A Darkness Lit by Heroes is the tale of the biggest hard rock mining accident in America. The book is based on 600 pages of eye-witness testimony that was lost for 90 years, and the story is carefully anchored into the historical facts. It is written as a novel from inside the miners’ experience with extensive use of the testimony, and puts readers directly into the working mine as a normal shift spiraled out of control.
168 men died, 240 lived.
This is not a mining account, but a story about the human spirit. It is about what we are, and what we can be. It shows that no matter what the odds, no matter how hopeless it seems, people will rise up and do what is needed. Even when everything that sustains us is gone, the water, the light, and even the air we need to breath, the greatest darkness will still be lit by heroes.