Allen Shelton is a Professor of Sociology at a small college in Buffalo New York. He arrived from the southern terminus of the Appalachian in a Toyota pickup truck with 233,000 miles on the engine, another emigrant looking for work. By 2004 the truck had been stolen. His girlfriend saw it barreling down the street. In 2006 he finished Dreamworlds of Alabama and in 2013 Where the North Sea Touches Alabama https://vimeo.com/89926463.He lives near a 19th century asylum that looks like Dracula's castle, an Italian grocery store, and in walking distance of Lake Erie. There is nothing familiar in this world. In a mirror their reflections would resemble images from his past; Ahab’s store, Crooked Mountain, and the Big Lake built over a 19th century cotton field. His new project Hell Fell In explores the iron sky of melancholia and the corrosive effects of memory through an archive of letters written by a Confederate ancestor killed in the War. The book doesn't go in a straight line: it swerves; in part from the deleterious effects of vertigo and in part because the writing resembles a man walking on an icy sidewalk while starring at an image of his love on an IPhone.