Tamarack book event to feature Cat Pleska this Saturday

Beckley book event to feature Cat Pleska this Saturday

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia, will host a special book event this Sat., May 11th, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Well-known West Virginia editor and author Cat Pleska will appear Saturday in the bookstore at Tamarack. She will be greeting the public and signing special copies of her newest book, Fed from the Blade, which she co-edited with Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Knost. The Appalachian Writers Association recently nominated the book for the prestigious 2013 Appalachian Book of the Year Awards.

Huntington book signing event to feature Larnerd and Hatcher

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - Drug Emporium will host a Huntington area book event as they celebrate Regional Author Weekend at their Barboursville location this Sat., May. 11th, from 2 - 5 p.m.

Well known West Virginia editor and author Brian J. Hatcher will appear at the store and will join Frank Larnerd, an award winning Mountain State writer and author.

Doomed Romeo and Juliet

Before long, Johnse and Roseanna secretly slipped away from the crowd, off into the wooded area away from the polling grounds. Wending their way deeper and deeper into the heavy foliage, they laughed and talked as he led her through groves of tall red oak, silver birch, and white ash. Johnse seemed sure-footed as he escorted Roseanna to a clearing bordered by honeysuckle vines hanging from small maple trees, shading the moss-covered ground underneath, where the pair could at last be alone. They spent several intimate hours together and lost track of time.

2013 Woodland Press Author Event and Signing Schedule

CHAPMANVILLE. W.Va. - The calendar is full of exciting Woodland Press author book events and public appearances. The Woodland Press Book Tour is well underway and things will be heating-up as we move through the year. Join many of our authors on the road as we display and promote Woodland Press book titles and our full catalog of top-selling Appalachian-based titles.

Dangerous Detective, Bounty Hunter, Gunslinger: Daniel Webster "Cunning" Cunningham


One of the most persistent, violent, and effective detectives who relentlessly tracked the Hatfields during the time of the Hatfield and McCoy feud was Daniel Webster ‘‘Dan’’ Cunningham, who became one of the subjects of dime novel tales between the 1880s and the 1920s.

Cunningham and scores of other detectives, road agents, and bounty hunters poured into the rugged mountains of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, seeking the rewards on the heads of Devil Anse Hatfield, Cap Hatfield, Johnse Hatfield, and other supporters of the feuding clan.

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Johnse Hatfield

By 1896 Johnse Hatfield had been working in the state of Washington—hiding out from recovery agents and road detectives who were seeking the hefty reward that remained on his head from old Hatfield and McCoy Feud charges. Even though sixteen years had passed since the feud officially began—with the murder of Ellison Hatfield, the brother of Devil Anse by three McCoy boys in 1882, and the subsequent reciprocal killing of the three McCoys by the Hatfields—the enmities between the families still continued and warrants in Kentucky existed.

Elias Hatfield: The Gray Yards Shootout!


Johnse Hatfield’s younger brother, Elias M. Hatfield, was too young to remember or be involved in most of the major feud events. Yet, by 1898, Elias was 21 years old and had grown into a tall, fine-looking man with wavy black hair and steely blue eyes. Intelligent, he had a head for business and was well-liked by most citizens along Main Island Creek and throughout Logan and Mingo counties.

Willis Hatfield and Devil Anse Hatfield

Willis Hatfield and his father, Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, are shown standing side-by-side in this rough, tattered image from around 1917 or 1918. It's believed this was taken in the yard outside Devil Anse's home at Main Island Creek, Sarah Ann, West Virginia.

This photo was likely taken shortly after Willis was released from the penitentiary after being sentenced in 1912 to four years on voluntary manslaughter charges for the killing of Dr. E. O. Thornhill in 1911.


It was a wild and wooly time in Logan’s history. Willis Hatfield, son of Devil Anse, could be an intimidating figure when armed. He was a deputy at the time this image (on the left) was made. Years later, in an off-duty incident, Willis was arrested for his involvement in a killing. In a January 4, 1912, Fayette Tribune, article, it said: “Willis Hatfield, of Herberton, emptied all six chambers of his pistol into the body of Dr. E.O. Thornhill … killing him instantly. Hatfield had been drinking … and his supply of whiskey ran down.”

Anne Black Gray speaks on life of Cap Hatfield and the American Vendetta

Panel of acclaimed authors

Shown in the photograph, at far right, Anne Black Gray, author of the Woodland Press novel, "The Devil's Son: Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud," participated in a writers panel at Rancho Park Branch of the Los Angeles City Library on Sat., Mar. 30th.

In honor of Women's History Month, Anne talked to those in attendance about the life and times of Cap Hatfield, the second son of Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, and the Hatfield and McCoy Feud.