|Short Stories and Critical
Sharyn McCrumb's short stories are featured in many national anthologies and in regional publications. Scholarly examinations of her work are featured in a number of critical studies, and her work is the subject of the book From A Race of Storytellers: The Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb, edited by Kimberley M.Holloway.
From a Race of Storytellers: The Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb
Kimberley M. Holloway, editor
This book is a first-of-its-kind treatment of the ballad novels of Sharyn McCrumb. It contains articles and essays about all aspects of McCrumb's work, including literary criticism, interpretation, and practical suggestions for teaching the ballad novels.
Teachers from the United States and abroad have long asked for a good source book to help them in their quest to teach the ballad novels and to open the culture of the Appalachian Mountains as it really is to their students. From a Race of Storytellers: Essays on the Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb has been compiled to fill this need.
From a Race of Storytellers will also be attractive to the general reader who wants to read more about the characters who inhabit McCrumb's fictional Hamelin, Tennessee, and to better understand the events that occur there. Through essays written by fourteen different scholars of McCrumb's fiction and one by McCrumb herself, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the real southern Appalachian mountains, not just the popular image. Like McCrumb, each author is committed to examining what it means to live in Appalachia.
Kimberley M. Holloway grew up in Cookeville Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Technological University (BS) and East Tennessee State University (MA) and presently lives in Johnson City TN. She has been a teacher, writer, and copyeditor. She is now Associate Director of Communications and Lecturer in English at King College in Bristol, TN. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.
Order From a Race of Storytellers from Mercer University Press, or call (800) 637-2378 ext. 2880. In Georgia, call (800) 342-0841 ext. 2880.
New Short Story: Settling Up
Sharyn McCrumb's newest short story "Settling Up" is in the current issue of Smoky Mountain Living Magazine. Single copies can be ordered for $5.95 from: Smoky Mountain Living PO Box 629 Waynesville, NC 28786.
"Thanks," said Seb. "By the way, who's that sitting at the Champion's Table?"
"Why, nobody. We still keep in empty, out of respect. 'Course, you're a champion, Mr. Reese, so if you want to sit there, you're entitled and welcome."
Seb looked over at the champion's table. The man in the red windbreaker was grinning and motioning him over. Seb pulled a fiver out of his pocket and pushed it across the counter. "Cup of coffee," he told the cashier. "I believe I will go sit over there while you get me Uncle Wiley's bill."
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
The Collected Short Stories of Sharyn McCrumb
By Sharyn McCrumb
Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the first-ever collection of the short fiction of Sharyn McCrumb, is a literary quilting of old and new, humorous and heartfelt, offering award-winning works-- and two stories never before published-- contrasting mountain childhoods past and present.
Stories include: Sherwood Anderson Award winner "Precious Jewel;" "A Predatory Woman;" "Old Rattler," and Anthony Award winner, "The Monster of Glamis."
Ballantine Books September 1997/Hardcover/ISBN 0-345-41493-4
Edited by Ed McBain
Ten new novellas by Lawrence Block, Jeffrey Deaver, John Farris, Stephen King, Sharyn McCrumb, Walter Mosely, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, and Donald E. Westlake; and Ed McBain (Editor).
Sharyn McCrumb's novella "The Resurrection Man" tells the true story of Grandison Harris, a black man bought as a slave by the Medical College of Georgia in order to rob graves for their anatomy classes.
Forge Books, April 2005/Hardcover/ ISBN ISBN-10: 0765308517
Edited by Ellen Datlow
Compiled by multi-award winning editor, Ellen Datlow, this collection commemorates the second centenary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. It features Poe-inspired tales by some of the finest talents in the field, including Kim Newman, Pat Cadigan, Sharyn McCrumb, Lucius Shepard, Laird Barron, Suzy McKee Charnas and others. This all-star line-up has several Hugo, Edgar, Tiptree and British Fantasy Award winners.
In Sharyn McCrumb's story "The Mountain House," a grieving NASCAR widow meets a Cherokee god on a mountain in north Georgia.
Solaris Books/January 6, 2009/Softcover/ISBN-13: 978-1844165957
Edited by Kevin J. Anderson
An anthology of short stories edited by Kevin J. Anderson - Pocket Books, 2008.
"Dead Hand." "You can do NASCAR," said Sharyn's friend, the best-selling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, who was putting together anthology of humorous, spooky stories. She couldn't resist it. What followed (with a little help from a couple of NASCAR drivers) was the story of a struggling racing team who used a little Cherokee magic to help them compete against the rich and powerful teams in NASCAR.
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Edited by John Joseph Adams
"The Vale of the White Horse," a short story by Sharyn McCrumb is featured in the anthology The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, edited by John Joseph Adams. It features Wiltshire wise woman Grisel Rountree, an English version of Nora Bonesteel, matching wits with Sherlock Holmes.
For more information, and for details about pre-ordering, go to http://www.johnjosephadams.com/sherlock-holmes/
Making Notes: Music in the Carolinas
Edited by Ann Wicker
Sharyn McCrumb's article on Tom Dooley (Tom Dula), originally published in Blue Ridge Country Magazine, has been reprinted in a new book: Making Notes: Music in the Carolinas by Ann Wicker (Charlotte NC, Novello Press, 2008.) Click here for ordering information.
In the article, "Bound to Die," Sharyn McCrumb and a school friend met in Wilkes County, North Carolina and spent the day on the trail of legendary mountain murderer Tom Dula, made famous by the folk song "Hang Down your Head, Tom Dooley." Sharyn and David visited the graves, examined the scenes in case, the site of the hanging in Statesville, and they spent the day trying to figure out what really happened to Laura Foster on May 25, 1866.
Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture
Written by Judy Sizemore, Edited by Ginny Eager
Although written as a tool to encourage teachers and students to explore the concepts of Appalachia culture, book groups may also find this volume useful. She Walks These Hills is highlighted in this book.
Order Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture from the Jesse Stuart Foundation.
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