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The Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman Volume 3: Fearful Rock & Other Precarious Locales Hardcover – May 1 2001

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892389215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892389213
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 649 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,431,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this third volume of a projected five-book selection of the fantastic fiction of versatile Weird Tales veteran Wellman (d. 1986), the collected adventures of two series characters provide sterling examples of the craft of the author, who as a raconteur could elevate the pulp horror thriller to an uncommon level of sophistication. The title story, one of three to feature Sergeant Jaeger, an ex-Union soldier turned minister, is an eerie tale of an occult horror that takes root in the wilderness along the Missouri-Arkansas border at the height of the Civil War. Built solidly from elements of the Southern Gothic, regional folklore, classic supernatural fiction and the grim history of Quantrill's Raiders, it and companion novella "Coven" blend spooky atmospherics surprisingly well with two-fisted heroics that keep the pages turning. Four tales involving debonair occult detective Keith Hilary Pursuivant approach their similar supernatural themes from a more learned and scholarly angle.They ring intriguing variations on the werewolf theme ("The Hairy Ones Shall Dance") and give Wellman a chance to pen credible excerpts from a "lost" verse drama by a supernaturally sustained Lord Byron ("The Black Drama"). These stories were frequently a cut above the work of Wellman's contemporaries, and they still provide a pleasing frisson of terror more than half a century after they were written.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Heroic Weird Horror from Pulp Master Oct. 15 2008
By rampageous_cuss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a volume (3) in the five-volume "Selected Stories of Manley Wade Wellman" published by Night Shade Books. The series reprints Wellman's weird short stories and novellas originally published in magazines such as the famed "Weird Tales;" the full-length books are not included.

Wellman favored heroic characters conquering evil; his most famous creation, John the Balladeer (or "Silver John") stars in the volume V collection "Owls Hoot in the Daytime." This volume contains eight novella-length stories featuring Sergeant Jaeger ("Fearful Rock," "Coven," and "Toad's Foot") and Judge Pursuivant ("The Hairy Ones Shall Dance," "The Black Drama," "The Dreadful Rabbits," and "The Half-Haunted") as well as a historical fiction set in the Jamestown colony, "For the Love of a Witch."

Jaeger is a former Union sergeant who, like many Wellman heroes, acts as a sort of mentor and savior of characters who become embroiled in occult difficulties, in this case in the post-Civil War period. Pursuivant is a sort of 'elder-occultsman' who performs the same role in a "contemporary" (1950s - '60s) time period.

Manley Wade Wellman's concerns are very different from Lovecraft, C.A. Smith, or Robert E. Howard. Wellman's main theme is almost always the power of good and the inferiority of evil; his stories are more occult adventure than horror per se. They rely heavily (and wonderfully) on setting and characterization. If you like these stories, be sure to try the ones featuring Silver John (Wellman's best IMHO), and you'll certainly like Volume I, "The Third Cry to Legba and Other Invocations."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's not Silver John, but it's great Nov. 6 2005
By John Oconnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Anything by Manly Wade Wellman is worth reading. This is no exception. He was so great at regional horror as well as traditional horror and even Lovecraftian horror. Please, if you love good horror, get all 5 of Wellman's books from Night Shade Books. They are all well bound, good looking books and they all have Wellman's wonderful prose.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good but leaves you wanting for more... June 4 2008
By Jeremy Reaban - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had read a couple of his Silver John books, but didn't like them much. I did come across the novella, "The Black Drama" in a collection of horror stories and I absolutely fell in love with it.

It featured an occult investigator named Judge Pursuivant. The introduction mentioned that he was in some other stories as well.

So that was the main reason I got this book, for those additional Judge Pursuivant stories. Unfortunately, the other Pursuivant stories aren't that good, and there are only 3 of them. Two are just really short, one of which is really a comedy piece. The other long one doesn't really star him, except at the very end, and is mostly on spiritualism.

However, the other character stories in the book, about Sgt Jaeger, a Civil War sergeant turned preacher and occult batller, are quite good. In particular the one the book is named after, Fearful Rock. But there are only 3 of those stories.

Really, it makes me wish he had written more about these characters, who I find far more interesting than his more popular characters.

There's also a long lost tale of his, set around the early colonization of America by the English. Interesting and colorful read, but the ending left me a bit cold.

The physical quality of the book is outstanding. I guess it should, given the price, but still, really excellent.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book March 16 2005
By Dr Bloodmoney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book from Night Shade Books. They always put in such loving care to their products. I love the bindings, the paper, and the typeset. Overall, lovely.
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Great stories from old pulps Jan. 27 2010
By Laurie A. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Originally written over a span from 1938 to 1979 for various fantasy pulps- mostly `Weird Tales'- these stories are great short horror stories. They range from the grim (Fearful Rock) to the almost silly (The Dreadful Rabbits, which I almost can't resist referring to as `The Rascally Rabbits'). Included in this volume are the stories of Judge Pursuivant, an investigator of folklore and occult matters, and the tales of Sergeant Jaeger, who brings both Christianity and folk magic to the Fearful Rock area, as well as a couple of unrelated stories. A couple of these stories managed to raise a chill on my back and that's not an easy thing to do. I'm looking forward to reading other volumes of Wellman's work!