Dan Wells (author)

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Dan Wells
Dan Wells - 2015 National Book Festival (3).jpg
Wells at the 2015 National Book Festival
Born Daniel Andrew Wells
(1977-03-04) March 4, 1977 (age 41)
Utah, United States
Occupation Author, podcast personality
Nationality American
Education B.A. in English
Alma mater Brigham Young University
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 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 2017)
  • Active Memory (February 2018)

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)
  • Extreme Makeover (November 15, 2016)

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Amazing Adventures of George" (2000), in Leading Edge #40[12]
  • "Charybdis" (2011), in Leading Edge #61
  • "The Mountain of the Lord" (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. 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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