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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in 2009
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro in 2009
Born (1942-09-15) September 15, 1942 (age 81)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Pen nameQuinn Fawcett, Trystam Kith, Terry Nelson Bonner, T. C. F. Hopkins, Camellia Gabor, Vanessa Pryor
EducationSan Francisco State College
GenreScience fiction, horror
Notable worksThe Saint-Germain Cycle
Donald 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]

In 2016, she reported that on average, she wrote three to four books and one or two short stories and/or essays a year. She wrote six hours per day, six days per week except when traveling. Five days a week she spent 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]


The Michael teachings

Main article: The Michael Teachings

Messages from Michael is the first in a series of four books recounting three-decade-long "conversation" between a group of friends centered around Sarah Chambers (1937≠1998) with a channeled entity and spiritual teacher 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."

Yarbro's book presented a heavily fictionalized version of Sarah Chambers' group, which gave Chambers the alias of "Jessica Lansing". The three subsequent books more contain edited channeling transcripts, along with background material.



  1. ^ ":: ihg ::International Horror Guild :: ihg ::". Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ Macmillan. "Chelsea Quinn Yarbro". Macmillan. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Yarbro, Wilson Win Lifetime Horror Award". Horror Writers Association Blog. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ "World Fantasy Awards Home Page". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  5. ^ World Fantasy Awards Archived December 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "◊◊Chelsea Quinn Yarbro◊◊". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  7. ^ "More about Chelsea Quinn Yarbro". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ Weinstein, Lee (November 2004). "In Search of "The Eye of Argon"". The New York Review of Science Fiction. 17 (3, Issue 195). Pleasantville, N.Y.: Dragon Press: 1, 6–8. ISSN 1052-9438.