American writer who is known for his stories in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, and for his dark fantasies set in the Appalachian Mountains, particularly the stories of "Silver John", a wandering Appalachian minstrel.
He was married to Frances Wellman.
Pen names: Gans T. Field
Winner of the following awards:
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Award winner, Best Story, A Star for a Warrior (1946)
Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, Best Fact Crime Story, Dead and Gone (1956)
World Fantasy Award winner, Best Collection/Anthology, Worse Things Waiting (1975)
World Fantasy Award, Life Achievement (1980)
Wellman won the award from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine over competition from William Faulkner.