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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.
Order of Rambo: First Blood Series
|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
|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
|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
Order of Thomas De Quincey Series
|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
|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
|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
|1||Black Evening||1999||Description / Buy|
|2||Nightscape||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Before I Wake||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of David Morrell Picture Books
|1||The Hundred Year Christmas (Short Story)||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of Captain America Graphic Novels
|1||The Chosen||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Cultural-Icon Non-Fiction Series
|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
|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||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of The MatchUp Collection Series
|1||Honor & ...||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||Deserves to Be Dead (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||Getaway (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||Midnight Flame (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|5||Short Story (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|6||Past Prologue||2019||Description / Buy|
|7||Faking a Murderer||2019||Description / Buy|
|8||Dig Here (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|9||Taking the Veil (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||Rambo on Their Minds (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|11||Footloose (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
David Morrell Anthologies
|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 III: Haunted||2009||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|
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 Before I Wake and was released on June, 30th 2019. It is the newest book in the David Morrell Short Story Collections.