John DeChancie papers

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

Title: John DeChancie papers
Date (inclusive): 1977-1999, undated
Collection Number: MS 355
Creator: DeChancie, John
Extent: 3.13 linear feet (8 boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
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.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. John DeChancie papers (MS 355). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John DeChancie, 2011.

Processing History

The collection was processed by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant, 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.

Biographical Note

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 Skyway series, Castle series, Dr. Dimension series, Castle Falkenstein series, and a number of 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.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series as follows:
  • Series 1. Manuscripts and related materials, 1977-1999, undated
  • Series 2. Correspondence, 1981-1985

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
Science fiction
Science fiction -- Authorship

Genres and Forms of Materials

Page proofs


Series 1. Manuscripts and related materials 1977-1999, undated

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 includes a Witchblade action figure.

Series Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Bride of the Castle - Annotated Manuscript circa 1994

Box 1, Folder 2

Bride of the Castle - Page Proofs 1994

Box 1, Folder 3

Castle Fantastic - Page Proofs 1996

Box 1, Folder 4

Castle Fantastic - Roger Zelazny's "Hall of Mirrors" circa 1996

Box 1, Folder 5

Castle Fantastic - Story Introductions circa 1996

Box 1, Folders 6-7

Castle for Rent ( Castle Walls) circa 1988

Box 1, Folder 8, Box 2, Folder 1

Castle for Rent - Annotated Manuscript 1988

Box 2, Folders 2-3

Castle Kidnapped - Annotated Manuscript circa 1989

Box 2, Folders 4-5

Castle Murders - Annotated Manuscript 1991

Box 2, Folder 6

Castle Spellbound - Page Proofs 1992

Box 3, Folder 1

Castle War! 1989

Box 3, Folder 2

The Crooked House - Cover Page and Pages 30-31 circa 1987

Box 3, Folder 3

The Crooked House - Outline circa 1987

Box 3, Folders 4-5

Dr. Dimension - Page Proofs 1993

Box 3, Folders 6-7

From Prussia with Love - Page Proofs 1995

Box 3, Folder 8, Box 4, Folder 1

Innerverse - Annotated Manuscript 1996

Box 4, Folder 2

Knight Rider - Writer's Guide and Miscellaneous Information 1984

Box 4, Folder 3

The Kruton Interface - Annotated Manuscript 1993

Box 4, Folder 4

The Kruton Interface - Page Proofs circa 1993

Box 4, Folders 5-6

Living with Aliens - Annotated Manuscript 1995

Box 4, Folder 7

Living with Aliens - Page Proofs 1994

Box 4, Folder 8, Box 5, Folder 1

MagicNet - Annotated Manuscript 1994

Box 5, Folder 2

"The Man with French" 1983

Box 5, Folders 3-4

Masterminds of Falkenstein - Copyedited Draft 1996

Box 5, Folder 5

Newspaper Articles 1983-1984

Box 5, Folder 6

Pagan Babies - Screenplay, First Draft 1977

Box 5, Folders 7-9

Paradox Alley - Annotated Manuscript circa 1987

Box 6, Folder 1

Red Limit Freeway - 1st Draft 1981

Box 6, Folders 2-3

Red Limit Freeway - Annotated Final Draft 1984

Box 6, Folder 4

"The Richmond Enigma" - Page Proofs, for book Sherlock Holmes in Orbit 1994

Box 6, Folder 5

Starrigger - Cover Page Proofs, Papers, and Royalty Statement circa 1983-1985

Box 6, Folders 6-7

Starrigger - First 24 Chapters circa 1983

Box 6, Folders 8-9, Box 7, Folder 1

Starrigger - First Draft circa 1983

Box 7, Folder 2

Starrigger - Synopsis and First Few Chapters circa 1983

Box 7, Folder 3

Untitled Horror Novel - Outline undated

Box 7, Folder 4

William Tenn's "The Ghost Standard" undated

Box 8, Item 1

Witchblade Series II - Sara Pezzini Action Figure 1999


Series 2. Correspondence 1981-1985

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.

Series Arrangement

Materials in the series are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 7, Folder 5

Susan Allison 1981-1983

Box 7, Folder 6

Susan Allison and Melissa Singer 1983

Box 7, Folder 7

Orson Scott Card 1984-1985

Box 7, Folder 8

Christine (Tina) Connell 1985

Box 7, Folder 9

Richard Curtis 1983-1985

Box 7, Folder 10

General Correspondence 1983-1985

Box 7, Folder 11

Ivan Green 1983-1984

Box 7, Folder 12

William Greenleaf 1983-1984

Box 7, Folder 13

Robert P. Mills 1983

Box 7, Folder 14

Thomas F. Monteleone 1984-1985

Box 7, Folder 15

Barbara Paul 1983-1984

Box 7, Folder 16

Peter D. Pautz 1983-1984

Box 7, Folder 17

Science Fiction Conventions & Societies 1981-1985

Box 7, Folder 18

Melissa Ann Singer 1981-1984

Box 7, Folder 19

Michael Swanwick 1984-1985