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/
OLD DEVLINS WAS A-WAITING – Silver John becomes a participant in an experiment combining witchcraft, telepathy and time travel. The object is to allow a contemporary person to conjure up the spirits of their ancestors, but naturally it turns out these particular ancestors should not have been disturbed. The whole affair culminates in an eerie but touching tie-in to a footnote in American History. (To say more would be a spoiler)
THE STARS DOWN THERE – In this Silver John vignette a brooding young woman leads our wandering balladeer to an isolated mountain peak that she claims is the literal end-point of the world. John’s skepticism soon turns to astonishment and then to horror in what may be the most haunting ending to any Silver John tale. I can imagine this really stunning readers back when this was first published.