Hidebehind

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There are so many good places to hide in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Is someone (or something) watching you from behind the trees and shadows? Meet this week’s monster: the Hidebehind.

What is the Hidebehind supposed to be? Just what it sounds like: a creature you never see directly, that always ducks back behind the nearest tree or rock when you turn to look at it. It sounds harmless enough, but so does any nightmare once you’re awake.  And there are places where it can be a bit harder to awaken.  Places where dreams come closer to reality. Places like the forests of the Pacific Northwest where the idea that something may be just behind that tree, watching you, drawing back when you turn your head to look, seems a bit too plausible.

Go ahead. Take a quick look over your shoulder. There’s nothing there, of course. But then, the Hidebehind wouldn’t be there for you to see, would it?

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Season artwork by Tyler Grobowsky.