Reading Matters

John Hartness wins Wellman Award

Charlotte’s John G. Hartness is winner of the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award for a novella, “Raising Hell,” the first in the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series from Fallstaff Books.

The fantasy novella kicks off in Hartness’s hometown of Charlotte. A slightly-more-than-ordinary hero and a host of sidekicks and cohorts pit themselves against forces bent on setting loose a great evil upon the world.

The Manly Wade Wellman Award was founded to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels by North Carolina writers. The award is named for Wellman, who is best remembered as one of the most popular contributors to the legendary Weird Tales, and for his fantasy and horror stories set in the Appalachian Mountains, which draw on the native folklore of that region. He lived in Pine Bluff, N.C., and died in 1986.