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Pendleton mss., 1968-1995

Papers, 1968-1995, of Don Pendleton at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Donald C. Force.

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
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Pendleton, Don.

Pendleton mss.,1968-1995

Collection No.
LMC 3001

ca. 350 items

Materials are in English.

Consists primarily of the correspondence and writings of author Don Pendleton.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Following service in the Navy during and after World War II, Pendleton had various positions in the engineering field before turning to writing as a full-time occupation. He wrote mystery and crime fiction, science-fiction, suspense, short stories, non-fiction, and poetry. He published more than 125 books over his long career and his works have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is best known for the character Mack Bolan, featured in his Executioner series. He produced 38 titles in the series between 1969 and 1980, all published by Pinnacle Books. He subsequently produced two other, shorter series, Joe Copp (private eye) published by Donald I. Fine Inc., and Ashton Ford (psychic detective) published by Warner Books. Prior to the first Executioner volume, he published six novels under the pseudonym Stephan Gregory, with the main character being Stewart Mann. He also wrote one fiction and three non-fiction works with his wife Linda Pendleton. To Dance with Angels, non-fiction, appeared in 1990; the other three were published posthumously.

Other Information

Additional information about Don Pendelton may be located at: The Official Website of Don Pendleton.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Writings; II. Correspondence; III. Miscellaneous.

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of the correspondence and writings of author Don Pendleton. The writings include the series: Executioner, #1-38; Ashton Ford; and Joe Copp. These are followed by other book-length writings, shorter writings and finally writings co-authored with Linda Pendleton.

The correspondence relates primarily to the publication or transmittal of manuscripts of the Executioner series. Later correspondence includes files with publishers Donald Fine and Maurice Girodias, the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, and writers Mickey Spillane and Colin Wilson.

A miscellaneous section includes interviews with Pendleton, speeches by him, photographs, and legal files relating to breach of a publication agreement with Harlequin.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Pendleton, Don --Correspondence.
    • Pendleton, Don. Executioner.
    • Pendleton, Linda.
    • Pendleton, Don. Executioner.
    • Topics
    • Ford, Ashton (Fictitious character) --Fiction.
    • Copp, Joseph (Fictitious character) --Fiction.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Deposit. 1978; Gift. 2006
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Pendleton mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Writings

Arranged by Executioner series, Ashton Ford series and Joe Copp series, book-length works, shorter works, and writings by Don and Linda Pendleton.

Subseries: Executioner series

Arranged in order of publication, after correspondence.

Box 1 Correspondence, 1972-1977 

War Against the Mafia (#1)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; new introduction for special re-issue, 1976.

Death Squad (#2)

Drafts; printer's manuscript.

Battle Mask (#3)

Drafts; printer's manuscript.

Miami Massacre (#4)

Drafts; printer's manuscript.

Continental Contract (#5)

Printer's manuscript.

Assault in Soho (#6)

Printer's manuscript.

Nightmare in New York (#7)

Printer's manuscript.

Chicago Wipeout (#8)

Printer's manuscript.

Vegas Vendetta (#9)

Printer's manuscript.

Caribbean Kill (#10)

Printer's manuscript.

California Hit (#11)

Printer's manuscript.

Boston Blitz (#12)

Printer's manuscript.

Washington IOU (#13)

Synopsis; story outline and background; printer's manuscript.

San Diego Siege (#14)

Drafts; printer's manuscript.

Box 2 Panic in Philly (#15)

Drafts; printer's manuscript.

Jersey Guns (#16, actually published as #17)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Texas Storm (#18)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Detroit Death Watch (#19)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

New Orleans Knockout (#20)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Firebase Seattle (#21)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Hawaiian Hellground (#22)


Box 3 Hawaiian Hellground (#22)

Complete draft; printer's manuscript.

St. Louis Showdown (#23)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Canadian Crisis (#24)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Colorado Kill-Zone (#25)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Acapulco Rampage (#26)

Printer's manuscript; galleys.

Dixie Convoy (#27)

Drafts; printer's manuscript.

Box 4 Savage Fire (#28)

Draft; galleys.

