The Devil's Tea Tables
The Devil’sTea Tables
and Other Stories is actually a
follow-up to Elk River
Elk River Ghosts sold so well that the author thought
a similar work would be in order. But he gave his book a new
twist. Using Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
as the model, Samples takes a group of West Virginia travelers
on a tour bus from Charleston, West Virginia to the mountain
counties during the “leaf looking” season. To add
a little spice to the trip, each traveler is required to tell
a ghost story, or some kind of a mountain tale around the campfire
The stories range from old time ghost stories to a 1950’s
drag race. Like Chaucer, Samples introduces the book with a
prologue in which each of the travelers is described.
The travelers include a Webster County mountain man, an unemployed
musician who lives off his wife, a slick Cadillac car salesman,
and, of course, a skirt-chasing preacher.
This book has been used in several English classes in West
Virginia public schools and is suitable for junior high and
high school readers.
Where to Get The Book
West Virginia Book Co.
1125 Central Avenue
Charleston WV 25302
or The Author
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