My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I met the editor of this anthology in a booksamillion in Barboursville WV and I hate to say it, it took me a while to work this into the reading pile. I was more interested in chatting with him than paying attention to the blurb. I thought this was a collection of real hauntings but it's actually an anthology of coal mine ghosts.
That's fine. My grandfathers were miners. I've lost family members to the mines like many of the protagonists to be found in this anthology. The one thing I did have to do was read one story then go find something else because sometimes in anthologies the theme is hewned to so closely the stories begin to feel like they're all the same.
The authors in this vary wildly from the well known ones like Christopher Golden and Michael Bracken to authors who were completely new. The stories vary in quality like most anthologies but over all the quality is high. One of my favorites was a very short one about a miner using the hair of his newly dead wife as bowstrings (mostly because it was different than most) and the Shoogling Jenny with its hints of Scotland. Like I said most were good and no real clinkers.
If you have an interest in coal mining, appalachia and ghosts you might like this.
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