Swamp Witch

Halloween 2004. Hot Pink Heather and I are dating. I drop her off at her house deep in rural Ohio and head back for my house as the sun sets. As I’m driving alone, I turn on the radio. The DJ is spinning spooky songs in honor of the holiday. He does “Monster Mash” and “Devil Woman”, then plays this 1973 hit from Jim Stafford. I’d never heard it before, but the last line, ringing throughout my car while I sped all alone through the dark Ohio countryside, put a chill in me that’s never really gone away.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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