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The Curse of the Arched Bridge

The Curse of the Arched Bridge

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The Curse of the Arched Bridge

Length:
24 pages
18 minutes
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Released:
Oct 8, 2016
ISBN:
9781370977352
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Book

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Something around the Arched Bridge is drowning the children of the village of Perre. Suspecting a supernatural cause, the population turns to the Church for help. However, seeing the powerlessness of their priest, three men decide to solve the problem themselves. What they'll have to do to protect their children will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 8, 2016
ISBN:
9781370977352
Format:
Book

About the author

Joel Puga nasceu na cidade portuguesa de Viana do Castelo em 1983. Entrou em contacto muito cedo com a fantasia e a ficção científica, principalmente graças a séries e filmes dobrados transmitidos por canais espanhóis. Assim que aprendeu a ler, enveredou pela literatura de género, começando a aventura com os livros de Júlio Verne. Foi nesta altura que produziu as suas primeiras histórias, geralmente passadas nos universos de outros autores, cuja leitura estava reservada a familiares e amigos.Em 2001, mudou-se para Braga para prosseguir os estudos, altura em que decidiu que a sua escrita devia ser mais do que um hobby privado. Isso valeu-lhe a publicação em várias antologias e fanzines portuguesas abordando diversos sub-géneros da ficção especulativa.Vive, hoje, em Braga, onde divide o seu tempo entre o emprego como engenheiro informático, a escrita e a leitura.Joel Puga was born in the Portuguese city of Viana do Castelo in 1983. Since an early age, he has been in contact with fantasy and science fiction, mainly thanks to dubbed films and TV shows transmitted by Spanish channels. As soon as he learned how to read, he got into genre literature; starting his adventure with Julio Verne’s books. It was during this time that he produced his first stories, generally using other author's universes as a backdrop, the reading of which was reserved to family and friends.In 2001, he moved to Braga to follow his studies, a time in which he decided his writings should be more than a private hobby. This granted him several publications in Portuguese anthologies and fanzines of various sub-genres of speculative fiction.Today, he lives in Braga, where he divides his time between his job as a computer engineer, as well as writing and reading.Joel Puga nació en la ciudad portuguesa de Viana do Castelo, en el año 1983. Desde muy temprana edad, mostró interés por la fantasía y la ciencia ficción sobre todo gracias al doblaje de películas y programas de televisión para canales españoles. Tan pronto como aprendió a leer, se sintió atraído por la literatura de género, iniciando esta fascinante aventura gracias a los libros de Julio Verne. Durante ese período, produjo sus primeras historias, las cuales, por lo general, estaban inspiradas en el universo de otros autores. La lectura de sus primeras obras quedaba reservada a familiares y amigos.En 2001, se trasladó a Braga para continuar con sus estudios. En esa época, decidió que sus escritos deberían ser algo más que un pasatiempo privado. Como consecuencia de esta decisión, publicó varias obras en antologías portuguesas y revistas de varios sub-géneros destinadas a fans (fanzines) de la ficción especulativa.En la actualidad reside en Braga, donde divide su tiempo entre su trabajo como ingeniero informático, y su pasión por la escritura y la lectura.


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The Curse of the Arched Bridge - Joel Puga

The Curse of the Arched Bridge

by Joel Puga

Copyright 2017 Joel Puga

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His parents told him to stay on the path, to go straight to his grandparents' house. His father even threatened to spank him with a belt if he disobeyed, but the temptation was too strong for Zézinho to resist. When he reached the intersection, he turned toward the Arched Bridge. He ran as fast as he could down the dirt road, between fields where, at that moment, no one worked. He didn't want to waste any time; he was afraid that his grandparents would notice his delay and realize he had made a detour.

Shortly afterward, he saw the old bridge. Those stones worn by time and use had always fascinated the children of Perre. They hid behind the parapets, pretending to be on the walls of a castle, or took shelter beneath its Romanesque arches, imagining themselves inside a palace.

Zézinho crossed the bridge running. He had no time to face the army that attacked the fortress. Instead, he headed immediately for the steep path leading to the river and descended it slowly and carefully, not wanting to slip and fall into the water. Skipping the stones placed in the middle of the current, he reached the boulder on which one of the bridge's pillars rested. He was now under the

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