David Morrell Books

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David Morrell is a Canadian author that writes science fiction, horror, historical mysteries, and thrillers. Morrell is best known for writing ‘First Blood,’ the novel Hollywood adapted when they made the Rambo movies.

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Order of Rambo: First Blood Series

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1 First Blood 1972 Description / Buy
2 Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 Description / Buy
3 Rambo III 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Mortalis Series

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1 The Brotherhood of the Rose 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Fraternity Of The Stone 1985 Description / Buy
3 The League of Night and Fog 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Cavanaugh Series

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1 The Protector 2003 Description / Buy
2 The Naked Edge 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Attitude Adjuster (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Frank Balenger Series

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1 Creepers 2005 Description / Buy
2 Scavenger 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Thomas De Quincey Series

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1 Murder as a Fine Art 2013 Description / Buy
2 The Opium-Eater (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
3 Inspector of the Dead 2015 Description / Buy
4 Ruler of the Night 2016 Description / Buy

Order of David Morrell Standalone Novels

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1 Testament 1975 Description / Buy
2 Last Reveille 1977 Description / Buy
3 The Totem 1979 Description / Buy
4 Blood Oath 1982 Description / Buy
5 The Fifth Profession 1990 Description / Buy
6 The Covenant of the Flame 1991 Description / Buy
7 Assumed Identity 1993 Description / Buy
8 Desperate Measures 1994 Description / Buy
9 Extreme Denial 1996 Description / Buy
10 Double Image 1998 Description / Buy
11 Burnt Sienna 2000 Description / Buy
12 Long Lost 2002 Description / Buy
13 The Spy Who Came for Christmas 2008 Description / Buy
14 The Shimmer 2009 Description / Buy

Order of David Morrell Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Hundred-Year Christmas (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
2 Dead Image (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy
3 Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity (Short Story) 1988 Description / Buy
4 The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
5 Nothing Will Hurt You (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
6 The Shrine 1992 Description / Buy
7 They (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
8 My Name is Legion (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
9 The Architecture of Snow (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
10 The Interrogator (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Order of David Morrell Short Story Collections

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1 Black Evening 1999 Description / Buy
2 Nightscape 2004 Description / Buy
3 Before I Wake 2019 Description / Buy

Order of David Morrell Picture Books

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1 The Hundred Year Christmas (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Captain America Graphic Novels

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1 The Chosen 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Cultural-Icon Non-Fiction Series

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1 John Wayne: The Westerns (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
2 Marilyn Monroe: Legend and Tragedy (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
3 Rambo and Me: The Story Behind the Story (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
4 Frank Sinatra: The Artist and His Music (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
5 Nelson Riddle: The Man behind the Music (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of David Morrell Non-Fiction Books

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1 John Barth 1976 Description / Buy
2 Fireflies 1988 Description / Buy
3 Lessons From A Lifetime Of Writing 2002 Description / Buy
4 The Successful Novelist 2008 Description / Buy
5 Thrillers: 100 Must Reads ( With: Hank Wagner) 2010 Description / Buy
6 Stars In My Eyes: My Love Affair With Books, Movies, And Music 2022 Description / Buy

Order of The MatchUp Collection Series

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1 Honor & ... ( By: C.J. Box, Sandra Brown) 2017 Description / Buy
2 Deserves to Be Dead (Short Story) ( By: John Sandford, Lisa Jackson) 2017 Description / Buy
3 Getaway (Short Story) ( By: Lisa Scottoline, Nelson DeMille) 2017 Description / Buy
4 Midnight Flame (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Rice, Lara Adrian) 2018 Description / Buy
5 Short Story (Short Story) ( By: Karin Slaughter, Michael Koryta) 2019 Description / Buy
6 Past Prologue (Short Story) ( By: Diana Gabaldon, Steve Berry) 2019 Description / Buy
7 Faking a Murderer ( By: Lee Child, Kathy Reichs) 2019 Description / Buy
8 Dig Here (Short Story) ( By: Charlaine Harris, Andrew Gross) 2019 Description / Buy
9 Taking the Veil (Short Story) ( By: J.A. Jance, Eric Van Lustbader) 2019 Description / Buy
10 Rambo on Their Minds (Short Story) ( With: Gayle Lynds) 2019 Description / Buy
11 Footloose (Short Story) ( By: Val McDermid, Peter James) 2019 Description / Buy

