Sic pereant omnes inimici tui

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Today marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of The Voice of the Mountains — Manly Wade Wellman. Called “the dean of fantasy writers” by the late, great Karl Edward Wagner, Wellman has been a tremendous influence on my writing, particularly his John Thunstone stories. It is unfathomable to me that Wellman is not better known to today’s writers. A unique and prolific storyteller, Wellman wrote for the pulps, comics (including the very first issue of Captain Marvel Adventures), and some of the best genre novels to ever see print.

wellman2Not familiar with his work? Well, why not make yourself comfortable and chew on this story from Weird Tales published in July of 1944 — “John Thunstone’s Inheritance” — then come back here and thank me.

Manly Wade Hampton Wellman was one of the greats and should not be forgotten. If you consider yourself a genre writer and have not read his work, then I suspect you’re not. Not really. Until you’ve drank from that well, you’re just pretending.

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