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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    With this innovative and unique cycle of stories, Manly Wade Wellman became the first writer to use the legends and lore of the Appalachians to craft a body of weird tales Wellman already established as a successful author of genre fiction traveled to North Carolina to teach writing at Chapel Hill, and fell in love with the music and culture of the Smokies He bought himself a mountain cabin, and soon began to write stories about John the Balladeer itinerant musician and collector of songs With this innovative and unique cycle of stories, Manly Wade Wellman became the first writer to use the legends and lore of the Appalachians to craft a body of weird tales Wellman already established as a successful author of genre fiction traveled to North Carolina to teach writing at Chapel Hill, and fell in love with the music and culture of the Smokies He bought himself a mountain cabin, and soon began to write stories about John the Balladeer itinerant musician and collector of songs who wars against the forces of evil, armed with his silver stringed guitar.There are not many big scares in these stories still, Wellman has a knack similar to Le Fanu s of choosing the precise detail to deeply unsettle his reader Besides, whatever these tales lack in scare power, theythan make up for both in ghostly and in Appalachian atmosphere Wellman s feel for the mountain hants and his knowledge of the people their fierce pride and essential generosity give these tales a weight that they might not otherwise possess In addition, Wellman has an instinctive understanding of the black and white almost Manichean Christianity that informs their beliefs Come to think of it, any open minded Evangelical Christian who likes a good ghost story could not choose a better collection than this book by Wellman, either for themselves or for their older children His hero Silver John is both gentle and fierce, his tales are invariably moral, and good inevitably triumphs but never meretriciously in the end


