Preface: I had a strange and entertaining dream featuring a “terrifying” sloth-like creature that my dream brother called “A Numbing Bear”. We ran away fast enough for him to vault over the balcony and for me to leap up both staircases. That’s all there is to it, really, so the rest is fun conjecture.
The numbing bear is a creature, much alike in appearance to sloths, with white fur, and wide set eyes. The hands bear keratinous horns, which are hollowed in the centre and secrete a neurotoxin at the cuticles. This creature, while slow moving and fairly small, standing up at 168 cm, is extremely dangerous. The toxin can seep through your skin and just a small amount of it is enough to kill an entire body part, hence the numbing.
In 1974, New Yorker and card shark Horace Williamson went on a search for the numbing bear. He was sent with a short-wave radio, and a team surrounding him to get his position at all times, using the time-difference between the receipt of his communiques at different ‘stations’ around him. In March of 1974, Horace was making his way through the adirondacks, when he lost contact with his crew. What had happened? Did the radio break? Was he caught by bandits? Worse yet, did he stumble upon a hive of waking numbing bears?
Fast forward to April 13th. A set of bones is found in the Adirondacks, near a shallow gorge and some sort of burrow. The site was strewn with broken communications equipment, a compass, and the scent of halogen compounds. The bones were marked with the stain of criss-crossing blood vessels, and some parts, such as the eyes, had decayed rather than having been stripped from the corpse.
Though it was missing teeth, dental records and what were there showed the body to be at least similar to that of Horace, but he had been left to decompose for a month, and he had been stripped of flesh—it was inconclusive.
September 1974. Reports of strange dogs in Camden, New Jersey. Slow-moving, seemingly docile. They appear at night, and their presence at night is marked by low, guttural growls that make your stomach churn. One of the poorest neighborhoods, largely abandoned, becomes so resonant with these eerie night sounds that the bricks vibrate and people caught in the street are incapacitated with fear and apparitions. The next morning, they’re gone.
Horace had left no notes, and no was left alive for long after learning the Numbing Bears’ dark secrets. Are they natural? Are they demons? Sleep with your curtains closed, so that they do not see you and target you through your windows. Keep your lights off. Carry a gun.