Award-Winning Southern Writer

Sharyn McCrumb is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. Her current novels are Prayers the Devil Answers, the story of the last public hanging ever carried out in the United States, and The Unquiet Grave, the story of West Virginia's Greenbrier Ghost.

Banquet: Western Front Hotel

An Evening With Sharyn McCrumb

Thursday April 12 at 6:30 p.m. ~ An Evening with Sharyn McCrumb at the Western Front Hotel in St Paul VA... including A Dinner by Chef Travis Milton A signed copy of The Unquiet Grave A Seat at the table $55. Per Person. Call The Western Front Hotel 276-738-3040 to reserve Now...

McCrumb receives WVLA Award of Merit

For Contributions to Appalachian Literature

The West Virginia Library Association presented Sharyn McCrumb with their "Award of Merit" for her contribution to Appalachian Literature. The award was presented on Nov. 9 at the WVLA conference at the Greenbrier Resort, when Sharyn was a keynote speaker.

If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

Now Available on Kindle

The first of the Ballad novels, "If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O," is now available on Kindle. The award-winning, novel, a New York Times notable book, introduces Spencer Arrowood in a tale of haunted pasts and memories of the 60's in the mountain town of Hamelin, TN.

Nora Bonesteel's Necklace

Limited Edition

Nora Bonesteel's necklace of Appalachian minerals-- serpentine for the Serpentine Chain; unakite, the seer's stone & state stone of Virginia; and a southwest Virginia fairystone (staurolite) pendant is available in very limited quantities.

Each necklace (ca. 20") comes with a card explaining the minerals it is made of. $40 plus $3 shipping. Expect delivery in 3 to 4 weeks.

The Ballad Program

April 7 in Blacksburg VA & April 26 in Madison, Indiana

Blacksburg VA~ On Saturday April 7, Sharyn McCrumb and award-winning Bluegrass musician Jack Hinshelwood will present "Words & Music," a program in which Sharyn discusses and reads from her Ballad novels, and Jack plays the traditional tunes associated with each book. The program will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Program of Virginia Tech.

Madison, Indiana~ On Thursday evening April 26, Sharyn McCrumb and award-winning Bluegrass musician Jack Hinshelwood will present "Words & Music," a program in which Sharyn discusses and reads from her Ballad novels, and Jack plays the traditional tunes associated with each book. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Public Library 420 West Main Street Madison, IN 47250

The Unquiet Grave on Audio

Read by Roger Casey and Candace Thaxton

The Unquiet Grave is now available as an audiobook from @SimonAudio. Order yours from

Readers Guide Discussion Questions

Now available for Prayers the Devil Answers

Readers Guide Discussion Questions for Prayers the Devil Answers are now available for download from my Prayers the Devil Answers page. * Southern Living Magazine named Prayers the Devil Answers one of the best books of 2016 set in the South.

She Walks These Hills

Now available for Kindle

She Walks These Hills, Sharyn McCrumb's New York Times best-selling novel in which an escaped prisoner and a frontier woman's ghost journey through the Appalachians, trying to find home.

This new edition contains an author's introduction, readers group discussion questions and an essay about the themes and origins of the novel.

Coming in September:
The Unquiet Grave

The Unquiet Grave, an account of the Greenbrier Ghost, published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The Unquiet Grave

An account of the Greenbrier Ghost, The Unquiet Grave, published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.


Prayers the Devil Answers

"Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them."


Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past

In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains we call home, the folk we call family, and a familiar message that there is more to this world than the eye can see... especially at Christmastime.


King's Mountain

The story of the Revolutionary War battle that changed the course of the war. Told from the points of view of Patriot leader John Sevier and Tory camp follower Virginia Sal, the novel brings to life the people and events in the southern front of the Revolution - a story largely ignored by the history books.


The Devil Amongst the Lawyers

When a pretty young schoolteacher is charged with murder in 1930's Appalachia, the national press use it as an excuse to sell papers - and to demonize the region, raising social issues that go well beyond the fate of one defendant.


The Ballad of Tom Dooley

Now from the pen of the award-winning Appalachian writer comes the true story behind the most famous mountain ballad of all: the legend of Tom Dula. The Ballad of Tom Dooley brings to life the star-crossed lovers of this mountain tragedy.


Ghost Riders

"Some wars don't end when the generals shake hands and go home." -- Malinda Blalock, from Ghost Riders


The Songcatcher

Trace one American family from the Revolutionary War to the present by following an English ballad as it is handed down through the generations.


The Ballad of Frankie Silver

On July 12, 1833, Frankie Silver became the first woman in the state of North Carolina to be hanged for murder. Burgess Gaither, the 1832 Clerk of the Court for Burke County, narrates the story from her arrest to her execution. As he began to understand the true nature of events, he wonders if there is such a thing as equal justice under the law.


The Rosewood Casket

"Dying cost nothing and could be done alone; otherwise, Randall Stargill might have lived forever."


She Walks These Hills

"Don't shoot! It might be Harm!" say the new bumper stickers in east Tennessee. Hiram (pronounced in mountain dialect Harm) Sorley is the focus of a manhunt involving most of the area's law enforcement officers. There's just one problem: nobody wants him caught.


The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

The first stirrings of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter were a series of images that bobbed up out of my subconscious...


If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

Strange days tracks everyone down in the little mountain town of Hamelin, when the high school reunion of the class of '66 awakens old ghosts from the past. This first novel in Sharyn McCrumb's acclaimed Ballad series was a New York Times Notable Book.


Faster Pastor

Camber Berkley, a young stock car driver, wrecks his car on a winding mountain road. The local authorities give him a choice: serve jail time, or teach the local ministers to drive stock cars.


Once Around the Track

The adventures of story of an all-woman NASCAR team that hires a "pretty" male driver. With a female version of Viagra for a sponsor and the driver’s evil manager thwarting the team’s efforts, it is a wild ride both on and off the track.


St. Dale

Winner of the 2006 People's Choice Award in Fiction by the Library of Virginia and the James River Writers Association and the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the Appalachian Writers Association.