The Shadow Killer

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 18th, 2007

Matthew Scott Hansen The Shadow Killer

I am reading this book, The Shadow Killer, right now and enjoying it immensely. It follows the "Killer Bigfoot" mode that so many movies and cryptofiction books do, but I am still enjoying the read.

When I finish with it, I will share my opinion here on Cryptomundo. At 448 pages, it’s not necessarily a quick read.

The book retails for $25, but it is available on for only $16.50. Click on the book cover or the linked title of the book to go to to order.

In the meantime, here is a review of the book that was originally published in the Salem OR, Statesman Journal.

‘Shadowkiller’ features a superprimate

January 14, 2007

"The Shadowkiller," by Matthew Scott Hansen

Simon & Schuster, New York; $25; ISBN 0-7432-9473-4

Matthew Scott Hansen lives in Southern California, but he grew up in Oregon and Washington.

He is a screenwriter, radio producer and actor, a photographer and the author of three biographies. "Shadowkiller" is his first novel.

Set in Snohomish County, Wash., the book is a blend of a police procedural and a horror story. Snohomish detective Mac Schneider is assigned the case of two lawyers who disappeared in the woods.

He considers the case below his training as a homicide detective in Los Angeles. But then other people go missing.

Former software designer Ty Greenwood is attracted to the case. He has lost everything in his life because of his aggressive pursuit to prove that Bigfoot exists.

He, too, comes to the woods near Snohomish.

And Greenwood is right. The disappearances are the work of a huge superprimate seeking revenge for the deaths of his tribe in a fire set by careless campers. But he soon develops another motivation … a taste for human flesh.

Portions of the book are written from the point of view of the superprimate:

"Below, the small creature tripped and stumbled its way down the hill, adding distance between them. He watched it for a moment, its fear glowing like fire at night.

"He knew it was injured and in pain. He particularly enjoyed the increased chaos of their thoughts when they were scared and hurt."

Update: At, you can purchase and download the audiobook version, as well as listen to a five minute sample from the book.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

6 Responses to “The Shadow Killer”

  1. DeBo responds:

    Are those the eyes from Meldrum’s book or from the creepshow episode with the yeti creature?

  2. WIDOW responds:

    Haha, my girlfriend just brought an advanced copy of this book home for me tonight. It looks quite interesting! I will let you know.

  3. alanborky responds:

    No, Debo, those are the eyes of Bigfoot coming for Craig because he impugned him by implying he couldn’t fly a flying saucer!

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    Ah, Craig beat me to this one.

    I found Matthew Scott Hansen’s “Afterword” (pages 425-436) quite interesting. He talks about Sir Edmund Hillary, Ivan Sanderson, Bob Titmus, Jane Goodall, Jimmy Chilcutt, and Jeff Meldrum. He does not mention Frank Hansen, the individual who showed the Minnesota Iceman around the country, I assume, because he is not related to him.

    Of course, this book which supports the Giganto POV, does show that there’s is absolutely no conspiracy within Simon and Schuster, because even though my Bigfoot book is also published by Simon and Schuster, there’s not one mention of it in this novel.

    Of course, no telling what all those cryptozoology and Bigfoot books on Dr. Wade Frazier’s shelves actually are entitled. lol.

  5. bill green responds:

    the shadow killer looks like a great fiction book about sasquatch. thanks bill.

  6. joppa responds:

    Another interesting read is Frank Peretti’s “Monster” which takes a theme of Bigfoot-as-gene-experiment gone-bad. I look forward to this book.

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