When Max Brooks first came across the news story, he dismissed it as just another piece of tabloid clickbait. “Bigfoot Destroys Town.” Come on.
Then he stumbled upon victim Kate Holland’s journals, recovered from the wreckage—her day-by-day, firsthand account of what happened. A hoax? Maybe. The ranger who found the carnage sure seems to be convinced, though. As is Kate’s brother, who is sure that Kate is still alive out there, somewhere…
Kate’s story takes place in the community of Greenloop, a high-end, high-tech planned community nestled in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. The place is a technocrat’s back-to-nature paradise: solar-powered smart houses, daily yoga, sustainable fruit orchards, weekly drone deliveries, and an unparalleled view of the mountains.
When Mt. Rainier erupts nearby, blanketing the Northwest in ash and cutting off the rural enclave from civilization, the paradise slowly turns into a nightmare. As the community struggles with the day-to-day requirements of survival, they notice that wildlife is fleeing the woods en masse…and among them, glimpses of humanoid beasts straight out of local legend, growing closer—and hungrier—with each passing day.
In these pages, Max has faithfully reproduced Kate’s account, interspered with his interviews and commentary on the attack, and on the Bigfoot legend itself—leaving it to the reader to decide whether her tale is truth or fiction.