Spring - 2010

Wellman Short "Up Under The Roof" Adapted To Film
Short Film Hits The Festival Circuits

Up Under The RoofDarin states at the website http://www.upundertheroof.com "We’ve all had those experiences. There are many undefined but malevolent psychic forces that afflict children growing up. These terrors must be faced or they’ll stay with us as we mature, creeping inside the darkest depths of our subconscious, evolving into even more malignant fears and insecurities that will paralyze us as adults. Then, we will truly become haunted. That’s the point of our film. UP UNDER THE ROOF is about facing that which we fear the most. It’s about trusting our instincts, letting go of reason and embracing the unknown. There’s still a ten-year-old in each one of us looking to overcome the fears that almost broke us. The lonely places still need to be conquered."

So far UP UNDER THE ROOF has won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editor at the Film Outside the Frame Festival - 2009. It is continuing to make the festival rouns.  We will have more info from Darin on this project soon!

Music in the Key of Wellman
Michael Futreal Brings A New Spin To An Old Vibe In DEVIL'S STOMPING GROUND

Michael Futreal brings his multiple talents to bear in creating an instrumental music CD that has a modern take on the old time folk aesthetic.  I asked Michael for a few words on the creation of his music and this is what he has to say:

devils playground"I grew up in eastern NC, but the whole state was full of mystery and story as far as I could tell.  We used to go up to the western NC mountains almost every summer and tour about a variety of locations.  In those parts -- and at the yearly state fair in Raleigh -- I became aware of the folk music of the area, including the most fascinating Appalachian dulcimer.  You can read more about how I came to play dulcimer and other instruments at http://michael.futreal.com/about

"I discovered your Wellman bestiary early on in the recording sessions for Devil's Stomping Ground (I didn't know it'd be called that yet, though).  I immediately ordered up a used copy of Who Fears the Devil.  As I dug into the short stories, it wasn't long before I'd ordered all the Silver John material I could could lay hold of.   I've always loved stories of lore-masters and John delivered in a North Carolina style that rekindled interest in the region and its supernatural undercurrents.

"These stories were wonderfully dark in places, with John's music and folksy wisdom cutting a path through it, especially as he picked out his own tunes here and there.  Somehow this resonated with my own musical thoughts at the time, and I enjoyed taking the folksy dulcimer into darker, more mysterious territory than it usually ventures.  The twangy, reverb-drenched electric guitar that abounds on the album literally amplified the secret sense I had of being brushed by stories like these -- like I'd passed by John many times without knowing it, just on the edge of these dangerous stories."

You can listen to all the tracks and also buy this CD along with his previous work at his website http://michael.futreal.com

John Back In Print Again
Who Fears the Devil?—The Complete Silver John (Trade Paperback)
from Paizo Publishing, LLC

Possibly a re-issue of Arkham House's original John anthology.  By Manly Wade Wellman, with an who fears the devilintroduction by Mike Resnick

From Paizo's website:  There’s a traveling man that the Carolina mountain folk call Silver John for the silver strings strung on his guitar. In his wanderings, John encounters a parade of benighted forest creatures, mountain spirits, and shapeless horrors from the void of history with only his enduring spirit, playful wit, and the magic of his guitar to preserve him.

Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John is one of the most beloved figures in fantasy, a true American folk hero of the literary age. The Planet Stories edition of Who Fears the Devil? collects—for the first time—all of John’s adventures published throughout Wellman’s life, including two stories about John before he got his silver-stringed guitar that have never previously appeared in a Silver John collection. Lost, out-of-print, or buried in expensive hardcover editions, the seminal, unforgettable tales of Who Fears the Devil? stand ready for a new generation to continue the folk tradition of Silver John!

Introduction by Mike Resnick (Stalking the Unicorn, Starship: Mutiny).

208-page softcover trade paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-188-6

Silver John Comics?

Harvey Award nominated illustrator Thomas Boatwright started tinkering with the idea of adapting Wellman's John the Balladeer back in 2007.  Lately he's been working on Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman and has an ongoing comic in Cemetery Blues. If you'd like to see Thomas pick his Wellman adaptation back up, you might drop him a line at his blog.
You can check out his Silver John ideas here.
boatwright silver john

Winter - 2008

10,000 B.C. a movie in the HOK or Kardios tradition?

I can't say I'm a big fan of Rolland Emmerich movies, and won't start to now. But I thought I'd give this heads up for Kardios and Hok fans. Emmerich is making a movie called 10,000 B.C. which looks very much in the "pre-history" tradition of Hok, Kardios and other cave heroes.

The plot description goes as such: "It was a time when man and beast were untamed and the mighty mammoth roamed the earth. A time when ideas and beliefs were born that forever shaped mankind. 10,000 B.C. follows a young hunter (Steven Strait) on his quest to lead an army across a vast desert, battling saber tooth tigers and prehistoric predators as he unearths a lost civilization and attempts to rescue the woman he loves (Camilla Belle) from an evil warlord determined to possess her."

From the trailer it definitely has the caveman stumbles on a more advanced Atlantian-type civilization vibe.

Wellman Shows Make Rounds On Chiller TV.

A new cable/satalite network similar to SciFi Channel started early last year called The Chiller Channel.  Amoung their roster of TV shows are THE NIGHT GALLERY and MONSTERS. Both of which have a Wellman story to offer. 

The Devil is Not Mocked: (Originally aired:- 27 October 1971)

And on MONSTERS we have Rouse Him Not: (Originally aired:- December 1988)

Both series are in heavy rotation on this new network. Check your local listings and at the
Chiller TV website .

BAEN BOOKS Online Library Makes Wellman & Drake Freely Available.

A very interesting and much talked about move by BAEN BOOKS has been to put many of their previous publications online.

Of note to us here is the full text of JOHN THE BALLADEER, by Manly Wade Wellman. The BAEN edition was the first to use the non-bastardized text which had been unjudiciously edited and re-written by Arkham House founder August Derleth for the first John collection, WHO FEARS THE DEVIL.

The BAEN edition was the first time John saw his stories collected in full and original form since their first magazine appearances and up until the Night Shade Books Collection.

Also of note in BAEN's online library is David Drake's ode to Wellman, OLD NATHAN. I highly recommend this book as he wrote it as an homage to not only John the Balladeer, but to Manly himself.

 More Wellman Resources Online

Ex-Night Shade Books intern Jeremiah Rickert has posted a lengthy page at the Oregon Literary Review.

This includes an introduction by Rickert along with his reconstruction of the events that lead to a show-down between Wellman and William Falkner of which Wellman won.

Also posted is an excellent Wellman biography by Karl Edward Wagner, interviews with writer and Wellman Estate holder David Drake and Night Shade Books editor Jeremy Lassen.

Plus three pieces of writing by Wellman; The first John the Balladeer story, "O' Ugly Bird", a sci-fi story, "That's Just Like A Martian" and an essay on writing "Interior Dialogue".

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