Manly Wade Wellman

Manly Wade Wellman

Manly Wade Wellman was an American writer, born on May 21, 1903 and died April 5, 1986. He wrote many short stories for popular pulp magazines, such as Astounding Stories, Startling Stories, and Weird Tales. He wrote mainly science fiction, horror and fantasy stories but he also explored a range of other genres including western, historical fiction, detective fiction. His writing drew a lot from his environments and his personal experiences. Wellman was of Native American descent and a long-time resident of North Carolina, and so his fiction places a large emphasis on the landscape of the Appalachian Mountains and incorporates many elements of Native American folklore. Along with this, given that Wellman was born and raised in Angola it is perhaps unsurprising that African folktales and myths are also a recurrent theme.


These mythic and supernatural elements are well represented in Wellman's most popular recurring protagonists: John the Balladeer, a minstrel with a silver-stringed guitar, Judge Pursuivant, an occult detective, and John Thunstone, an antiquarian and investigator of the supernatural.


He has been the recipient of many awards, including the World Fantasy Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.