David Gemmell was born in London, England, the United Kingdom august 01, of the year 1948 and has passed away on July 28, 2006. He was a former journalist and a newspaper editor, and best known as the bestselling author of Heroic Fantasy.Growing up in a tough urban area on west London where he was born, the British author experienced many vicissitudes in his life: raised alone by his mother until the age of six, he suffered from bullying and taunts from his peers and sustained serious injuries through fighting. At the age of sixteen, he was expelled from school for organizing a gambling syndicate.After that, Gemmell went on to work as a day laborer, a lorry driver mate, and a nightclub bouncer before becoming a journalist. He worked as a journalist for a several local newspaper in the east Sussex and finishing by becoming editor-in-chief for five them. Also, freelance as a stringer he worked for the Daily mail, Daily express and Daily mirror national newspapers.
Gemmell married twice he was the father of two children produced from his first marriage to Valerie. He died in Hastings on the south-east coast of England where was his home with his second wife Stella.It was on 28 July 2006 when, four days before his 58th birthday, Stella Gammell found him dead in his desk.
Writing Fantasy was not the first choice of David Gammelle, originally he was intended to be historical novelist, but citing the grisly fate of William Wallace in the battle of the Alamo he was intrigued by the events as they ended badly for the protagonist. Declaring he would make Scottish revolutionary victorious if he had written about the 13th century, he realised eventually that this world would be only possible in fantasy setting.
The author also affirms that a major influence of his work were classic western movies, this can be detected in one of his books when some characters enters a mystical world akin to the native American spirit world. This is evidenced in the sequel to Ravenheart, Stormrider at the end of the book. More than that, in the first two books in the Rganteseries, sword in the storm and Midnight Falcon, where the main character is pugilist we can follow the traces of John Wayne movies
Actually the author was being diagnosed with cancer he believed to be terminal in 1976 what drove him to write The Siege of Dros Denloch hoping that would take his mind off his illness and more important, to realise his ambition of having a novel published before he died. Later, when he learned that he had suffered of misdiagnosis the novel was set to one side until 1980.
Another fact, Troy: Fall of Kings was published after the death of David Gammell in 2007 under the joint authorship of David and Stella Gemmel. The bestseller author was writing a final novel at the time of his death, completing a 70,000 words about an alternative-history trilogy for the legend of siege od Troy. Stella knew she’s the only one capable of completing the work of her husband using his notes and chapter plan. Within two weeks of Gammell’s funeral, Stella contacted his publisher to make the offer. Stella was more than just David Gammell’s wife as an aspiring novelist and subeditor, a former junior reporter and she has been involved in Gemmell’s writing process for a number of years.
David Gemmell works count over thirty novels but his career as writer, without a doubt, began with the publishing of his first and most famous novel Legend in 1948, selling over one million copy his work continues to spread worldwide.
Gemmell is the undisputed master of the heroic fantasy, a subgenre of the fantasy which chronicles the tales of heroes in imaginary land
Legend is the novel that established the British author as a major fantasy novelist and where the character of Druss was created, a personage that would appear frequently in Gemmell’s subsequent books known as Druss a warrior whose life stories are told everywhere, the legend. The deathwalker. He has evaded a life of comfort and wealth in favour of solitary life spent on top of a mountain bordering the clouds. From the blood of merciless butcher coursed to his veins, he had a fragile peace through his love for a beautiful, mystical Rowena. Aged sixty years old and only death awaits him when he receives a request of help. And the day has came, when Druss returned to their village and there where he found everyone dead, massacred by slavers. The same slavers, had stolen the woman he loves to sell for gold. Only taking with him his powerful double-bladed ax, Snaga, began the quest of the hero. In a journey that would carry him from the highest thrones of power as well as to the deepest dungeons of depravity. Along his way, he must battle savage monsters, black magic and demons. One thing was certain, Druss would have his victory … or deathAs time goes on, the story tap the perspective of several defenders during different stages of the siege. There is also the Thirtys, the fantasy follows the group of 30 warrior priests of the light whose purpose is to fight and die (except for one) for the greater good and their people, the Dernai.
Another famous book of the author is waylander, the novel was published in 1986 was the first of a trilogy, three waylander stories and was followed by waylande II: In the realm of the world and wayland III: Hero in the shadows. It talks the story of waylande an assassin who is doomed to travel the world in search of revenge against those who killed his family. Allaying a fellow assassin, a priest and a young mother, waylander tries to save the kingdom and in his long journey he gradually redeems himself.
Two of Gemmell’s works have been released as graphic novels with artwork by Fangorn and text by Stan Nicholls, world in shadow published in 1994 and legend in 1984.
There is an award established in 2008 in the name of the British author and his most famous book “David Gemmell legend award”Book Series In Order » Authors » David Gemmell