THE BIGFOOT FILES | Chapter Seventeen: Bigfoot Trail

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(Editor’s note: This review contains major spoilers.)

Bigfoot Trail is a horror novel by Eric S. Brown released in 2019 by Severed Press. Brown is an author who loves writing about Sasquatch, and Bigfoot Trail is another entry into his lengthy catalog of cryptid fiction.

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Bigfoot Trail is a grisly tale about campers, hikers, and forest rangers who are slaughtered in the woods by a group of Sasquatch. The only wrinkle in the story is caused by one of the hikers, a Wiccan named Jade. She convinces the other hikers to participate in a summoning ritual to call forth the “spirit of the trail.”

Flames shoot up from the campfire during the ritual, but Jade is not sure what she summoned. The Sasquatch and the hikers find out soon enough as another mythic creature from Cherokee folklore joins the fray.

Bigfoot Trail is basically a B-movie creature feature, heavy on gore and action and light on exposition and character development. The book gave me a Friday the 13th vibe with the Sasquatch attacks reminiscent of a Jason Voorhees killing spree. Like Friday the 13th, the only question left to answer in Bigfoot Trail is who, if anyone, will survive the night?

NEXT UP: Chapter Eighteen: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. I review the 2018 film directed by Robert D. Krzykowski.


Lionel Ray Green is a horror and fantasy writer, an award-winning newspaper journalist, and a U.S. Army gulf war veteran living in Alabama. His short stories have appeared in more than two dozen anthologies, magazines, and ezines, including The Best of Iron Faerie Publishing 2019; America’s Emerging Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers: Deep South; and Alabama’s Emerging Writers. His short story “Scarecrow Road” won the WriterWriter 2018 International Halloween Themed Writing Competition, All Hallows’ Prose. Drop by https://lionelraygreen.com/ and say hello.


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THE BIGFOOT FILES | Chapter Sixteen: Something in the Woods

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(Editor’s note: This review contains major spoilers.)

The Bigfoot movie Something in the Woods is a low-budget, independent film produced by GodZone Ministry and Saving Oscar Productions. The movie is available on Amazon Prime with a respectable rating of 3.5 stars out of 5.

Based on true events, the 2015 film chronicles a blue-collar family’s encounters with Bigfoot in the 1960s. Starring David D. Ford (who also directed with Tony Gibson), Something in the Woods is old-fashioned filmmaking with a deliberate pace and no-nonsense style. None of the characters are flashy, but they are relatable. Ford plays John Hartman, a God-fearing husband and father of two sons, who faces an unknown threat to his family.

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Something in the Woods foregoes any hint of mystery near the beginning and totally embraces the Bigfoot plot. For much of its runtime, the movie focuses more on the family’s fears and reactions to the threat rather than the Bigfoot itself. Still, it is a creature feature and delivers all the typical Bigfoot signs: strange hair caught in a barbed-wire fence, nasty odors, vocalizations, missing farm animals, and the footprints.

The Bigfoot in the film looks like a classic Bigfoot, and its motivations are unclear. John’s motivations are clear. He’s concerned about Bigfoot hurting his family and resolves to hunt and kill it.

The scenes I enjoyed most in the film all involved Bigfoot and all of them escalated the eeriness and suspense. In one scene, John is looking for Bigfoot in the woods with his oldest son. When he realizes Bigfoot is stalking them, John tells his son to run home. Then, Bigfoot runs toward the boy. Intense.

My favorite scene involves the youngest son and an unseen Bigfoot outside his bedroom window. It illustrates the contrast between how the innocence of youth reacts to Bigfoot versus the more aggressive response of adults.

Something in the Woods adds an interesting twist during the climax but earns the moment with its consistent, practical storytelling. I enjoyed the movie and recommend it to Bigfoot enthusiasts interested in a story based on real encounters.

NEXT UP: Chapter Seventeen: Bigfoot Trail. I review the 2019 novel by Eric S. Brown.


Lionel Ray Green is a horror and fantasy writer, an award-winning newspaper journalist, and a U.S. Army gulf war veteran living in Alabama. His short stories have appeared in more than two dozen anthologies, magazines, and ezines, including The Best of Iron Faerie Publishing 2019; America’s Emerging Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers: Deep South; and Alabama’s Emerging Writers. His short story “Scarecrow Road” won the WriterWriter 2018 International Halloween Themed Writing Competition, All Hallows’ Prose. Drop by https://lionelraygreen.com/ and say hello.


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1940’s Horror Books

The first book I want to talk about was written in 1940 by Norman Berrow called Ghost House. Peter Somerset and his young wife are out for a drive in the country one night and get caught in a terrible storm. Not being able to drive in the horrible rain, they take refuge in a dire old mansion on the end of a cliff. When they get inside they are terrorized by a laughing ghost they can’t escape and they may not survive the night in the Ghost House.

I also found a graphic novel called War of the Undead set in 1945, written by Bryan Johnson and illustrated by Walter Flanagan. In this book, Hitler has committed suicide and things generally look bad for the Germans. In a desperate attempt to win World War 2, the Nazis get help from Dr. Jekyll, Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, The Wolfman and The Mummy. With the monsters on their side, the allies may not stand a chance.

Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan actually have their own podcast  as part of Director Kevin Smith’s (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma) Smodcast network called Tell ‘Em Steve Dave.  They have worked on a couple of different comic books and have ran a comic store together. I have not read this graphic novel yet but I thought the alternate history of World War 2 including Universal Monsters sounded pretty good. One thing I’ve read about this comic though is if you can’t handle a lot of gore you probably want to avoid it.

Another book I found was The Wolf’s Hour by Robert R. McCammon. The story takes place in 1944 and stars a man named Michael Gallatin who is a spy for the Russians and also happens to be a werewolf. Michael uses his unique abilities to help the allies and put an end to Hitler and the Nazis.

Another novel that is set in the 1940’s and in the 1300’s is A Coming Evil by Vivian Vande Velde. 13 year old Lisette has been sent to live with her aunt in rural France in 1940. When she gets there she finds that her aunt is hiding Jewish and gypsy children from the Nazis.  While practicing with the children on what to do if the Nazis storm the house, she begins to understand the danger she lives in. Lisette then meets a ghost who was a member of the Knights Templar named Gerald  who was murdered by King Phillip IV in the 1300’s. Gerald wants to help Lisette protect the children from the Nazis because he feels the invasion is very similar to the one that he was fighting against in the 1300’s. This book combines history and the supernatural and raises some interesting questions about the holocaust as well.

Also set during World War 2 is Night of the Nazi Zombies by Michael G. Thomas. The Nazis are starting to loose the war to the allies in 1944 but they have a secret weapon that will change the tide of the war because the nazis have zombies on their side. Another book that has the same premise is World War of the Dead by Eric S. Brown.

One more book having to do with monsters fighting in World War 2 is Blood Reich by Brian Jackson. Instead of zombies in this story we have vampires. The year is 1945 and the Nazis are loosing the war, in a desperate attempt to win the war they have made a deal with an ancient Yugoslavian count to give them the blood of a vampire. The German army uses the blood to turn into vampires and now they are invincible. Not all the Germans are happy about becoming vampires though and they have enlisted the help of American spies to stop their people from being turned into the undead.