Master of the Forest

A horror novel about mammoth tusk mining in Siberia,


At the edge of the civilization, in the depths of the world’s biggest forest, an enigmatic creature stands guard over something that should not have been dug out…


Our hero leaves his backdoor Russian town and heads to Moscow, never to be poor again. With each day, he grows more and more desperate until he meets an old geologist with an intriguing and surprisingly profitable offer: to join him on his trip to the depths of Siberia, the largest forest on the planet, and become a “black digger” – one of those who find and excavate mammoth tusks with the purpose of selling them as ivory to the highest bidder.

With nothing much to lose, our hero agrees, venturing to the edge of the Earth, beyond the borders of civilization and into the untouched wilderness. There, thousands of miles from home, in a race against the clock before the cold seals the ground, he has to face nature, other diggers, his inner demons and, most importantly, the enigmatic “Master of the Forest” – a prehistoric creature and the origin of all local legends, who ferociously protects his domain.

Book Reviews

Here you can find the reviews written by satisfied readers.

"This book will reach into you and pull you along..."

This took a little while to get started, but once it did it fully gripped me. I knew it would have a huge payoff at the end, and I was not disappointed. This book will reach into you and pull you along. It puts you right there with the characters and involves you in their pain, terror and desperation.

Michelle Goulet, an Amazon Reviewer

"Spine-chilling plot keeps you thrilled and intrigued..."

A perfect opportunity to escape the daily routine and have an exciting adventure to the endless forests of Russia. A Spine-chilling plot keeps you thrilled and intrigued till the very last page, and the main character’s anguish and development are the icings on the cake of this fascinating book.

Ekaterina Burdak, an Avid Fan

"...I loved the intelligence of this book."

Exciting, yes. A good adventure story, yes. But most importantly, brilliant writing, from towns that evoke an Edward Hopper painting to the psychopathy of the call center to a Treasure of the Sierra Madre feel, this is as much literature as it is horror. The thought processes of the “hero” remind me of Crime and Punishment. I loved the intelligence of this book.

Anne Valdez, an Amazon Reviewer


This was an incredible book! The characters are well-described, the action is consistent, and the imagery, specifically the personification, is wonderful! There were moments I could feel the forest around me, breathing down my neck. Remarkable!

Lana Mowdy, A Professional Editor

4.5 Stars on Amazon!

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75000 Words of Pure Horror!

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About Author

Artyom Dereschuk is a Ukrainian English-speaking writer living in Moscow, Russia. His favorite genres as far as writing is concerned are horror and sci-fi, and using his 3rd world post-USSR background he aims to set them in the most unusual for a Western reader setting. His works can be read on Reddit at /r/Scandalist or listened to at “Simply Scary Podcast”.