Fall 2013


As of October 22nd 2013 audible.com will be releasing two audio adaptations of what looks to be the NightShade Books collections of Wellman stories. Volumes 1 & 2 will be THIRD CRY TO LEGBA AND OTHER INVOCATIONS and THE DEVIL IS NOT MOCKED AND OTHER WARNINGS. The producers seem to promise that all five of the NightShade collections will be adapted. Special thanks to Bill Ekhardt for the heads up!

THIRD CRY TO LEGBA is described thus: "This audiobook collects Wellman’s John Thunstone and Lee Corbet stories, written between 1943 and 1979. These stories combine the mystical and horrific with traditional Southern folk tales and legends. These stories also reveal a post-World War II modernism that make them much more then pulp romanticism. The paranoia and cynicism of modern weird icons, such as The X-files, may well have had their genesis in the pulp musings of Manly Wade Wellman. Indeed the intensely driven, idealistic occult investigator, John Thunstone, could be a pulp/noir stand-in for Fox Mulder. ©2000 Frances Wellman (P)2013 Audible, Inc."

And THE DEVIL IS NOT MOCKED as: "Wellman’s work will be remembered, and should be preserved because it combines the dark gothic tradition of the American pulps with a detailed snapshot of regional history and culture. This mixture is shown through the lens of the American modernist tradition, revealing something that is larger than the sum of its parts. Volume two of a five volume set collecting all of Wellman's Appalachian fantasy stories. ©2001 The Estate of Manly Wade Wellman (P)2013 Audible, Inc."

Also available now are GIANTS FROM ETERNITY in the audio collection A GALAXY TRILOGY Vol 3 and an audiobook adaptation of the single Wellman adaptation to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Still Valley.

A New SciFi Collection Coming Soon...

Jeremiah Rickert and the Manly Wade Wellman Literary Estate are happy to present STORIES FROM THE 30TH CENTURY. The series kicks off with "When Planets Clashed" and "Disc-Men of Jupiter"
From the series editor:

Welcome to Manly Wade Wellman's "30th Century" series! These stories, set in Wellman's shared "30th C." universe, werepublished sporadically between 1931 and 1951. An effort has been made to identify stories that have not yet been included the series by previous bibliographers.

The first two stories in the series, "When Planets Clashed" and "Disc-Men of Jupiter" are both in that category. "Clashed" was originally published in Wonder Stories Quarterly in Spring of 1931 and reprinted as a Hall of Fame Novelet in Startling Stories, March of 1947. "Disc-Men" originally appeared in the September 1931 issue of Wonder Stories and was reprinted in Startling Stories in May of 1947. I have included these stories in the series because their events are referred to in the past tense in the main body of 30th Century stories and they feature many of the main details found in all of the stories: Earth is governed by a "World League" based in St. Louis, Mars' capital is Ekadome and its pleasure city is Pulambar.

In "Disc-Men" we also have the first mention of the recreational "joy lamps" used by human and Martian pleasure seekers. There is a character named Thor Harvison who runs a ship manufacturing company on Mars. In 1943's "Frontier Planet" there is a Lt. Harvison who is the cousin of the Harvison Power interests on Mars. Additionally there is a character named Rolf Bromburg who may be the hero that Ft. Bromburg is named after in 1941's "30th Century Duel."

The main difference between these proto-30th Century stories and the others is the appearance of the Martians themselves. In these early stories they appear as lean mahogany-skinned humanoids and not the flower-headed speech-slurring blobs of fun we will read about as the series progresses.

Though this publication seems to be on the backburner at Paizo right now, it will probably come out at least in ebook form. I'll keep you updated on the status of the project as info comes in.

Summer 2012

Art Previews on New Books

As mentioned previously, Haffner Press is publishing a complete works of John Thunstone and it now has cover art plus a varient. The book is now up for preorder! Also the latest news from Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse is that the Michael Hudson, Jim & Becky Beard and Thomas Boatwright production of the Silver John graphic novel will soon be underway. This will be a collection of short story adaptations of which the titles are yet to be announced. It will run about 100 pages and hopefully will be coming out next Spring if not earlier.

Fall 2011

Coming Soon: Sequential Pulp to Publish Silver John Graphic Novel

From Sequential Pulp's Facebook page comes news from Jim Beard:

"SILVER JOHN, Manly Wade Wellman's backwoods occult-buster in a graphic novel adaptation by writers Jim and BeckyBeard, and gorgeous art by Thomas Boatwright."

