F. Paul Wilson

Francis Paul Wilson (born May 17, 1946 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American author, primarily in the science fiction and horror genres.

F. Paul Wilson
F. Paul Wilson at a book signing in 2007
F. Paul Wilson at a book signing in 2007
BornFrancis Paul Wilson
May 17, 1946 (age 72)
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
GenreScience fiction, horror
Notable awardsPrometheus Award
1979 Wheels Within Wheels
Prometheus Award
2004 Sims


His debut novel was Healer (1976). Wilson is also a part-time practicing family physician. He made his first sales in 1970 to Analog while still in medical school (graduating in 1973), and continued to write science fiction throughout the seventies. In 1981, he ventured into the horror genre with the international bestseller, The Keep, and helped define the field throughout the rest of the decade. In the 1990s, he became a true genre hopper, moving from science fiction to horror to medical thrillers and branching into interactive scripting for Disney Interactive and other multimedia companies. He, along with Matthew J. Costello, created and scripted FTL Newsfeed, which ran daily on the Sci-Fi Channel from 1992–1996.

Among Wilson's best-known characters is the anti-hero Repairman Jack, an urban mercenary introduced in the 1984 New York Times bestseller, The Tomb. Unwilling to start a series character at the time, Wilson refused to write a second Repairman Jack novel until Legacies in 1998. Since then he has written one per year along with side trips into vampire fiction (the retro Midnight Mass), science fiction (Sims), and even a New Age thriller (The Fifth Harmonic). Current books sales are around six million.[1][2]

Throughout his writing – especially in his earlier science fiction works (most notably An Enemy of the State) – Wilson has included explicitly libertarian political philosophy which extends to his "Repairman Jack" series. He won the first Prometheus Award in 1979 for his novel Wheels Within Wheels and another in 2004 for Sims. The Libertarian Futurist Society has also honored Wilson with their Hall of Fame Award for Healer (in 1990) and An Enemy of the State (in 1991). In 2015 he received the third special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement: the previous two recipients were Poul Anderson and Vernor Vinge.

Wilson is a noted fan of H. P. Lovecraft[3]

Why? Because HPL is special to me.
Donald A. Wollheim is to blame. He started me on Lovecraft. It was 1959. I was just a kid, a mere thirteen years old when he slipped me my first fix. I was a good kid up till then, reading Ace Doubles and clean, wholesome science fiction stories by the likes of Heinlein, E.E. Smith, Poul Anderson, Fred Pohl, and the rest. But he brought me down with one anthology. He knew what he was doing. He called it THE MACABRE READER and slapped this lurid neato cool Ed Emshwiller cover on it. I couldn't resist. I bought it.

I read it. And that was it. The beginning of my end.

In answer to a claim that Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was an influence on The Keep, Wilson responded:

First off, I'm not a fan of LOtR – I struggled through it once as a teen (skimming a lot) and never looked back. ... The influences on The Keep were Ludlum, R. E. Howard, and Lovecraft.[4]

Like most American science fiction writers directly or indirectly influenced by Campbell's view of the genre as a literature of ideas [1], Wilson makes use of his work to explore trends and technologies speculatively as they manifest. A prominent example is his novel An Enemy of the State (published in 1980), which was written during the 1970s, an era that saw stagflation develop in the U.S. economy. In that period, inflation in the United States reached its highest level since World War II, due to the issue of fiat money by the Federal Reserve. In Wilson's novel, he extends the "squeeze" of confiscatory taxation and currency debauchment to a conclusion involving a Weimar Republic-style hyperinflation that brings down a galactic empire – and from which humanity's only hope of rescue arrives in the form of an anarchist conspiracy to complete the Empire's downfall and replace that government's "official counterfeit" with honest money. Throughout the book, Wilson runs chapter headings quoting from economic works such as Fiat Money Inflation in France and KYFHO, a kind of anarchic philosophy that he invented as model for a perfect society. The protagonist La Nague was born on Tolive, where the philosophy led to a government described in detail in "The Healer".[5]

The Keep was later made into a movie and there is much talk of a Repairman Jack film based on one of Wilson's novels. [2]

Hate to say it (being a devout believer in Murphy's law), but The Tomb looks like it's on its way to being filmed this year. Last October, after seven years of development, numerous options, five screenwriters, and eight scripts, Beacon Films ("Air Force One," "Thirteen Days," "Spy Game," etc) finally bought film rights. Disney/Touchstone/Buena Vista will be partnering and distributing the film here and abroad.The film will be called "Repairman Jack" (the idea is to make him a franchise character).

