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Atest writers Manly Wade Wellman Twenty eight stories and two poems selected from hundreds of stori. My trip through the various Night Shade Manly Wade Wellman collections got interrupted when my library got me a copy of the old Carcosa collection collection Worse Things Waiting instead In addition to having one of the best titles for a short story collection ever Worse Things Waiting is a good stand in for a genuine Best Of Manly Wade Wellman A few of the stories were ones I d read before such as Up Under My Roof a favorite Frogfather The Kelpie The Witch s Cat and School for the Unspeakable and with several of the others I probably spoiled at least parts of my dinner of the other Night Shade books There s some great stuff among the new to me material including the novella Fearful Rock Wellman is full of great titles and a story of Poe encountering a vampire with a novel weakness in When it was Moonlight

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Worse things Waiting

Collected here for the first time in book form are the best fantasy tales of one of the genre`s gre. A sort of Best of Wellman except you don t get any two fisted John Thunstone supernatural tales barely a scent of a Shonokin and no John the Balladeer so it s the best of everything except those things You do get some great Lee Brown Coye creepy illustrationsWellman s forte is American folkloric supernatural fiction particularly of the South Setting is important in a Wellman tale This is an oversimplification and doesn t do justice to the breadth of these tales All the usual tropes are here but Wellman is adept at using them in ways that don t make them seem hackneyed He is a great tale teller in the pulp tradition but don t expect deep philosophizing or anything experimental just good tales well told

SUMMARY Worse things Waiting

Es and dozens of magazines the cream of almost half a century of fantasy writing 3000 copies printe. Manly Wade Wellman had a long careercontributing stories to Weird Tales Unknown and Strange Stories among others Wellman also created the character of Silver John who wandered the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina armed only with his guitar strung with silver and his belief in GodWorse Things Waiting is a collection of Short Stories primarily published in Wierd Tales from thelate 1920s thru the 1950s Wellman was an adept writer and set many if not all of his stories in the South some set around the period of the Civil War The book is split into 4 chapters Pages from a Memory Book Gray Voices The Night Side of History and Longer in the Telling I enjoyed most of the stories but felt the chapter Night Side of History contained the weakest storiesthis chapter contained several stories based on the American Indian and their beliefs and could not truly be considered horror stories but fantasy This collection was originally published by Carcosa House in the 1980s Karl Edward Wagner was a part ownerand certainly worth a look if you enjoy pulp fiction Wellman published a second book for Carcosa Lonely Vigilswhich as far as I know has not been released I found Vigils to be a better book


5 thoughts on “Worse things Waiting

  1. says:

    A sort of Best of Wellman except you don't get any two fisted John Thunstone supernatural tales barely a scent of a Shonoki

  2. says:

    My trip through the various Night Shade Manly Wade Wellman collections got interrupted when my library got me a copy of the old Carcosa collection collection Worse Things Waiting instead In addition to having one of the best titles for a short story collection ever Worse Things Waiting is a good stand in for a genuine Best Of Manly Wade Wellman A few of the stories were ones I'd read before such as Up Under My Roof a favorite Frogfather T

  3. says:

    Manly Wade Wellman had a long careercontributing stories to Weird Tales Unknown and Strange Stories among others Wellman also created the character of Silver John who wandered the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina armed only with his guitar strung with silver and his belief in GodWorse Things Waiting is a

  4. says:

    This review has got to be a bit of an intro into Manly Wade Wellman He tells a simple tale laced with the supernatural you can easily fall into as surely as an inviting water hole He doesn't need exclamation point comments; the reader has already figured things out Worse Things Waiting has 28 stories and 2 poems and divided into 4 parts Pages From a Memory Book which includes a nice story Up Under the Roof Gray Voices su

  5. says:

    An assemblage from ‘Weird Tales’ and other pulp horror fantasy and fiction publications from a writer and co

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