Sequential Pulp, distributed by Dark Horse Comics, intends to translate pulp classics to graphic novel form. Boatwright's intentions on adapting John to comics has been in the news here previously. It's great to see that this project is now on its way to fruition. We'll hopefully have more information on this intriguing project soon!

Haffner Press to collect John Thunstone
This collection seems to still be early on, with an unknown page count and no cover art, but Haffner Press intends to collect all of the John Thunstone short stories and two novels in one definitive edition. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as it comes in!
The previous collections of Thunstone appeared in Carcosa Press' LONELY VIGILS and most recently in Night Shade Books' THIRD CRY TO LEGBA And Other Invocations.

Summer 2011
New From Paizo! Battle in the Dawn: The Complete Hok the Mighty
(Trade Paperback) Paizo Publishing, LLC
By Manly Wade Wellman with an introduction by David Drake

In the 1930s, an unusual tale appeared in the influential Amazing Stories magazine. Unlike the usual yarns of robots and interstellartravel, “Battle in the Dawn” featured the brutal exploits of Hok, humanity’s first hero. Written by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Manly Wade Wellman (Who Fears the Devil?), who would later achieve fame for his American folktales of Silver John and beat out William Faulkner for a prestigious writing award, this hit story spawned several additional adventures, in which Hok battles unrelenting cavemen, explores lost Atlantis, discovers new technology, and charts a new destiny for humanity.

Now, for the first time ever, Planet Stories presents a complete authorized collection of all of Wellman’s rare Hok the Mighty tales, including an unfinished story fragment and a brand-new introduction by Wellman’s longtime friend, fantasy author David Drake.

Full stories include:
* Battle in the Dawn * Hok Goes to Atlantis * Hok Draws the Bow * Hok and the Gift of Heaven * Hok Visits the Land of Legends * Day of the Conquerors

272-page softcover trade paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-289-0

Summer - 2010

Life Imitates Art in Filming Up Under The Roof
CLICK HERE for a new article written for manlywadewellman.com by Producer and co-writer Danielle Stallings about getting the film started and the spooky happenings on set.

Spring - 2010

Wellman Short "Up Under The Roof" Adapted To Film
Short Film Hits The Festival Circuits

Up Under The RoofDarin states at the website http://www.upundertheroof.com "We’ve all had those experiences. There are many undefined but malevolent psychic forces that afflict children growing up. These terrors must be faced or they’ll stay with us as we mature, creeping inside the darkest depths of our subconscious, evolving into even more malignant fears and insecurities that will paralyze us as adults. Then, we will truly become haunted. That’s the point of our film. UP UNDER THE ROOF is about facing that which we fear the most. It’s about trusting our instincts, letting go of reason and embracing the unknown. There’s still a ten-year-old in each one of us looking to overcome the fears that almost broke us. The lonely places still need to be conquered."

So far UP UNDER THE ROOF has won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editor at the Film Outside the Frame Festival - 2009. It is continuing to make the festival rouns.  We will have more info from Darin on this project soon!

Music in the Key of Wellman
Michael Futreal Brings A New Spin To An Old Vibe In DEVIL'S STOMPING GROUND

Michael Futreal brings his multiple talents to bear in creating an instrumental music CD that has a modern take on the old time folk aesthetic.  I asked Michael for a few words on the creation of his music and this is what he has to say:

devils playground"I grew up in eastern NC, but the whole state was full of mystery and story as far as I could tell.  We used to go up to the western NC mountains almost every summer and tour about a variety of locations.  In those parts -- and at the yearly state fair in Raleigh -- I became aware of the folk music of the area, including the most fascinating Appalachian dulcimer.  You can read more about how I came to play dulcimer and other instruments at http://michael.futreal.com/about

"I discovered your Wellman bestiary early on in the recording sessions for Devil's Stomping Ground (I didn't know it'd be called that yet, though).  I immediately ordered up a used copy of Who Fears the Devil.  As I dug into the short stories, it wasn't long before I'd ordered all the Silver John material I could could lay hold of.   I've always loved stories of lore-masters and John delivered in a North Carolina style that rekindled interest in the region and its supernatural undercurrents.

"These stories were wonderfully dark in places, with John's music and folksy wisdom cutting a path through it, especially as he picked out his own tunes here and there.  Somehow this resonated with my own musical thoughts at the time, and I enjoyed taking the folksy dulcimer into darker, more mysterious territory than it usually ventures.  The twangy, reverb-drenched electric guitar that abounds on the album literally amplified the secret sense I had of being brushed by stories like these -- like I'd passed by John many times without knowing it, just on the edge of these dangerous stories."

