What I can remember is there was some sort of grotesque man killing monster that evolved(mutated) in the toxic sludge of a sawmill pond or the polluted area adjacent to the pond. The mill was closed down because of high levels of (mercury?) something used in the sawmill. It was causing animal mutations and infant mortality. A man was sent to the area to identify the cause of these problems and has to battle an organism bent on his destruction.

I probably read this novel in the late 70's or early 80's.

  • Another keep the new question, dup the original. This is why I can't have nice things. May 13 '17 at 7:36
  • You're asking for a novel but the answer is a film? 0_o May 13 '17 at 9:42

Sounds like the movie Prophecy from 1979, starring Robert Foxworth, later of Transformers fame. It was also made into a book.

Set in the Androscoggin River, the film follows an environmental agent and his wife filing a report on a paper mill in the river, not knowing that the paper mill's waste made a local bear mutated, having the bear turn rampant in the wilderness.

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