His short stories "Foet", "Traps", and "Lipidleggin'" were filmed as short films and collected on the DVD OTHERS: The Tales of F. Paul Wilson. 2012 Director Ian Fischer, Marc Buhmann; Studio RPM Films; MPAA rating NR; Format Amazon Streaming; Availability Not Available 07/21/2016. [3]

His short story "Pelts" was made into an episode of Masters of Horror.

In January 2012, Wilson began writing for the tech web site Byte, mostly in the persona of Repairman Jack.[6]

Wilson has been a resident of Wall Township, New Jersey.[7]


The Adversary Cycle

  • The Keep (1981), ISBN 0-688-00626-4
  • The Tomb (1984), ISBN 0-425-07295-9 (re-released in 2004 under its original title, Rakoshi, by Borderlands Press)
  • The Touch (1986), ISBN 0-399-13144-2
  • Reborn (1990), ISBN 0-913165-52-2 (revised edition in 2009)
  • Reprisal (1991), ISBN 0-913165-59-X (revised edition in 2011)
  • Nightworld (1992), ISBN 0-450-53665-3 (revised edition in 2012)

Repairman Jack

  1. "Fix" (novella) (with J.A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson)
  2. The Tomb (1984), ISBN 0-425-07295-9 (re-released in 2004 under its original title, Rakoshi, by Borderlands Press)
  3. "A Day in the Life" (short story) (1989) (available in The Barrens and Others and Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  4. "The Last Rakosh" (1990) (later incorporated into All The Rage, then in 2006 as revised hardcover and paperback editions; also available in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  5. "The Long Way Home" (short story; available in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack) (1992)
  6. "Home Repairs" (short story) (1996) (later incorporated into Conspiracies; also available in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  7. "The Wringer" (short story) (1996) (later incorporated into Fatal Error; also available in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  8. Legacies (1998), ISBN 0-7472-1703-3
  9. Conspiracies (1999), ISBN 0-312-86797-2
  10. All The Rage (2000), ISBN 0-312-86796-4
  11. Hosts (2001), ISBN 0-312-87866-4
  12. The Haunted Air (2002), ISBN 0-312-87868-0
  13. Gateways (2003), ISBN 0-7653-0690-5
  14. Crisscross (2004), ISBN 0-7653-0691-3
  15. Infernal (2005), ISBN 0-7653-1275-1
  16. Harbingers (2006), ISBN 0-7653-1276-X
  17. "Interlude at Duane's" (short story) (2006) (available in the James Patterson–edited anthology Thriller, Aftershock and Others, and in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  18. “Infernal Night” (short story) (with Heather Graham) (available in FaceOff, and also independently published)
  19. Bloodline (2007), ISBN 0-7653-1706-0
  20. "Do-Gooder" (short short) (2007) (a 200-copy limited one-sheet "short short"; available in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  21. By The Sword (2008), ISBN 0-7653-1707-9
  22. Ground Zero (2009), ISBN 978-0-7653-2281-4
  23. "Recalled" (short story) (2009) (available in Richard Matheson tribute book He is Legend as a crossover with Matheson's "The Distributor"; also available in Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack)
  24. Fatal Error (2010), ISBN 978-1-934267-18-9
  25. The Dark at the End (2011), ISBN 978-0-7653-2283-8
  26. Quick Fixes- Tales of Repairman Jack (contains "A Day in the Life", "The Last Rakosh", "Home Repairs", "The Long Way Home", "The Wringer", "Interlude at Duane’s", "Do-Gooder", “Recalled”, "and "Piney Power") (2011), ISBN 978-1-4611-9074-5
  27. The heavily revised (2012) version of Nightworld is styled as "a Repairman Jack novel" and marks the end of the RJ and Adversary cycles.
  28. "Santa Jack: (short story) (2013) (excerpted from Legacies)