You can listen to all the tracks and also buy this CD along with his previous work at his website http://michael.futreal.com

John Back In Print Again
Who Fears the Devil?—The Complete Silver John (Trade Paperback)
from Paizo Publishing, LLC

Possibly a re-issue of Arkham House's original John anthology.  By Manly Wade Wellman, with an who fears the devilintroduction by Mike Resnick

From Paizo's website:  There’s a traveling man that the Carolina mountain folk call Silver John for the silver strings strung on his guitar. In his wanderings, John encounters a parade of benighted forest creatures, mountain spirits, and shapeless horrors from the void of history with only his enduring spirit, playful wit, and the magic of his guitar to preserve him.

Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John is one of the most beloved figures in fantasy, a true American folk hero of the literary age. The Planet Stories edition of Who Fears the Devil? collects—for the first time—all of John’s adventures published throughout Wellman’s life, including two stories about John before he got his silver-stringed guitar that have never previously appeared in a Silver John collection. Lost, out-of-print, or buried in expensive hardcover editions, the seminal, unforgettable tales of Who Fears the Devil? stand ready for a new generation to continue the folk tradition of Silver John!

Introduction by Mike Resnick (Stalking the Unicorn, Starship: Mutiny).

208-page softcover trade paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-188-6

Silver John Comics?

Harvey Award nominated illustrator Thomas Boatwright started tinkering with the idea of adapting Wellman's John the Balladeer back in 2007.  Lately he's been working on Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman and has an ongoing comic in Cemetery Blues. If you'd like to see Thomas pick his Wellman adaptation back up, you might drop him a line at his blog.
You can check out his Silver John ideas here.
boatwright silver john

Winter - 2008

10,000 B.C. a movie in the HOK or Kardios tradition?

I can't say I'm a big fan of Rolland Emmerich movies, and won't start to now. But I thought I'd give this heads up for Kardios and Hok fans. Emmerich is making a movie called 10,000 B.C. which looks very much in the "pre-history" tradition of Hok, Kardios and other cave heroes.

The plot description goes as such: "It was a time when man and beast were untamed and the mighty mammoth roamed the earth. A time when ideas and beliefs were born that forever shaped mankind. 10,000 B.C. follows a young hunter (Steven Strait) on his quest to lead an army across a vast desert, battling saber tooth tigers and prehistoric predators as he unearths a lost civilization and attempts to rescue the woman he loves (Camilla Belle) from an evil warlord determined to possess her."

From the trailer it definitely has the caveman stumbles on a more advanced Atlantian-type civilization vibe.

Wellman Shows Make Rounds On Chiller TV.

A new cable/satalite network similar to SciFi Channel started early last year called The Chiller Channel.  Amoung their roster of TV shows are THE NIGHT GALLERY and MONSTERS. Both of which have a Wellman story to offer. 

The Devil is Not Mocked: (Originally aired:- 27 October 1971)

And on MONSTERS we have Rouse Him Not: (Originally aired:- December 1988)

Both series are in heavy rotation on this new network. Check your local listings and at the
Chiller TV website .

BAEN BOOKS Online Library Makes Wellman & Drake Freely Available.

A very interesting and much talked about move by BAEN BOOKS has been to put many of their previous publications online.

Of note to us here is the full text of JOHN THE BALLADEER, by Manly Wade Wellman. The BAEN edition was the first to use the non-bastardized text which had been unjudiciously edited and re-written by Arkham House founder August Derleth for the first John collection, WHO FEARS THE DEVIL.

The BAEN edition was the first time John saw his stories collected in full and original form since their first magazine appearances and up until the Night Shade Books Collection.

Also of note in BAEN's online library is David Drake's ode to Wellman, OLD NATHAN. I highly recommend this book as he wrote it as an homage to not only John the Balladeer, but to Manly himself.

 More Wellman Resources Online

Ex-Night Shade Books intern Jeremiah Rickert has posted a lengthy page at the Oregon Literary Review.

This includes an introduction by Rickert along with his reconstruction of the events that lead to a show-down between Wellman and William Falkner of which Wellman won.

Also posted is an excellent Wellman biography by Karl Edward Wagner, interviews with writer and Wellman Estate holder David Drake and Night Shade Books editor Jeremy Lassen.

Plus three pieces of writing by Wellman; The first John the Balladeer story, "O' Ugly Bird", a sci-fi story, "That's Just Like A Martian" and an essay on writing "Interior Dialogue".

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