"Told through the narrative voice of Lena, Eulalie's shamanistic cat, the fast-paced story comes alive. The approach is fresh and clever; Malcolm R. Campbell manages Lena's viewpoint seamlessly, adding interest and a unique perspective. Beyond the obvious abilities of this author to weave an enjoyable and engaging tale, I found the book rich with descriptive elements. So many passages caused me to pause and savor. 'The air...heavy with wood smoke, turpentine, and melancholy.' ' ...the Apalachicola National Forest, world of wiregrass and pine, wildflower prairies, and savannahs of grass and small ponds... a maze of unpaved roads, flowing water drawing thirsty men...' '...of the prayers of silk grass and blazing star and butterfly pea, of a brightly colored bottle tree trapping spirits searching for Washerwoman...of the holy woman who opened up the books of Moses and brought down pillars of fire and cloud so that those who were lost could find their way.'" - Rhett DeVane, Tallahassee Democrat
Fans of the Florida Folk Magic Series will enjoy "Haints in the Woods" about Eulalie and Willie.
Washerwoman knows how to cover his tracks with the magic he learned from Florida's most famous root doctor, Uncle Monday. He's more elusive than hen's teeth, more dangerous than the Klan, and threatens to brutally remove any obstacle in the way of his profits. He runs the local policy gambling rackets--and about everything else with the consent and cooperation of the police, mayor, and upstanding white movers and shakers.
In this follow up to Conjure Woman's Cat, Eulalie and Lena face their greatest challenge with scarce support from townspeople who are scared of their own shadows. Paperback and e-book.
Also available as an audiobook from Amazon and Audible.
Feed from Malcolm's Round Table
When somebody does evil, the conjure woman doesn't grab a tote bag full of knives and guns and attack them directly like Rambo or New York City policeman John McClane. That's not her style. She'll work quietly, weaving spells from simple household items and little-known herbs gathered in the woods around her house.
Then, she'll bind that evil person to his or her sins and nobody will ever know why they suddenly left town, drowned in the Apalachicola River, or were torn to shreds by rabid wolves beneath the waxing gibbous moon. You see, her magic is a gentle art, the good Lord's work, actually, and she doesn't need the fame of showy vermin extermination tactics.
Eulalie and her cat Lena live in a simple house with a sweet garden, a creek that tells stories, and a snake who lurks in the outhouse. Eulalie makes the best moonshine in the neighborhood and you can just about count on her having a quart Mason jar of it behind the sofa on the back porch for easy sipping.
The Klan has tried to get rid of her for years but she just sends them back to hell where they were born on a night with no stars.
Nine short stories available in e-book and paperback.
Excerpt from my favorite listener review for the audio edition of Conjure Woman's Cat
"This listen should be required reading for every high school student in the United States today. This is an unvarnished, but delicately told, story of what it was like to grow up during the time of Jim Crow laws and at a time when the KKK was a strong, driving force not only in the South but in government at a national level as well. It is told in an honest way with little of the loathing toward all white people prevalent in society today. Horrible things happen in this story. Horrible things that no doubt happened daily during this time period. But Eulalie is an inspiration as she assists God make things right...".
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When some white boys rape and murder a black girl named Mattie near the sawmill, the police have no suspects and don’t intend to find any. According to tradition, any white man could rape any black woman without consequences, much less condemnation.
Eulalie, who sees conjure as a way of helping the good Lord work His will, intends to set things right by “laying tricks.” But Eulalie has secrets of her own, and it’s hard not to look back on her own life and ponder how the decisions she made while drinking and singing at the local juke were, perhaps, the beginning of Mattie’s ending.
The novel includes a glossary of hoodoo terminology along with information about the blues as gospel musicians mentioned in the story. Paperback, e-book, and hardcover.
Also available as an audiobook from Amazon and Audible.
"'Eulalie and Washerwoman' is the sequel to"Conjure Woman's Cat" and part of author Malcolm R. Campbell's 'Florida Folk Magic' series. A simply riveting read from beginning to end, 'Eulalie and Washerwoman' is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections." - Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
When Police Chief Alton Gravely and Officer Carothers escalate the feud between “Torreya’s finest” and conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins by running her off the road into a north Florida swamp, the borrowed pickup truck is salvaged but Eulalie is missing and presumed dead. Her cat Lena survives. Lena could provide an accurate account of the crime, but the county sheriff is unlikely to interview a pet. Lena doesn’t think Eulalie is dead, but the conjure woman’s family and friends don’t believe her. Eulalie’s daughter Adelaide wants to stir things up, and the church deacon wants everyone to stay out of sight. There’s talk of an eyewitness, but either Adelaide made that up to worry the police, or the witness is too scared to come forward. When the feared Black Robes of the Klan attack the first responder who believes the wreck might have been staged, Lena is the only one who can help him try to fight them off. After that, all hope seems lost, because if Eulalie is alive and finds her way back to Torreya, there are plenty of people waiting to kill her and make sure she stays dead.