Have you been introduced to the stories of Manly Wade Wellman?
In my book CrimeSong I discuss the famous “Omie Wise” ballad (you can hear Julie Nelms, Berea College senior perform “Omie Wise” in the video at the end of this post), and I allude to Manly Wade Wellman’s 1954 write-up of the story of “Omie Wise” in his book Dead and Gone: Classic Crimes of North Carolina (The University of North Carolina Press). Wellman’s book also discusses the “Frankie Silver” and “Tom Dula” stories. The prices for copies of Dead and Gone are all over the boards. Here is the cover of my copy— an entirely appropriate image for the week of Halloween, don’t you think?