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Do not call a devil, for he might appear.

Two determined bowhunters, lured by what they believe is a magnificent trophy book elk, search a remote and forgotten corner of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, only to discover an ancient demonic entity hidden away from the civilized world…until now.

The region was considered by the First Nations People to be sacred and forbidden due to its dark and secret history. Most of the locals have always respected this, but the obsession, the delusion of harvesting a trophy animal makes some men cross boundaries.

Join the two hunters on their unique adventure and witness the horrifying evil that is awakened to bestow humanity a glimpse into its accursed future.

Their world, the earth . . . nothing will ever be the same again.

The Big Thrill caught up to author Russ Meidinger for a quick Q&A about his second novel, SKUDAKUMOOCH:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope they look at the earth in a different way and perhaps take more care to cherish and respect the land. I’m hoping they like the characters I have created and get caught up in the story.

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love writing horror. The intensity of the story and the challenge to shock and scare the reader is something that appeals to me.


Russ Meidinger was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in 1969. He grew up and currently lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. He is a retired land survey geomatics technician and has spent time working in Iqaluit, Nunavut Territory as well as Terrace and Fort St. John, British Columbia. His first novel, Lake of Nightmares: A Windigo Story, was published in July 2017. His second novel, SKUDAKUMOOCH, is set to be published April 11, 2019.

To learn more about Russ, please visit him online.