The University of Pittsburgh Library System is pleased to announce the acquisition of the papers of New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus as part of the George A. Romero Archival Collection, expanding the scope of the archive beyond the unique and comprehensive portrait of the film making pioneer. The new collaboration will serve as a treasure trove for demonstrating Kraus’ creative process behind his novels and will also support research for both horror studies and children’s literature, another collecting strength of the Archives & Special Collections Department at the university.
“I’m the writer I am today because of George A. Romero,” says Kraus. “So it makes perfect sense to me that I follow his giant footsteps in placing my past work with the University of Pittsburgh. To be a part of the Horror Studies Archives is more than I could have dreamed as an elementary-school scribbler writing Nightmare on Elm Street fan-fiction in the 1980s.”
The Daniel Kraus Archive documents the beginnings of his career and includes juvenalia produced from 4th to 12thgrade, as well as manuscripts and drafts of his published works: The Monster Variations, Rotters, Scowler, and The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch. Kraus, a rising star in the horror genre, is a prolific writer and has garnered critical acclaim for his works. Both Rotters and Scowler were recipients for the American Library Association Odyssey Award honoring excellence in children’s and young adult audiobook production. Additionally, Kraus has worked in collaboration with some of the biggest names in horror films. He co-authored Trollhunters and The Shape of Water with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. He also finished George A. Romero’s epic zombie novel, The Living Dead, which releases on August 4, 2020 (Tor/Forge).
The University of Pittsburgh Library System, an active member of the horror literary community, and Kraus aim to work together to grow the collection, with plans to create programming and networking opportunities for writers and filmmakers in pursuit of the university’s mission to support academic research and activity around horror studies. Processing of the archive will commence this summer, but delays may be expected due to COVID-19 Pandemic conditions.