More About Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Color photograph of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Yarbro has a writer's website which is full of interesting and useful information for her fans. It includes a bibliography, a calendar of book signings and personal appearances, a short biography, and background information on her enduring character the Count Saint-Germain.

You can communicate directly with the author, using the message boards on this website. Quinn posts regularly, answers questions about her work, discusses the sources for her research, and provides inside information about writing and publishing.

Yarbro fans should know about "Yclept Yarbro," a fanzine devoted to her work. It comes out in May and November; the price is $3.00 each or $6.00 for a year's subscription (two issues). Back issues are available. May 2005 was issue #25 (they've been doing this for over ten years...!). It was a major reference issue, listing all her works. For information send email to Lindig.

Buy books! Or, at the very least, go look at them. Two good places to look for Yarbro books in the flesh, as it were, are the Other Change of Hobbit in Berkeley, California, and Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California. OCH is run by friends of ours, stocks a wide variety of SF and fantasy, and they do online sales. DD has an especially fine selection of horror, and unique artwork for sale.

For out-of-print Yarbro (and other good used SF/fantasy/horror), Lindig runs a bookstore "Lin Digs the Book", Asheville NC. You can write her or go to her website [which will be up soon].

If you have a favorite place to buy Yarbro books, write us and tell us how to contact them. We'll put them on our "Links" page, and we'll talk to them about carrying our CD-ROMs e-books, too.

Printed books by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

The following cover pictures and descriptions come from Amazon. If you want to own your own copies of these books, and intend to buy them from Amazon (which is a good thing to do if your local independent bookstore doesn't have them and/or doesn't want to order them for you), then click on one of these images and do your shopping there; your purchase will help keep us afloat.

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Come Twilight
"In the seventh century, Saint-Germain makes a vampire of Csimenae, a young noblewoman trying to save her infant son's inheritance. Despite his forbidding it, she creates other vampires. Thereafter, under the Moors and during the early years of the Reconquisita,"the demons of the mountains" are dreaded, and when Saint-Germain returns he is in personal danger of true death. Should he destroy Csimenae as a cautionary lesson? In the historical panorama Yarbro unfolds lie the book's real pleasures, thanks to thorough research and the admirable avoidance of giving historical characters twentieth-century psychological motives (Mel Gibson, please take note). Saint-Germain may not be a creation to equal Dracula, but his adventures across the centuries constitute one of the outstanding bodies of current historical fantasy in English." -- Roland Green, in ALA BOOKLIST
Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Communion Blood
It is the 17th century, a time when the pope had absolute power, and his "Little House," (The Inquisition), was a law unto itself. A vampire would be viewed as the ultimate heretic, but Saint-Germain puts his own fears aside as he offers legal advice and support to his good friend and fellow undead Niklos Aulirios, who is involved in a bitter legal dispute.

For over 1,300 years, Niklos was the faithful manservant of Olivia Clemens, until she died the True Death. Although she bequeathed everything to Niklos in her will, a young German, Ahrent Julius Rothofen, has challenged the will. He claims to be a relative of Olivia's late husband, but the vampires know this "husband" was purely fictitious. Rothofen also happens to be part of Archbishop Siegfried Walmund's entourage, a powerful allegiance of men who use the church to further their political ambitions and personal wealth. These are not men to vex, particularly if one happens to be a vampire.

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Dark Light (Shattered Light No. 2)
Delos: a world not unlike our own... until a reckless attempt to capture the primal power of the universe shattered the very laws of nature, transforming Delos into a realm of magic. Now men vie with monsters, sword with sorcery, good with evil. And behind it all is the dread entity that was freed when the light shattered: the Laria.

A dangerous quest has created an impossible alliance: a vampire and a paladin, beings as opposite as night and day, must together find one of the land's lost shards... an artifact dating back to the remaking of Delos, and the one thing that might stop the Laria once and for all.

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Better In the Dark

Better in the Dark
It is A.D. 938, and the Count Saint-Germain has suffered a shipwreck along the northern coast of the German lands. Nearly dead, he is taken to the Saxon fortress town of Leosan, to be held for ransom or the pleasure of King Otto. There he falls in love with Lady Ranagonda, but disaster befalls them when the Christian priest accuses both the Count and Ranagonda of sorcery.

Here at last is a long-hinted-at chapter in the undead existence of the immortal Count Saint-Germain: the story of Ranegonda of Saxony, one of the three great loves of Saint-Germain's life.

