The Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, Volume 3: Fearful Rock and Other Precarious Locales

The Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, Volume 3: Fearful Rock and Other Precarious Locales

by Manly Wade Wellman
     
 

Fearful Rock and Other Precarious Locales is the 3rd volume of Night Shade Books’ five volume “Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman.” This volume is made up of eight novella length stories. It reprints Wellman’s “Judge Pursivant” and “Sergeant Jaeger” stories, as well as a lost classic that has not been reprinted

Overview

Fearful Rock and Other Precarious Locales is the 3rd volume of Night Shade Books’ five volume “Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman.” This volume is made up of eight novella length stories. It reprints Wellman’s “Judge Pursivant” and “Sergeant Jaeger” stories, as well as a lost classic that has not been reprinted since its original publication in Strange Stories, in 1939. In addition, it features an introduction by Wellman’s long time friend, Stephen Jones, who provides a heartwarming bit of historical perspective on Wellman, and the influential shadow that his work as cast over the genre.

Contents:

* Introduction by Stephen Jones
* Fearful Rock
* Coven
* Toad’s Foot
* For the Love of a Witch
* The Hairy Ones Shall Dance
* The Black Drama
* The Dreadful Rabbits
* The Half-Haunted
* Some Notes on the Texts by John Pelan

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this third volume of a projected five-book selection of the fantastic fiction of versatile Weird Tales veteran Wellman (d. 1986), the collected adventures of two series characters provide sterling examples of the craft of the author, who as a raconteur could elevate the pulp horror thriller to an uncommon level of sophistication. The title story, one of three to feature Sergeant Jaeger, an ex-Union soldier turned minister, is an eerie tale of an occult horror that takes root in the wilderness along the Missouri-Arkansas border at the height of the Civil War. Built solidly from elements of the Southern Gothic, regional folklore, classic supernatural fiction and the grim history of Quantrill's Raiders, it and companion novella "Coven" blend spooky atmospherics surprisingly well with two-fisted heroics that keep the pages turning. Four tales involving debonair occult detective Keith Hilary Pursuivant approach their similar supernatural themes from a more learned and scholarly angle.They ring intriguing variations on the werewolf theme ("The Hairy Ones Shall Dance") and give Wellman a chance to pen credible excerpts from a "lost" verse drama by a supernaturally sustained Lord Byron ("The Black Drama"). These stories were frequently a cut above the work of Wellman's contemporaries, and they still provide a pleasing frisson of terror more than half a century after they were written. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892389213
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
12/15/2001
Series:
Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

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