They say there is a crossroads, somewhere in Mississippi, where a hoodoo ritual can be performed, to make the devil appear.

If you wanted to become proficient in a particular skill, such as playing guitar or throwing dice, all you had to do was give him a symbol of your desire and he’d make you its master.

Some legends are true, most are what people would like to believe. It is true that something will appear and help you with what you think you need, but it’s not the devil. The devil rarely ventures from his domain. Bargaining for souls is a myth. What can be believed, beyond the shadow of doubt, is that dark things can be summoned, if the right spell is cast.

Cornelius had no concerns about the crossroads of Mississippi, or the beasts that manifest there. Kansas is the place where all worlds intertwine, overlap, and sometimes merge, so a hoodoo ritual isn’t needed to summon the dark inhabitants of the underworld. They already roam over the plush hills and haunt the Great Plains.

The reason he was here, amongst the wandering demons and the restless ghosts, was a child. His name was Tommy Bendle, and his soul was lost.

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