Eric S. Brown
Forget the lovable star of Harry and the Hendersons or the reclusive giants seen in many a Bigfoot documentary and imagine for a moment a Sasquatch with a much more volatile temperament. A realistic animal with the power and prowess of a mountain gorilla, only larger, hairier and able to stand upright like a man. And just imagine what it could do if you pissed it off. It would not be a pretty scene! And that’s just what we have in Bigfoot War by Eric S. Brown, a novel that takes the “Messin’ with Sasquatch” theme to a whole new (and bloodier!) level.
The story takes place in a small rural town called Babble Creek, suitably located in a remote area of North Carolina. Here, Brown unfolds the “war,” telling it from the perspective of the various townsfolk who are involved. As you might expect from a book with this title, it does not hold back when it comes to the gory details. In fact, Brown seems to relish in the gruesome minutiae as his primitive creatures clash claw-first with humanity. Admittedly, there’s a fine line between cheesy and cool when it comes to the pop culture image of Bigfoot, but Brown effectively paints his creatures with a frightening realism that is anything but cheesy. The beasts here are intelligent, cunning, and angry – extremely angry! – like man-apes on steroids ripping their way across the pages as the story unfolds.
If you like your monsters in quick, violent doses or you’ve been longing for a more bad-ass Sasquatch, then Bigfoot War has what you’re looking for. It’s a lean, mean, and fun read that’ll keep you entertained on those lonely, dark nights in the forest. And you better read up, ‘cause Brown has a Part II on the horizon: Bigfoot War II: Dead in the Woods. According to Brown, it combines the Bigfoot mythos with a zombie apocalypse. Wow!
- Lyle Blackburn
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