  2. Stephen Stephen says:

    10 Mostly Important Facts about Who Fears the Devil 1 Manly Wade Wellman is the greatest wrestler author name I have ever read 2 Who Fears the Devils includes all 30 short stories and vignettes featuring Wellman s most enduring character, Silver John 3 All of the stories take place in the portion of the Appalachian Mountains in or around North Carolina and are set during the late 1950 s though no exact date is ever given 4 Silver John is a traveling singer who carries a guitar 10 Mostly Important Facts about Who Fears the Devil 1 Manly Wade Wellman is the greatest wrestler author name I have ever read 2 Who Fears the Devils includes all 30 short stories and vignettes featuring Wellman s most enduring character, Silver John 3 All of the stories take place in the portion of the Appalachian Mountains in or around North Carolina and are set during the late 1950 s though no exact date is ever given 4 Silver John is a traveling singer who carries a guitar with silver strings and has a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of folklore and local legends and the folk songs that have been made up about them He uses his knowledge and musical talent to earn his way John is a veteran of the Korean War and follows a personal philosophy based largely on early Christian teaching While John has no magical ability, his intelligence, bravery and integrity serve him well 5 One of the truly entertaining aspects of the Silver John stories is that they deal exclusively with American folk lore from the Appalachian Mountains Therefore, it is likely most if not all of the supernatural entities and creatures will be entirely new to the reader For example there s the Ugly Bird, the Behinder, the Flat, the Skim, the Culverin, the Bammat, the Toller and the southern take on the male witch known as the hoodoo man 6 Each of the Silver John stories have a similar set up and thus, in my opinion, are better enjoyed in groups of 2 or 3 rather than all at once John will come across a small town of group of people who will be suffering some calamity usually of a supernatural nature and John, through his courage, quick thinking and knowledge of local folk lore will find a way to help Many of the evil things in the stories hate, hate, hate silver and so John s guitar comes in very handy from time to time 7 The writingthe writingthe writing It s priceless and unlike anything I have ever read in its blend of warmth, intelligence and homespun diction Reading these stories is best described as the equivalent of listening to wise local story teller spin yarns from the rocking chair in front of the general store or holding court on a log in front of a campfire Here are a few examples that hopefully convey the uniquely warm and inviting prose of these stories From O Ugly BirdI swear I m licked before I start, trying to tell you all what Mr Onselm looked like Words give out for instance, you re frozen to death for fit words to tell the favor of the girl you love And Mr Onselm and I pure poison hated each other That s how love and hate are alike He was what country folks call a low man,than calling him short or small a low man is low otherwise than by inches. From Why They re Named That If the Gardinel s an old folks tale, I m honest to tell you it s a true one Few words about them are best, I should reckon They look some way like a shed or cabin, snug and rightly made, except the open door might could be a mouth, the two little windows might could be eyes. From Vandy, Vandy That valley hadn t any name, such outside folks as knew about it, just said, Back in yonder, and folks inside said, Here The mail truck dropped a few letters in a hollow tree next to a ridge where a trail went up and over and down Three, four times a year bearded men in homemade clothes and shoes fetched out their makings clay dishes and pots They carried back coffee, salt gunpowder, a few nails Things like that8 The horror aspect of these stories, while excellent, is done without blood, gore or even unnecessary violence They remind me of the classic tales of Montague Rhodes James and Algernon Blackwood 9 Despite the feel and sound of down home stories, many of the tales include discussions of some fairly high level concepts like parallel dimensions, expanding galaxies, time travel, etc John, despite having no formal education is extremely well read and will quote from classic works from time to time 10 These stories are pure comfort food for both the heart and the brain They are full of warmth, morality, intelligence, myths and folklore and a sense of mystery and wonder surrounding the very, very familiar RecommendationIf you ve not previously read any of Wellman or his Silver John stories, you should really give them a try I am shocked that they are notwidely known but have noticed they are generally loved by those that have read them I can see why and certainly believe they need a much wider audience 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  3. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    The devil s afraid of music.What a magnificent collection What we have here is a curious marriage of folk and fairy tale, interspersed with local American mythology, the occult and religious parable What sManly Wade Wellman s lively language and colourful descriptions make it hard not to like his writing On the top rock of them stood something against the choking blackness.It stood up the height of a man, that thing, but you couldn t make sure of its shape Because it was strung and swa The devil s afraid of music.What a magnificent collection What we have here is a curious marriage of folk and fairy tale, interspersed with local American mythology, the occult and religious parable What sManly Wade Wellman s lively language and colourful descriptions make it hard not to like his writing On the top rock of them stood something against the choking blackness.It stood up the height of a man, that thing, but you couldn t make sure of its shape Because it was strung and swaddled over with webby rags They stirred and fluttered around it like gray smoke.I suppose you could argue that this is a Horror collection, but I d rather err on the side of caution before lumping it into any specific category There really is a lot to be had from Who Fears The Devil, and potential readers should note that these stories, even though they are chilling and spooky at times, never cross the line into the macabre Some even have a feel good vibe, perhaps due to some of the quirky humourWhere are you from, John From nowhere, I said Meaning, from everywhere, he supplied me What do you do I wander, I said I sing songs I mind my own business and watch my manners So then meet JohnA.k.a John SilverA.k.a John the BalladeerJohn wanders the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding territories with his silver stringed guitar, seeking out the truth about local legends He also fights evil where he finds it, which, as it happens, is everywhere The thing growled, deep and hungry and ugly.The tales deal with all kinds of themes, including but not restricted to ghostly hauntings, cryptids , and evil occultists Thing is, the subject matter is so unique to the specific geographical area, that it is highly unlikely you have ever read anything quite like this.Have I mentioned the delightful prose yetIsn t he dead Deader than hell, the storekeeper told me Though folks never thought he could die, thought he d just ugly away Other than his silver stringed guitar, John has to rely on his wits and his impressive knowledge of relevant lore to confront the baddies It s usually enough, although there are some close scrapes His blade hung over my throat, like a wasp over a ripe peach.As with any collection, some of the stories are better than others, but it s hard for me not to recommend this highly It won t look too out of place next to your Lovecraft collection, your Ashton Smith collection, or your collection of Howard horror stories I shrugged my guitar in front of me My left hand grabbed its neck and my right spread on the silver strings, the silver that s sure sudden death to witch stuff I dragged a chord of music from them, and it echoed in there like a whole houseful of guitar men helping me.Respect


  4. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Silver John travels the Appalachian mountains, encountering all manner of strangness, with only his silver stringed guitar for a companionI have a confession to make I think 95% of fantasy stories are derivative and unoriginal This collection is neither Who Fears the Devil is the complete collection of Silver John short stories, 30 in number, ranging for three or four paragraphs to fifteen pages Silver John is a wandering balladeer, modeled after a young Johnny Cash, who wanders from one Silver John travels the Appalachian mountains, encountering all manner of strangness, with only his silver stringed guitar for a companionI have a confession to make I think 95% of fantasy stories are derivative and unoriginal This collection is neither Who Fears the Devil is the complete collection of Silver John short stories, 30 in number, ranging for three or four paragraphs to fifteen pages Silver John is a wandering balladeer, modeled after a young Johnny Cash, who wanders from one strange event to the next The first thing I noticed about the stories were how skilled Manly Wade Wellman was at rendering Southern dialogue without making the speakers seem stupid Once I dug in, the book was hard to set aside for too long and I m not a big fan of short stories by any means.The best way to describe the stories would be to call them American fantasy The stories explore different aspects of Southern and mountain folklore, much having to do with witches, ghosts, demons, and other supernatural creatures The line between fantasy and horror is blurred in some of them while others are pretty humorous Silver John outwits supernatural beasties, encounters a giant, a house that s acutaly a living organism, and other things too odd to mention, all the while playing songs on his guitar and singing If you like fantasy that isn t derived from Tolkien, you could do a lot worse than spending a few evenings with Silver John


