Who Fears the Devil?

by Manly Wade Wellman
Release date: 1963
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, horror

There's a traveling man the Carolina mountain folk call Silver John for the silver strings strung on his guitar. In his wanderings John encounters a parade of benighted forest creatures, mountain spirits, and shapeless horrors from the void of history with only his enduring spirit, playful wit, and the magic of his guitar to preserve him. Manly Wade Wellman's Silver John is one of the most beloved figures in fantasy, a true American folk hero of the literary age.

For the first time the Planet Stories edition of Who Fears the Devil? collects all of John's adventures published throughout Wellman's life, including two stories about John before he got his silver-stringed guitar that have never previously appeared in a Silver John collection. Lost, out of print, or buried in expensive hardcover editions, the seminal, unforgettable tales of Who Fears the Devil? stand ready for a new generation ready to continue the folk tradition of Silver John!

Contents (the original collection):

  • John's My Name
  • O Ugly Bird!
  • Why They're Named That
  • One Other
  • Then I Wasn't Alone
  • Shiver in the Pines
  • You Know the Tale of Hoph
  • Old Devlins Was A-Waiting
  • Find the Place Yourself
  • The Desrick on Yandro
  • The Stars Down There
  • Vandy, Vandy
  • Blue Monkey
  • Dumb Supper
  • I Can't Claim That
  • The Little Black Train
  • Who Else Could I Count On
  • Walk Like a Mountain
  • None Wiser for the Trip
  • On the Hills and Everywhere
  • Nary Spell
  • Nine Yards of Other Cloth
(updated 2010-10-11)

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