Publication Date: June 16, 2020 ~ Genre: Horror, Sci fi, Thriller
As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now.
But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing–and too earth-shattering in its implications–to be forgotten.
In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it.
Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and inevitably, of savagery and death.
Yet it is also far more than that.
Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us–and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.
Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it–and like none you’ve ever read before.
Firstly, just let me say, anything set in the pacific northwest I will immediately want to read as I was born and raised in the PNW and reside in Washington State currently. I am but a couple hours from Mount Rainier and grew up camping, fishing, and horseback riding in these mountains.
That being said, Big Foot is common lore in this area, though I’ve only ever considered it a myth. However, Max Brooks references some interesting citations from actual laws and written accounts published decades ago, prior to Sasquatch depicted in the media as stupid and the butt of the joke. Sasquatch was, at one time, in the very least a mysterious threat and at the most an unknown animal in need of protection.
Max Brooks does an amazing job of blurring the lines of fantasy and reality in this story. As mentioned above, some citations included in this book are real and easily accessed through a quick google search. The author does a good job of mixing actual reported encounters of Big Foot and fictional journal entries, which led to this compelling account of a creature with consistent behaviors; Brooks then filled in the rest with known primate behavior and there you have it, a plausible creature who has thus far hidden itself from the world but could emerge at anytime. This made the story entirely immersive for me as the narrative made sense and painted a cohesive picture of a beast who may have evolved with jungle primates but migrated to our part of the world.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I don’t often read horror novels but had to make an exception for this one because of all the reasons listed above. And it was definitely a horror story with moments that had me feeling so much for the characters that I just had to take a break. Admittedly, I shouldn’t be reading horror in the middle of my work day so take that with a grain of salt. 😉 I hope Brooks continues to write stories about mythological beasts because I will absolutely pick them up.