Thursday, June 16, 2011

On the Road with Silver John: "Nine Yards of Other Cloth"

[For previous ballads about the balladeer, click the "On the Road with Silver John" label under Features in the right sidebar.]

"Nine Yards of Other Cloth"

A mean fiddler who uses music just like black magic
Means to court a young beauty named Evadare.
When John tries to shield the girl from such fiendish advances,
He finds that Shull Cobart plays anything but fair.

Shull's devilish instrument lures John to Hosea's Hollow
To be served up to a legendary creature hideously deformed.
Shull believes the evil Kalu will find good John quite palatable;
Fortunately for the balladeer, the beast's been spiritually reformed.

Manly Wade Wellman's short story "Nine Yards of Other Cloth" can be found in Owls Hoot in the Daytime & Other Omens.

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