The Executioner's War Book (published between #'s 28 and 29)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys; graphics, etc.

Command Strike (#29)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Cleveland Pipeline (#30)

Draft manuscript; galleys.

Arizona Ambush (#31)

Printer's manuscript; galleys.

Tennessee Smash (#32)

Drafts; printer's manuscript; galleys.

Monday's Mob (#33)


Box 5 Monday's Mob (#33)

Complete manuscript; printer's manuscript.

Terrible Tuesday (#34)

Drafts; manuscript; printer's manuscript.

Wednesday's Wrath (#35)

Drafts; final manuscript; printer's manuscript.

Thermal Thursday (#36)

Draft; final manuscript.

Friday Feast (#37)

Draft; final manuscript.

Satan's Sabbath (#38)

Drafts; final manuscript; galleys.

"Willing to Kill," 1977 

Executioner short story.

Box 6 "Mack Bolan" – portraits


Subseries: Ashton Ford series

Arranged in order of publication.

All typescripts.

Ashes to Ashes

Eye to Eye

Mind to Mind

Life to Life

Heart to Heart

Time to Time

Subseries: Joe Copp series

Arranged in order of publication.

All typescripts.

Copp for Hire


Box 7 Copp for Hire

Final manuscript.

Copp on Fire

Copp in Deep

Copp in the Dark

Copp on Ice

Copp in Shock

Printed announcements, reviews, etc. for Copp books

Subseries: Book-length works

Arranged alphabetically by title.

All typescripts.

Box 7 The Adulteress

A Stephan Gregory work.

Black Tomorrow, 1994 


Box 8 Day of the Panther

Don’t Call me Madam

A Stephan Gregory work.

ESP & the Sex Mystique

A Stephan Gregory work.

The Godmakers

A Dan Britain work.

The Guns of Terra 10

The Hot One

The Huntress

1989: Population Doomsday

The Olympians

A Search for Meaning – 2 stages

Originally titled "The Search."

Sex Goddess

A Stephan Gregory work.

A Time to Embrace

A Stephan Gregory work.

Subseries: Shorter works

Arranged alphabetically by title.

All typescripts.

Box 9 The Big Shootout at the UA Corral: A Hogs Epic, 1969 

(12 p.)

Includes correspondence concerning the inspiration for and writing of the poem.

The Trouble with Sex [article?], 1993 

(4 p.)

Subseries: Writings by Don and Linda Pendleton

Arranged alphabetically by title.

All typescripts.

Box 9 The Metaphysics of the Novel

Two variant print-outs.

One Dark and Stormy Night

Also published as Roulette.

To Dance with Angels

Draft and final copy.

Whispers of the Soul

Draft and final copy.

Series: Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically by sender, followed by a chronologically arranged group, 1970-1995.

Other correspondence may be found throughout the collection.

Box 9 Doman, Glenn, 1994 

Fine, Donald, 1987-1996 

Girodias, Maurice, 1968-1974 

Innovation Comics, 1990-1993 

Kamsler, Ben, 1978-1979 

Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth, 1989-1993 

Scott Meredith Literary Agency, 1972-1994 

Spillane, Mickey, 1978 

U.S. Central Command – Operation Desert Shield, 1990 

Box 10 Warner Books, 1985-1993 

Wilson, Colin, 1989-1990 

Young, William, 1985-1987 

Correspondence, 1970-1995 

Series: Miscellaneous

Interviews with Don Pendleton:

Box 10 Comixscene, 1973 

(T(carbon)D. 12 p.)

Includes correspondence and copy of the publication.

Marvel Comics Group, 1975 

(T(carbon)D. 3 p.)

Includes correspondence; photocopy of published form – Marvel Preview, #2.

Speeches by Don Pendleton, 1975 

(T.D. 4 p. & T.D. 17 p.)

Photographs of Don Pendleton

Publicity/jacket photo, undated; with Andy Ettinger, ca. 1975.

Miscellaneous printed

Includes tear sheets, sample book jackets, etc.

Legal files, ca. 1986 

Concerns breach of publication agreement with Harlequin and includes court transcripts, etc.