The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul is a collection of the works of 24 diverse, talented southern writers and singers.


Baynard Woods is the author of Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer Witchdoctor Sheriff and the senior editor of the Baltimore City Paper. His work has appeared in McSweeney’sThe Georgia Review, and the Millions. Follow Baynard on Twitter at @baynardwoods.

Excerpt from The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul

“Old Heads” by Baynard Woods

J.R. Gordon was my state appointed drug counselor; his methods were extreme, immoral, and highly illegal, but they were the only ones that could have worked for a guy like me, and in writing this, I know I am breaking his first rule, the first rule of all old heads, the only rule that mattered, the breaking of which leads only to despair or death.


Coffin Point: The Strange Cases Of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff

“Baynard Woods has written a rollicking good Low Country tale of a sheriff who took up voodoo to stay ahead of the bad guys. Coffin Point is a real page-turner from a very talented (and very funny) young writer.”

—Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of the bestsellers We Were Soldiers Once and Young and We Are Soldiers Still

“Any narrative necromancer worth his salt has got to know both what might make a good spell, and then how to cast it. Who knows how or where, but young Mr. Woods here has clearly got himself The Knowledge. Prepare to give yourself over to his wise and sly enticements.”

—Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder and Everything That Rises



The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul (2013)

Coffin Point: The Strange Cases Of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff (2010)