The forces of evil, both natural and supernatural, are poised to prey on the folk of the hamlets and hollows; witches, demons, and criminals of more than one century. But first they'll have to overcome some very unusual residents of the hills and valleys. One is David Drake's unforgettable creation, Old Nathan the Wizard, a backwoodsman who talks to animals and says he'll face the demon himself, if necessary. A century later, very different interiopers are poking around the hills, up to no good. But a very unusual family of mutants with very unusual powers, the Hogbens, are likely to cause more trouble than unwelcome visitors can handle, as Henry Kuttner relates. Not all of the trouble is caused by humans, as the Slade family find out when Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor relate how a Kentucky family has to keep strange underground creatures from causing an earthquake that will wipe out four states. Magic, mutants, and mountain folk add up to an entertaining volume, with adventure ranging from the grim and eerie to the wildly comic.