Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva

James Morrow

After 30 years eating the brains of amateur climbers on Mount Everest, a James Bond-loving yeti decides that he needs spiritual guidance. But can an abominable monster truly change?


Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva

by James Morrow

ISBN: Digital: 978-161696-293-7

Published: March 2018

Available Format(s): Digital Only


After thirty years of eating the brains of arrogant mountaineers, a James Bond-loving yeti decides that his life needs a touch more spirituality. But can an abominable monster truly change?

Thus begins an improbable journey overseen by the true Dalai Lama himself, an adventure of attempted enlightenment, dietary restriction, unlikely friendship, and political intrigue.

Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva is award-winning author James Morrow (Towing Jehovah, Shambling Towards Hiroshima) at his best: witty, incisive, and nonpareil.

About the Author

James Morrow is the author of the World Fantasy Award–winning Towing Jehovah, the New York Times Notable Book Blameless in Abaddon,  and the Theodore Sturgeon Award–winning  Shambling Towards Hiroshima. His most recent novels include  The Asylum of Dr. Caligari, The Madonna and the Starship, The Last Witchfinder—hailed by the Washington Post as “literary magic”—and The Philosopher’s Apprentice, which received a rave review from Entertainment Weekly.  A master of satiric and the surreal, Morrow has enjoyed comparison with Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania with a collection of Lionel trains and a rapidly growing library of DVDs of questionable taste.

Praise for The Asylum of Dr. Caligari

Barnes & Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
Amazon Editor’s Picks/Best Books of the Month
io9 Summer Reading List
Campus Circle Best Summer Books

“No one does history-meets-the-fantastic like Morrow. The Asylum of Dr. Caligari is a great example—Impressionism versus expressionism, psychology in the asylum of ‘dreams,’ the weaponization of art, big laughs and big ideas, a wild imagination, and smooth, subtle writing.”
—Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell

“Entrancing prose enhances the unusual plot of Morrow’s successful melding of history and fantasy.”
Publishers Weekly

“James Morrow explores ideas with visionary audacity and a satirical (yet nonetheless disturbing) bent perhaps unequaled since Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series—as if directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.”
See the Elephant 

“It’s a rich and wonderful mash-up of political satire, psychological fairytale and German Expressionist horror story . . . There’s a gorgeous edge to Morrow’s writing, a sense of fun and irreverence that never detracts from the dark jeopardy at the heart of the story. 10/10 stars.”


“Satirical, thought provoking, and stimulating.”
New York Journal of Books

“I was reminded time and again of some horror greats including Dracula and Frankenstein.”
The Booklover’s Boudoir

The Asylum of Dr. Caligari is a fast, funny book . . . Brilliantly walking the line, its zippy energy camouflages a surprisingly powerful resonance. It’s yet another seriocomic triumph from one of the genre’s best satirists.”
—Christopher East

[STARRED REVIEW]“This is an erudite, fun book that can be enjoyed on many levels; it succeeds as a satire of geopolitics and warmongering elites, as a comic fantasy, and as a pastiche of the 1920 film that appears on so many fans’ ‘best of’  lists.”

The Asylum of Dr Caligari is exquisite, inventive madness of epic proportions, laced with wicked humour.”
Strange Alliances 

The Asylum of Dr. Caligari succeeds in being at once a brilliant rendering of an antique spooky passion play and a timeless lesson about megalomaniacs, art, science and love.”

“This is a satire for the ages, a skillful blending of the history of World War One, and the fantastical realm of alchemy and magic.
The San Francisco Review of Books

“It really reminds me of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel . . . sumptuous and philosophical, thought-provoking as well as just good fun.”
Art District Radio

Praise for James Morrow

“James Morrow is a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.”
New York Times Book Review

“Watch out for James Morrow: He’s magic.”
Washington Post Book World

“I am so besotted with James Morrow’s talent that I cannot find a word big enough to deify it.”
—Harlan Ellison

“James Morrow is an original—stylistically ingenious, savagely funny, always unpredictable.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Writing a brand of masterfully understated comic prose all his own, Morrow is a genius…”

“America’s best satirist.”
—James Gunn, editor of The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

“Morrow’s satire is funny and sad, and increases our ability to see the little bits of truth in our own world.”
Denver Post

“James Morrow demonstrates that he may be the Jonathan Swift of the late 20th century.”
Des Moines Sunday Register

“Morrow is even more inventive than Vonnegut.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The man defines fantasy.”
Chicago Tribune

“Morrow is the greatest kind of American author. ”
The Stranger

Praise for The Madonna and the Starship

An June Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

[Starred Review] Jonathan Swift meets Buck Rogers in this hilarious send-up of the golden ages of television and pulp sci-fi . . . This delightful romp from Morrow (Shambling Towards Hiroshima) provides the breathless answer in short order; no need to wait for next week to tune in and find out.
Publishers Weekly

“The story has the tone of a manic tall tale, and is often just as hilarious….”

“To whatever extent the Qualimosians represent the spirit of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, the ‘live and let live’ moral of The Madonna and the Starship is closer to Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World. And what’s more, it’s funny!”

Galaxy Quest, eat your heart out.”

“This latest book by the inimitable James Morrow is rife with gonzo charm and buried barbs and offbeat parables galore.”

On The Last Witchfinder

“Intrepid, impeccably researched…”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“James Morrow’s novel about early American witchcraft pulls off so many dazzling feats of literary magic that in a different century he’d have been burned at the stake.”
Washington Post


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