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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Kultus; First edition (November 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061588122X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615881225
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Guy Edwards on December 3, 2013
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As editor of BigfootLunchClub.com, I have read about every Bigfoot book out there (fiction and non-fiction). Many times the fiction books can fall short. This book is the exception. It is a satisfying page-turner that is hard to put down.

Kirk Sigurdson is a professional novelist and it shows with every line, page, and chapter. The overall story arc is a riveting ride, relying on many Sasquatch scenarios familiar to the Bigfoot community. The strength of this novel is it will appeal to anybody who loves a mystery and is willing to meet interesting characters. This novel stands on its own as great fiction, it just happens to have a Bigfoot--and this Bigfoot is like no other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly Hart Lebherz on January 18, 2014
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Kirk Sigurdson has given us a very good book. He has woven his knowledge of the Sasquatch and his awareness of our own human frailty into a very interesting story. When we learn more about one type of 'upright walking mammal', we learn more about the other. Hopefully, this book will reach people interested in a very good novel who will also begin to open their eyes to the mysteries all around us. I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karin Oneill on February 28, 2014
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I picked up this book because I thought a Bigfoot novel might be a fun read. I wasn't disappointed. But Kultus had a lot more depth than I expected, and I found myself thinking about it long after I finished it. I thought about how quickly and easily humans can trample and consume the fragile beauty of nature. But this book doesn't throw that concept in your face. You discover it for yourself through the lives of an interesting cast of characters, who sometimes have good intentions but inevitable flaws. And hidden among the ancient, old-growth forests are the mystical creatures known as "forest giants". As abiding and powerful as they are, the Bigfoot are just as vulnerable to the agendas of humans as every other endangered species. This book has great character development and rich, lush imagery. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Leone on January 7, 2014
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Great book!!! Kirk really hits a home run with his story. The characters and their personalities really shine. As you read you really want more and more. This compelling story personifies life in the great NW and the legends that surround it. If you want to get lost in a great fictional story this is the one for you...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agate11 on January 20, 2014
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Once I opened this book, I couldn't put it down! This was one of my all time favorites. I'm going to recommend it to my reading group. I wouldn't call Kultus a "bigfoot book." It's so much more. Next, I'm going to read Cowslip (Sigurdsen's other novel). If it's even half as good as Kultus, I won't be disappointed.
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