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By Cullen Bunn

For Charlie and his brother Alex, an unforeseen journey to go to their Aunt Mary within the haunted city of Crooked Hills becomes a life-changing event, forcing them to confront neighborhood bullies, hell hounds, useless witches, and women with slingshots! A throwback to vintage adventures like that of the Hardy Boys, combined with the creepiness of GOOSEBUMPS and CIRQUE DU FREAK, Cullen Bunn's CROOKED HILLS blends secret and experience to weave a enjoyable and unforgettable tale of will, friendship and kinfolk bonds.

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The lady cackled. Her fingernails flashed in entrance of Alex’s reddened face. Reluctantly, Lisa tossed the slingshot to the floor. “Where’s the opposite one? ” she requested. “Where’s Marty Widows? ” She knew his identify! That couldn’t be stable! “He’s now not here,” I bluffed. “Don’t misinform me, baby. I observed him with you simply days in the past. ” remain the place you're, Marty, i presumed. She hasn’t obvious you. She doesn’t understand needless to say you’re right here. “I’m now not mendacity. He didn’t pop out with us this night. He—” i presumed for a break up moment. “—He received beat up via one of many Crewes boys. ” The outdated lady made a tsk-tsk-tsk sound in her throat and smiled. “That’s what nosy little boys get after they stick their noses the place they don’t belong. ” She believed me! “Come nearer, child,” Mrs. Brewster stated. “You’re going to pay dearly for what you’ve performed! ” For what we had performed? first and foremost, i assumed she intended releasing Alex from the cellar. Then i realized the fetch. The puppy lay nonetheless at the floor. i believe we had killed it! bankruptcy TWENTY-FOUR nonetheless PINCHING MY LITTLE BROTHER’S EAR among her spindly palms, Mrs. Brewster hobbled over to the unmoving kind of the fetch. She nudged it together with her toe. doubtless approximately it, the puppy was once useless. quite a few ft clear of its physique used to be the stone—Lisa’s fortunate stone—that had killed it. I puzzled how the previous lady could react to the demise of her loved puppy. “You little ones have triggered me loads of trouble,” she stated. With one fast tug, she may well rip Alex’s ear correct off. “Do you will have any suggestion how lengthy it takes to elevate and educate a fetch? ” She didn’t particularly care in regards to the puppy as a puppy, i noticed. She wasn’t unhappy approximately its demise in any respect. She was once in basic terms indignant that we’d killed it. perhaps the single factor left in her middle was once rage. Her witching eyes flashed. “Lucky for you,” she persisted, “the fetch’s paintings used to be already performed. ” “But you don’t have all of the pieces,” I blurted. “Aren’t you a sensible baby? ” Mrs. Brewster cackled dryly. “Seems you recognize extra approximately my paintings than you need to. ” I clamped my enamel down on my tongue to maintain it from wagging. “That’s good,” Mrs. Brewster stated. “Very sturdy. simply because you’re going to assist me locate the final piece. ” “I’m going to what? ” “The fetch used to be by no means capable of finding the ultimate piece of Maddie’s body,” Mrs. Brewster stated. “It were buried out within the woods at one time, like the relaxation, yet i feel it should have been moved. I don’t recognize why an individual would need to take her arm from its burial position. ” “Maybe another individual is making an attempt to carry her again from the dead,” I acknowledged. I couldn’t inform if she used to be indignant with that concept or anxious. “The fetch used to be failing me, however it was once nonetheless an invaluable creature,” Mrs. Brewster stated. “Since you killed it, you’re going to take its position. ” She’s going to show me right into a puppy! “W-w-what do you suggest take its position? ” I stammered. “I’m delivering an easy exchange, child,” she acknowledged sweetly. “If you ever are looking to see your little brother alive back, you’ll locate the arm and produce it again to me. ” “How are we speculated to locate the arm? ” Lisa requested. the lady made the tsk-tsk sound back, and acknowledged, “You must have considered that ahead of you caught your nostril in my enterprise.

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