By Robert R. McCammon
Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic place of birth for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson -- a spot the place monsters swim the river deep and associates are endlessly. Then, one chilly spring morning, Cory and his father witness a automobile plunge right into a lake -- and a determined rescue try out brings his father face-to-face with a poor imaginative and prescient of loss of life that may hang-out him eternally.
As Cory struggles to appreciate his father's ache, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of excellent and evil which are manifested in Zephyr. From an old, mystical girl who can listen the useless and bewitch the residing, to a violent extended family of moonshiners, Cory needs to confront the secrets and techniques that disguise within the shadows of his place of birth -- for his father's sanity and his personal lifestyles cling within the
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He kept coming at me, and I gave him the frying pan across the head. Hard. And two more times. The first two times I heard a crunch, and the last time it sounded all wet and squishy. He went down. The blood started seeping out from under him, all thick and dark. The kitchen looked like a damned horror movie, with all the blood from my kids and him. I dragged him outside quick and locked all the doors. “I thought to get my babies to a hospital, but then I looked outside and there were more of those things in the street.
It seemed like forever. I didn’t make a sound, after I saw what had happened to them. I barely moved or breathed. “When I saw there were none of them right outside, I wrote ‘HELP’ on the window with lipstick. I filled a bunch of containers with water before the water stopped running, but I didn’t have food. I tore the place apart and just found the usual stuff that you throw in a drawer and forget about—little bags of saltines or oyster crackers, ketchup and sugar and soy sauce packets, the after dinner mints you get from restaurants.
I think you should go meet him now. ” “Yes, that sounds good. ” He smiled. ” “Yeah, I do. Sometimes I forget how much. I guess that’s why I always liked working on the ships. ” “Yeah, I used to like to go fishing in a rowboat with my dad when I was little. Didn’t do it so much when I grew up. ” He looked thoughtful and smiled. “Well, Jonah, I hope someday you and I can get on a boat and do some fishing. But until then, let’s take you to see Milton. I think you’ll find he kind of recharges you in a way, too.