Now if only the fifth Silver John novel, The Voice of the Mountain, would get released in an affordable edition. Fun fact: my review of the excellent 'complete' John the Balladeer: Who Fears the Devil? volume from Planet Stories books a few years back is far and away the most popular post I've ever written on my blog --http://lowellthompsonremembers.blogspot.ca/2011/03/rural-ghostbuster.html
Hmmm, These covers make M.W.W. look more interesting than I thought. I've never been a fan -just too folksy for me, which takes away the fright factor and replaces it with cornpone-at least that was my impression. I have to say the covers are brilliant here though. Must be the same artist on all of them? Funny how in all my bookstore travels I have never run across any of these. Weird!
Carl Lundgren for the first four, Steve Hickman for the last one.
Highwaykness I hear you; that's my take too. I've read a story here and there and liked them fine and if I find one of these books I'd buy it, but I'm not dying to read more
I've only read one MWW story, 'Vandy, Vandy'. I will say that I liked the atmosphere and the way he clearly had a lot of respect for backwoods folk (as opposed to, say, the attitude of Lovecraft), and I wouldn't mind picking up an anthology of Silver John stories if I found one. That said, the story itself (which I found in the Dark Descent anthology) was much more 'rural modern fantasy' than 'horror'.
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