A man peruses the butterflies in a museum, when a chance encounter with a Tiger Swallowtail sends him careering back to his childhood, and an eerie tale related to him by his grandfather. He journeys to Canada, the Boreal Forest, and a father-and-son moose hunting expedition that, at a certain point, takes a turn for the weird. The older man is led astray by visions, which the son also experiences, leaving him with visceral recollections of Nature personified – terribly suggestive forms related to myth, the seasons, and a truth too great for the mind to accept. The aftermath is tragic, chilling, and a warning to all who venture too freely – in mind – into the wild.
His reticence to confide in me deepened my dread. I wasn’t a fool. I had read about men turning strange in the wilderness; that they could be touched by madness, overwhelmed by Nature. To think Father could become similarly unhinged was unthinkable, but I couldn’t altogether dismiss it. He was hearing things and I wasn’t—that already set us apart.
Genre: Nature / Supernatural