Manly Wade Wellman (1903-1986) was a prolific American writer who worked in practically every genre, but best known for his dark fantasy stories about a traveling musician named John who frequently finds himself battling supernatural menaces in the deep backwoods of Appalachia. Wellman had already written other OccultDetective stories, demonstrating a talent for weirdness and a quirky sense of humour, but the "Silver John" stories (so-called for disambiguation, although their protagonist is always just plain John) are additionally enlivened by Wellman's enduring interest in the folklore and folk music of backwoods America.

Wellman's short stories were adapted as episodes of ''TheTwilightZone'' ("The Valley Was Still"; the adaptation is retitled "Still Valley"), ''NightGallery'' ("The Devil Is Not Mocked") and ''Monsters'' ("Rouse Him Not"). Far less successfully, a movie was made based on some of the John stories, ''The Legend of Hillbilly John''.

On a completely different note, his other works include ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes's [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds War of the Worlds]]''. He even wrote a Captain Future novel.
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!!Works by Manly Wade Wellman with their own trope page include:

* Literature/SilverJohn series

!!His other works provide examples of:

* AsTheGoodBookSays: In his lesser-known [[BadassPreacher Parson Jaeger]] stories, the titular character quotes the Bible quite often, though not always accurately, something lampshaded by other characters.
* {{Awesome McCoolname}}: Seriously, his name was Manly! (On the other hand: Wade.)
* ExternalRetcon: ''Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds'' reveals that the aliens in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' weren't actually from Mars, and also uncovers a few details about Franchise/SherlockHolmes's private life that Watson never mentioned.
* FrazettaMan: The Neanderthals of ''Hok the Mighty''
* OccultDetective: Judge Pursuivant, John Thunstone, Hal Stryker, Lee Cobbett, and to some extent, [[BadassPreacher Parson "Bible" Jaeger]].
* SwordCane: Judge Pursuivant has a [[SilverHasMysticPowers silver]] version of one of these, with the words "Sic pereant omnes inimici tui" (thus perish all your enemies) engraved on it. When he becomes too old to wield it, the Judge passes it on to his colleague John Thunstone.
* TripodTerror: In ''Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds''
* WalkingTheEarth: Lee Cobbett and Hal Stryker have elements of this.
* YouWillBeBeethoven: In ''Twice In Time'', a man named Leonard travels back in time to meet LeonardoDaVinci -- you can see where this is going.
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