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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, filling the mines with powerful forces that draw people down and corrupt from within.

Uncover family legacies of evil in Stephanie Lenz's "Inheritance" and Maurice Broaddus' "Trouble Among the Yearlings." Walk the surreal nightmare of alien control in Earl P. Dean's "Hiding Mountain: Our Future in Apples." Twelve stories of coal-black shadow from authors intimately familiar with the region are waiting to take you to the depths of the earth and into the darkness of the human soul.

"The Witch of Black Mountain" - Alethea Kontis
"The Power of Moonlight" - Debbie Kuhn
"Hiding Mountain: Our Future in Apples" - Earl Dean
"Psychomachia" - Geoffrey Girard
"Yellow Warbler" - Jason Sizemore
"Kingdom Come" - Jeremy C. Shipp
"Trouble Among the Yearlings" - Maurice Broaddus
"Spirit Fire" - Robby Sparks
"The Thing at the Side of the Road" - Ronald Kelly
"Inheritance" - Stephanie Lenz
"Greater of Two Evils" - Steven Shrewsbury
"Harlan Moon" - TL Trevaskis

"Harlan County Horrors is a jaunty return ride to the land of scary rednecks."
-Weston Ochse, author of Scarecrow Gods and Blaze of Glory

"It's been a while since I've read an anthology as good as Harlan County Horrors. Throughout the project, Harlan County maintains her individuality while the authors offer varying plots and characters that define her people, mountains, and valleys. All the while, Mari Adkins does a great job as tour guide, ensuring a bushel of great old-fashioned storytelling, Appalachian folklore, and well-developed characters. I had a hankerin' for a chaw of tobacco the whole time I read it."
-Michael Knost, editor of Writers Workshop of Horror and Legends of the Mountain State

"Harlan County Horrors is a breathtaking thrill ride into the nightmarish backwoods of America's Heartland. Visceral and imaginative, Mari Adkins invites you into the darkest recesses of the Appalachian landscape, navigating through the malefic folklore of a timeless place where the roots of horror run deep."
-Bob Freeman, author of Descendant

"A delightful romp through the backwoods of hillbilly horror."
-Scott Nicholson, author of Scattered Ashes

"The authors of Harlan County Horrors take us not only through the cold, black depths of coal mines, but into an equally dark, mystical core and its effects on humanity. Mari Adkins sends us on a runaway cart through the past, present, and future of a land not meant to be trespassed, let alone punctured miles deep. If you thought the best thing about Kentucky was its fried chicken, I dare you to cross the county line with this book as your guide."
-Jerrod Balzer, author of Fear the Woods and Zombie Bastard


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April 8th, 2014
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 co [...]
June 28th, 2013
I found this collection to be really a mixed bag. Some of the stories were horror, some were just odd. All of them were shorter than I expected them to be, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. A few of them really stood out in ways that actual [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on October 11, 2009.