Did you know that many West Virginia coal miners volunteered for WWI because their life expectancy would actually go up? While Homer Barrow is a fictional character, it’s important to remember the many real people the world over who fought and died in WWI and all the wars that came after. We tend to forget how much World War I really meant world, from the coal miners looking to escape the mines in Appalachia to the Puerto Ricans colonized just in time to fight to the over a million Indian troops who served.
It was very fitting, though not at all planned, that Beneath Blair Mountain was published on this day in 2015. Under the cobweb layer of fantasy and horror, Beneath Blair Mountain is a story set on the homefront in war, both World War I and the Mine Wars, and how life goes on and the world keeps changing, whether you come home the same, forever changed, or never come home at all.
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