Kultus: A Novel

Kultus: A Novel

by Kirk Sigurdson

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Overview

Kultus: A Novel by Kirk Sigurdson

Jonathan Dewey Graham owns the largest stand of Pacific Rainforest in the United States. The Old Growth Resistance (OGRE) wants to stop him from logging on his own land by suing to classify it as a protected wilderness area. OGRE's campaign, funded in part by marijuana cultivation, hits a roadblock when forest giants (bigfoot) are discovered living in the ancient old growth forest.

Ultimately, the precarious balance between landed gentry and environmental extremists comes to rest on the shoulders of a twelve year-old girl-Graham's only child-who is befriended by a lone forest giant. The end result is both poignant and tragic.

Kultus touches upon the universal nature of love, sentience, and the sustainability of resources in a world burdened with an ever-growing human population.

Television personality, Cliff Barackman, calls this novel, "The riveting story of a metaphoric tug-of-war between lawyers, timber companies, land owners, hippies, and one young girl. Outside of these warring interests are the sasquatches whose ultimate fate depends on the outcome of the human wrangling."

A surprising amount of research from the fields of anthropology and cryptozoology helps to enrich the story with realistic details. Like Upton Sinclair's, The Jungle, Kultus has the power to transform society for the better. Its social commentary about non-human intelligence is at once captivating, and also chilling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615881225
Publisher: Kultus
Publication date: 11/27/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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.

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