societies.
Materials in the series are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 7, Folder 6
Susan Allison and Melissa Singer
Box 7, Folder 7
Orson Scott Card
Box 7, Folder 8
Christine (Tina) Connell
Box 7, Folder 10
Box 7, Folder 12
Box 7, Folder 14
Thomas F. Monteleone
Box 7, Folder 17
Science Fiction Conventions & Societies
Box 7, Folder 18
Melissa Ann Singer
Box 7, Folder 19