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/
WHO ELSE COULD I COUNT ON? – Silver John encounters his own older self from forty years in the future. He’s traveled back in time to seek his younger self’s aid in preventing a war that will lead to the devastation of the Earth of the future.
OWLS HOOT IN THE DAYTIME – Silver John finds his way to a remote mountaintop which conceals a wasteland of rotted trees and rusted metal and where owls hoot in the daytime, flowers have eyes and possums are the size of yard dogs. (Isn’t that always the way? I have no idea what that means.)
In the midst of this forbidding landscape the heroic balladeer discovers a dilapidated cabin built into the side of a mountain. The cabin serves as a home for a white-bearded old midget and his “guard possum”. The midget, Maltby Sanger, has been guarding the structure for a very long time and tells John it dates back to the time of Adam and Eve.
A withered old door with a crucifix in the middle has been keeping something horrible locked inside the mountain for millenia. The door is wearing away and the infernal beast within will soon be free to ravage the world once more. To prevent this, Silver John makes a preemptive strike, bearding the creature in its own dark, otherworldy lair.