Sheldon Jaffery
Sheldon Ronald Jaffery

(1934-04-10)April 10, 1934[1]
DiedJuly 10, 2003(2003-07-10) (aged 69)
Occupation(s)Attorney, bibliographer
AwardsHorror Writers Association Silver Hammer Award, 1998[2]

Sheldon Jaffery (April 22, 1934 – July 10, 2003) was an American bibliographer. An attorney by profession, he was an aficionado of Weird Tales magazine, Arkham House books, the weird menace pulps, and related topics.[3][4]


Jaffery was born April 22, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

He earned a B.A. in English from Ohio State University in 1957 and a B.S. in education at Kent State University in 1959, then taught at Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Ohio for two years. He earned his law degree from Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland in 1964, and practiced law in Cleveland for the remainder of his career.[1]

Jaffery was also a private book dealer until 1987 with a particular interest in horror, science fiction and pulp.[5] His bibliography work was a natural outgrowth of this. He published several volumes during his lifetime, including bibliographies of the publishers Arkham House, DAW Books, and the magazine Weird Tales. He also published several pulp fiction anthologies.[1]

In 1998, the Horror Writers Association honored him with its Silver Hammer Award for his volunteer services to the organization.[2]

Jaffrey was married and had three children. He died in Beachwood, Ohio, on June 23, 2003 of septic shock contracted while being treated for lung cancer. His archives are held at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.[1][2]


Unpublished work


  1. ^ a b c d e "PCL MS 069 Sheldon R. Jaffery Collection". Finding Aids. Bowling Green State University. Retrieved 2024-04-28.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jaffery, Sheldon". Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 2024-04-28.
  3. ^ Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter (1993). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc. p. 636. ISBN 0-312-09618-6. Retrieved 2024-04-28.
  4. ^ a b Jaffery, Sheldon (1982). Horrors and Unpleasantries A Bibliographic History and Collector’s Price Guide to Arkham House. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press. ISBN 0-87972-219-3.
  5. ^ Barron, Neil (1987). "Library and Private Collections of Science Fiction and Fantasy". Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction. New York: Bowker. ISBN 0835223124.
  6. ^ Books in Series, 1985-89: Cumulative 1985-88. New York: R.R. Bowker. 1989. ISBN 0-8352-2679-4.
  7. ^ Cave, Hugh B. Magazines I Remember: Some Pulps, Their Editors, And What It Was Like To Write For Them. Chicago: Tattered Pages Press.