West Virginia Native Says She Wanted to Take a Different Look at the Hatfield-McCoy Feud
A West Virginia native says her new book offers a different look at the notorious Hatfield-McCoy Feud.
“I put what it means to be in a feud for everybody in a family,“ Author Anne Black Gray says of her new book, The Devil’s Son: Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud.
Black Gray is in the Mountain State this week to promote the book. “I put together a picture of Cap embedded in his family with real motivations, real fears,“ she said.
The idea for it, she says, really started when she was growing up in Parkersburg and Logan and her mother and other relatives talked in glowing terms about “Uncle Cap,“ a friend of Black Gray’s grandfather.
“When I grew up, I discovered that Cap Hatfield was considered the most savage killer in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud,“ she said. “And that really took me aback, because how could my aunts and my mother’s good old uncle be this same man?“
She was scheduled to be in Logan on Tuesday, Morgantown on Wednesday, Parkersburg on Thursday, Charleston on Friday and Barboursville on Saturday.
The Devil’s Son Trailer:
The book release comes as The History Channel prepares to air a documentary and three part mini-series on the Hatfield-McCoy Feud, starring Kevin Costner, during the Memorial Day Weekend. Black Gray was interviewed for the documentary.