The only residents remaining in the small town of Miners Hill are spirits. Well, at least that’s how the story goes. Twenty-three years ago, the collapse of the main mine trapped 13 men beneath a mile of rock. Try as they did, after only four days, the mayor called off the rescue. As you can imagine, the townsfolk were flabbergasted. Thirteen days later, the mayor was killed in a house fire that claimed him and his family. Four days later, the foreman of the mine was killed when his truck ran off the road. A few days after that, the mining operation was brought to a stand still when the miners refused to go back into the tunnels, claiming that the 13 miners were haunting the granite grave. Less than a year later, the entire place was a ghost town. Some even say, if you listen close enough, you can still hear the miners clawing at the stones, still trying to dig their way out. Well, at least that’s how the story goes.
MFA from the Queens University of Charlotte ('21), BA in English from the University of Central Florida ('17), Group leader for the Florida Writers Association since 2019, member of AWP and ACES. View all posts by R. Todd