  5. Daniel Daniel says:

    Within the a few sentences of the first Silver John story, I knew that I was in good hands The dialog, the brief, yet rich description, the atmosphere created by this prose everything that Wellman puts into these stories is excellent, and collectively his efforts amount to the kind of craft that I have come across only rarely in literature, whether genre or otherwise Even if his other work does not stand alongside the Silver John stories and from all account, it does so I associate Wellman Within the a few sentences of the first Silver John story, I knew that I was in good hands The dialog, the brief, yet rich description, the atmosphere created by this prose everything that Wellman puts into these stories is excellent, and collectively his efforts amount to the kind of craft that I have come across only rarely in literature, whether genre or otherwise Even if his other work does not stand alongside the Silver John stories and from all account, it does so I associate Wellman and his prose with other writers that have changed the way that I think about fiction and writing such writers as Joe R Lansdale, Cormac McCarthy these two being obvious ones to think in association with Wellman , Liz Williams, China MIeville, and Mervyn Peake, among others Wellman is the kind of writer that now defines a part of my history, such that, thinking back on other books and writers, I will categorize them as either before Wellman, or after Wellman I devoured the first half of this anthology at a quick pace, taking in a few stories a day at least Then, I slowed down a bit, and starting spacing the stories out, sometimes putting the book down for a week orI agree with D_Davis s assessment in his review that, collectively, these stories do follow a consistent formula that can become overly familiar if you rush through the entire anthology This regularity isa fault of the present format, and part of me wishes that I had followed Silver John through the various magazine pages that he once inhabited Then again, the fact that these stories are available at all and that Paizo has collected them altogether is a wonderful thing, and something to be thankful for.My favorites in the collection are the earlier stories, where Wellman introduces a host of monsters unlike any that I have ever come across in fiction Though the names that he employs suggest simplistic characteristics for instance, those of the Behinder, which no one has ever seen due to its blindsiding approach these monsters are still sinister, and, if you think about them in a dark, forest setting on a lonely mountainside, they are scary enough, too.Another element that I liked in Wellman s stories was the way that he included Christian myth and folklore I have heard of the people using bible verse to ward against evil, but Wellman gives the motif texture and tone that makes it both fantastic and grounded At times, I would pick up on a reference or allusion and feel that shiver of recognition that happens when a writer ties together the mundane and the otherworldly so very well.Here is to life and reading after Wellman


  6. Marvin Marvin says:

    I used to have the entire collection of Manly Wade Wellman s short stories and novels about Silver John, a traveling folk minstrel that knewthan his fair share about battling evil magic and monsters It was one of my great moving van tragedy that I lost these in a move from Bullhead City to Blythe That move was in itself a folk tale of heroic proportions, but I digress I do not know why these stories are not better known for Wellman manages to encompass everything memorable about America I used to have the entire collection of Manly Wade Wellman s short stories and novels about Silver John, a traveling folk minstrel that knewthan his fair share about battling evil magic and monsters It was one of my great moving van tragedy that I lost these in a move from Bullhead City to Blythe That move was in itself a folk tale of heroic proportions, but I digress I do not know why these stories are not better known for Wellman manages to encompass everything memorable about American folk mythology into these stories about a shamanistic balladeer Who Fears The Devil is the perfect place to start


