I’m continuing my look at Manly Wade Wellman’s pulp hero Silver John, the roaming singer and guitarist who fights supernatural forces in the Appalachian Mountains of long ago, sort of like a countrified Orpheus meets Kolchak. He’s called Silver John because of the silver strings on his guitar and the silver coins he carries in his pockets. For more details click here: https://glitternight.com/pulp-heroes/
YOU KNOW THE TALE OF HOPH – (No, it’s not a story about David Hasselhoff) In this Silver John vignette our hero plans to end the reign of terror of Hoph, a werewolf/ vampire hybrid who lives on the blood of sacrificial “brides” that are offered up to him once a year. When Hoph targets a female writer investigating his legend Silver John sets out to kill him with a silver bullet made by melting down some of the silver coins he carries with him.
SHIVER IN THE PINES – John finds himself part of a small expedition to Black Pine Hollow, the location of a mine supposedly dug by an ancient race pre-dating even the Native American tribes of the Appalachians. Complications arise from the sinister machinations of an evil defrocked minister and from the fact that the treasure is still being guarded by representatives of the ancient race that found it: a race of beings with horns, tails, webbed hands and dark secrets that shatter the human soul.