Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Name: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
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Occupation: Author
Works: Count of Saint Germain books, others
Official Website(s): Official Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Web Site
Fan Website(s):
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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is an author of fantasy books.

Intolerant of Fanfiction

She is vociferously anti-fanfic,[1] and has filed Cease & Desist orders against fans who wrote stories using the central character in many of her books, the Count de Saint-Germain. The Holmesian Federation is one example.

See A Matter Of Willful Copyright Infringement.

Yarbro was one of several pro authors who either brought the hammer down on or clarified their views on fanworks based on her books. This was due to The Marion Zimmer Bradley Fanfiction Controversy.

Some other authors who joined Yarbro in 1992: Marion Zimmer Bradley, P.N. Elrod, Anne McCaffrey, and Mercedes Lackey.


Interactions with Fans

On the Vampyres mailing list, one listmember's persona as Laybrother Bat of the Order of Saint-Germain went back to at least 1993. Most of his creative work posted to the list was original fic about his persona and other original character members of his order, and the abbey they inhabited. Elements specifically attributable to Yarbro's universe included likenesses of the order's namesake in the abbey (a statue, a portrait) and openings for laysisters of an order explicitly named for Madelaine de Montalia (of Hotel Transylvania). At some point Laybrother began adding a disclaimer to his posts crediting "material subject to copyright by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, for which attribution is hereby given."

Laybrother did not write adventures about Yarbro's characters. He merely used them as namesakes ... until Yarbro contacted him. According to Laybrother's post of 3 November 1996, "I can acknowledge my inspiration privately, but I can't invoke that inspiration in distributed material. To do so infringes upon Ms. Yarbro's copyrights and may compromise future publications." The abbey was promptly rededicated and its FAQs given a facelift.

Posts from this period are absent from the Vampyres mailing list archives. These events are reflected in a fic posted to the list a year later, "Holy Germanity!" by the Mad Bibliographer, featuring the copyrighted characters Vampire Hunter D, Captain Kronos (of Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter), and a never-named individual from the Charnas-Yarbro collaborative short story "Advocates." ("Advocates" was published in the anthology Under the Fang; the story focuses on interactions between Charnas's character Weyland and Yarbro's character Saint-Germain.)


In November 2005, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's publicist requested that fanfic based on her work be removed from the Yuletide archive; the mods acquiesced to this request.[2]


  1. CQY's policy on fanfic: "Absolutely not. It is also against federal law." (accessed 14 May 2010)
  2. "Attention Yuletiders!". Posted November 29, 2005. (Accessed November 18, 2010.)

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