You know how us hillbillies like to traded for stuff. I just traded one of our readers, Michael Craine, some stickers for a sketch of Rednecromancer's icon. Actually I would have sent Mike the stickers regardless so his hard work on this bit of artwork was just out of the goodness of his heart.
I have thought about the idea of a hillbilly super hero for years. Actually some of us regulars at the Empty Glass in Charleston, WV would often brainstorm the notion after a few beers. Sometimes we would get crazy and dream about Tim Truman heading up the project. Tim who is a famous comic book artist is also a native of Gully Bridge, WV.
I could see this character as a revenant who embodies the Appalachian spirit. A revenant is usually the spirit or reanimated corpse of a victim of a crime or injustice who returns to seek revenge. This is an interesting but not so common literary feature. The average hillbilly would be most familiar with Clint Eastwood's characters in Pale Rider and High Plains Drifter. Appalachian horror writer, Scott Nicholson uses this device in his recent novel, The Farm. All the same revenge, while understandable, is not a positive motive for any action from any hillbilly in any form living or dead so I would be uncomfortable with the traditional idea of a revenant. “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.” My preference would be our hero aids and protects a community of hillbillies as opposed to avenging a wrong. Hey, you can still open up a can of Whoopass while protecting folks.
So why don't some of you folks who like to write fictions try your hand at spinning yarns about our hero? The only thing that needs to be a constant is that he (or she) is a mysterious hillbilly who helps other hillbillies in need and then slips away. In my head he is not exactly an Uncle Sam or John Bull (spirit of the British People) but similar. He would appear differently to any community that needs his assistance. Indeed he my not be a he at all. Hints of his background would enhance the mystery but it would be breaking the rules to tell the reader exactly where the “stranger” was from or who he actually was. Pretty open ended guidelines other than that.
Come on give it a try.
Comic and literary heroes