Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On the Road with Silver John: "Owls Hoot in the Daytime"

(For previous ballads about the balladeer, click the "On the Road with Silver John" label in the right sidebar.)

"Owls Hoot in the Daytime"

In a forsaken place where owls are diurnal
And a humongous possum's kept as a pet,
A housefront built around a cavemouth
Forms the strangest sight yet.

John is committed to unearthing truth,
But this is a tale he might not live to tell,
For the facade leads him to an uncanny beast
Whose truest home is hell.

Manly Wade Wellman's short story "Owls Hoot in the Daytime" can be found (surprisingly enough) in Owls Hoot in the Daytime & Other Omens.

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