Self’s Very Own Wolf Story

One cold February night, Gabe’s wife began to howl.

He thought of a movie he’d seen a long time ago, a movie about a boy who turned into a wolf. The boy-animal became furtive, but fierce. In his wife’s eyes, now, were an animal intensity.

Beginning THE STRAIN, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Why, self, why?

She is such a Fraidy Cat she gets spooked by every breath of wind.

The stairs leading up to her unit are high and creaky. The wood is slick with rain.

And yet she reads horror.

Truly, self is a masochist of the highest order.

The Strain begins very prettily, with a fable about a giant by the name of Master Sardu.

Master Sardu surpassed everyone around him in height by the age of nine. He was a giant, but humble.

Yet his malady — if gigantism can be said to be a malady, in self’s humble opinion it is not — is deemed a pox on the family name. The only thing that can cure it is eating wolf meat. So off the Sardu men go in search of this wolf meat. And here is the setting of the fable:

  • When they arrived in the dark forest, the woodlands felt alive around him. Packs of animals roamed the woods at night, almost like refugees displaced from their shelters, their dens, nests, and lairs. So many animals that the hunters were unable to sleep at night in their camps.

What a cunning way to begin a horror story.

Stay tuned.

ALPHABET: 2016 WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge # 3


San Francisco Literary Magazine ZYZZYVA publishes only West Coast Writers. It was one of the first to publish her speculative fiction. And this of course is a much-worn tee-shirt.

Self-explanatory, really.


Snapped this from her train window while stopped at a station from Galway to Dublin, September 2015


Cryptic: Self saw this in the middle of a Jack the Ripper Tour of Whitechapel, London, July 2015.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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