Young Repairman Jack

  1. Secret Histories (young adult novel) (2008)
  2. Secret Circles (young adult novel) (2010)
  3. Secret Vengeance (young adult novel) (2011)

Early Repairman Jack

  1. Cold City (Nov 2012)
  2. Dark City (Oct 2013)
  3. Fear City (Nov 2014)

LaNague Federation

  1. An Enemy of the State (1980), ISBN 0-385-15422-4 (reprinted in 2005, includes "Lipidleggin'" and "Ratman" ISBN 0-9766544-2-3)
  2. Dydeetown World (1989), ISBN 0-671-69828-1
  3. The Tery (1990), ISBN 0-671-69855-9 (revised in 2006, ISBN 1-892950-32-4)
  4. Wheels Within Wheels (1978), ISBN 0-385-14397-4 (revised/reprinted in 2005, includes "Higher Centers" and "The Man with the Anteater" ISBN 0-9766544-3-1)
  5. Healer (1976), ISBN 0-385-11548-2 (reprinted in 2005, includes "To Fill the Sea and Air" ISBN 0-9766544-1-5)
  • LaNague Chronicles (1992), ISBN 0-671-72139-9 (includes An Enemy of the State, Wheels Within Wheels and Healer)
  • The Complete LaNague (2013) (includes "Lipidleggin’", An Enemy of the State, Dydeetown World, The Tery, "To Fill the Sea and Air", "The Man with the Anteater", "Higher Centers", "Wheels Within Wheels, "Ratman", and Healer)

Nocturnia Chronicles

  1. Definitely Not Kansas (2015) (with Thomas F. Monteleone)
  2. Family Secrets (2016) (with Thomas F. Monteleone)

The ICE Sequence

  1. Panacea (2016)
  2. The God Gene (2018)
  3. The Void Protocol (2019)

Other Books

  • Demonsong (1970s), (prehistory) free download: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/23892
  • Black Wind (1988), ISBN 0-312-93064-X
  • Soft and Others (1989), ISBN 0-312-93117-4 (short story collection)
  • Sibs (1991), ISBN 0-8125-3124-8 [US] aka Sister Night (1993) ISBN 0450576183 [UK]
  • Freak Show (1992), ISBN 0-671-69574-6 (contributor and editor)
  • The Select (1993), ISBN 0-688-04618-5
  • Implant (1995) (writing as Colin Andrews), ISBN 0-312-89034-6
  • Virgin (1996) (writing as Mary Elizabeth Murphy), ISBN 0-425-15124-7
  • Mirage (1996), ISBN 0-446-51976-6 (with Matthew J. Costello)
  • Deep as the Marrow (1997) (writing as Colin Andrews), ISBN 0-312-86264-4
  • Nightkill (1997), ISBN 0-312-85910-4 (with Steven Spruill) (some editions show "Steve Lyon")
  • Masque (1998), ISBN 0-446-51977-4 (with Matthew J. Costello) (note: ebook release has been retitled 'DNA Wars', ASIN: B003TO6K44)
  • The Barrens and Others (1998), ISBN 0-312-86416-7 (short story collection)
  • The Christmas Thingy (2004), ISBN 1-58767-031-3 (children's story illustrated by Alan M. Clark)
  • The Fifth Harmonic (2003), ISBN 1-57174-386-3
  • Sims (2003), ISBN 0-7653-0551-8
  • Artifact (2003), ISBN 0-7653-0063-X (with Kevin J. Anderson, Janet Berlinger and Matthew J. Costello)
  • Midnight Mass (2004), ISBN 0-7653-0705-7
  • The Peabody-Ozymandias Traveling Circus & Oddity Emporium (2007)
  • Aftershock and Others (2009), (short story collection)
  • The Proteus Cure (2013) (with Tracy L. Carbone)
  • Wayward Pines: The Widow Lindley (Novella)
  • A Necessary End (2014) (with Sarah Pinborough)


  1. ^ 9781571743862
  2. ^ http://www.server.theadvocates.org/celebrities/f-paul-wilson.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 23, 1999. Retrieved October 9, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Is this true about Wilson and The Keep
  5. ^ Fiat Money Inflation in France: How It Came, What It Brought, How It Ended from Project Gutenberg
  6. ^ BYTE: Consumer Technology in Business Archived January 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Paul Wilson Archived July 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Macmillan Publishers. Accessed November 17, 2008.

