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Veteran Kentucky communicator Chuck Shuffett was fascinated by the story of Jereboam Beauchamp (pronounced "Beech-ham"). The story has its roots near Chuck's boyhood home, and the families involved were still well-known when he began to listen to and read of the personal histories. His storytelling style brings history to life, and life to history.
Hell's Fury is a novel of historical fiction. The story centers on the real-life drama of the Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy (sometimes referred to as the "Kentucky Tragedy"). In brief, young lawyer Jereboam Beauchamp, a politically connected Kentuckian, fell in love with Anna Cook, a woman who refused to marry him unless he murdered Kentucky legislator Solomon P. Sharp for her. The tale is one of intrigue, politics, violence and seduction in Kentucky during the early 1800s. The story seems almost to foretell the future as Steve Nunn, son of the late Governor Louie Nunn, now awaits trial on a murder charge, apparently involving a love trist.
Hell's Fury also delves into a great deal of Kentuckiana, legends and stories of a region and a time long gone by. The book collects all of the story chapters that were serialized in Montage Magazine, and treats the reader to insights into the human condition and the legends of Kentucky.
Murray's Chuck Shuffett has been telling the stories of Kentucky all his life. Since the late 1950s, his voice and his pen have been a constant in Murray media, first as a radio station owner and commentator (WNBS and WAAW), as owner of Murray's first commercial TV station, and then as the editor of and principal contributor to Montage Magazine. Now, in his second book since A Funny Thing Happened ("published sometime in the 90s, I think"), the dean of Calloway County communicators tackles a surprisingly timely bit of Kentucky history.
Telling stories, whether on the air or in print, is a joy to the man who delights in surprises and twists. Chuck Shuffett has lived through the age of manual typewriters and telegrams into the day of the digital universe, and brings the tales of his youth to the modern reader.