Lost scifi short story from my youth, the Golden Age of Scifi.
December 23, 2013 9:46 AM Subscribe
I am looking for a science fiction short story probably from the first half of the 20th Century. It involved a deep mine, strange events at the bottom, footprints in stone and a species that evolved to live underground, INSIDE the rock.
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There is a story I read a long time ago and want to read again. Yes, I was reminded of this by the Seattle thread, but it is yet another story that has been stuck in my head for decades.
So, the story is about a super deep mine, deep enough for there to be problems with geothermal heating. Deep in this mine there have been strange stories from the miners. I think they have been seeing faces, people, in the rocks. I believe the story is told from the POV of a man who goes down to figure out what is going on.
The big reveal of the stories is that there are strange people who live in the rocks. They can somehow move through solid rock. One of them comes out and leaves footprints in the floor of the mine. Humans have dug deep enough to disturb these dwarves, people of the rocks. The man sees one of the rock people come out of the wall of the mine.
I read this in a compilation in the '80s, but at the time I was reading a lot of scifi from the '20s to '60s. It could have been from almost any time during that period.
Do you know this story?