Monsters in the Trees
The term is “simulacra.” Or “simulacrum,” singular. Webster’s dictionary defines the term thusly: “An insubstantial form or semblance of something.” It has the same root as the word “simulate.” In layman’s terms, it’s something that looks like something else. Typically, something naturally occurring that looks like something else, which may or may not be naturally occurring. Inanimate objects that look like living things come first to mind when I hear the term, and if I’m using it, chances are that’s the kind of phenomena I’m referring to. Trees are living things, too, but they are also mostly inanimate. (The Ents from the LORD OF THE RINGS books and movies and the giant demon tree from EVIL DEAD 2 don’t count.) But trees can be creepy-awesome-good simulacrums!
Here is the evidence. I cannot guarantee that some of these images, at least, weren’t photoshopped. (This IS the Internet, after all, where anything and everything should be suspect. And the tree with an ass looks fake to me. I did, however, outline the werewolf head tree, pictured, to make it “pop” more.) I expect most are genuine. Which one is your favorite (other than the werewolf head tree)? I love the Devil Tree.
(Hey, kinda like the one in EVIL DEAD 2!) and the dragon trees. And whoever put the fake eyes on the “looming creature” tree has my sense of humor.