jenna_marianne (jenna_marianne) wrote in epic_recs,

Red by big_pink (PG-13)

Title: Red
Fandom: Supernatural (with a very Grimm take on Little Red Riding Hood)
Pairing: gen
Categories: case file, dark, drama, horror, mystery, pre-canon
Length: Epic (78,948 words)
Warnings: Child Abuse, Non-Con

Author on LJ: big_pink
Website: Tales From Big Pink / BigPink at

Something evil is killing treeplanters in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, possibly the same predator that Dean narrowly escaped years before. How Grimm will things get before the brothers figure it out?...Washington state logging, treeplanters. A Big Bad Wolf and a secret that Dean won’t spill. Ten chapters in three time periods. Season One and pre-series.

I'm a sucker for both stories in which the characters have alternate jobs, especially if it's an unusual job described in an interesting manner, and stories that explore fairy tales in new and interesting ways. This story has both those things.

There are three parallel time-lines. The main storyline, where a season one Dean and Sam go undercover (working as a logger and a tree-planter, respectively) to investigate a series of disappearances. We also get to see Dean in 1997 working as a logger to support his family, and flashback to a traumatic experience further back in Dean's past, in 1992.

The monster in this story is extra-ordinarily creepy. The imagery stuck with me for ages; that said, I'd avoid this story if you're not in the mood for that sort of thing. I also wasn't very comfortable with the children-in-distress portions of the story, set in 1992. Despite all that, the story is a well-crafted and well-plotted suspenseful tale.

Red (on
Red pdf (at author's website, also includes a foreword and another story, DNR)
Red (on LJ) pt.1 pt.2 pt.3 pt.4 pt.5 pt.6 pt.7 pt.8 pt.9 pt.10
Tags: fandom: fairytale/mythology, fandom: supernatural, genre: case file, genre: dark, genre: drama, genre: horror, genre: mystery, genre: pre-canon, length: epic, pairing: gen, recs by jenna_marianne
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