External links


Film version of The Keep

All the Rage (novel)

All The Rage is the fourth volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published by Gauntlet Press in a signed limited first edition (July 2000) then later as a trade hardcover from Forge (November 2000) and as a mass market paperback from Forge (September 2000).

Reviewer Charles de Lint recommended All the Rage as "a hardboiled mystery, with a dash of the supernatural and a good helping of suspense and action."

Bloodline (Wilson novel)

Bloodline is the eleventh volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published by Gauntlet Press in a signed limited first edition (May 2007) and later as a trade hardcover from Forge (September 2007).

Conspiracies (novel)

Conspiracies is the third volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published in March 1999 by Gauntlet Press as a signed, limited edition. A trade hardcover edition by Forge followed in February 2000.

Fear (anthology)

Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror is a 2010 horror anthology edited by R. L. Stine. Thirteen different authors contributed stories to the anthology, including Meg Cabot, Heather Graham, F. Paul Wilson, and Stine himself. Stine began writing the anthology after the International Thriller Writers asked him to write a book with several stories. Critical reception for the short story collection was positive, with one reviewer stating the stories were highly suspenseful, inventive, easy to understand, and fast-paced.

Harbingers (novel)

Harbingers is the tenth volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published by Gauntlet Press in a signed limited first edition (May 2006), later as a trade hardcover from Forge (September 2006), and finally as a mass market paperback from Forge (August 2007).


Infernal may refer to:

pertaining to hell

Infernal (Danish band), a Danish dance/club band

Infernal (Swedish band), a Swedish black metal band

Infernal (novel), a 2005 novel by F. Paul Wilson

Infernal (Edge of Sanity album), 1997

Infernal (Nando Reis album), 2001

Infernal (Phideaux album)

Infernal (video game), a 2007 video game by Metropolis Software

Legacies (novel)

Legacies is the second volume in a series of Repairman Jack books written by American author F. Paul Wilson. The book was first published in 1998 by Headline in England (February) and by Forge Books in the US (August).

Matthew Costello

Matthew John Costello (born 1948) is an American horror, Gothic, and science fiction writer. His articles have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated. He scripted Trilobyte's bestselling CD-ROM interactive dramas The 7th Guest and its sequel The 11th Hour, as well as many other videogames.

Nightworld (novel)

Nightworld is the sixth and final volume in a series of novels known as The Adversary Cycle written by American author F. Paul Wilson. First published in 1992 by New English Library in England (May) and Dark Harvest in US (August). Nightworld completes The Adversary Cycle, which consists of six books: The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld.

Nightworld was heavily revised for its reprinting in 2012 to include the events that happened in the subsequently written novels in the Repairman Jack series.

Pelts (Masters of Horror)

"Pelts" is the sixth episode of the second season of Masters of Horror, first aired 1 December 2006. The director is Dario Argento, and it based on a short story by F. Paul Wilson. The film is a story about supernaturally beautiful raccoon pelts (called "pine lights") that cause anyone who seeks to profit by them to commit horrendous acts. Meat Loaf stars as fur trader Jake Feldman, who finds these beautiful raccoon pelts and makes a coat out of them as a gift for the beautiful dancer Shanna (Ellen Ewusie), in order to fulfill his fantasy of sex with her. As a result, people end up committing brutal murders and suicides appropriate to their positions in relation to the pelts whenever around them.

