|Hour of the Wolf
||[Jan. 2nd, 2017|04:10 am]
It's an interesting phrase. I've only ever found a few references to it, but it seems to have been around for a while. I first heard about it in a Babylon 5 episode by that name. It's also mentioned in an Oingo Boingo song ("Let's have a party. There's a full moon in the sky / It's the hour of the wolf, and I don't wanna die.")
The Marvel comics character Rahne discusses it in a 1972 issue of New Mutants and defines it similarly, but not identically, to how Ivonava put it in Babylon 5.
Apparently, Ray Bradbury's book Something Wicked This Way Comes is about the hour of the wolf, though it's not mentioned in the text. But it's something he seemed to have expected his readers to understand.
Some sources have placed it at 3am, or 4am specifically, and some merely some time before dawn (or "The hour between night and dawn"). All seem to have the theme of lying awake, unable to sleep, and vague fears.
In my novel I have one of my characters, Toni, describe it thusly:
It’s that time, a few hours before dawn, when you’re desperately trying to sleep but you can’t. The past seethes and roils beneath you and the future threatens to crush you under its weight. Your mind is consumed with all your petty regrets and parades of fears. The could haves, the should haves, and the might have beens. What might yet come. And what might not.
(Which, looking at it now, may be a bit overly poetic for Toni. But she may be quoting another source. Or I might rewrite it. :)
At any rate, since it's after 3am and I can't currently get to sleep, I thought I'd share that with you all.