Ever wonder what it would be like to find yourself trapped in a coal mine? In writing Glimmer (Gregory Skilling, 2014), author Karlos Prince has constructed a very tight, very claustrophobic tale, in novelette form, of a man who has entered a long-abandoned coal mine and cannot get out. Ed Hackley has come to the remotest back country region of eastern Kentucky in pursuit of research on the history of coal mining, and before you can say “black lung”, he’s trapped with almost no hope of getting out. Prince pulls the reader straight into the sweaty, dark confines of the filthy mine, a place I never want to visit. He also offers a penetrating look at the ordinary folks who populate these far-flung precincts of Appalachia.