Prometheus Award

The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society, which also publishes the quarterly journal Prometheus. L. Neil Smith established the award in 1979, but it was not awarded regularly until the newly founded Libertarian Futurist Society revived it in 1982. The Society created a Hall of Fame Award (for classic works of libertarian science fiction, not necessarily novels) in 1983, and also presents occasional one-off awards.

Reborn (novel)

Reborn is the fourth volume in a series of six novels known as The Adversary Cycle written by American author F. Paul Wilson. It was first published in March 1990 by Dark Harvest.

In 2009, a revised edition was published.

Retro-Pulp Tales

Retro-Pulp Tales is a limited edition anthology published by Subterranean Press in 2006, edited by Joe R. Lansdale. It tied in winning the 2006 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology (the other winning title was "Mondo Zombie" edited by John Skipp).It contains new stories written in the style of the pulp magazines of the early 20th century. Lansdale's guidelines for Retro Pulp Tales were basic: "Write a story in the vein of the old pulps ... that takes place before 1960, and with the restrictions of those times."

It includes contributions by Bill Crider, Stephen Gallagher, Melissa Mia Hall, Alex Irvine, Tim Lebbon, Kim Newman, Norman Partridge, Gary Phillips, James Reasoner, Al Sarrantonio, Chet Williamson, and F. Paul Wilson. This collection was issued as a trade hardcover, a numbered limited edition, and a lettered special edition. All issues have long since sold out.

The Adversary Cycle

The Adversary Cycle is a series of six novels written by American author F. Paul Wilson. Originally known as "The Nightworld Cycle" (this name is even printed in the front of some early editions of Nightworld), John Clute, in his section on F. Paul Wilson's work in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, kept referring to "the Adversary." The author liked that better and so renamed the cycle.

The Keep

The Keep may refer to:

The Keep (Wilson novel), a 1981 novel by F. Paul Wilson

The Keep (film), a 1983 Michael Mann film based on the F. Paul Wilson novelThe Keep (Tangerine Dream album), a 1997 soundtrack of the Michael Mann film

The Keep, board game by Mayfair Games, based on the Michael Mann filmThe Keep (comics), 2006 graphic novel by F. Paul Wilson and Matthew Smith

The Keep (Egan novel), 2006 novel by Jennifer Egan

The Keep (video game), a 2014 video game by Cinemax

The Keep (Happy Rhodes album), 1995 album by singer Happy Rhodes

The Keep, Brighton, new archive and record office for East Sussex, opened in October 2013

The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, Dorset, England

The Keep (Wilson novel)

The Keep is a 1981 horror novel by American writer F. Paul Wilson. It is also the first volume in a series of six novels known as The Adversary Cycle. It appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list and has been adapted into a film by Michael Mann in 1983 and as a limited series of comics in 2005.

The Keep (comics)

The Keep is a limited series written by American author F. Paul Wilson and drawn by Matthew Dow Smith, published by IDW Publishing

It is based on F. Paul Wilson's novel The Keep. In the foreword to this work F. Paul Wilson answers the question of exactly why he scripted a graphic novel version: "Because I consider this visual presentation of THE KEEP my version of the movie, what could have been...what should have been."

The Keep (film)

The Keep is a 1983 horror film directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Alberta Watson and Ian McKellen. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The story is based on the F. Paul Wilson novel of the same name, published in 1981 (1982 in the United Kingdom).

The Touch

The Touch may refer to:

In film:

The Touch (1971 film), a Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman

The Touch (2002 film), a Hong Kong film starring Michelle YeohIn literature:

The Touch (McCullough novel), a novel by Colleen McCullough

The Touch (Wilson novel), a novel by F. Paul Wilson

The Touch, a novel by Daniel Keyes

The Touch, a novel by Julie MyersonIn music:

The Touch (album), an album by Alabama

"The Touch" (Kim Wilde song), from the 1984 album Teases & Dares

"The Touch" (Stan Bush song), from the 1986 album The Transformers The Movie soundtrack

The Touch (radio network), a 24-hour music format

"The Touch", a song by Maria ArredondoIn theater:

The Touch, an American play by Brian Clark

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