Monsters of the Modern World : The Wolf Behind the Door

“Have you ever heard of the hour of the wolf? My father told me about it. It’s the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can’t sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should’ve gone but didn’t. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart. I’ve been living in the hour of the wolf for seven days, Lyta. Seven days. The wolf and I are now on a first-name basis. In times like this, my father used to take one large glass of vodka before bed. To keep the wolf away, he said. And then he would take three very small drinks of vodka, just in case she had cubs while she was waiting outside. It doesn’t work.” (From Babylon 5)

Sounds like an old fairytale, from times when people lived in the country, surrounded with forests, but it’s not. The legendary Wolf is still here, waiting for you behind your door at night, during the famous Hour of the Wolf.

Of course, those who see it are ridiculed. People talk about dogs, or junkies, to explain the Wolf’s victims. Mysterious disappearances aren’t that uncommon in big cities. Nor are unexplained deaths, and the Wolf takes its share of them.

The Wolf comes at around 3:30-4:00 am. Usually, people are asleep at that time, but when the Wolf comes, they wake up unexplicably, with the feeling that someone is out there. Falling asleep becomes difficult, lots of thoughts are surfacing. The Wolf keeps you awake until 5:00 , sometimes as far as 6:00 am.

If you stay in bed, you’ll just have some cold sweats, some deep fears will come back to you, and you’ll basically think about all what’s disturbing you in life. But if you listen to the noises outside, you’ll be drawn to your entrance door. Scratches and small whimpers can push you to open it. Don’t. The Wolf is waiting. If you open the door, it will either grab you and drag you away, and nobody will find your body again, or it will push you inside and maul you to death.

The only safe way to survive the hour of the Wolf is to stay inside… You’ve been warned…