Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales

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Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales
Dust-jacket illustration by Frank Wakefield for Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales
Author Henry S. Whitehead
Cover artist Frank Wakefield
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short story collection
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xii, 394 pp

Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by author Henry S. Whitehead. It was released in 1944 and was his first book published by Arkham House. 1,559 copies were printed. The introduction is by Whitehead's fellow Floridian Robert H. Barlow.

The stories for this volume were taken chiefly from the magazines Weird Tales and Adventure.


Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales contains the following tales:

  1. "Henry S. Whitehead", by R.H. Barlow
  2. "Jumbee"
  3. "Cassius"
  4. "Black Tancrède"
  5. "The Shadows"
  6. "Sweet Grass"
  7. "The Black Beast"
  8. "Seven Turns in a Hangman's Rope"
  9. "The Tree-Man"
  10. "Passing of a God"
  11. "Mrs. Lorriquer"
  12. "Hill Drums"
  13. "The Projection of Armand Dubois"
  14. "The Lips"
  15. "The Fireplace"


Eudora Welty, reviewing Jumbee for the New York Times, praised the collection as "gentle, matter-of-fact, rather fatherly stories which produce some of the most point-blank ghosts that have jumped at us anywhere" and concluded that "these little stories have charm -- perhaps it is the gentleness of the author's personality pervading their horrifying content that makes them piquant".[1] E. F. Bleiler wrote that "Although the subject matter is often sensational, the treatment is restrained, smooth, and sophisticated, with much local color and with an attempt at social realism. . . . Whitehead is at his best when he discusses the folkways of the old aristocracy and middle class". [2]


  1. ^ "Ghoulies, Ghosties and Jumbees," New York Times Book Review, September 24, 1944, p.5
  2. ^ E. F. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, Kent State University Press, 1983 (p.529-30)
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