In the spirit of Chaucer's famed (italics) Canterbury Tales, West Virginia writer Mack Samples has produced an entertaining gem with his latest book, (italics and bold) The Devil's Tea Tables. The author has created a busload of gregarious travelers who share their strange and ghostly tales as they traverse the West Virginia hills. The stories tell about all kinds of strange dealings, some with horse traders, disturbed graves, kind hobos, vanishing moonshine, and fiddle-playing preachers. Many of the stories the author heard growing up along the Elk River. Sit back and read some mysterious tales about bygone days in the hills of West Virginia.
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About the Author
Mack lives with his wife, Thelma, on a fifty acre spread near Duck, WV. There they raise a big garden, keep a few honeybees, and make a stab at living with the old traditions. During the 2003 Vandalia Gathering, Mack was presented with the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk life award. In addition to writing books, Mack has published articles for the magazines Goldenseal and Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, and has written a weekly column for West Virginia Hillbilly and the Glenville Democrat.