Twice-told tales about historic Charleston and its African American community.
A collection, in a new field, of folk story, myth, drolleries, macabre unreason, that stems, primarily, from the Negro folk-say of Charleston, and which has been recast into permanent form, minus dialect. A company of old tales of death, mystery, bisarre incredibilities, this has four long narratives, eighteen short sketches, that range from diabolic influence, to demanding ghosts, buried treasure, enchantments, miracles, visitations, the dead that are not dead, etc. There is the death of the Wandering Jew, a doctor abscessed with ministering to the dead, a woman who sells her soul that has daughter be whito, a famous black constable; there is superstition, horror, terror and faith. Interacting material, never pedantic, of regional and racial tradition and lore. (Kirkus Reviews)