New zombie book features W.Va. coal miners


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A new book published by WVU Press takes a satirical look at the coal industry. This zombie eco-justice love story mashup was written by Valerie Nieman, a former farmer and journalist in West Virginia. 

In “To the Bones”, Darrick MacBrehon, a government auditor, wakes among the dead. Bloodied and disoriented from a gaping head wound, the man who staggers out of the mine crack in Redbird, West Virginia, is much more powerful—and dangerous—than the one thrown in. An orphan with an unknown past, he must now figure out how to have a future.

Hard-as-nails Lourana Taylor works as a sweepstakes operator and spends her time searching for any clues that might lead to Dreama, her missing daughter. Could this stranger’s tale of a pit of bones be connected? With help from disgraced deputy Marco DeLucca and Zadie Person, a local journalist investigating an acid mine spill, Darrick and Lourana push against everyone who tries to block the truth. Along the way, the bonds of love and friendship are tested, and bodies pile up on both sides.

In a town where the river flows orange and the founding—and controlling—family is rumored to “strip a man to the bones,” the conspiracy that bleeds Redbird runs as deep as the coal veins that feed it.

Nieman’s book tour will be coming to a few cities in the region:

  • JUNE 1- City Books, Pittsburgh, PA
  • JUNE 11 – Reading at Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling, WV.
  • JUNE 15 – Book debut for To the Bones, Taylor Books, Charleston, WV.
  • JULY 15 – Empire Books in Huntington, WV, 7 pm.
  • SEPT. 28 – Books a Million, 7 pm, Beckley, WV.
  • OCT. 4-5 – West Virginia Book Festival, Charleston, WV.

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