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You awake suddenly in the dark, the streetlights glow through slatted blinds, texturing the wall and ceiling. You catch a glimpse of movement out of the corner of your eye. You become extremely still. Your tongue swells, smothering your breath in your throat. The room seems to warp and pulse as your eyes strain through the shadows. Ever so slowly, you feel a creeping up the small of your back. Its pace quickens as it moves toward your neck. A sharp cold electrifies your body. You snap your head around, seeking the source of the disturbance. Your flesh crawls. But you crave more. CW: There will be horrific depictions of the human body.
Beth Hetland is a cartoonist, book maker, performer, screen printer, and fiber artist, whose work focuses on storytelling and self-publishing. She earned her BFA from SAIC and her MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies. She is a recipient of the Part Time Faculty of the Year Award (2015) and a Marion Kryczka Excellence in Teaching Award (2020). In addition to her solo work, she has created several projects with her long-time collaborator, Kyle O’Connell, including their series Half Asleep. In between juggling projects, she is an interdisciplinary Associate Professor, Adjunct, at SAIC, teaching comics and narrative classes across three departments as well as a Faculty Academic Advisor, a Student Group Advisor, and a Portfolio Reviewer for Undergraduate Admissions. Needless to say, you may have seen her around.