Even before he saw the dead guy, Spaulding Meriwether was in a bad mood. His feet were wet, his hands were freezing, and he was all alone in the middle of a dark, foggy forest.
Worse of all, he was feeling like an idiot. He knew what he was getting into when he came out here. He’d heard kids at school saying there was some strange stuff going on in the woods outside town, stuff that sounded to him like it could be part of some kind of creepy secret ritual. So what did he do when he heard all this? Stay far away, like any sensible person? Oh no, not S.S. Meriwether – he had to go investigate.