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Voodoo Tales: The Ghost Stories of Henry S Whitehead (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural) Paperback – 8 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Mystery & Supernatural edition (8 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226904
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever since seeing Henry S Whitehead's "Jumbee and Other Tales" listed in the top 200 horror books of all time I've wanted to own a copy.
They are tricky to track down and when you do they are quite expensive (I've been quoted anywhere from £16 to £50 for a copy)
So I was delighted to hear that Wordsworth Publishing house was to release this book which includes the aforementioned "Jumbee" and all for only £2.99. Bargain!
This really is a terrific, handsome book. Just under 700 pages in length and packed with great stories.
And just in time for Halloween!
Come get some.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2014
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Firstly I should point out that this book does contain a fully active table of contents, so it is a doddle to find any particular story, always an advantage in a collection such as this. Chances are you may never have heard of Henry S Whitehead before, although you may recognise one or two stories in this collection as his tales do pop up from time to time in anthologies.

This collection here gives you the three books that contained his collected short stories, West India Lights, Jumbee, and The Black Beast, as well as a group of stories that were never originally published in these works. All of these tales fall into supernatural, occult or fantastical genres and this is a collection that should please quite a few people. Taking in Voodoo and other incidents the majority of these tales are set in the Caribbean (the US Virgin Islands), although other places do crop up in a few of these tales, and a lot feature a quite popular character invented by Whitehead, Gerald Canevin, who is sometimes accompanied by Dr Pelletier. Regularly in correspondence with H P Lovecraft, Lovecraft was an admirer of Whitehead’s tales, as were others.

What you will notice if you decide to read this book is that Whitehead manages to combine the mundane with the incredible, so for instance a chat over tea can lead on to an incredible tale of magic. This method is ideal for the stories that the author produced thus giving them a more effective and shocking note that instantly hits you. There are a lot of stories here, and I will admit in a couple of places there is some repetition of plot but this is to be expected where so many stories are brought together by one author.
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I've been a collector of pulp tales for quite a while, but you do still have material that is hard to find - still an issue for eBooks, especially - but Voodoo Tales makes readily available again the stories of Henry S. Whitehead.

One caveat: be prepared to read how things were in the past, i. e. attitudes to race, etc as these were the beliefs at the time of writing. This is the case with a lot of pulp era fiction.

That said, these are wonderful stories that deserve reading. Windows on the past and weird fiction.

A definite must to cure readers sick of more formulaic authors.
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They aren't all voodoo tales but very good all the same
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This book is really an apology for slavery, all the "ex" slaves faun at the feet of the white masters and say how great the American slave masters were, but then again it was written by a clergyman the biggest slave holders in the history of the world
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