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 Occult Detective 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 The Twilight Zone ("The Valley Was Still"; the adaptation is retitled "Still Valley"), Night Gallery ("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 Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds.

His works provide examples of:

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