Panther, 1964, Softcover, Book Condition: Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Thus
Originally published in the UK as "The Child of the Cavern or Strange Doings Underground" this novel is set in the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine, thought to have been mined out ten years earlier. Starr finds mine overman Simon Ford and his family living in a cottage deep inside the mine; he is astonished to find that Ford has made a discovery of the presence of a large vein of coal. Accompanying Simon Ford are his wife, Madge, and adult son, Harry. From the outset, mysterious and unexplained happenings start to occur around the main characters, attributed initially to goblins and firemaidens. Soon after the discovery of the new vein of coal, the community is revitalised with a whole town growing up around the underground lake called Loch Malcolm. Suspicious of a malevolent force at work, Harry continues his explorations of the cavern system, where down a deep shaft, he discovers a young orphan girl named Nell. Over the course of the next few years Nell is adopted by Simon and Madge but reveals nothing of where she came from, only that she had never been out of the mine. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 190 pages. Light wear to spine edges;. Pages browned with age. White titles spine. Includes appendix (song in French). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Fiction; Scotland; Science Fiction & Fantasy. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3865.