During my time as a graduate student, I came into possession of notes and an itinerary that would take me on a trip to North America that would bring me face-to-face with wonderful, terrible creatures, and define the course of my life from that point forward.

Before I knew it, I was getting off a plane at Dulles International, and driving westward to the mountains.

With a population of only a few hundred, there is an almost suffocating smallness to Purgatory, West Virginia; like walking in on a family meal without invitation

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