A Promise to Catie by Judd Holt

By Judd Holt

You've learn ghost tales, yet in contrast to this one. while Billy Griffin strikes from Dallas to the small city of Oakpoint, Texas in 1955, he thinks lifestyles can be easier within the kingdom. as a substitute, his lifestyles is grew to become upside-down via a sequence of inexplicable occasions. He has been residing within the previous ranch residence just a couple of weeks whilst the silhouette of a girl looks in his bed room window. gadgets disappear from his table. His sister Beth is bitten via a rattlesnake, then miraculously and mysteriously stored. Billy needs to name upon an outdated conjure lady, Hebronetta Sikes, to make feel of the occasions, yet to take action he needs to get prior her fierce partners, a Doberman and a German Shepherd. What he does, who he meets, and what he learns will shock you. Folklore, race family, and small city lifestyles shape the history of this strange first novel.

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Its skyline, the most impressive in the South, with the Mercantile Bank and the Mobil Building with its flying red horse towering above the other structures. Shopping with my parents, all of us dressed up as everyone dressed up then in downtown Dallas. The canyons formed and shaded by skyscrapers, some over thirty stories high. The cafes. The movie theaters. The clothing stores with their soft, rich carpet and cool air conditioning. The noise. The crowds of people. Long night rides home. Lying down in the back seat, listening to the muffled sounds of my parents' voices and the low, steady hum of the tires against the highway.

In them I always run from a monster and attempt to get to the lighted room where my parents are sitting. I never get there. In my dream I can only run as far as the adjoining room. I try to call out to my parents, but I have no voice. I see them, but I'm paralyzed completely and can't move into the light. Only when my parents say my name is the spell broken. The thing that was chasing me then recedes into the darkness, and I am no longer threatened. My experience that night was like a bad dream come true.

The rides. The dizziness. The Freaks. The pin-head woman and the nightmares that came later that night. The dust of the carnival. The color. Elbow-to-elbow people. The shouting of the barkers at the booths. The blisters from the push mower fighting the tall, dry Bermuda grass. Lawns gone dry from water rationing. Black women in their white uniforms leaving the buses at every stop. Always being chosen last in football and baseball. Striking out with the bases loaded. My Little League Page 22 team losing.

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