A Grim Almanac of the Black Country is a day-by-day catalogue of 366 ghastly tales from around the area. Full of dreadful deeds, strange disappearances and a multitude of mysteries, this almanac explores the darker side of the Black Country's past. Here are stories of tragedy, torment and the truly unfortunate with diverse tales of mining disasters, freak weather, bizarre deaths and tragic accidents, including the gunpowder explosion at a factory in Tipton which claimed nineteen lives in 1922. Also featured is the corpse in West Bromwich that was twice wrongly identified in 1929, the collapse of a concert hall roof in Walsall in 1921, and the two labourers buried in molten glass near Stourbridge in 1893. All these, plus tales of fires, catastrophes, mysteries and executions, are here. Generously illustrated, this chronicle is an entertaining and readable record of the Black Country's grim past. Read on ... if you dare!
AUTHOR: NICOLA SLY has a Masters Degree in forensic and legal psychology and currently teaches criminology to adult learners. She is the author of twenty true crime books, including Herefordshire Murders, Worcestershire Murders, Bristol Murders, Dorset Murders, Hampshire Murders, Shropshire Murders, and Murder by Poison: A Casebook of Historic British Murders. She lives in Cornwall.