The first time I walked through a fog, there was the distinct possibility that I was about to stumble across a polar bear. As you can imagine, that moment stayed with me.
For a bit more context, this had been during an overseas working holiday. I was lucky enough to get a job at a resort in Churchill, Manitoba, otherwise known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World. The town was built right in the middle of their migration path. Not exactly the best idea when you think about it.
Fog wasn’t something I had really encountered before, but I loved the look of it. It felt like a gothic novel come to life. My appreciation changed somewhat when I had to walk home in it. We moved in groups and nothing ever happened, but it was hard to shake the knowledge that, at any moment, I could stumble across a thousand pounds of hungry muscle and fangs. Oh, and polar bears have been engineered by nature to be silent. So there was that. It was like a serial killer movie where the murder had been made to look adorable from a distance. And that sensation fit in perfectly with the legends of the Black Eyed Children.
The idea of something hunting you, possibly only a few feet away, and you can’t see it was in the forefront of my mind as I wrote this book. And if it leaves you just a little bit more hesitant to walk into precipitation, I know I’ve done my job well.
Thank you for coming on the second journey with Ruby and me.
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Keeping it spooky,
Sara Clancy and Team Scare Street