by Benjamin Boudreaux
The town of BeausÃ©jour, located in Southern Louisiana, is home to many Cajuns and Creoles, who are happy to spend their days fishing and crabbing; tilling and sowing; eating, drinking, and laughing. But this town is also home to sinister secrets, which are soon to be unearthed by a child of thirteen summers by the name of NoÃ«l Broussard, as well as his friends Ã?vangÃ©line Lejeune, Marc Lejeune, and AmÃ©dÃ© Fontenot.
Many strange and terrible things occur, such as denizens visited in their dreams by a nightmarish entity; children selectively spirited from their homes by a demonic creature; and telltale signs of a wolf-like being infecting hapless wayfarers. These are spirits straight out of the traditional oral folklore of the Cajuns and Creoles of Acadiana – and they are very real! But there is something linking them all together – the key to everything – and it will prove integral for NoÃ«l as he struggles to solve the mystery and end the terror that plagues his hometown.
This story – the first in a series – delves into the subject of memory, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of fear, anger, sadness, and failure. NoÃ«l will have to learn (and accept) many things about himself if he is to succeed.
Benjamin Boudreaux lives in Southern Louisiana, where he acquired a strong affinity for Cajun French culture. Studying literature and language at Nicholls State University, located in Thibodaux, and at the University of New Orleans, he developed a love of literature, both American and foreign.
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