The Green and the Black

A Newfoundland based horror novel in paperback and ebook from Crossroad Press

A small group of industrial archaeologists head into the center of Newfoundland, investigating a rumor of a lost prospecting team of Irish miners in the late Nineteenth century.

In this one you'll meet some Irishmen, some archaeologists, a fair bit of booze, some mannequins, a song, two mineshafts, hospitals, the wee folk, cigarettes, a lot of foliage and more booze.

You could call this folk horror, dark fiction, weird fiction, or dark fantasy. But it is what it is.

It's a horror story, plain and simple, and it deals with some of my own fears, particularly that of dark, enclosed, spaces, and the perils of drinking too much.

Here's some links with more background on where THE GREEN AND THE BLACK came from, and see the Newfoundland and Me link under the cover image for a bit more.



Plot

A small group of industrial archaeologists head into the center of Newfoundland, investigating a rumor of a lost prospecting team of Irish miners in the late Nineteenth century.

They find the remains of a mining operation, and a journal and papers detailing the extent of the miners' activities. But there is something else on the site, something older than the miners, as old as the rock itself.

Soon the archaeologists are coming under assault, from a strange infection that spreads like wildfire through mind and body, one that doctors seem powerless to define let alone control.

The survivors only have one option. They must return to the mine, and face what waits for them, down in the deep dark places, where the green meets the black.

Reviews

Just as you think things canít get any worse in this story, it does. The ending will send chills down your spine. It did mine. - CAT AFTER DARK

William Meikle at his best, delivering strong, deftly-written prose entwined with a highly imaginative and richly-detailed mythological plot. It digs out the most disturbing elements of local folklore and legend and then uses them as a framework for a powerful, atmospheric and slow-burning piece of horror fiction that is often almost unbearably tense. - The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer