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In the black heart of coal country, malevolent spirits and unearthly creatures slip from the shadows into the minds and hearts of men. Young women, twisted by pain, call for love and revenge by the light of the moon. A dead dog by the side of the road is more than it seems. In Harlan County, Kentucky, the supernatural and the mundane mingle in the depths of the earth, fill ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Apex Book Company
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Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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“Over the course of a life hard lived, the minder and the town and the mountain became as one, and no one ever left Harlan alive.”

Country noir fits easily with horror. What is scarier than a long, dark shaft in an abandoned coal mine? Might our greed for the black stuff cause us to dig too deep? Might the violence on the surface go beyond the natural into the supernatural?

I was delighted to learn that Apex released a collection of short horror stories set in Harlan County, Kentucky (originally f
Janet Harriett
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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An Appalachian Gothic fiction writer for adults and teens, her works reflect a love of literature and music flavored by the darkness and magic residing in the Appalachian foothills.

She lived four years in the black heart of Harlan County, a place mired in coal, ash, and blood, a land of coal seams and rhythmic discord that breed amity and illusion, all of which birthed the Harlan Vampire stories.

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