Red Blaze (#TNTHorrorContest Top 10 Finalist)
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With animal attacks on the rise, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has hired dozens of trackers to traverse the Appalachian Trail in order to ensure the trail remains safe for those who wish to enjoy its natural beauty. However with twenty-two hundred miles of wilderness, spread across fourteen states, there's plenty of places that remain untouched by human sight.
Finally healing from a bad breakup, Landon takes to the trail with his dog Rufus, to do a routine scout for mountain lions. When Rufus starts acting weird, Landon quickly realize that something else has taken up residence on the trail, using an eastern portion of Pennsylvania as it's own personal hunting ground. Unaware until it's too late, Landon and Rufus fight for their lives as a new predator on the food chain turns it's attention toward them. Landon set out to help others enjoy the beauty of Appalachian Trail and in turn will end up learning more about the true evil of human nature than he ever thought possible.