Cover Photo: In this illustration for Catapult by artist Celia Jacobs, a ghostly, partially transparent blond girl hovers in front of a red-faced man. The man is looking directly at the viewer as he sits in bed and the girl looks off to the side.
Illustration by Celia Jacobs for Catapult

The Ghost on Platte River Access Road

That was the problem with ghosts, they made the air around them poisonous . . . and the only way to be rid of them was to be rid of the source.

Brendan Williams-Childs is a Wyomingite, living elsewhere. His creative work has previously appeared in Nat. Brut, the Colorado Review, and anthologies including The Best American Mystery & Suspense 2022 and Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Authors