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Harlan County Horrors

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Harlan County Horrors is a regional based horror anthology by Apex Magazine submissions editor Mari Adkins. It features stories by Alethea Kontis, Debbie Kuhn, Earl Dean, Geoffrey Girard, Jason Sizemore, Jeremy Shipp, Maurice Broaddus, Robby Sparks, Ronald Kelly, Stephanie Lenz, Steven Shrewsbury, and TL Trevaskis - along with an afterward by Preston Halomb.
Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Apex Book Company
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Harlan County Horrors, edited by Mari Adkins, is billed as an anthology of regionally-inspired tales. With Harlan County being in the heart of coal country, one might expect a number of the tales to touch on aspects of mining, and that assumption is correct. However, there’s more to Harlan than the mines; for one thing there’s the people themselves, and where there are people, scary stories are sure to follow. These twelve stories are a showcase for tales of Kentucky coal country by a fine crop ...more
An anthology of stories set in the hills and coal mines of Harlan County, Kentucky. Since my dad's from Kentucky and I've spent plenty of time in that region, I was pretty interested in this book.

Like most themed anthologies, there was a lot of overlapping ideas between the different stories. Even if each of the "miners discover something evil deep in the mine and it escapes" story was good on its own, reading them back to back got repetitive.

A few standouts though were Geoffrey Girard's "Psyc
Janet Harriett
This collection has a broad mix of styles and subjects, centered around Harlan County, Kentucky. The titular horrors range from things that go bump in the night to things that splat your loved ones' internal organs on the SUV window. Such diversity means that the stories aren't relying on hillbilly stereotypes, and not all of the horrors are necessarily homegrown. Readers unfamiliar with the region can still find plenty to latch on to. As someone unfamiliar with that area and coal mining, I got ...more
Jessica Nelson
An engrossing anthology that will keep readers up (reading!) all hours of the night, there's a little of something for all horror lovers. From aliens to vampires and more, all set in the mountains of Harlan County, KY.
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I started writing as soon as I could hold a crayon. A southern gothic fiction writer for adults and teens, my works reflect a love of literature and music flavored by the darkness and magic residing in the Appalachian foothills.

Midnight, After Midnight, Midnight's Children, Midnight's Heir, Memories of Midnight, and Promise of Midnight are all books in my southern gothic "Harlan Vampires Series"
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