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Manly Wade Wellman
Posted by: Minicthulhu (IP Logged)
Date: 21 January, 2019 03:12PM

By a sheer accident I found a book of short stories by Manly Wade Wellman who wrote for Weird Tales. Has anybody read something by this author to tell me if his work is worth giving a try?


Re: Manly Wade Wellman
Posted by: Sawfish (IP Logged)
Date: 22 January, 2019 08:09PM
In my opinion, it is.

I think he was a serious artist whose sensibilities were largely formed by the 1930s "common man" archetype. He has a recurring character, Wander John, or something ike that, who is a wandering folk musician/hired hand with some unspoken knowledge of folk traditions and magic. In a sense, Woody Guthrie with mojo. The best stories are set in the Appallachians, and there is s dark, woodsy element that reminds you of buck dancing and moonshine.

In my mind he is related thematically to R.A. Lafferty.

"Life is a tragedy to those who feel, a comedy to those who think."

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