Creature Feature: Devil’s Lagoon

Ramping up to Halloween, The Monitor is printing a nine-part series entitled “Creature Feature.” Published each Thursday, this column features my retellings of creepy tales of ghosts, ghouls and cucuys from deep South Texas, with illustrations by a variety of local artists. The third of the stories, featuring art by Marco Sánchez,…

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The Monster of Donna Lake

From The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge (Absey & Co., 2011) News of the latest deaths spread like wildfire throughout the student body of W.A. Todd Ninth-Grade Campus. Text messages were forwarded frantically; beneath desks, hundreds of fingers flailed away at diminutive keys, while misty eyes risked casual glances…

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Iron Horse, Mythic Horn

Iron Horse, Mythic Horn from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge They was all four of them sitting in a cantina in Lordsburg when I found them, the queerest group of heroes you ever seen: a white man, in his forties, wearing a battered old slouch hat pulled low…

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The Black Dog

The Black Dog from The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge The first time Charlie López saw the black dog was also his first day in the white kids’ second-grade class. But its seemingly supernatural form was just another in a string of amazing occurrences in the town of Driscoll…

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