The wenches are wading through the summer doldrums with some new and unique books!
I’ve been wanting to post about this book for a while, but I’ve been of two minds. The print book lives on my keeper shelf and I think it’s well worth recommending. But it’s been out of print for a decade and about impossible to get hold of without laying down an unreasonable amount of money.
This is Manly Wade Wellman’s John the Balladeer, short stories from the author’s Southern Appalachian tales in the Silver John mythos. They’re a little supernatural, a little fantasy, a little traditional storytelling. I find the writing evocative. And ... I’ve recently found John the Balladeer as an e-book! So I am just delighted to recommend it with the happy news that it is not only enjoyable and interesting but free. (This is a legal download from the publisher.) Some more of Wellman’s other short works in the mythos are also here. You can scroll past his S.F. stories till you come to his Silver John works. To dive into one random story to get a taste, go here.