To the Bones

To the Bones (WVU Press, 2019)

In spite of West Virginia’s rich folklore and modern myths like the Mothman and the Flatwoods Monster, the state’s literature—or even that of Appalachia as a whole—is not typically associated with horror and th...

Book Review: In the Amber Chamber

In the Amber Chamber (Brighthorse Books, 2018) is an eclectic short story collection by Carrie Messenger, Associate Professor of English at Shepherd University, that manages the rare feat of being consistent in...

Coal Wars and Rugged Beauty

—Waters Run Wild by Andrea Fekete (Guest Room Press, 2018) Andrea Fekete’s first novel Waters Run Wild was originally published in 2010. Even though it garnered rave reviews and the author’s work has been wi...

Book Review: In the House of Wilderness

In one of Charles Dodd White’s earliest short stories, “The Sweet Sorrowful,” a clumsy do-gooder called Pendergast takes it upon himself to fill up an empty pond with water and trout so that the patients of a n...

Book Review: Country Dark

— Award-winning author’s new novel after 20 years is an outstanding achievement. For a writer with as remarkable a career as Kentucky’s Chris Offutt, it is interesting that his newest work, Country Dark, is...

Getting It Right

— An essay and a short story collection respectively cast Appalachia and West Virginia in a richer light.      Appalachia comes and goes as a national conversation topic as pundits discover the region every ...

Appalachian Must-Reads

Voice of Glory: The Life and Work of Davis Grubb – by Thomas E. Douglass (University of Tennessee Press) It’s likely that those who most remember West Virginia writer Davis Grubb (1919-1980) do so because of...