From the Reviewers...
Eyes to the Hills--A Photographic Odyssey of the Dark Corner
"In his 'photographic odyssey,' author and photographer Dean Stuart Campbell reveals an
inner look at the beauty of a region long plagued
with negative associations, while offering up
lessons in history, as well.
"...Campbell's Dark Corner is alive with a wild, natural beauty that is as inherent in its people and architecture as it
is in its nature. His photographs capture the essence of the area, while his words create pictures of their own." --Mary L. Sparks, EDGE
The Dark Corner -- A Documentary DVD
"There are many facets to this documentary. The visual part is just one of them. The spectacular shots of the upper South Carolina landscape are full of 'ah' moments: the rolling wintry mist, the bright summer fields, the cascading waterfalls, the once-sturdy bridges...and remnants of old buildings and long-ago graveyards.
"The story unfolds with the history of ancient Indians, followed by the history of the Cherokee...the building of forts, Indian massacres of settlers and the legendary killing of Constable Holland Howard...in a moonshine operation. The documentary concludes with the area's present-day explosion of wealth and fine living, championship golf courses, horse farms and commercial peach orchards.
"Instead of a single narrator, the filmmakers chose to tell the stories by people who knew parts of the area's history. There are hilarious anecdotes, great asides and observations accompanied by examples of common-folk ingenuity." --Ann Hicks, The Greenville News
Twice-told Tales of the Dark Corner
"The entries in 'Twice-told Tales--each a quick read of around a page and a half--include narratives of significant historical figures as well as Campbell's informative observations of peculiarities of the Dark Corner, train ballads...and the occasional humorous anecdote. Campbell has the right to play storyteller. His familiy has lived in the Dark Corner for more than two centuries. His recounting is as a local, not an outsider. His presentation of these stories is at once unassuming, intriguing and simple, without being uninformed or plain. The book contains its fair share of moonshine making and dangerous shootouts, haunted houses and prison escapes, but does not stereotype the former residents as law-breaking, gun-toting, ignorant "mountain folk.
"Rather, every story adds to the roundness of the characters that traipsed these areas in a bygone era, people who were pious, hardworking and straightforward, even if at times rebellious."
Dark Corner Heritage
"...a definitive history of the much maligned mountainous area. It gives a balanced look at the culture of these hard-working, God-fearing individuals."
--Harvey T. Gibson, North Greenville College