Lawrence Watt-Evans is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and non-fiction.
To date he has published more than four dozen novels, over one hundred short stories
and articles, and a handful of comic books and volumes of non-fiction. He began writing
as a young child, selling a short story and several articles under his name. His
first novel, The Lure of the Basilisk, was published in 1980 (by Del Rey Books) under
the name Lawrence Watt-Evans. He hyphenated his middle and last name to distinguish
himself from a non-fiction writer also named Lawrence Evans. Evans has published
additional work, primarily that of science fiction, under the pseudonym Nathan Archer.
Evans’ work has received critical acclaim. His novels have been translated into seven
different languages and have been enjoyed worldwide. In 1987 he was nominated for
a Nebula award and in 1988 he received the Hugo award for best short story from the
World Science Fiction Society for his work “Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers.”
He is best known for his Ethshar fantasy series.
Throughout his career, Evans has been involved in various writing and science fiction
associations. He was a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
from 1982 to 2006, he served as Eastern Regional Director and treasurer of Science
Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and he was president of Horror Writers Association
from 1994 to 1996. Aside from writing, Evans is also part owner of a small chain
of comic book shops called Beyond Comics and owner of a small publishing company known
as Misenchanted Press. He was previously co-owner of horror magazine Deathrealm before
it was discontinued in 1997.
Organized into four series: Series I. Correspondence, 1974-2018. Series II. Convention
Memorabilia, 1982-2018. Series III. Comics and Graphic Novels Manuscripts, 1983-2005,
Subseries A. Manuscripts, Subseries B. Notes and Drafts. Series IV. Literary Manuscripts,
1979-2018, Subseries A. Manuscripts, Subseries B. Notes and Drafts.
The Lawrence Watt-Evans papers document the work of author Lawrence Watt-Evans. The
collection contains the letters, convention memorabilia, speaking schedules, new book
series proposals, edits and drafts, opinion columns, comics and graphic novels manuscripts,
and book manuscripts of Lawrence Watt-Evans. All materials span his professional
career starting in 1974 and ending in 2018.
The collection is arranged into four series: correspondence; convention memorabilia;
comics and graphic novels manuscripts; and literary manuscripts.
The correspondence series is arranged chronologically and dates from 1974 through
2018. Primarily includes business related correspondence from publishers and editors,
along with several invitations, thank-you notes, and travel directions from convention
and award ceremony organizers. Other correspondence include comic and novel planning
with other authors through email, and handwritten notes of appreciation from fans.
Convention memorabilia series contains all advertisements, progress reports, speaking
and signing schedules, and convention booklets from 1982 to 2018. All conventions
are arranged alphabetically and chronologically. The most prominently featured conventions
include Balticon, Chicon, Noreascon, Philcon, Rivercon, WindyCon, and the World Fantasy
Convention. All duplicate progress reports and convention booklets have been removed.
The comic and graphic novels manuscripts series is arranged into two subseries: manuscripts
and notes and drafts. The manuscript subseries is arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
It contains all opinion columns, drafts and edits of scripts and illustrations for
comics and graphic novels, and published manuscripts written under the name Lawrence
Watt-Evans and his pseudonym Nathan Archer. The bulk of the manuscript subseries includes
Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals concept art, scripts and promotional materials, Gene Roddenberry’s
Lost Universe illustrations and scripts, and Lawrence Watt-Evans editorial column
in Comic Buyers Guide entitled “Rayguns, Elves, and Skin-Tight Suits.” The second
subseries, notes and drafts, contains any drafts and story development from untitled
comics and graphic novels.The literary manuscripts series is divided into two subseries:
manuscripts and notes and drafts. The manuscript subseries is the bulk of the Lawrence
Watt-Evans collection and is organized alphabetically and chronologically. It includes
unpublished drafts, edits, outlines, proposals, sample chapters, and completed manuscripts
from Lawrence Watt-Evans’s literary works, including his most popular series such
as the Ethshar fantasy series, the Obsidian Chronicles, and the Three Worlds Trilogy.
Alongside these series, the manuscript subseries includes Lawrence Watt-Evans opinion
editorial entitled “So You Want to be a Writer,” George Pinkerton short stories written
by Lawrence Watt-Evans and his wife Julie Evans, and pieces from his compiled Newer
York anthology. Heavily featured is Lawrence Watt-Evans Hugo awarded short story,
“Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers” and its proposed radio drama. The notes
and drafts subseries includes any drafts, handwritten notes, and story development
from untitled literary manuscripts.
The collection was donated by Lawrence Watt-Evans, April 2017. Includes accession
The collection was processed by interns Lauren Warres and Samantha Rogers, and Graduate
Assistant Nikki Vietz, under the supervision of Susan Graham and completed in March
2020. The collection arrived in good condition.
Documents were surveyed and rehoused into acid free folders and containers. Letter
envelopes were generally discarded unless they were needed for identification of a
date of correspondence. Removed from the collection were four fanzines, which were
added to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Special Collections Coslet-Sapienza
Fantasy and Science Fiction Fanzine Collections. These four fanzines include the September
1993 edition of D.U.F.F (Down Under Fan Fund) and 3 versions of the first edition
of SKEW Magazine.
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Finding aid available.
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Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Watt-Evans, Lawrence, 1954-
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Authors, American -- 20th century
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Date: 1974-2018, undated
Correspondence between convention organizers, fellow authors, publishers, and editors.
Includes both professsional and personal correspondence. Organized chronologically
by month and year.
Date: 1983-2005, undated
Contains notes, drafts, and published manuscripts and illustrations of comics and
graphics novels written by Lawrence Watt-Evans and under his pseudonym, Nathan Archer
along with numerous opinion columns, including "Rayguns, Elves, and a Skin-Tight Suits"
from Comics Buyers Guide. Organized alphabetically and chronologically.
Date: 1983-2005, undated
Includes all editorials, drafts and published manuscripts of comics and graphic
novels both written under Lawrence Watt-Evans and his pseudonym, Nathan Archer.
Includes notes and drafts from untitled comics and graphic novels written by Lawrence
Date: 1979-2018, undated
Contains notes, drafts, revisions, and published literary manuscripts, along with
short stories, opinion columns and reviews of other fantasy and science fiction works.
Includes some manuscripts written under his pseudonym name, Nathan Archer. Among the
literary manuscripts is Lawrence Watt-Evans 1988 Hugo Awarded short story, "Why I
Left Harry's All-Night Hambugers." Organized alphabetically and chronologically.
Date: 1979-2018, undated
Includes drafts, revisions, and published manuscripts of literary work written by
Lawrence Watt-Evans and his pseudonym, Nathan Archer, along with literary manuscripts
from other authors and movie reviews.
Includes notes and drafts from untitled and unmarked literary works written by Lawrence