The Medium Place by Erin Huss (A Lost Souls Lane Mystery Book 2)
English | 2019 | Fantasy | ePUB | 351 Kb
The Accursed Moor: cross the bleak and barren moorland stalks a beast. It is an unknown thing; a creature from the darkest, most terrifying of nightmares.
After Ralph accidentally runs over a deer, he decides to take the animal home and ends up serving prime venison to her wife that evening. Soon, his thirst for blood becomes something different, and his life slowly spirals out of control.
As the body count rises, a local schoolteacher and a young woman become involved in the mystery. But is Ralph really the Beast of Bodmin?
“Ralph’s mother, answering the head teacher’s violent pounding by ripping the door open, hovered in the doorway. “Oh Ralph, my lovely, what has happened?”
“Madam,” said Williams, unable to keep the quaking from his voice, “I need to speak to you about this—”
“What is it?” asked the owner of a large, booming voice, looming behind the mother, pot-belly heaving against a stained string vest.
“It’s Ralph,” she said, reaching out for her son, crushing him against her ample bosom. “There’s been an accident.”
“No, it’s nothing like that, it’s—” tried Williams again, but the pot-belly was having none of it. He put a filthy finger against the head teacher’s chest and pushed him away.
“Sling your hook,” he spat. “Coming here in the middle of the day, disturbing our rest.”
“Mister …?” Desperate, Williams looked to Ralph. “Is this your father?”
“His father?” The pot-belly cackled.
The mother smiled. “No, no. Ralph’s father is—”
“He’s dead,” said Ralph. The words silenced everyone.
Recovering slightly, his mother stroked her son’s head. “Ooh no, Ralph. He’s not dead, you silly. He’s only—”
“He’s dead to me,” put in Ralph and turned his furious glare on Williams. “Just like you’ll be soon enough.”
Williams went to speak, but before he could utter a single syllable, the mother swung her son into the hall and pot-belly slammed the door in the teacher’s face.”