Lusion to the series John rambles in search of Cry Mountain known for the plaintive voice that seems to issue from it He finds the source of the cry but he also discovers that warlock Ruel Harpe from it He finds the source of the cry but he also discovers that warlock Ruel Harpe is armed with considerable occult knowledge and a powerful amulet and is also accompanied by three witchy female companions has transformed the mountain into an enchanted fortress featuring a bell pull that can summon any food or object he desires and a window from which he can view any place on the planet Ruel plans to use Cry Mountain as a base from which can rule #the world and he is determined to use his magic to compel John #world and he is determined to use his magic to compel John help himJohn is a virtual prisoner for most of the novel which necessarily restricts the possibilities for action but the portrait of consuming egotism and pride that is Ruel Hope is absorbing and the final battle between John and Ruel is exciting and satisfyin. S trek up the steep mountainside There he finds mystery and danger enough for any man and eventually meets the courtly assured Ruel Harpe descendant of the infamous Micajah Harpe John soon discovers the darker side of Ruel Harpe's hospitality and finds honesty and courage the only weapons against powerful sorcery and temptati. .
Silver John vanuishes and often just avoids the evil things lurking in the mountains human and otherwise but he s calm and self effacing and avoids conflict unless it s absolutely necessary Once he s done he s back on the trail again an incarnation of the eternally wandering wizard Gandalf in a pair of dungarees and roomy boots Wellman s casual nod to the Cthulhu mythos is fun one of the minor characters here was a former archivist at Miskatonic UniversityIf ou re in the mood for a gentle ride through the mountains pick up a copy And don t let the Behinder get ou I ve heard #others say this is the best of the Silver John novels and I #say this is the best of the Silver John novels and I now agree What a pure and simple story that depicts such fantastic and mysterious things I recommend all these novels especially to those who live in the Western NC mountains The last of Manly Wade Wellman s Silver John novels makes a strong conc. N and as John listens to the tales of eerie hostile animals of brave daredevils who fared up the slopes never to return and hears the enigmatic unnatural keening voice emanating from the mountain his adventuresome spirit is aroused Too curious and intrigued some might say foolhardy to be dissuaded John begins his long perilou. I d read hardly anything by Wellman up to now but I was re reading a book of short stories and ran across one of his Silver John tales Thankfullythe library had a couple volumes featuring the character and off I wentSilver John the Balladeer is a classic Appalachian fairy tale hero lanky strong deeply versed in "THE MAGIC AND MYTH OF THE REGION PLAIN SPOKEN "magic and myth of the region plain spoken and courageous He carries a bedroll some grub a good knife and a silver stringed guitar as he wanders the mountains playing music traditional ballads Wellman includes in the stories plus some he wrote himself and allowing his curiosity #TO LEAD HIM WHERE IT WILLIF #lead him where it willIf re looking for action oriented pulse pounding stories of supernatural horror ou re in the wrong book Wellman was around 80 when he wrote this book and he s willing to take his time and surround the reader with the atmosphere of the region he loved so well Oh. Silver John so named for the lithe and powerful strings of his ever present guitar is back In this fifth and most exciting novel in the series Manly Wade Wellman's popular hero is called by the voice of
Mountain into confrontation with his most threatening adversaryThere are a wealth of cryptic stories about Cry Mountai. .cry mountain into