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Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood, Fiction, Horror


Algernon Blackwood


Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood, Fiction, Horror


Literature & Fiction

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Borgo Press (October 1, 2002)




Genre Fiction



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Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood, Fiction, Horror by Algernon Blackwood

A Wendigo is a half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or a monster that had physically transformed from a person. It is particularly associated with cannibalism.

When I was a teenager, my family lived in an actual ghost town in Arizona. My aunt would often visit us. She was very well read, and her tastes included classic horror and sci fi stories. On one occasion when she visited, we put a double bed outside, and all of us kids piled into bed with her. Lying under the stars in our ghost town, we listened to the story of the Wendigo. Out West, people have not heard the myth of the Wendigo. It is told by the Ojibway Natives in the land above the Great Lakes. So, unlike vampires and werewolves, the Wendigo was new to us. My aunt was a great story-teller: by the time she had finished the story, we were plastered to her sides, our eyes searching the night for a giant monster come to take us away into the wilderness. For that's what the Wendigo is: a spirit of the wild. I guarantee you will never feel the same about camping outside, once you have read this story. If you're really brave, take it on your camping trip, and read it aloud to those around your camp fire. You might all end up as we did, huddled together, heads under the blankets, hearts pounding, spirits dreading a visit from The Wendigo. Enjoy!
Eerie book that rides the rails between myth and madness. Before buckets of bloods there were vintage horror stories about men lost in the woods, facing their fears and sometimes crossing boundaries of the unexplainable - this being one such tale. Author knows how to raise your hair on end with passages like "His voice grew fainter - dropped to a hush - then ceased altogether" , "Far overhead, muted by great height and distance, strangely thinned and wailing, he heard the crying voice..." and "The severity of the haunted vigil marked his soul for life." Classic, creepy fun that I look forward to reading more of in "THE COLLECTED WORKS OF ALGERNON BLACKWOOD" ASIN: B074MGV4HV which ought to keep most any horror enthusiast busy for quite a while.
This one takes a bit to really get going, but pay serious attention to the sly hints and subtle precursors that Blackwood seeds among the first 50+ pages' because you'll need them to understand later events in this truly scary story. Living in the northern woods of the Great Empire of Montana, the legend of the Wendigo is pretty well-known, and often told on Indian reservations and dude ranches to scare the "outlanders." This is a legend that originated in north Canada by the Ojibwa tribe and made its way first to the Maine north woods, and on further west. In these modern times, somebody acting crazy is still referred to as having "seen the Wendigo."

Deep, uninhabited forrests still unknown and untouched by the chain saw. Two hunters, their guides, and a legend-come-to-life where they are beyond help; isolated in the total and mysterious depth and eternal silence of the ageless backwoods. Although this story was written in 1910, Stephen King, a dweller of north Maine, cites it as a work that influenced him by its "creepiness." It gets creepier page by page - no guts and gore, but eerie with its strange progression. If you're an outdoorsman/woman, this tale will have you looking not around your shoulder, but over your head in great uneasiness.

Buy this one - or you'll be said to have "seen the Wendigo!"

Thanks for reading,

Great Empire of Montana
Rocky Mountain Way Freelance Writing
I was first introduced to Algernon Blackwood’s work awhile back when I read his brilliantly creepy tale, “The Willows.” Much like that classic story, “The Wendigo” takes us far into the mysterious natural world, where humans are pitted against the unknown.

“The Wendigo” concerns a group going out hunting. When the party of men splits up, the story then shifts its focus on Simpson and his fellow guide, Defago. As they move further and further into the wilderness, Simpson notices an odd change in the mannerisms of Defago. Not only that, but a mysterious sound is heard far off in the distance which has a sharp effect on both men. After a night at camp, Defago suddenly and mysteriously bolts away and into the wild. Simpson confused, and upset, is now forced with the task of bringing Defago back, all the while dealing with his own fears…

At the center of this tale is the legend of a Wendigo, a grotesque creature known to inhabit the region, hunt down its prey, and, in some cases, possess those near it. Blackwood puts you right into unchartered and mysterious regions where humans are at a disadvantage against a force beyond their comprehension. Much like “The Willows”, “The Wendigo” builds with a sense of foreboding atmosphere, where humans must try to deal with the unexplainable. While “The Wendigo” is a little more straightforward of a tale compared to “The Willows”, it is nonetheless eerie in its own right, and creepy enough to make you think long after reading it.

The brilliance of this work is Blackwood’s mastery of building tension and not giving all away, leaving the reader to unearth the mysteries of this story. Is the supernatural really at play, or what is to account for the mysteries that happen? Sometimes the unknown is far scarier than what is right in front of us.

I think “The Wendigo” would be an appropriate camp fire story, told late at night among friends.
A spooky and scary story of five men in the Canadian wilderness. While separated into two hunting parties of 2 men and a cook in the main camp terror befalls one pair of the hunters. An ancient evil of the primeval woods pays a visit on them…..

This is a spooky story almost like the ones you would tell while camping out in the woods to scare each other. Based on Indian legends it makes a great story. I enjoyed reading it but it really is creepy. It will make you think twice if you are ever lost in the deep woods.

The story is worth reading.

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