This book is a work of historical fiction based on actual events that transpired during the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. For entertainment purposes, fictional characters have been mixed with real participants. This is not a history book; it is a retelling of a legendary American story, imparted in a way that has never been done before. This book would not be possible without the previous work of Virgil Carrington Jones, from which some material of this book is largely based.
Imagine a story of an epic dispute, which has become a part of our American Mythology. “Kingdom Of The Hollow, The Story Of The Hatfields and McCoys” is the incredible tale of the most famous feud in our nation's history. It is a story of jealousy, murder, vengeance and unrequited love rich with vivid historical characters in a post Civil War setting. Many people believe the Hatfield-McCoy Feud is some hillbilly fable of fiction. With all the colorful images these names may evoke, the average person knows little about the actual events. It was a very real struggle born out of economic jealousy during the tumultuous American postbellum. In 1878, Randolph McCoy accused his neighbor Floyd Hatfield of stealing one of his hogs. The incidents that followed involved the killings of more than a dozen souls, including six of Randolph's own children. The famous conflict also entangled a myriad of players including lawmen, bounty hunters, lawyers and the Governors of Kentucky and West Virginia. A struggle which began between two families escalated into a war between two states. This culminated with a legal fight over the habeas corpus laws that went before the U.S. Supreme Court. From the tributaries of Blackberry Creek, Kentucky to the assassination of President McKinley at the Pan American Exposition, “Kingdom Of The Hollow, The Story Of The Hatfields and McCoys” takes the reader through the real events of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. This is the first novel of its kind, describing the proceedings of this protracted disagreement with an entertaining narrative full of detailed characterizations.
Round Up Online Magazine
Not strictly speaking, a Western, Kingdom of the Hollow should be of special interest to many of our members who study feuds in the West. The Hatfield-McCoy feud may be the most famous feud of all time in America, and has gripped the imagination for well over a hundred years. This book is an action-filled, fictionalized account of the feud, with a strong sense of place, rich descriptive narrative full of regional detail, and crisply drawn characters. If you ever had any questions about this feud and the reason behind it, Kingdom of the Hollow should give you answers in a dramatic form.
The Midwest Book Review
Hatfield And McCoy Feud: Kingdom Of The Hollow, The Story Of The Hatfields And McCoys by Phillip Hardy (Staff Writer for the "Sound of the Sirens" online magazine) is the famous story of a blood feud between two struggling families and their kinfolk and friends in the years following the economic hardships which descended upon their mountain region after the end of the debilitating American Civil War. With a skillfully presented narrative account of the background and initial causes of the feud between the Hatfield and McCoy clans, Hardy informatively reveals how in 1878 Randolph McCoy accused Floyd Hatfield of stealing one of his hogs, which in short time thereafter escalated in a "tit-for-tat" fashion what eventually would result in the deaths of a dozen people and an eventual Supreme Court hearing. A highly detailed and informed account of the legendary tale of two stubborn southern families, the Hatfield And McCoy Feud: Kingdom Of The Hollow is a welcome contribution to personal, academic, and community library American History collections.