BOOK NOTES: Three Mountain State Authors to Appear at The Gallery in Vienna on July 27

By David M. Kinchen
BOOK NOTES: Three Mountain State Authors to Appear at The Gallery in Vienna on July 27

You could call it Vienna, WV's answer to the Three Tenors, with The Gallery in Parkersburg's neighboring city hosting a special three-author event in conjunction with the ongoing state sesquicentennial observances on Saturday, July 27, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

While the Mountain State continues to celebrate its 150th birthday, the Gallery will also be celebrating by having three bestselling state authors on hand at their Grand Central Mall location: F. Keith Davis, Brian J. Hatcher, and S. Clayton "Shelby" Rhodes.

"We are excited about this upcoming event", said Randy Wilson, manager of The Gallery. "These three authors will be greeting the public on Saturday and signing copies of their respective book titles."

As an author and historian, F. Keith Davis, from Logan, was interviewed and featured for HISTORY channel's "The Hatfields and McCoys: America’s Greatest Feud," narrated by Kevin Costner in 2012. His book, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys, which ranked in the Amazon Top 100, was also used as historical source material for the Emmy Award-winning miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys." He is also the author of the regional hits, The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman, West Virginia Tough Boys, and several other works.

S. Clayton Rhodes, of the Parkersburg area, is the author of the new release, The Wiz of the West, which is an alternate take on the classic Wizard of Oz story. The book is being called a fresh and creative work, inspired by the classic novels of L. Frank Baum. The author says it’s an ideal and fast-paced adventure for children, pre-teens, and young teens. He is the author of over fifteen in-print stories, and his stories range from science fiction to adult horror, appearing in various anthologies and periodicals nationally. 

Brian J. Hatcher, of Charleston, will be autographing copies of Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia and Stories from the Hearth, along with copies of Legends of the Mountain State, The Mothman Files, Specters in Coal Dust, and others. A nationally known writer and performing magician, his stories and poems have appeared in many publications, includingKanawha ReviewWeird Tales, and Blood Lite II: Overbite

The Gallery is located next to JC Penney at the Grand Central Mall, Vienna, WV. For more information, call The Gallery at 304-428-4268; or see

Photo shows, from left: Brian J. Hatcher, F. Keith Davis and S. Clayton Rhodes  
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