When Police Chief Alton Gravely and Officer Carothers escalate the feud between "Torreya's finest" and conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins by running her off the road into a north Florida swamp, the borrowed pickup truck is salvaged but Eulalie is missing and presumed dead. Her cat Lena survives. Lena could provide an accurate account of the crime, but the county sheriff is unlikely to interview a pet.
Lena doesn't think Eulalie is dead, but the conjure woman's family and friends don't believe her. Eulalie's daughter Adelaide wants to stir things up, and the church deacon wants everyone to stay out of sight. There's talk of an eyewitness, but either Adelaide made that up to worry the police, or the witness is too scared to come forward.
When the feared Black Robes of the Klan attack the first responder who believes the wreck might have been staged, Lena is the only one who can help him try to fight them off. After that, all hope seems lost, because if Eulalie is alive and finds her way back to Torreya, there are plenty of people waiting to kill her and make sure she stays dead.
About the Author
Malcolm R. Campbell is the author of six novels, including one comedy/satire and six within the contemporary fantasy and magical realism genres. His short stories include the paranormal Emily’s Stories, Cora’s Crossing, Moonlight and Ghosts, and The Lady of the Blue Hour. A three-story collection of folk tales, The Land Between the Rivers, is set in the Florida Panhandle not far from the settings used in Conjure Woman’s Cat.
His work has appeared in The Lascaux Prize 2014 Anthology, Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories Anthology, Quail Bell Magazine, A View inside Glacier National Park: 100 years, 100 Stories, Future Earth Magazine, The Smoking Poet Magazine, Nonprofit World Magazine, Nostalgia Magazine, and Living Jackson Magazine.
Campbell lives on a north Georgia farm with his wife and three cats. He grew up in the Florida Panhandle where Boy Scout camping trips, family day trips and dozens of hours spent driving his smoking 1954 Chevrolet from the Georgia border to the Gulf coast introduced him to every river, swamp, sink hole, beach, and all-night diner within an 11,000 square mile area often called “the other Florida” and “the forgotten coast.”
Florida’s Tate’s Hell Forest, longleaf pine forests, Apalachicola River, Garden of Eden trail, small towns, and dusty unpaved roads were a perfect place for growing up and for telling the story of his novella Conjure Woman’s Cat.