The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man's Whore

The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man's Whore

Sean Demory

Sean Demory

"The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man's Whore" weaves a story of loss and return from back-country spook stories, backroom blues and best-forgotten secrets.Critically acclaimed, "The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man's Whore" tells a backwoods spook story driven by longing, loss and unescapable doom. “Demory catches the atmosphere of the old murder ballads perfectly here. It’s a world where everyone takes it for granted that terrible things happen to the innocent, and where the only possible reaction to that news is a stoical shrug. The tale’s chilling effect comes not from set-piece shocks, but rather from a sense of quiet, creeping unease that crawls a little deeper beneath your skin with every careful sentence.” - Paul Slade, PlanetSlade.com "'The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore' is a darkly lyrical original folk tale. More than an any-day ghost story, 'Ballad' rambles through the tangled woods of Appalachia, quick-strumming a tale of haints, of bleak hope, and of one soul’s shadowy path to empowerment. Eerily evocative imagery snakes like tendrils of kudzu through a songlike narrative, closing on a chilling refrain that will haunt readers for days to come.- Ari MichaelsLocus Recommended Short Story - 2012Honorable Mention - Year's Best Horror, Vol. 5
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