Monday, July 24, 2017

Footprints on the Trail: John's Flash Fiction

Sprinkled throughout Who Fears the Devil? are a dozen or so flash-fiction stories. Like the rest of John’s journeys, these crash off the beaten path, bringing the reader face-to-face with the hidden things of the Appalachians, covering such strangeness as John meeting his future self, tales of man-eating gardinel house-plant, shooting magic, and folk alchemy. And just like a startled doe or fleeing centaur, the meeting with the weird is over in an instant, leaving you with only wonder and an appreciation for the strangeness of nature. Writers would do well to study Wellman’s economy of story and words herein.

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