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Master of Horror: David Wellington

Updated on May 9, 2014

David Wellington; Author of the Supernatural

I first discovered this author when I picked up a copy of Monster Island. I was always a lover of horror, and zombies, so after reading this book I had to read more of his works. He is most known for his Monster Trilogy, which is a zombie trilogy, and also for his Vampire Series.

Born in 1971 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied at Penn State, Syracuse University, and Pratt Institute. He now resides in NYC. Being that I myself am also a New Yorker; I can relate so much better when reading his novels, and he even mentions my hometown of Syracuse quite frequently. A true master of the genre he gives classic monsters a new contemporary edge one which I think fans of horror/thrillers will love. So if you have not yet read any of his works go ahead and check out a few of the titles that I will mention below. He also has new books coming out too.

Monster Island cover
Monster Island cover


Not your Average Undead.....

The start of his Monster Trilogy is "Monster Island". Most of the story takes place in NYC, and from the point of view of Gary. Gary is not your average undead, as he can still think, and remembers being alive. Pockets of survivors are spread out, and it is a last ditch effort to save the world that once was.

The second book is "Monster Nation" the USA has been over run by the undead, and Capt. Bannerman Clark has been assigned to find out what happened. Along his travels he meets a woman who is not what she seems, and we see what happened to cause the dead to come to life.

The third and final book to this trilogy is "Monster Planet". Twelve years from the start of the zombie apocalypse revived mummies, an ancient wizard, and an undead "king" team up for an epic end of the world battle. Will the dregs of humanity survive? Or will earth become a dead planet.

Wellington also wrote an online serial novel, which means it was released online in parts. "Plague Zone" is another zombie apocalypse novel, and can be read for free on his website. It has been finished, and is available here -


The Laura Caxton Series

Wellington's Vampire novels are not sparkly or sexy. They are scary, so scary that you will not sleep at night. These are not your sisters Twilight or Trueblood vampires. They are hairless, pasty, pointy eared, packing a mouth full of very sharp teeth, and claws that will not hesitate to rip your throat out.

Not the traditional or romantic vampire novels. The main character of this series is a lesbian State Police officer turned vampire hunter. While her sexuality is mentioned in these books it is not a highlight it's just a matter of fact detail about the main character. This and the details that Wellington puts into these novels settings, and background history about the area make these stories that much more believable. Five books complete this series. In this order they are- "13 Bullets", "99 Coffins", "Vampire Zero", "23 Hours", and "32 Fangs".

13 Bullets

Fanmade video becoming a vampire like the one from the Laura Caxton Series.


"For Cheyenne Clark, there's a bad moon on the rise . . ."

Like his Laura Caxton series he has chosen a female lead as his main character. She has been attacked while hiking in the far north and after she has been cursed seeks revenge.

The authors website seems to not mention all of the books that he has written on this subject, but there are 4 in total. I have yet to read this series, but I cannot wait........

David Wellington on Amazon

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    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      David Wellington is new name for me. I'll check if he is available in our country. Thanks!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      David Wellington is new name for me. I'll check if he is available in our country. Thanks!

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      Dan 5 years ago from CNY

      @everynkildare: You should , as he is very good.

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      everynkildare 5 years ago

      I honestly had never heard of the author before, but after reading your very well laid out lens (kudos by the way) I think I'll check him out.