Born in Pasadena, Saul grew up in Whittier, California, and graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He went on to several colleges,variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts and theater, but remains degree-less. After leaving college, Saul decided to become a writer, and spent 15 years working in various jobs while learning his craft.
Prior to the start of his bestselling thriller career Saul had around 10 books published under pen names, the first of which he wrote in one weekend after unexpectedly losing his job. His first book sale earned him just $200. Today he has over 60 million books in print.
In 1976, Dell Publishing contacted him about his writing a psychological thriller. The resulting novel, Suffer the Children, appeared on all the bestseller lists in the United States and reached the number one spot in Canada. In addition to his novels, Saul has had several one-act plays produced in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Saul lives part-time in the Pacific Northwest, both in Seattle and in the San Juan Islands, and has a residence on the Big Island of Hawaii. Saul is openly gay. He lives with his partner of 32 years, who has collaborated on several of his novels. He is a frequent speaker at the Maui Writers' Conference.
|1977||Suffer the Children|
|1978||Punish the Sinners|
|1979||Cry for the Strangers|
|1980||Comes the Blind Fury|
|1981||When the Wind Blows|
|1982||The God Project|
|1991||Darkness (Saul novel)|
|1||An Eye for an Eye: The Doll (1996)|
|2||Twist of Fate: The Locket (1997)|
|3||Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame (1997)|
|4||In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief (1997)|
|5||Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope (1997)|
|1999||The Right Hand of Evil|
|2001||The Manhattan Hunt Club|
|2003||Black Creek Crossing|
|2006||In the Dark of the Night|
|2007||The Devil's Labyrinth|
|2008||Faces of Fear|
|2009||House of Reckoning|
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- "Review of Cry for the Strangers (1982) at RottenTomatoes.com". Cry for the Strangers. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- John Saul: A Critical Companion by Paul Bail