Be assured that Devolution is fully aware of its B-movie heritage. Just as Brooks’s mega-selling World War Z critiqued the media portrayal of zombies, Devolution deftly incorporates “real-world” history, anecdote and pop culture surrounding Bigfoot as context. It’s an attempt to elide the distinction between reality and fiction but, more importantly for any fan of Bigfoot or cryptozoology, it’s a referential treat.
His new novel Devolution (Century, RRP£12.99), adopts a similar reportage approach — journal entries, transcripts of interviews, excerpts from books — but its apocalypse is confined to a small eco-community deep in the forests of rural Washington State. Greenloop, home to a handful of artists, tech entrepreneurs and the like, is an attempt to live in harmony with nature. Nature, however, seems to have no desire to harmonise with humans. First, the residents are cut off from the rest of the world when nearby Mount Rainier, an active volcano, erupts. Then they are besieged by a troop of marauding, bloodthirsty Bigfoot.