David Morrell Anthologies

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1 Dark at Heart 1992 Description / Buy
2 Fifth Annual Collection 1992 Description / Buy
3 Dark Crimes 2 1993 Description / Buy
4 Millenium 1997 Description / Buy
5 Hollywood Fantasies: Ten Surreal Visions of Tinsel Town 1997 Description / Buy
6 Murder for Revenge 1998 Description / Buy
7 Best New Horror 17 2006 Description / Buy
8 These Guns for Hire 2006 Description / Buy
9 Best New Horror 18 2007 Description / Buy
10 Dark Delicacies: Fear 2007 Description / Buy
11 Crucified Dreams 2011 Description / Buy
12 The Rich and the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
13 Warriors 3 2011 Description / Buy
14 Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury 2012 Description / Buy
15 All-American Horror of the 21st Century: The First Decade 2012 Description / Buy
16 The Interrogator and Other Criminally Good Fiction 2012 Description / Buy
17 Suspense Magazine May 2013 2013 Description / Buy
18 Chiral Mad 2 2013 Description / Buy
19 Eulogies III 2015 Description / Buy
20 Detours 2016 Description / Buy
21 MatchUp 2017 Description / Buy
22 Alive in Shape and Color 2017 Description / Buy
23 Playing Games 2023 Description / Buy
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The author was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario, to a Royal Navy flier (George Morrell) and an upholsterer (Beatrice Morrell). Morrell was not the best student. His high school principal told him he would never amount to anything.

Morrell, who almost dropped out of high school, was inclined to believe him. But then he watched ‘Route 66’ on TV, and the show changed everything. The author couldn’t get enough of the two heroes at the heart of the series as they traversed the United States.

He wrote a letter to the show’s head writer. Morrell wanted to follow in Stirling Silliphant’s footsteps and said as much. Stirling replied with a long letter encouraging the young man to pursue his dreams. The two became good friends later, with Stirling executive producing an adaptation of Morrell’s novel.

Philip Young was equally influential to the author. The pair met through ‘Ernest Hemingway,’ Young’s book, which Morrell discovered and loved because of his passion for all things Hemingway.

The author was in awe of Young’s engaging style. When he learned that Young was teaching at Penn State, the author packed everything he owned and drove to the United States with his wife and child.

Morrell’s wife was gracious enough to abandon her teaching position to follow her husband to a new country. The author studied under Young for a time before becoming his graduate assistant. Their lives became intimately intertwined when Young’s wife died.

Morrell and his wife took it upon themselves to care for Young’s home, not to mention his son. This kind gesture gave Young the freedom to pursue his research. The author was still at Penn State when he met Philip Klass. The professional writer changed Morrell’s life in ways he couldn’t have imagined when they first came across one another.

Klass invited his contemporaries to a party after buying a house near Penn State. The guests included Donald E. Westlake, a legendary crime writer, and Henry Morrison, Klass’s agent. Klass was kind enough to tell everyone that Morrell was writing a novel.

The author can’t remember what he said when Klass asked him to describe ‘First Blood’ to the other guests. But it clearly pushed all the right buttons because Henry asked Morrell to send him the manuscript once it was finished.

It took him longer than he would have liked to write the book. Various distractions got in the way, including his doctoral dissertation and the riots emerging from the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

But he kept Henry abreast of his progress. Once he submitted the manuscript, it took Henry six weeks to secure a publisher for ‘First Blood.’

David Morrell Awards

Morrell has won Bram Stoker awards.

David Morrell Books Into Movies

‘First Blood’ provided the template for Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo series of movies. ‘The Brotherhood of the Rose’ became a two-part TV movie.

Best David Morrell Books

The tragic loss of his teenage son and granddaughter, both of whom died from Ewing’s Sarcoma, has shaped the author’s stories. Morell’s best books include:

First Blood: Rambo entered the small Kentucky town on a warm fall day. The young man stood out because of his long hair and unkempt state. To the Sheriff, Rambo was just another vagrant looking to make trouble. Wilfred Teasle had no intention of letting him be.

So he drove Rambo to the edge of town and told him to stay out. But Rambo was a decorated vet. He survived the Vietnam War. He had no intention of letting Teasle push him around.

Murder As A Fine Art: Thomas De Quincey is a killer, or so they say. A psychopath is on the loose perpetrating ferocious murders. A similar spate of killings terrorized London decades ago. This time, the police think Thomas is at fault because the killer is using Thomas’ essay as a blueprint.

Thomas knows he’s innocent, but proving it won’t be easy. Fortunately, he has a devoted daughter fighting to clear his name, as well as a trustworthy pair of detectives.

When Does The Next David Morrell book come out?

David Morrell doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Stars In My Eyes: My Love Affair With Books, Movies, And Music and was released on August, 17th 2022. It is the newest book in the David Morrell Non-Fiction Books.


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