Francis Wilson


F. Paul Wilson (on the right in the photo of the authors) was born and raised in New Jersey where he misspent his youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. Comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson Bradbury and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed on the radio, and watching Soupy Sales and Shock Theatre with Zacherley. He is the author of more than forty books: science fiction (Healer, Wheels Within Wheels, An Enemy of the State, Dydeetown world, The Tery, Sims), horror thrillers (The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, Nightworld, Black Wind, Sibs, Midnight Mass), contemporary thrillers (The Select, Implant, Deep as the Marrow), novels that defy categorization (The Fifth Harmonic, Virgin) and a number of collaborations, including Nightkill, written with his long-time friend and fellow novelist, Steven Spruill. In 1998, Paul resurrected his popular anti-hero Repairman Jack, and has chronicled his adventures in Legacies, Conspiracies, All the Rage, Hosts, The Haunted Air, Gateways, Crisscross, Infernal, Harbingers, Bloodline, By the Sword, Ground Zero, and Fatal Error. He has peeked into Jack’s teenage life in the young adult novels, Jack: Secret Histories, and Jack: Secret Circles. Most of his short stories are collected in Soft & Others (1989), The Barrens & Others (1998), and Aftershock and Others. He has edited two anthologies: Freak Show (1992) and Diagnosis Terminal (1996).

Paul has written for stage, screen, and interactive media, as well. The Keep, The Tomb, Harbingers, and By The Sword all appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. Wheels Within Wheels won the first Prometheus Award in 1979. Sims won another, The Tomb received the Porgie award from the West Coast Review of Books. His novelette “Aftershocks” won the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. Dydeetown World was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others. He was awarded the prestigious Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers convention. He is listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who’s Who in America. His novel The Keep was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) by Paramount in 1983. The Tomb is in development as “Repairman Jack” by Beacon films and (we hope) will not suffer a similar fate. His original teleplay “Glim-Glim” aired on Monsters in 1989. An adaptation of his short story “Menage a Trois” was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July, 1997. “Pelts” was adapted by Dario Argento for Masters of Horror.

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Steven Spruill: While studying for a doctorate in clinical psychology, Spruill sold his first novel, Keepers of the Gate, to Doubleday in 1976. Three more of his novels were published while he completed graduate school. During this period, Spruill also served as an adjunct professor at Catholic University, teaching creative writing to students in the drama program at Catholic U. In 1980, Spruill completed his doctoral dissertation on Creativity, and was awarded the Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1981. After completing a year's internship at Mount Vernon Hospital in Virginia, Spruill turned to writing, full time. Fifteen of his novels, two novellas, and one non-fiction book have been published by Doubleday, Playboy Press, St. Martin's Press, TOR, Berkley, and Dell. His pseudonyms include Steve Morgan (UK), Steve Lyon, and Steven Harriman (Berkley). His work has sold in over twenty foreign countries. Several of his novels were selections of The Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. Three of his medical thrillers were condensed in Good Housekeeping Magazine and one in Reader's Digest Books. Both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly have awarded starred reviews to his novels. Spruill's vampire novel Rulers of Darkness was nominated for the British Fantasy Award. It was this novel that, in 1995, coined the term "Hemophage" to describe the "reality" behind the vampire myth. In 1995, the Catholic University of America conferred upon Spruill its award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Literature.” Other recipients of this award in the arts include Susan Sarandon and Jon Voight. Spruill’s most recent publication, Ice Men, is a historically-accurate novel of the first year of the Korean War.

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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,230. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Jake Nacht, a hit man with 17 kills, works for the mob on a freelance basis. He's hired to whack a US Senator during a speech at an outdoor rally. But Jake is double-crossed and winds up paralyzed, his spine severed. His long road to healing changes him, but he needs to regain his killing skills to save people he's come to care about. "The slam-bang action is addictive." Publisher's Weekly

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