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Publisher's Summary

Owls Hoot in the Daytime & Other Omens is the 5th and final volume of Night Shade Books' five volume "Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman." This volume contains all of the John the Balladeer stories (sometimes better known as Silver John), Manly's most famous character.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Karl Edward Wagner
  • O Ugly Bird!
  • The Desrick on Yandro
  • Vandy, Vandy
  • One Other
  • Call Me From the Valley
  • The Little Black Train
  • Shiver in the Pines
  • Walk Like A Mountain
  • On the Hills and Everywhere
  • Old Devlins Was A-Waiting
  • Nine Yards of Other Cloth
  • Wonder As I Wander
  • Farther Down the Trail
  • Trill Coster's Burden
  • The Spring
  • Owls Hoot in the Daytime
  • Can These Bones Live?
  • Nobody Ever Goes There
  • Where Did She Wander?

Afterword by Gerald W. Page

©2003 The Estate of Manly Wade Wellman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Great stories, amazing performance

Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer stories are unlike almost anything else, and highly entertaining. I've been a fan for years. They feature many of the common pulp tropes of the time - one can identify the antagonist immediately based on their physical description - but if that doesn't distract you from these stories' unique subject matter, you'll be highly entertained.
The most surprising thing was the quality of the narration. Most of the audiobooks I find on audible have quality performances that allow one to be engrossed in the story. But Brian Troxell captures so many of these characters perfectly, while keeping each distinct from the previous heroes and villians. The narration enhances the stories greatly.

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Creepy fun

These stories, which are understandably dated, were too much of a chore for me to read (I know how bad that sounds) but Audible brought them to life. Troxell is an amazing narrator and it was so easy to imagine the woodland scenery and the characters. Seriously good stuff. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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American treasure are these stories

Manley Wade Wellman is one of the great writers of weird and horror fiction,and these are the best.

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I'm loving these stories!

This is a collection of short stories, all but one being told from the point of view of Silver John.

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Folk Horror at its best

I love the Silver John stories. For me it’s like comfort food. This collection contains all the Silver John stories and is well a worth a listen. They don’t write stories like this anymore.

The performance was perfect. Brian Troxell captured the soul of the stories. I can’t imagine a better choice of narrators.