THE TOOLS: Canon 5D Mark 2 with 24-105mm 1:4 lens. Mac Pro with Photoshop CS5 and Wacom tablet.
The year is 1951 and the citizens of Harlan County Kentucky are held hostage by fear as a cereal killer lurks among them. Seventeen victims have had their throats devoured by what many have come to believe is a werewolf. The fact that these murders were all committed on the night of a full moon has spawned rumors and speculation about the perpetrator of these heinous crimes. Timid residents interpret a subtle wind blowing through the trees as the howl of a wolf. A tree branch scraping the side of a house sounds more and more like extended claws ready to grip their next victim. You try to be rational and conclude that the nervous public has seen too many horror movies. You are determined to stay above the fray and conduct yourself as the responsible community leader so many count on in situations like this. You are not going to let acts of terror come between you and the service you provide to the community. You are a Doctor and people look up to you.
It is 8:00 p.m. on the night of August 13 when your phone rings. A panicked farmer describes his wife’s condition as seriously ill and insists that you come immediately. You grab your Doctors bag and head for your car, confident that the new Hudson sedan will deliver you safely over the ten miles of gravel roads between you and your patient in distress.
As you pass the halfway point at Sutter’s Ridge a foggy mist covers the road and reduces your visibility. You come to the crest of a long hill and the moon breaks through a layer of clouds in the Eastern sky. You feel the joints in your hands throbbing as your nails grow and turn black. Your jaw cracks and your nose extends as they merge into a fanged muzzle. You salivate for the taste of flesh as you release the breath from your broadening chest. “AR-ROOOOO” you scream into the dark night air. You grip the wheel and press down on the accelerator on a mission to be the sensational headline of tomorrow’s newspaper. Who is that monster in the rear view mirror? It is you my friend; you are the Harlan County Werewolf.
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