The Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman, 5 Volume Slipcased Set

Manly Wade Wellman

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Trade Edition - 5 Volume Slipcased Set


Volume 1 The Third Cry to Legba and Other Innovations is the 1st volme of the Night Shage Books' five volume "Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman." This Volume collects Wellman's John Thunstone and Lee Corbet stories. These stories (written between 1943 and 1979) combine the mystical and horrific with traditional southern folk tales and legends. At the same time, these stories reveal a post World War 2 modernism that make them much more then pulp romanticism. The paranoia and cynicism of modern weird icons such as the X-files may well have had their genesis in the pulp musings of Manly Wade Wellman. Indeed the intensely driven, idealistic occult investigator John Thunstone could be a pulp/noir stand in for Fox Mulder.

This work will be issued in a fine collector's hardcover state, with 24 illustrations. Edited by John Pelan, illustrated by Kenneth Waters.


  • Introduction
  • The Third Cry to Legba
  • The Golden Goblins
  • Hoofs
  • The Letters of Cold Fire
  • John Thunstone's Inheritance
  • Sorcery from Thule
  • The Dead Man's Hand
  • Thorne of the Threshold
  • The Shonokins
  • Blood from a Stone
  • The Dai Sword
  • Twice Cursed
  • Shonokin Town
  • The Leonard Rondache
  • The Last Grave of Lill Warren
  • Rouse Him Not
  • The Dakwa
  • The Beasts That Perish
  • Willow He Walk
  • A Witch for All Seasons
  • Chastel

Volume 2 The Devil is not Mocked and Other Warnings is the 2nd volume  of Night Shade Books’ five volume “Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman.”  Collecting all of Wellman's Appalachian fantasy stories.


  • The Devil is Not Mocked
  • The Pineys
  • Hundred Years Gone
  • Where the Woodbine Twineth
  • Keep Me Away
  • Come into My Parlor
  • Yare
  • Chorazin
  • The Petey Car
  • Along About Sundown
  • What of the Night
  • Rock, Rock
  • Lamia
  • Caretaker
  • The Ghastly Priest Doth Reign
  • Goodman's Place
  • Frogfather
  • Dhoh
  • Warrior in Darkness
  • Young-Man-With-Skull-At-His-Ear
  • Vigil
  • The Kelpie
  • Parthenope
  • The Theater Upstairs
  • Ever the Faith Endures
  • Dead Dog
  • The Cavern
  • At the Bend of the Trail

Volume 3 Fearful Rock and Other Precarious Locales is the 3rd volume of Night Shade Books’ five volume “Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman.” This volume is made up of eight novella length stories. It reprints Wellman’s “Judge Pursivant” and “Sergeant Jaeger” stories, as well as a lost classic that has not been reprinted since its original publication in Strange Stories, in 1939. In addition, it features a introduction by Wellman’s long time friend, Stephen Jones, who provides a heartwarming bit of historical perspective on Wellman, and the influential shadow that his work as cast over the genre.


  • Introduction by Stephen Jones
  • Fearful Rock
  • Coven
  • Toad’s Foot
  • For the Love of a Witch
  • The Hairy Ones Shall Dance
  • The Black Drama
  • The Dreadful Rabbits
  • The Half-Haunted
  • Some Notes on the Texts by John Pelan

Volume 4 Sin's Doorway and Other Ominous Locales is the 4th and final volume of Night Shade Books’ five volume “Selected Stories of Manly Wade Wellman.” 


  • Introduction by David Drake
  • The Undead Soldier
  • Larroes Catch Meddlers
  • Up Under the Roof
  • Among Those Present
  • The Terrible Parchment
  • Sin's Doorway
  • The Golgotha Dancers
  • Changeling
  • For Fear of Little Men
  • Where Angels Fear
  • The Witch's Cat
  • School for the Unspeakable
  • Voice in a Veteran's Ear
  • These Doth the Lord Hate
  • The Liers in Wait
  • The Hairy Thunderer
  • The Song of the Slaves
  • It All Came True in the Woods
  • When it Was Moonlight
  • His Name on a Bullet
  • The Valley Was Still
  • Back to the Beast
  • Finger of Halugra
  • Arimetta
  • Half Bull

Volume 5 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. Owls Hoot will also contain a comprehensive Wellman bibliography.

Contents: (Not final)

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

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