Small town lost

Centralia, PA. A small town lost to a mine fire.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Buy on Amazon today!

For 1 week only - from December 29 through January 7 - you can purchase the Kindle version of my book, "Centralia PA, Devils Fire." for on 99 cents! Fun to read, even if you don't have a particular interest in Centralia. It is a fictional story, loaded with facts and metaphors as in "The Wizard of Oz." A must read, and now only $0.99!
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Another wonderful book on Centralia by a local author is The Day The Earth Caved In by Joan Quigley:

Beginning on Valentine’s Day, 1981, when twelve-year-old Todd Domboski plunged through the earth in his grandmother’s backyard in Centralia, Pennsylvania, The Day the Earth Caved In is an unprecedented and riveting account of the nation’s worst mine fire. In astonishing detail, award-winning journalist Joan Quigley, the granddaughter of Centralia miners, ushers readers into the dramatic world of the underground blaze. Drawing on interviews with key participants and exclusive new research, Quigley paints unforgettable portraits of Centralia and its residents, from Tom Larkin, the short-order cook and ex-hippie who rallied the activists, to Helen Womer, the bank teller who galvanized the opposition, denying the fire’s existence even as toxic fumes invaded her home. Like Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action, The Day the Earth Caved In is a seminal investigation of individual rights, corporate privilege, and governmental indifference to the powerless.

Friday, December 19, 2014

What the book, "Centralia PA, Devils Fire" is all about!

Centralia PA, Devils Fire

It is winter and book sales have slowed. Sold a few for Christmas gifts, and some at the local bookstores. Hey! This book is not just for folks interested in Centralia! It is a fun, if not campy, sort of novel, wrapped in three levels of writing. The first is as a "campfire" tale, with demons and priests and witches. But, just like "The Wizard of Oz" these demons actually are metaphors for the mining company interests. The priests, witches and others are the townspeople, the Molly Maguires, and others coming to save the day. And overall, the book represents my personal beliefs regarding big business, politics, and religion. All of the information in the book is accurate historically, but has been re-positioned to fit the novel. So, when the story speaks of demons, of course there were no REAL demons, however, the demons used as metaphors are historically accurate, as are all of the services performed, etc. In short, you can learn a lot of history while enjoying a fun story aimed at readers of all ages!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Centralia PA, Devils Fire - What "Silent Hill" should have been!

A bit of clarification on my book.

This story is based on an actual town legend and actual history. All historical details are factual, the demons represented are metaphorical. This is a unique story written on three levels. The first is the "campfire tale" level, basically just a fun novel to tell around the campfire. The second is the metaphorical level, where the demons represent the mining companies and mining interests and those fighting the demons represent the residents and others working for the miners and the town. The final and most important level is the overall reason for writing this novel - the personal beliefs of the author; on big business, politics religion and humanity in general. When you comprehend the story at this level you have read it correctly (it may take more than one reading to grasp the full complexity of the story.)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Looks like the Centralia time capsule is going to be opened this Saturday instead of 2016. Seems that the vandals that destroyed it also let water get into the contents. There will be a distribution of contents and food and refreshments this Saturday (10/6) beginning at noon at the Centralia American Legion in Wilburton No. 2. Contact for the event is Commander Ed Lawler, 570-205-9495.
For those who missed the Bloomsburg Fair, or who are not local, Signed copies of "Centralia PA, Devils Fire" may be purchased online at for a limited time for 15 dollars, shipped!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Final edition, second release of "Centralia PA, Devils Fire" is now available!

The final release, with all typographical and grammatical corrections, of my book, "Centralia PA, Devils Fire" is now available on Amazon! Those who purchased prior to this release may contact the author for a free replacement. There have been several updates and this is now a second edition release. See the press release site for more information.
 Centralia PA, Devils Fire, Press release 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Centralia PA, Devils Fire - Officially has been released.

Centralia, PA - Devils Fire is now available in paperback and on Kindle. All of the typographical issues have been fixed now that I fired my editors and proofreader, who seemed to be collaborating against each other!. The book is available on Amazon at the link below, or just search "Centralia PA" on Amazon. Amazon Prime members can read for free.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

First 150 copies of my book went out with typographical errors!

As fate would have it, it seems the first 150 or so copies of my book, Centralia PA, Devils Fire, was printed with some typographical errors. Seems they printed an incorrect version and not the proof I approved. So, if you have a copy with errors, it is now a rare first edition! If you want your copy replaced with a perfect one, just get in contact with me and I will arrange to get you an updated copy!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A town burning. No one is willing to step in and put the fire out! The true story of Centralia PA and the fire which caused the death of the town, written metaphorically in "Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland" style. A wonderful melding of fiction and non-fiction with a bit of science fiction/fantasy added in. Centralia PA, Devils Fire, a book everyone can enjoy! Available now on Amazon!
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Saturday, March 8, 2014