  7. Chas Chas says:

    The complete tales of Silver John, by Manly Wade Wellman These are all well crafted, unique and eccentric fantasy horror tales about a wandering traveler named John apparently based on a young Johnny Cash who carries around a silver stringed guitar and stumbles into bizarre encounters with creatures and legends of American Southern folklore Wellman himself was rather unique amongst genre writers, having been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize He also beat out William Faulkner for a Mystery priz The complete tales of Silver John, by Manly Wade Wellman These are all well crafted, unique and eccentric fantasy horror tales about a wandering traveler named John apparently based on a young Johnny Cash who carries around a silver stringed guitar and stumbles into bizarre encounters with creatures and legends of American Southern folklore Wellman himself was rather unique amongst genre writers, having been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize He also beat out William Faulkner for a Mystery prize much to Faulker s chagrin , and wrote much of the early run of The Spirit comic strip, while Will Eisner was fighting in Second World War I definitely recommend this volume if you re interested in eccentric horror stories, and the American folk tradition


  8. X X says:

    I really grew to like Silver John, our hero, over the course of the book It is a collection of short stories that are not really connected, but that occasionally reference earlier events Rather than just being supernatural pulp fiction, they are also a glimpse of Appalachian culture written by someone who held this culture in high esteem There are still plenty of monsters and witchcraft, and I especially liked how music had such a prominent place in all of the stories.


  9. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Not sure why I added this to my lists I d guess because of this excellent review but the image there would have put me off It almost seemslikely that the book tole me bid me come by an enchantment in order that I would read something very much outside my wheelhouse In any case, thank you my friend see comments for sending this to me Excellent book Not perfect, and not for everyone, but if anything about the blurb intrigues you, see if yo Not sure why I added this to my lists I d guess because of this excellent review but the image there would have put me off It almost seemslikely that the book tole me bid me come by an enchantment in order that I would read something very much outside my wheelhouse In any case, thank you my friend see comments for sending this to me Excellent book Not perfect, and not for everyone, but if anything about the blurb intrigues you, see if you can find it It s not on openlibrary.org, but John the Balladeer is and I suspect that s similar I ll check later Other related books by him are also avl there If you live in the US and would like me to mail this copy to you, gratis, just PM your address


  10. Leothefox Leothefox says:

    Silver John doesn t fear the devil, although he never actually meets the guy Manly Wade Wellman s wandering hero stories tackle a lot of same way out horrors that certain Weird Tales authors famously portrayed, but with a distinctive folksy regional flavor and with a character you won t really meet elsewhere John is sometimes an El Kabong, using his guitar as a weapon in a variety of ways, but at other times he takesof a backseat and is witness to strange events and odd cosmic justice C Silver John doesn t fear the devil, although he never actually meets the guy Manly Wade Wellman s wandering hero stories tackle a lot of same way out horrors that certain Weird Tales authors famously portrayed, but with a distinctive folksy regional flavor and with a character you won t really meet elsewhere John is sometimes an El Kabong, using his guitar as a weapon in a variety of ways, but at other times he takesof a backseat and is witness to strange events and odd cosmic justice Come to think, since he s our narrator, John is kinda like a country Henry Rollins who also fights supernatural evil While there s some stuff I coulda done without, this book went kinda like a really good short TV season I especially liked Shiver in the Pines in which John and new friends get a magic candle to probe a mine to find the gold of the Ancients O Ugly Bird , the opening story, also sets things up nicely with a small community bedeviled by a witch man and the ugly bird that looks like him There are also a bunch of great vignettes before each story involving time travel, vampires, alchemy andIt s also kind of refreshing that all the people in the regions where John travels are already convinced of the reality of curses, the devil, etc The is it really really real bit usually makes for the most boring part of any monster story This is my first try at Manly Wade Wellman and it worked out alright for me The narration and the device of using folk songs to prompt each adventure was effective Who expected a troubadour monster fighter outside of Scooby Doo


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Who Fears the Devil? [KINDLE] ❦ Who Fears the Devil? ➚ Manly Wade Wellman – Buyprobolan50.co.uk John s my name Where I ve been is places and what I ve seen is things, and there ve been times I ve run off from seeing them I keep moving, me and this guitar Sometimes I ve got food with me and an ex John s my name Where I ve been is places and what I ve seen is things, and there ve been times I ve run off from seeing them I keep moving, me and this guitar Sometimes I ve got food with me and an extra shirt maybe, but most times just the guitar Up these heights and down these hollows you d best go expecting anything Maybe everything if you believe it you might get some good thing out of it If you don Who Fears ePUB ´ t, well, I don t have a gun to make you stop and hark at it From the strange world of the North Carolina mountains, in the shadows of their tall rocks, beside their waters, among their trees, some of the weirdest tales you may ever read Wellman s work is not bound by space, or time, and least of all by science it is unique, unsettling, and strangely habit forming.