In 1972, I published my debut novel, First Blood. Called “the father of the modern action novel,” it was widely and enthusiastically reviewed. It was taught in high schools and colleges. It became a 1982 film, starring Sylvester Stallone, and led to a series of films about Rambo, who joined the ranks of the top five internationally recognized thriller icons: Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter.
Eventually, I wrote novelizations for Rambo (First Blood Part II) and Rambo III. I also wrote an in-depth essay, Rambo and Me: The Story behind the Story. In addition, I contributed a full-length audio commentary to the Blu-Ray DVD of First Blood, discussing my novel and the film.
Gauntlet Press published signed, numbered collectors’ editions of all three Rambo novels, with an abundance of extras, including informative essays that are essential to an understanding of the background to the series. There are unpublished chapters, script pages, photographs, publicity posters, and a ton of other items. These definitive versions are available only from Gauntlet Press and a few other on-line sources: 500 copies of the numbered version and 52 copies of the lettered version. Here’s a link for more information. https://www.gauntletpress.com/product-category/authors/david-morrell/
On this page, you’ll find a long, revealing interview in which I cover many topics related to First Blood and Rambo. (Click here.)
You’ll also find bestselling author Steve Berry’s essay about my novel. (Click here.)