PCL MS 176 Horror Writers of America Collection
|Title||PCL MS 176 Horror Writers of America Collection|
The Horror Writers of America Collection consists of approximately 0.8 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Sheldon Jaffrey in 1997. This collection is largely unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the BPCL Reference email. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.
|Agency History||In 1984, Robert R. McCammon came up with the idea for an association of horror writers named "HOWL"- Horror/Occult Writers League. The name was altered to Horror Writers of America in 1985 and began to draw the interest of high-profile writers such as Deaan Koontz, who served as the organization's first president from 1986-1987. With the assistance of Sheldon Jaffrey, the orgnaization was incorporated and began to grow rapidly. Jaffrey remained on as General Counsel until 1997, when he resigned to focus on his law practice.|
|Biographical Sketch||Sheldon Jaffery (1934 – 2003) was an American bibliographer and attorney. He was an aficionado of Weird Tales magazine, Arkham House books, science fiction and horror pulps, and related topics. Jaffrey played a key role in the incorporation of the Horror Writers of America and served as that organization's general counsel from 1986-1997.|
|Scope and Content||The materials were donated by Sheldon Jaffrey, General Counsel for the Horror Writers of America from 1986-1997, and document that period to some degree. Included are a significant number of the organization's newsletters, as well as the HWA Market Report, and the HWA Trustees Newsletter. Mailings sent to general membership of the organization are also included. Of particular interest will be correspondence with and from Jaffrey regarding the operation of the organization.|
Some files address potential legal matters and have been separated into a folder labeled "Counsel matters". This file must be reviewed prior to use by a researcher.
|Transfers||Sheldon Jaffrey donated a significant amount of materials to the Browne Popular Culture Library during his lifetime, including pulp magazines, science fiction novels as well as other materials. His personal papers may be found in PCL MS 069.|