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The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

The Wendigo (1910)

by Algernon Blackwood

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Pretty good for a tale written over 100 years ago. Basically a creepy campfire tale. One feels a growing sense of dread from early on. Good atmospherics and not too predictable. ( )
  AliceAnna | Jan 21, 2019 |
Lento,lento,lento....... peccato! ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
Lento,lento,lento....... peccato! ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
The Wendigo was written by Algernon Blackwood in 1910. The Wendigo, a creature from Algonquin legend, is a cannibalistic spirit which possesses humans and causes the possessed to transform into an extremely emaciated creature, which is skeletal gray in color and exudes the stench of putrefying meat.

A small hunting party embarks on an expedition through the densely forested and unclaimed north Canadian wilderness to hunt moose. The party splits into two pairs, and the main characters Simpson and his native guide, Defago, are subjected to profoundly ominous and unnerving events. Defago is dragged from the pairs tent and disappears into the trees. Simpson escapes and returns with the rest of the group whereupon they discover Dafago but strangely altered.

The Wendigo takes the reader along through the tale as if they were a member of the hunting party. A sense of dread of the unknown is slowly developed. This book is a superbly written campfire tale. ( )
  Arkrayder | Nov 6, 2016 |
(1910) A hunting party that ventures into forbidden territory has a run-in with a creature out of legend. This horror classic has some very well-done elements. I like how the 'rough' talk of the huntsmen and their guides is contrasted with the lovely and evocative descriptions of nature. Blackwood does an excellent job of conjuring up the vastness and mystery of the untamed North American wilderness. Unfortunately, it does contain a few racial slurs and depictions which, while they may serve to contribute to the setting of the story, are quite jarring to a modern reader. There are also elements of the 'horrific' in this story that came off as... well, just a bit silly. But overall, the juxtaposition of small blustering (but strangely vulnerable) men against the unknown is quite effective. It does indeed evoke "savage and formidable potencies lurking behind the souls of men, not evil perhaps in themselves, yet instinctively hostile to humanity as it exists..." ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Algernon Blackwood was a prolific writer across short stories, novels and plays. His passion for the supernatural and for ghost stories together with a fascination for all things in the occult and mysticism created some of the most enthralling works ever written. HP Lovecraft referred to his works as that of a master. Henry James in referring to The Bright Messenger said "the most extraordinary novel on psychoanalysis, one that dwarfs the subject. " Many other authors similarly lauded him. Today his works are beginning to regain their former popularity. Here we publish one of his classic novels, The Wendigo, one of a number of books that any fan of the occult should read.… (more)

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