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!
Buy on Amazon today!

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!