Continued from Terrible Monsters Baba Yaga
Series began in: Terrible Monsters: Loch Ness, Banshee, Chupacabra
Reclusive proto human? Gigantic hermit with a thrift shop fur coat? Mountain gorilla with a poor sense of direction and a commitment to walking upright? Bigfoot exists as more of a simian J.D. Salinger than a monster proper. A brief, immense, presence made significant by his refusal to be known.
Stalked by friendless A.V. Clubbers, like a pretty girl who once retrieved their inhaler from a of huddle mean jocks, the lore around Bigfoot is that of our pursuit, with little attention paid to his purpose or nature. He is what we need of him. The sum of our knowledge could serve as the tagline of a match.com profile:
Large, bipedal, creature enjoys long walks on the tundra, startling hikers, and thwarting the ambitions of fourth rate documentarians. Looking for fellow recluse to share lightly furnished cave and dour silences.
Country of origin: U.S.A
Is it scary:
At worst Bigfoot is accused of occasionally trampling men who’d managed to corner him in his woodland lair. This is on par with a frustrated celebrity smashing a paparazzi’s camera. Hell, if this went down in Florida he’d be well within his rights to gun the lot of them down without fear of prosecution, the events immortalized in a NRA financed remake of “Harry and the Hendersons” where the family doesn’t make it out of the first act.
There are nightmarish elements around our obsession with him, but the monster is a source of pathos, not terror. .
What does this say about America:
Bigfoot was the first reality star. He is famous for being famous, a cypher that allows us to project narrative. His lore is more cryptozooilogical cold case file than a mystery proper, his hair and footprints fetishzied as proof against the finders mundanity. Bigfoot is special only to the extent that those who capture him will become special. There is no fear or delight, just the acquisitive desire of weary capitalist. Damn, it got a little Marxist in here.
What is the lesson:
Introversion will not be tolerated. No matter how remote your exile, intrusive weirdoes will never leave you alone. At some point you will be cornered and forced to explain how your need for solitude is really about others. How your quiet is a mystery for them to solve.