"The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot's Revenge" Book Review
Written by Charlotte Stear
Published by Close To The Bone Publishing
Written by Holly Rae Garcia and Ryan Prentice Garcia
2020, 99 pages, Fiction
Released on 30th October 2020
What lurks in the thick forests that surround Easton Falls? Do you dare find out? Henry Miller sure wishes he didn’t.
Henry Miller is a US army veteran who gets more than he bargained for while out on a hunt in his hometown of Easton Falls. Although he lands a big kill, he realises he has roamed too far into unknown territory. At first he is excited to have landed what he thinks is a bear, but he soon realises this is something much bigger. The creature is taken back to his small town and that’s when things really take a turn for the worse...
Set in the beautifully described state of Washington, The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot's Revenge is a creature feature that also dynamically paints a picture of small town America. The main story is that of an unknown creature, but the authors also weave in story lines of love, friendship and betrayal. It’s also important to note that this book is written by two people, but it feels seamless and you wouldn’t know without them both listed on the cover; there is one clear narrative here.
While the book is bordering on a novella in its physical size, it packs a punch and ends up being far more violent and gory than expected. Yes, the word “massacre” is in the title which should have been the first clue, but the authors successfully lull the reader into a false sense of security in the build up to eventual massacre, making the gruesome final chapters all the more horrific. Grizzly details of “animal” attacks are written in great detail and no man, woman or child is safe from what is descending on the town.
As previously mentioned, the story deals with themes of love and loss, and while this does add a different aspect to the book, the relationship described between Henry and his girlfriend Kate feels rushed. Without the history of the characters it is at times puzzling to understand what compels them to do the things they do. Ultimately, it doesn’t resonate like it should and feels rather inconsequential and, although Henry’s turmoil of the failing relationship is what leads him out to the forest that fateful day, it doesn’t feel like it adds to the overall story. His background in the army and time in Iraq is more than enough of a backstory, and the love aspect feels more like it has to be there instead of this organic element. Love is not the true beating heart of this book. What it centres on, like all great creature features ultimately do, is a wider commentary on our own society’s wrong doings. The Easton Falls Massacre is showing us the ugliest elements in our society through these characters, and when the creatures take their revenge we root for them.
This is a solid, independently made book that deserves some attention for its bold and unrelenting style.
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