After striking something in the road with his truck, a man follows a trail of red drops through the forest to a mysterious settlement. Will he be able to save the young woman held prisoner by a primitive band of creatures with large feet? The answer lies at the end of the “Bloodpath”!
Humanity and a furtive community of Bigfoot have co-existed for many generations, relatively ignorant of each other, until a man hits something with his Pickup on a lonely road at night. Stepping out to investigate, Boyd is knocked unconscious and dumped in the woods, where he discovers a hidden settlement and a young Native-American woman being held captive by elusive beasts. A short adventure tale from the author of An Ill Wind Blows; Dance Of The Chupacabras; Odds And Ends: A Dark Collection. Bloodpath is also available in The Macabre Mind Of Lori R. Lopez.
E-Book: 4,977 Words
Age Range: 12 and up.
“No way,” mumbled Boyd. “I must still be unconscious. Maybe I’m in a coma.” He whapped his temple with the heel of a hand. “Wake up.”
~ from Bloodpath
HIS BUDDIES WERE THE BEST, mused Boyd Appleton, swerving home from an eve of poker and beer and belly-laughs. They were the kind of friends who stuck by you, whether the chips were down or stacked twelve inches high. He’d known them since childhood and wherever he had been, in the military or thereafter, whatever he had been going through . . . they were a steady source of reassurance.
Now he had broken up with his girlfriend of five years because he couldn’t see spending another five, let alone the rest of his life with her. It was the longest female relationship he’d ever had, except for his mom, so it was tough to let go. They were comfortable together. Too comfortable. He wanted more than that. Maybe it was all the chick flicks she made him suffer with her. He thought he should feel something deeper.
So here he was, driving home late after attempting to drown his sadness and loss in a row of amber bottles, cheered up by the guys but still feeling lousy. His vision was blurred; his reflexes were tardy, yet he had insisted to the gang there was nobody to kill along the desolate road to his cabin. Nobody but himself if he drifted off into a tree.
Maneuvering haphazardly, Boyd negotiated a curve. The darkness beyond his headlamps wavered. He blearily focused. What was that? Did an animal dart across? Intermittent ripples of movement. Was he seeing things?
“Bloodpath squeezes a lot of action into a dozen or so pages, which is exactly what I want out of a short story. When one typically hears about a real-life Bigfoot encounter, it usually involves the sighting of a single creature. However, this isn’t the case in Bloodpath. The main character, Boyd, encounters a group of them (some being hybrid types) and there is even a hierarchy of order involved. Given Boyd’s poor physical state and his lack of weapons, the odds are definitely stacked against him. While I was sensing, or maybe hoped for, a different ending to this story, I respect what Lori did. In fact, as a writer, it’s probably what I would have done. Regardless of the outcome, Bloodpath is an entertaining read that cuts to the chase. There isn’t any filler material in this story, so your money is well spent.”
Horror Abound Blog; Amazon Review
“If you’ve ever, if even for a second, believed that there really are big, hairy creatures living out there in the woods, creatures no one knows about, you have to read Lori R. Lopez’s “Bloodpath.”
Bloodpath explores the Bigfoot or Sasquatch legend and gives us a whole new theory on where the hairy mystery men came from and how they manage to stay hidden. . . . Boyd ends up a hidden observer of something many have imagined, even claimed to have seen — a group of Bigfoot creatures. And, like many human beings faced with something they know little about, Boyd blunders into the situation and makes things immeasurably worse. The repercussions leave a “Bloodpath” through the lives of the Bigfoot creatures and the humans they come in contact with.
Lori Lopez does a good job of putting a new spin on a familiar legend. You may think you know if the Bigfoot really exists, you may think you know what you’d do if you saw one. You may want to catch one on film or, even, catch one just to prove the legend. Lori shows us that you never know what will happen until it happens, and somethings are better left unknown and untouched.”
“This fast-paced, imaginative piece of work was a thrill to read from the first page to the very last. I literally was compelled to keep reading, until the story was told.
Lori keeps the reader enthralled and even shocked at times with her tight, descriptive writing style.
This tale is a must-read, especially for the quizzical minds that have always wondered about the old legends of the Sasquatch.”
“Who freaking doesn’t love a good Bigfoot horror tale? This is awesome. Don’t pass it up.”
