Dirty Lip, Lumpy, and the Zube
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Halloween weekend 1958 was a time when Richie Nolan and his friends would experience good friendships, odd adventures, and a lingering ghost story. But, they also would face incredible horror. In a terrifying chain of events, the boys must face unexpected and unspeakable, vicious malevolence. Will the boys triumph in the face of this unbelievable terror. Only Richie holds the answer. More
Richard Nolan has returned to his hometown on the day after a vicious storm ravaged the area and left in its wake the devastated remains of an old barn; a relic, with a compelling history, of Richard's past.
At the site of the destruction, in a series of haunting memories, Richie recalls the barn and the horrifying events that occurred within it, which shook him to the depth of his being, and brought him face to face with evil.
It was Halloween weekend 1958--a time of calm in America, a time of innocence. It would be a long weekend for Richard and his friends, Danny and Lumpy, with days that carried the promise of a glorious Indian summer holiday. And, to amplify the excitement, the carnival was in town.
What an amazing time it should have been: A time of friends, of excitement, of fun - but not one of dark terror.
From the beginning, led by youthful shenanigans and the contemplation of all things exciting and interesting, the boys expected nothing more than a fun time of running wildly through the backyards of Farmington pursuing adventure.
They expected nothing from the days except the opportunity to play and deepen their friendships. They expected nothing from the nights but the sweet promise of Halloween-with its offering of treats or tricks, a magnificent Fall festival, and a carnival at the town park.
Then fate stepped in with a vengeance.
During the course of that weekend, while the boys rambled through one situation after another; with bullies, with unprecedented events, with oddities, with unique characters, and with local traditions (including the sweet mystery of the ghost of the barn where they played), they were inexorably drawn toward a confrontation with a malevolent carnival worker.
The boys, by a series of odd circumstances, witness a horrible event between the carnival worker and his wife. What began, during an argument, as a strangely unfortunate accident, escalated into a crime when in an angry panic the man decided to cover the episode up, and in the process came into confrontation with one of the boys. The man was compelled by the situation to subdue the boy and make him part of the terrible plan.
The chain of events which follows lead the other two boys along a chilling race through the night as they pursue the man while trying to find a way to somehow help their friend. The man is hauling his unfortunate victims in a small trailer that the boys had been able to secretly hop aboard. They hide there until the man finds a secluded area at the edge of town. The boys do not know their friend's condition, but they are driven by the hope that they will be able to do something to help him.
While most residents of the small community are either languishing in their cozy homes or taking part in the huge festival at the town square, the man gathers his victims from the trailer and makes his way across a meadow to the huge dairy barn. The barn the boys know as "Glory" and which is their most cherished playground.
The boys stalk the man while he makes his way into the barn and disappears into the shadows. And, it is in the barn that, while Richie's friend runs for help, that Richie finds his way to a situation of ungodly horror that is unfolding in the darkness of the hay loft.
The final confrontation with the evil man during that dark autumn evening has lived in Richie's nightmares and memories ever since. It was an event of agonizing horror, and of unspeakable acts, but also an event, which may have ended with a miracle.
It was that miracle which had the most profound impact of all on the young Richard Nolan. It was a miracle that saved his life and blessed him with a future.
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