Monday, October 22, 2018
#22 of 31 Days of Halloween: Shadows
When you have a good imagination, shadows can be dangerous. Your mind can turn them into monsters, serial killers, demons, and any number of other lethal things. Even if its really just the ironing board you didn't put away or your own dog.
Creators of horror have noticed of course, and movies, television, and art make great use of the shadow, both for comedic and horrific effect.
I have a teeshirt that pokes fun at this image, with Nosferatu chasing the oblivious Shaggy and Scooby of Scooby Doo fame up the stairwell.
Batman knows the power of a looming shadow too. Hence the cape and cowl.
Or how about those stories where the shadow is separate of the person? (almost as scary as a reflection that moves independently).
Hmmmm…now I'm not sure if it's better or worse to sleep with a nightlight. After all, light makes shadows.