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Welcome one and all to the first of 31 days of nightmarish wonder. If you read my tribute to Wes Craven a short while back, then you’ll know this series has been in the works for a bit. —And what a way to kick it off, ’cause there’s a great story behind this one.
Shadow Woman, being an appropriate start to the series, has quite the eerie legend behind her. You see, she is not from the fictional-driven part of my mind at all, but based on a true account of some old friends of mine from back in my middle school era.
The Shadow Woman was said to be a ghost that haunted a stretch of woods way back behind a friend’s property line. There were many neighborhood teens that had stories about her and soon, it became an ongoing rumor that later floated around our school.
She was said to come out only at night and seemed to dwell in a specific area. People that saw her said she seemed to glide and was fast. You would hear something on one end of the path in front of you and then feel something behind you, and then you’d spot her. In every story I heard someone always described feeling “threatened” and like they had to instantly get out of there.
I never had a run-in with this particular being, whatever she was, but I have been close by that area and remember getting an unsettling feeling like something was telling me to stay away.
This artwork is based completely off of one of my friend’s best descriptions. My ol’ pal says it looks exactly like her.
& Don’t forget to stay tuned through the month of October for all 31 Nightmares in the series.
~In Loving Memory of Horror Master, Wes Craven~