I had a strange experience several years ago which I've tried to make sense of ever since. I was driving down a dark country road and I noticed something moving in the trees on the side of the road up ahead. I kept my eye on it, worried that it might be a deer that would jump out in from of me at the last minute. I watched it walk slowly into the middle of the road and I hit my breaks abruptly. I continued to watch it but it did not look like a deer. Its movements were mechanical and unfamiliar. I watched for what felt like several minutes though was probably seconds, as the creature piece by piece vanished. I stayed parked for awhile after trying to understand what I had seen. Night Wraith was an attempt to work through what was most likely an experience of sleep deprivation, and to make real something I could not explain to others.