Eric S Brown, author of the Bigfoot War series
“Lori R. Lopez [has] done it again!!!! She has blown my mind with another amazing story. Bloodpath takes you through the mystery of the legendary bigfoot and beyond. All Boyd Applegate wanted to do was have some drinks with his buddies to make himself feel better and then drive home. Well the first part of his plan works wonderfully and then everything happens. What is that he just hit? How drunk is he to think that it couldn’t be human? This short suspenseful horrific mystery is a wonderful read. And as always Lori is able to help you envision the entire story through her unique and amazing use of words. You can feel the fear of the humans and the anger of the beasts and the sadness for the loss of the lives that are lost in this tale, but I have to say that I have never thought of a path of blood being beautiful until I read them described in this story.”
Goodreads; Smashwords review
“Unique male perspective of the high romantic expectations raised by the movie hype! from a lady!! This is Lori at her best, furry clowns that eat children for lunch…. humour and horror.
I am learning with Lori to savour these little gems that she shoots out . . . As with a few of her other short stories, I wish she would reign her brain in (a) little from its fantastic meanderings to elongate this to a novel.”
THE FLUFFY RED FOX REVIEWS; Goodread review
“Bloodpath by Lori R. Lopez explores the premise of the Bigfoot. How far would a tribe of legendary creatures go to hide their existence?
Boyd Applegate thinks he is okay to drive. After a few too many drinks he decides to drive to his home in a remote area with little traffic. What could be the worst that would happen? He could hit a tree?
But this time the worst has happened and Boyd has hit something. It may have felt like a tree, but it wasn’t. Left for dead, Boyd has to find out what really happened. Which proves to be a mistake that causes a bloodbath.
At about 12 pages, this is a harrowing tale of murder and mayhem. Not for the faint of heart but certainly for those who like their horror bloody and bloodthirsty.”
Karen Bryant Doering
Parents’ Little Black Book; Amazon Review
About The Author & Artist
The Woods have long been a favorite tiptoeing ground and place of refuge for Lori R. Lopez. She thrives on the presence of trees and the placid beauty of Nature. And yet, in her writing as well as reality, the author is well aware that the most peaceful settings might transform into scenes of abject terror. Daily this potential plot twist reverberates in her life while imagination morphs the mundane into the eerie and unsettling. Louder than the ringing of two ears can come the tinglers of spine-crawling anticipation as she awaits the next chapter, the subsequent turn of each figurative page leading down a path to trouble, woes, and dark dilemmas. Yet through it all she manages to maintain a cheerful disposition of semi-optimism, always hoping that the Moon will come up tomorrow and the bats will sing like a choir of banshees.
Whatever creatures may populate the corners of her vivid thoughts, Lori just hopes she will be able to capture them with lines and letters. Otherwise, they will escape and wreak havoc beneath her bed or inside her closet. They will stir in her cellar, bump in her attic, knock on her door. And then, then she will be forced to move! She doesn’t like to move. It’s a lot of work, and she has so much to pack. Years and years of baggage. All of the Knickknack Paddywackle Hifalutin-Tootin’ Brittle-Peanutty Class-A Curios that tend to accumulate when you aren’t looking. And even when you are! They add up and pile up until you can’t take a step without running into them. Until you have to do a little Spring Cleaning in September and debunk the clunk; plunk the hunk; junk the trunk so to speak. Clear space for more stuff and stuffing-such to roll in like the Tide.
Of course, strolling in the forest is not for everyone. Some do Meditation and Yoga to locate their inner tranquility. Lori does Tree Yoga, which usually amounts to standing as straight and tall and stiff as you can for as long as you can. Most of the time she is very busy sitting at her desk and cannot find a single second for doing Tree Poses. The rest of the time she is thinking about sitting at her desk (a lifestyle that can give your joints a few cricks, your belfry crickets). Or dreaming of nondairy Ice-Cream Sandwiches with Dill Pickles and Purple Tea, her favorite meal. Lori feasts on this three times a day, except Tuesday when she has Finger Sandwiches thrice or twice — substituting French Fries for Fingers — and wrinkle-free Cabbage Raisin Smoothies blended by hand in a nondairy Butter Churn.
(Warning: You must NEVER try this at home! Or else!)