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The Soul of an Angel (Sisters in the Night)
The second in Yarbro's sensational series continues the dark histories of the three brides of Count Dracula, focusing on young Fenice Zucchar, who is taken to the vampire's mountain domain.

Young and beautiful, Fenice Zucchar lives in opulent splendor on the world's richest island. The pampered daughter of a wealthy and powerful owner of ocean-going merchant vessels, Fenice's soul yearns for the freedom of the sea—for the adventures and breathtaking sights and sounds that await her far from Venice, her velvet prison. Determined to flee, she feigns an audacious kidnapping and stows away on one of her brother's ships on the very eve of her own arranged wedding. But her plans are...

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In Blood

Writ in Blood
With Europe on the verge of World War I, the vampire Saint-Germain accepts a top-secret assignment from Czar Nicholas of Russia to deliver one last proposal for peace to the crowned heads of Europe. But powerful men plot against him. Trade paperback.

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Mansions of Darkness

Mansions of Darkness
The saga of the immortal Saint-Germain continues as the Count's endless travels bring him to 17th-century Peru where the mighty Incan civilization has fallen before the might of Spanish conquerors. And where Spain has come, can the Holy Inquisition be far behind? Her remarkable vampire stories woven around the character St.-Germain have won author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro rave reviews.

For nearly two decades, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has recorded the undying existence of the Count Saint-Germain, a centuries-spaning feat of the imagination that rivals The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice. Now the Count's endless travels bring him to 17th-century Peru, where he finds passion in the arms of Acanna Tupac—daughter of the ancient Incan royalty—and attracts the dreaded attention of the Holy Inquisition.

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Blood Roses
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's epic of the vampire Ragoczy, the Count Saint-Germain (including Mansions of Darkness, Darker Jewels, and Writ in Blood) has slowly gathered a dedicated readership, while each installment has garnered increasing critical praise. For new readers, Blood Roses is perhaps the most accessible in the series. In 14th-century France, Saint-Germain is caught amidst the devastation of the Black Plague. Though he is unaffected by the disease, his resistance draws the suspicion of each new town he visits--even as he uses ancient Egyptian healing techniques to save lives. Yarbro's impressive novel offers the flavor of the late Middle Ages while flawlessly integrating the elements of horror and the supernatural that mark this eloquent series. One wonders, for example, if the letters and documents that Yarbro integrates into the text are embellishments of the real. But, as with all the Saint-Germain novels, the most satisfying aspect of the narrative is the author's complex rendering of her central character. With the exception of Anne Rice, few writers have as effectively captured the wearied soul of a being living through the great expanse of human history.
—Patrick O'Kelley, Amazon.

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Out of the House of Life
"Egypt, Land of the Pharaohs. Over a third of Saint-Germain's immortal existence was spent in the shadow of the pyramids; but, until now, those years have been buried beneath the sands of time. Here at last is the story of those early days in the forbidding Temple of Imhotep, and of how a bloodthirsty demon, captured and enslaved by the High Priests of Egypt, transformed himself into a godlike being of great power and wisdom.

Madelaine de Montalia, the Count's greatest love, has come to Egypt — once called the Black Land — to probe the ancient ruins for the secret history of the man who gave her eternal life. But the intrigues of the present may endanger her pursuit of the past. Grave robbers, smugglers, scorpions, and worse wait along the Nile — and not even le Comte de Saint-Germain can protect her!"

And if you like this one, look for the second book featuring Madelaine, exclusively from Hidden Knowledge.

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for A Candle for D'Artagnan

A Candle for D'Artagnan
This third volume of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's chronicle of the tumultuous life of the vampire Olivia, the Count Saint-Germain's love for centuries, takes us to the court of Louis of France. The first two books in the sequence, A Flame in Byzantium and Crusader's Torch, received rave reviews.

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Darker Jewels
In 1586, Istvan Bathory, the Transylvanian King of Poland, disturbed by the threat of the Ottoman Turks to the south, sends an embassy to Czar Ivan (the Terrible) of Russia, with a view to exploring a possible alliance. The embassy will be led by Istvan's fellow-countryman Ferenc Rakoczy (Count Saint-Germain) and will include eight Catholic priests headed by the grim, suspicious Father Pogner. Rakoczy, thousands of years old and with many acquired skills, practices alchemy to create the dark gemstones that please the Czar--the latter unfortunately has gone mad with grief and guilt after he killed his eldest son in a fit of rage. As the Russian nobles plot against the Czar and each other, and attempt to subvert the Polish embassy, Rakoczy finds it increasingly difficult to conceal his true nature. . .
Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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