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Nothing Left to Lose

|| Book 6 in the John Cleaver series. "My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again."

Over Your Dead Body

|| The 5th novel in the John Wayne Cleaver series. John and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the midwest—but the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind.

Nothing Left to Lose

In this thrilling installment in the John Wayne Cleaver series, Dan Wells brings his beloved antihero into a final confrontation with the Withered. Nothing Left to Lose is a conclusion that is both completely compelling and completely unexpected.

Hi. My name is John Cleaver, and I hunt monsters. I used to do it alone, and then for a while I did it with a team of government specialists, and then the monsters found us and killed almost everyone, and now I hunt them alone again.

This is my story.

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Power with Consequences: Fred Saberhagen’s Swords Series

Years ago, when I was still trying to make it as a writer, I went to the World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, and it was awesome. I got to meet people, talk to pros, and make some of the connections that ultimately led to me getting published several years later. But the biggest thrill for me, by a mile and a half, was that I got to meet Fred Saberhagen and shake his hand. I got to tell him that he was one of the biggest reasons I decided to become an author, and that’s as true today as it was back then.

It’s been a while since he passed away, and some of you may have never read his books, so I’m going to introduce you to some. He wrote pretty much everything, from SF to fantasy to horror, and I have to give a special shout out to his Berserker novels as the godfather of a ton of modern SF, but the ones I want to talk about today—my favorite ones, and the ones I keep coming back to—are the Sword books. The Empire of the East is a prologue of sorts, in that they take place in the same world, but the real series comprises eleven books: a main trilogy, and then eight more that read like connected vignettes.

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Series: That Was Awesome! Writers on Writing

Over Your Dead Body

John and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the midwest—but the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind. With each new town, each new truck stop, each new highway, they get closer to a vicious killer who defies every principle of profiling and prediction John knows how to use, and meanwhile Brooke’s fractured psyche teeters on the edge of oblivion, overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of dead personalities sharing her mind. She flips in and out of lucidity, manifesting new names and thoughts and memories every day, until at last the one personality pops up that John never expected and has no idea how to deal with. The last of Nobody’s victims, trapped forever in the body of his last remaining friend.

Author Dan Wells continues his popular John Wayne Cleaver series in Over Your Dead Body—available May 3rd from Tor Books.

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The Terror and Wonder of Watching Your Book Get Made Into a Movie

My philosophy on book to movie adaptations has always been pretty simple: the bigger the change, the better.

I figure I’ve already read the book, right? I don’t need to see the exact same thing, slavishly reproduced in another medium—I want to see a new artist’s take on it, with new ideas and a new personality. To see what happens to, for example, the Harry Potter universe when Alfonso Cuaron gets his hands on it. I love it.

And now I have to put my money where my mouth is, because I’m sitting on set while a film crew is adapting my book I Am Not a Serial Killer. I’m learning that ideals are a lot easier to stand up for when it’s somebody else’s baby being adapted.

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The Devil’s Only Friend (Excerpt)

John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they’ve killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he’s always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can. But the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.

John doesn’t want the life he’s stuck with. He doesn’t want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn’t want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn’t want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn’t want to kill people. But as the song says, you can’t always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.

When John again faces evil, he’ll know what he has to do.

The Devil’s Only Friend is the first book in a brand-new John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by bestselling author Dan Wells—available June 16th from Tor Books!

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The Hollow City (Excerpt)

Read an excerpt from Dan Wells’ new book, The Hollow City, out on July 3:

Dan Wells won instant acclaim for his three-novel debut about the adventures of John Wayne Cleaver, a heroic young man who is a potential serial killer. All who read the trilogy were struck by the distinctive and believable voice Wells created for John.

Now he returns with another innovative thriller told in a very different, equally unique voice. A voice that comes to us from the realm of madness.

Michael Shipman is paranoid schizophrenic; he suffers from hallucinations, delusions, and complex fantasies of persecution and horror. That’s bad enough. But what can he do if some of the monsters he sees turn out to be real?

Who can you trust if you can’t even trust yourself? The Hollow City is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the greatest enemy of all is your own mind.

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Games of Game of Thrones: Battles of Westeros

With Game of Thrones coming out on HBO, Bob Gallo and I decided to take a look at some of the games that have been made about the series. Most of them have a focus on politics, which is fitting given the nature of the books, but Battles of Westeros is focused completely on war. Fans of the series will love the focus on specific characters from the series, but even those who haven’t read the books or seen the TV show will find a lot to like in one of the best tactical war-games in the historical/fantasy genre.

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Series: A Song of Ice and Fire

Living the Dream (Well, H.P. Lovecraft’s Dream, Anyway)

I love games that tell a story; this is probably why I am currently participating in three (3) separate roleplaying campaigns and GMing two of them.

But good stories can be found in other games as well; my favorite board game of the moment is almost certainly Battlestar Galactica, a social “who’s the traitor?” game based on the reimagined series that does a fantastic job of marrying mechanics and theme. (The hook: One of you is actually a Cylon, but the mechanics of gameplay make it extremely difficult to know who even if they’re right in front of you.)

Imagine my delight when I stumbled across a new game entirely focused on narrative and storytelling; imagine my further delight that said game is hip-deep in the world and works of H.P. Lovecraft; lastly, imagine my now-unbounded delight to discover that the game is actually really good, independent of and perhaps in spite of the high expectations I already held for it. I am speaking of Mansions of Madness, a team-based Lovecraft investigation game from Fantasy Flight. It’s awesome.

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