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The Master of the top Action Thriller, New York Times Best Selling Author David Morell is an award winning author of the novel First Blood, in which Rambo was devised. David Morell was born in Kitchener, in Ontario, Canada. In the year 1960, at at the age of 17, he became a fan of the epic television series, route sixty six, of 2 young men in a Corvette convertible journeying the United States while in search of themselves and America. The scripts made by Stirling Silliphant mixed action with ideas and so attracted Morell that he chose to become a writer. In nineteen sixty six, the work of a different writer, Hemingsway scholar Philip Young made Morrell to go to the United States. Here he studied with Philip Young at Pennsylvania State and got his M.A and PH.D. in American Literature. He also met there the respected science fiction author, William Tenn whose real name is Philip Klass, who taught David Morell the fundamentals of fiction writing. The consequence was First Blood, an award winning novel of a returned Vietnam veteran having post trauma stress disorder who gets into conflict with a town police chief and battles his own style of the Vietnam War.
That father of new action novels was published in nineteen seventy two while Morrell was a university professor in the English Department of the University of Iowa. He lectured American literature there from nineteen seventy to nineteen eighty six, at the same time writing other novels, majority of them international bestsellers, that include the League of Night and Fog, The brotherhood of the Rose which was the basis for the only TV mini series to air after a Super Bowl, the classic spy trilogy, and The Fraternity of the Stone. Ultimately wearying of two professions, He gave up his academic profession in order to write fully. Shortly after, his fifteen year old son called Matthew was diagnosed with a rare strain of bone cancer and died in nineteen eight seven, a loss that not only haunts Morrell’s life but also his work, as in his memoir of his son, Matthew, his novel Desperate Measures, and Fireflies, whose main protagonist lost a son.
The mild mannered don with the bloody minded visions as called by one reviewer, David Morrell is the author of over thirty books, including such top action thrillers as The Spy Who Came For Christmas that is set in Santa Fe, where Morrell lives, the Naked Edge, and Creepers. Always interested in varying ways to say a story, he penned the six part comic book, Captain America; The Chosen. Morrell’s writing book, The Successful Novelist, investigates what he has learned in his four decades as an author.
He is a co founder of the group, International Thrillers Writers Organization. Morrell noticed for his research, is a graduate of the school, the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival and also the G.Gordon Liddy school of Corporate Security. David Morrell is an honorary lifetime member of the two associations, the Association of Intelligence Officers and the Special Operations Associations . He has been trained in defense and offensive driving, assuming identities, firearms, executive protection, and hostage negotiation, among many other action skills that he writes about in his novels. To investigate the aerial sequences in his novel, The Shimmer, David Morrell became a private pilot, the training which he describes here. In the year 2010, Morrell was with the first batch of authors to be taken on a USO tour to a war territory, Iraq. He is a three time recipient of the recognized Bram and Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, an Edgar and Anthony finalist, and a Nero and Macavity winner. He was awarded the prestigious career achievement Thriller Master Award by the International Thriller Writers Organization. Morrell’s short stories have appeared in many Year’s Best collections. Having eighteen million print copies, His work has been translated into 26 languages.
He was born in 1943, in Kitchener, Ontario. He is Married, with a daughter, Sarie. His son Matthew, died in 1987. David Morrell acquired a B.A Honors in English, in 1966, at ST. Jerrome’s College at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. He got a M.A. in American literature, in 1967, in Pennsylvania State University, his thesis was”Hemingsway’s Early Style” with Phillip Young as his director. He acquired a PH.D. in American literature, in 1970, in Pennsylvania State University. his dissertation was”\John Barth: An introduction\” with Philip Young as director.
He was a Rhetoric Instructor, at the Pennsylvania State University, in 1969-1970. He was an Assistant Professor in American Literature, at the University of Iowa, in 1970-1974. He became an Associate Professor. in American Literature, in the University of Iowa. in 1974-1977 Morrell became a Full Professor. American Literature , at the University of Iowa, in 1977-1986. He surrendered a tenured position to follow a full time career as a fictional writer, in 1986. David Morrell taught: Modern Fiction, American Novel from 1800 to 1900, American Novel from 1900 to 1945, American Novel from 1945 to the Present, American Poetry, The Hard-Boiled Novel, Hawthorne and Melville, Faulkner and Barth, American Realism of the Nineteenth Century. He conducted graduate seminars on Henry James, Hemingsway, Faulkner, and Literary Archetypes.
He received the Friends of American Writers Distinguished Recognition Award, for his novel. First Blood, in 1973. He received the Horror Writers Association best novella prize for,”Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity,” in 1989. He also got the Horror Writers Association best novella prize for, ” The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves,” in 1991. He was nominated for Horror Writers Association best novella prize, “Nothing Will Hurt You,” and “The Shrine”, in 1992. He was Nominated for World Fantasy Award best novella awards and best short story for; The Hundred Year Christmas in 1983 and the “Dead Image” in 1985. He was also nominated for the University of Iowa prestigious Faculty Alumni Award, in 1999 David Morrell was nominated for Love Is Murder mystery conference, the Best Novel Award, for the Protector in 2003, for the Blade Magazine’s Industry Achievement prize, in 2003 and For Love Is Murder Best Thriller Award, the Creepers, in 2005. He also received the Horror Writers Association best novel prize, for the Creepers, in 2005. He also received Shock lines’ Online Bookstore Shocker prize, best novel of the Year, the Creepers, in 2005.
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