The Wendigo

The Wendigo

by Algernon Blackwood
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The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

The Wendigo is a novella by Algernon Blackwood, first published in The Lost Valley and Other Stories (Eveleigh Nash, 1910)
Popularizes an evil creature of legend from the Algonquian people of Native American Indians. The wendigo is a cannibalistic spirit that can either possess humans or is the creature in which humans can transform. Often described as extremely gaunt, skeletal gray in color and smelling of decaying flesh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587155444
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Series: Wildside Fantasy Classics
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 - 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century".
His two best known stories are probably "The Willows" and "The Wendigo". He would also often write stories for newspapers at short notice, with the result that he was unsure exactly how many short stories he had written and there is no sure total. Though Blackwood wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. Good examples are the novels The Centaur, which climaxes with a traveller's sight of a herd of the mythical creatures; and Julius LeVallon and its sequel The Bright Messenger, which deal with reincarnation and the possibility of a new, mystical evolution of human consciousness. In correspondence with Peter Penzoldt, Blackwood wrote.
My fundamental interest, I suppose, is signs and proofs of other powers that lie hidden in us all; the extension, in other words, of human faculty. So many of my stories, therefore, deal with extension of consciousness; speculative and imaginative treatment of possibilities outside our normal range of consciousness. ... Also, all that happens in our universe is natural; under Law; but an extension of our so limited normal consciousness can reveal new, extra-ordinary powers etc., and the word "supernatural" seems the best word for treating these in fiction. I believe it possible for our consciousness to change and grow, and that with this change we may become aware of a new universe. A "change" in consciousness, in its type, I mean, is something more than a mere extension of what we already possess and know

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The Wendigo (Dodo Press) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
seldombites More than 1 year ago
The Wendigo is creepy in a way only Victorian stories can be. It is a short story, but an intense one. It did not take me long to read this story but it stayed in my head long after I finished, leaving me with a vague sense of unease and dread for the remainder of the night. I will be keeping this book in my collection and I recommend that horror fans read it if they can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was well written, detailed, and interesting. I definitely enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It's only 129 pages so it is a fairly quick read. Good for anyone that likes the style of classic novels, especially gothic horror.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flowery language
favazz More than 1 year ago
Chilling tale based on Native American monster inhabiting the deep north woods. This edition is well done, with few if any typos and bad breaks to annoy the discriminating reader.
james44 More than 1 year ago
"The Wendigo" is widely regarded as one of Blackwoods best stories and is among the best and scariest stories ever written. "A Psychical Invasion", also by Blackwood, comes a close second. Anyone who has ever been out in the woods alone, particularly at night, will instantly be transported to that time and place by "The Wendigo". This one is not to be read before bedtime. All of Blackwood's stories, including the less scary or supernatural ones, are the best in English literature. The writing is exquisitely beautiful yet easy to read, evoking images and moods like nothing else I have ever read. If you've never read Algernon Blackwood, you have missed out on a profound and intense experience.
Benjamin_Sobieck More than 1 year ago
Hunters head into woods. Hunters feel evil presence. Mythical creature snatches up hunter. It's a pretty basic plot as far as campfire horror tales go. But in the hands of a modern horror great, the psychology of the yarn morphs into something completely different. Sometimes it's in a good way, as with the terror that builds with each chapter. Other times, not so much, as with the climax that never quite takes off with the horrific jet fuel of the early parts. It's a classic, though, and is best read right before a trip into the great outdoors.
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