Hippies and Holiness
Hippies and Holiness
is a fictitious tale but it is based on a multitude of crimes
of passion that have been committed in rural West Virginia.
There is a little slice of several actual murders, and the aftermath
of those murders, embedded in the text of the novel.
setting is September of 1968 just as rural, conservative Appalachia
is beginning to experience the “hippie invasion.”
It was a time when hard-line Christians came face to face with
some of the most liberal elements in America. It was an interesting
collision. Many of the mountain folks looked upon the invaders
as a threat to their serenity. Most of the hippies, on the other
hand, were fascinated by the fundamental values and culture
that they found among the hills and hollers. They were particularly
fascinated by the traditional music and quickly adopted it as
their own, calling it “old time.” Some of the native
mountain musicians were annoyed by them, but others, particularly
some of the older one enjoyed the sudden attention.
But the hippie lifestyle, with its aversion to work, neglect
of personal hygiene, avoidance of the draft, drug use, and perceived
intellectual arrogance was looked upon with disfavor by most
rural Appalachians. Hence, the hippie community often got blamed
for all the bad things that happened.
So when news of a brutal murder began to circulate in rural
(imaginary) Vandalia County, West Virginia, many of the natives
immediately suspected that it was the work on one of the invaders.
But it is the job of State Trooper, Sam Somerville, and old
friend Corley Malone—now a nationally known singer to
sort it all out.
Hippies and Holiness is the third and final installment
of a trilogy of novels. The three novels center around the activities
of Corley Malone who makes his way from a West Virginia beerhall
singer to the national state. Each can be read independently
but the reader will want to read them all.
Those who lived through the 1960’s (and remember it)
should enjoy be entertained by Hippies and Holiness.
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