Late one night in North Carolina, Matthew Phelps wakes from a dream. But when he looks down, he sees that he is covered in blood. On the phone, moreover, he tells the 911 operator that he has had too much cough syrup – and that a terrifying nightmare has greeted his waking eyes.
Phelps was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, before moving to North Carolina. There he met his future wife, Lauren Hugelmaier, when the pair attended the same middle school. But although Phelps developed a crush on Hugelmaier, the couple didn’t really get to know each other until many years later.