Dan Wells (author)

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Dan Wells
Wells at the 2015 National Book Festival
Wells at the 2015 National Book Festival
BornDaniel Andrew Wells
(1977-03-04) March 4, 1977 (age 42)
Utah, United States
OccupationAuthor, podcast personality
EducationB.A. in English
Alma materBrigham Young University
GenreHorror, science fiction, young adult
Notable worksI Am Not a Serial Killer

Daniel Andrew "Dan" Wells (born March 4, 1977) is an American horror and science fiction author.[1] He currently resides in North Salt Lake, Utah, US.

Early life[edit]

Wells wrote his first stories based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series when he was in second grade.[1] He followed up with several novellas, a serial and a series of comic books when he was in high school. He finished his first serious novel when he was 22.[2] He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, with a bachelor's degree in English, emphasizing writing and editing.[3]

He is the brother of author Robison Wells.[4]


Wells at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon

Wells is best known as the author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, a horror novel published in the United States by Tor Books. It has been released in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Taiwan.[5]

He also is one of the four authors (including Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Howard Tayler) who contribute to the podcast Writing Excuses.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Horror writer F. Paul Wilson described I Am Not a Serial Killer as a "dazzling, unputdownable debut" with a protagonist "as chilling as he is endearing."[6] Young adult fiction author Jack Heath praised it as having "plenty of thematic merit", and noted that "all the characters are richly identifiable, including–and I can't stress enough how impressed I was by this–the serial killer...Wells is a first-time novelist, and yet he's already created a sympathetic villain, the holy grail of thriller writing."[7]

In 2011, Wells was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[8] His novella, The Butcher of Khardov, received a nomination for the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2014.[9]


John Wayne Cleaver series[edit]

  • First trilogy
  • Next of Kin (July 4, 2014) (novella)
  • Second trilogy
    • The Devil's Only Friend (June 16, 2015)
    • Over Your Dead Body (May 3, 2016)
    • Nothing Left To Lose (June 6, 2017)

Partials Sequence[edit]

  • Partials (February 28, 2012)[11]
  • Isolation novella (August 28, 2012)
  • Fragments (February 26, 2013)
  • Ruins (March 11, 2014)

Mirador series[edit]

  • Bluescreen (February 16, 2016)
  • Ones and Zeroes (February 14, 2017)
  • Active Memory (February 13, 2018)

Stand-alone novels[edit]

  • A Night of Blacker Darkness (audio book, July 26, 2011), written as Frederick Whithers (author) and Cecil G. Bagsworth III (editor)
  • The Hollow City (ISBN 978-0765331700, July 3, 2012)
  • Extreme Makeover (November 15, 2016)

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Amazing Adventures of George" (September 2000), in Leading Edge #40[12]
  • "Charybdis" (June 2011), in Leading Edge #61
  • "The Mountain of the Lord" (October 30, 2011), in Monsters & Mormons (Peculiar Pages)


  • The Butcher of Khardov (June 18, 2013)


Collaborative works[edit]

Apocalypse Guard series[edit]

The Apocalypse Guard trilogy, "set in a world parallel to that of the Reckoners [trilogy]", was announced by Brandon Sanderson on March 1, 2016.[13] The outlining for the series was nearing completion at the end of December 2016.[14] The project was put on hold in November 2017.[15] On February 20, 2018, Wells tweeted that he would be co-writing the series with Sanderson.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Clark, Cody (March 4, 2012). "Vanishing point: Humanity gets terminated - almost - in Orem author's grim teen sci-fi novel". The Daily Herald. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Questions and Answers with Dan Wells - Hortorian.com". Archived from the original on June 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bio for Dan Wells". Fearful Symmetry. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "Brothers By The Book", Salt Lake Tribune
  5. ^ "Books by Dan Wells". Fearful Symmetry. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Tor: Winter 2010" (PDF). Macmillan US. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  7. ^ Heath, Jack (October 16, 2009). "Book review: I Am Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells". Goodreads. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  8. ^ "Renovation - Hugo Awards". August 8, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  9. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". April 20, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  10. ^ Mandelo, Brit. "A review of I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells". Tor.com. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  11. ^ Dan Wells. "Dan Wells talks about Partials". Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Stories, Listed by Author (2000)". Locus. 2000. Archived from the original on February 25, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Lough, Chris (March 1, 2016). "Brandon Sanderson Announces New Apocalypse Guard Book Trilogy". Tor.com.
  14. ^ Sanderson, Brandon (December 19, 2016). "State of the Sanderson 2016". Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  15. ^ Jackson, Frannie (November 2, 2017). "Exclusive: Brandon Sanderson Pulls The Apocalypse Guard Release, Gives Update About Mystery Project". Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Wells, Dan (February 20, 2018). "If you missed the news: @BrandSanderson and I are cowriting a YA series! It's called The Apocalypse Guard, and it's kind of a SF/fantasy hybrid, and it's awesome". Twitter. Archived from the original on February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018.

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