What he left behind was the mystery of a man compelled to undertake a fantastic journey of mental and physical extremes. He emerged as a lone voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the impending demise of civilization.
Riveting! Forty Demons springs from the same "man missing in the wilderness" genre as Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild and Erik Blehm's The Last Season, but with its utterly unique and haunting story, it breaks free of all past narratives and expectations. In this exhaustively researched look into the death of Winston Branko Churchill in the Colorado wilderness, Mark Scott-Nash pulls back layer after layer of Churchill's complex personhood and the enigmatic circumstances surrounding his demise--extreme meditation, Kundalini awakenings, a controversial mining claim, the list goes on. But like Matryoshka dolls, each question Scott-Nash answers exposes a deeper mystery. I found my thoughts returning to ponder Churchill's life long after I'd finished the book. I, for one, was left believing that Churchill had found and slayed his 40 Demons.
-Kristin Bjorensen, Former Editor at Backpacker Magazine and Climbing Magazine
...I read every frickin’ word and loved it! This is a great story that covers some tricky psychological ground in a fascinating manner. It was written like John McPhee was trying to get inside a crazy person's head. Bravo!
-Alan Stark, Outdoor Publications Executive