About the Author
Kirk Edward Sigurdson was raised in a ranch house bordering a large tract of forest above the Willamette River. An abandoned stretch of railroad tracks left exposed fossils to dig up nearby, along with tunnels that were forbidden for children to explore. During this time, Sigurdson spent a great deal of time in warmer months along the edges of marshland, fishing, riding his Shetland pony through the fields, building tree forts, as well as exploring deeper into the forest of towering Douglas firs, oaks, and madrona trees. Several pioneer tales about "wild men" were still circulating through word of mouth among locals whose families had settled the area, carving farmland out of forests that had once extended all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Summer vacations were spent in the high Cascades near Mt. Jefferson for several weeks per year. Tree knocks, sonorous calls, and other phenomena associated with sasquatch activity were common to the area. Sigurdson began telling stories about a "hairy lady" that visited the campground where his family camped every summer. Some years later, he took to reading voraciously about forest giants, digesting the works of Peter Byrne and John Green by the age of twelve. After graduating from high school, Sigurdson attended a college that was located on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi river. At this time, "Moth Man" sightings were so prevalent that the mayor of a nearby town declared the creature an officially protected species, much like the Skamania County ordinance that protected sasquatches in Washington State. Sigurdson later attended New York University, where he earned a Master's degree in English literature. His master's thesis called "A Gothic Approach to HP Lovecraft's Sense of Outsideness" was published in Lovecraft Studies Journal. After writing a trilogy of novels while living in Manhattan's East Village and playing drums in rock bands, Sigurdson returned to Oregon. It wasn’t long before he began work on a fresh novel that drew upon his knowledge of the sasquatch phenomenon. As research, he ventured dozens and dozens of times into sasquatch "hot spots" for overnighters, often with friends who shared some very unique experiences. Kirk Sigurdson is currently a Professor of Writing and English literature at Portland Community College.