Fire in the Hole

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Pub Date: 11/19/2019

Pages: 216

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Engine Books

Imprint: Engine Books

ISBN 13: 9781938126765

ISBN 10: 1938126769

Price: $14.95

Fire in the Hole

By Kristie Betts Letter

Price: $14.95



About the Book

In a lightning-plagued mining town, a new bride turns to the alluring women of the brothel to heal her husband’s chapped skin while strikes electrify the very air around them. A woman is sent to rescue her maiden aunts from imminent collapse into a the man-made volcano of a burning coal mine that threatens to swallow their house. A man’s idea of real estate investment is a pre-emptive purchase of a gravesite, but he finds his plot is already occupied. Kristie Betts Letter’s surreal and shimmering stories root readers in the subterrain of powerfully-developed characters who struggle to remain above ground.

About the Book

Stories of the mundane and magical terrain and subterrain of rural American life.


Kristie Betts Letter teaches Hamlet to high school students and plays trivia with her family in Colorado. Her poetry collection Under-Worldly (Editorial L’Aleph 2017) examines what lies beneath with what Cowboy Jamboree describes as “fantastic images of the subterranean grit.” The Massachusetts Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, Washington Square, Passages North, Pangolin Papers, and The Southern Humanities Review have featured her writing and Best American Short Fictions and Terrain Environmental Writing Awards have lauded it. In non-fiction, she’s published a teaching handbook for the Colorado Department of Education, critical articles about subjects such as Game of Thrones trivia contests, and even has a story about cancer in Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul. She's earned four NEH fellowships, several teaching awards, and was a 2017 featured writer at the Montana Book Festival.