The place pictured above is from an interesting nightmare once had during a snowstorm/power outage. I was about eleven years old the first time this setting entered my dreams. It’s been used in a few stories of mine and more than one painting or digital piece. I’m adding it to my artist collection over at the gallery.
This has been Day 30
*Join me tomorrow for a special outro during our final nightmare, Day 31, Halloween.
Tonight, yet another soon-to-be addition to the horror art over at my gallery.
It’s based on a combination of nightmare and actual story between old friends. My best friend’s mother once told us a story that involved her and her sister seeing some hideous creature late at night. The story always terrified us as kids. Sweet dreams.
Today’s nightmare has origins you probably wouldn’t expect. The monster we’re dealing with today is that of the one in the mirror.
You see, I created today’s artwork by using a very old image of an unlikely model—me.
I’ve seen this face before, but don’t be fooled by the fact that she’s the much prettier version. The spirit bound within is not the same is mine. Her eyes are hollow, and so is her inside. The very core of her presents the absence of a soul, and a replacement of something else. Something ancient, and evil.
I’ve seen this woman in my nightmares before. I fear she is what I’d become if I stopped caring. Right now she only haunts a twisted part of my dreams. Though, what I’ve realized from meeting her is we all possess this evil twin in some form. Sometimes the person we look at in the mirror, the one that stares back is finally happy. Other times, we don’t recognize that person at all.
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.