Dan Wells (author)

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Dan Wells
Dan Wells - 2015 National Book Festival (3).jpg
Born Daniel Andrew Wells
(1977-03-04) March 4, 1977 (age 38)
Occupation Author, podcast personality
Nationality United States
Period 2000–present
Genre horror, science fiction, young adult
Notable works I Am Not a Serial Killer

Daniel Andrew "Dan" Wells (born March 4, 1977) is an American horror and science fiction author.[1] A Utah native, 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 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.[3]

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."[5] 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."[6]

In 2011, Wells was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.[7] His novella, The Butcher of Khardov, received a nomination for the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2014.[8]


John Wayne Cleaver series[edit]

  • I Am Not a Serial Killer (2009)
  • Mr. Monster (2010)
  • I Don't Want To Kill You (2011)[9]
  • Next of Kin (July 4, 2014)
  • The Devil's Only Friend (June 16, 2015)
  • Over Your Dead Body (Expected May 3, 2016)

Partials Sequence[edit]

  • Partials (2012)[10]
  • Isolation (August 28, 2012)
  • Fragments (February 26, 2013)
  • Ruins (March 11, 2014)

Stand-alone novels[edit]

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

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Amazing Adventures of George" (2000), in Leading Edge #40[11]
  • "Charybdis" (2011), in Leading Edge #61
  • "The Mountain of the Lord" (2011), in Monsters & Mormons (Peculiar Pages)


  • The Butcher of Khardov (June 18, 2013)



  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. ^ a b "Bio for Dan Wells". Fearful Symmetry. Retrieved April 28, 2009.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "fearfulsymmetry" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Brothers By The Book", Salt Lake Tribune
  5. ^ "Tor: Winter 2010" (PDF). Macmillan US. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Renovation - Hugo Awards". August 8, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". April 20, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mandelo, Brit. "A review of I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells". Tor.com. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Dan Wells. "Dan Wells talks about Partials". Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Stories, Listed by Author (2000)". Locus. 2000. Archived from the original on February 24, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 

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