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 Wellmans 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."
THE DEVIL IS NOT MOCKED as: "Wellmans
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
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:
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
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
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.
Art Previews on New
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
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.
Pulp to Publish Silver John Graphic Novel
Sequential Pulp's Facebook page comes news from Jim
"SILVER JOHN, Manly Wade Wellman's backwoods
occult-buster in a graphic novel adaptation by writers
Jim and BeckyBeard, and gorgeous art by Thomas
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!
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
Paizo! Battle in the Dawn: The Complete Hok the Mighty
(Trade Paperback) Paizo Publishing, LLC
Manly Wade Wellman with an introduction by David Drake
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, humanitys
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 the first time ever, Planet Stories presents a complete
authorized collection of all of Wellmans rare Hok
the Mighty tales, including an unfinished story fragment
and a brand-new introduction by Wellmans 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:
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.
Wellman Short "Up Under The Roof" Adapted To Film
Short Film Hits The Festival Circuits
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
Music in the Key of Wellman
Futreal Brings A New Spin To An Old Vibe In DEVIL'S STOMPING
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:
"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
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
You can listen to all the tracks and also buy this CD along
with his previous work at his website http://michael.futreal.com
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."
Possibly a re-issue of Arkham
House's original John anthology. By Manly Wade Wellman,
introduction 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
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