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Beneath Blair Mountain
All her life, Lara Rae Brecken has dreamed of Old Ireland and the world below, where the fey folk were exiled after the land above was taken. But in Logan County, West Virginia the only world below is the mine. The churches, the houses, the schools, even the police belong to the coal company. So, when Lara's childhood friend, Barrow, starts going to union meetings, his fam ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by 1888
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This was a compelling and spooky story, incorporating historical events and horror of a good ghost story. It was cleverly structured back and forth in time, which made you want to turn the page and find out what happened next, and how Lara got to be where she was. Barnsley does a good job making us afraid and sorrowful not only for her tragic heroine but for the millions of people who tragically suffered as well in her time. The ending was very provocative, giving new meaning to the notion of gh ...more
Beautifully written. An amazing work that combines historical fiction and fantasy where every chapter leaves you wanting to read the next one right away. It’s the kind of story that makes you dream that all the tales of magic you were told growing up are true.
Vivid and poetic, this heart-wrenching story explores themes of inequality, belonging, and identity in withered husk of the American Dream. Shannon's prose is beautiful, the themes timeless. Like the fae of her story, her work rends salt-tears that burn into the mind of the reader and gaze towards contemporary events under the poignant lens of history.
This author uses her prose to create vivid images in the reader's mind. The weaving of myth, history, horror, and social upheaval grabs you. The story is dark, the meaning ambiguous. The ending leaves you pondering. Beneath Blair Mountain is well worth the read.
Shannon Barnsley is a writer, poet, and folklore devotee from New Hampshire, currently living in Brooklyn. Her first book, Beneath Blair Mountain, was published by 1888 in 2015. Her other works can be found in Wolf Warriors I-V, The Cost of Paper: Volume Three, Fabulously Feminist, Redhead Magazine, and The Concord Monitor. She holds a degree in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion from Hamps ...more