The Wendigo

Algernon Blackwood

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The Wendigo

The Wendigo Algernon Blackwood s classic tale The Wendigo An influential novella by one of the most best known writers of fantasy and horror set in a place and time Blackwood knew well

  • Title: The Wendigo
  • Author: Algernon Blackwood
  • ISBN: 9781406905922
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Algernon Blackwood s classic tale, The Wendigo An influential novella by one of the most best known writers of fantasy and horror, set in a place and time Blackwood knew well.

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    1. mark monday on said:

      a rainy, windy, chilly night with nothing to do but gaze lovingly at my overly full bookcases. so why not reread one of my favorite classic horror novellas? this one is about, wait for it, The Wendigo and its prey du jour (du nuit?): some hunters and their guides. but is the story really about this so-called "wendigo" or whatever or is it more concerned with the awful beauty of uncharted nature, its allure and its dangers? knowing the author, probably the latterird time down, the tale is still f [...]

    2. Lyn on said:

      Dark and thrilling. This demonstrates the narrative power of a short story. Blackwood is able to hold a tingling sense of unease and supernatural awe throughout this tight prose and tell a riveting ghost story at the same time. His language is evocative and murky, making the forest come alive and the stillness of the far north broods like a monster. Reminiscent of Jack London and Joseph Conrad at their best.

    3. Maciek on said:

      Algernon Blackwood had an interesting life - before he began to write weird stories he taught the violin, was a bartender, reported for the New York Times, operated a hotel and worked as a farmer in Canada; only in his late thirties did he return to England and started to write stories, using his many personal experiences for inspiration and combining them with his vivid imagination. First published in 1910 The Wendigo is one of Blackwood's early stories, and also one of his most famous. In the [...]

    4. ᴥ Irena ᴥ on said:

      Even better this time.***I think nature can be terrifying and creepy even without creatures that cannot be explained.A hunting party of five men are on their way to find the elusive moose. They leave their cook Puck to guard their main camp while the rest split into two groups to cover more ground. Dr. Cathcart and one of the guides, Hank Davis, go westward and Défago and Simpson eastward. The story follows Défago and Simpson. The way nature is depicted only confirms that I could never be a sc [...]

    5. J.G. Keely on said:

      This 'horror classic' was such a strange mixture of psychological terror and late-night campfire yarn that it never really came together. He starts setting the mood in classic Blackwood fashion--slow, deliberate, and philosophical:"The silence of the vast listening forest stole forward and enveloped them.". . . that other aspect of the wilderness: the indifference to human life, the merciless spirit of desolation which took no note of man.""When the seduction of the uninhabited wastes caught the [...]

    6. Scarlet Cameo on said:

      Este es un buen cuento de misterio, másque una historia terrorífica. Con una impresionante narrativa Blackwood nos presenta al Wendigo, una criatura mitológica norteamericana. Sin que se nos presente propiamente a esta criatura, ni explícitamente se hable de lo que esta hace se logra que temamos por nuestros protagonistas, incluso siendo que desde el principio tengas una idea muy acertada de lo que va a pasar, temiendo y dudando de su capacidadpara soportar el temor hacia un depredador que l [...]

    7. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) on said:

      Algernon Blackwood has been on my list of classic horror/weird fiction writers since I discovered my fascination with these old, and often lost, gems that fell in the cracks of classic literature. I have read his biography on , and he seemed like an interesting fellow. I bought a couple of his volumes for my collection, and added more to my Kindle. A few years ago, I attempted to read The Willows in an anthology, and it just wasn't our time to get acquainted. Thankfully, the Classic Horror Lover [...]

    8. Bill on said:

      While starting out pretty slow and somewhat dated it really picked up and the chill factor increased right up until the end. Definitely one of the better "classics" that I have read. I can see where this story in particular had a bigtime influence with authors that came after. Nicely done and has stood the test of time incredibly well.

    9. Nickolas the Kid on said:

      Combination of horror and mystery!!If you want to see the "Wendigo", you have to visit either the wild nature or to read this story

    10. Tristram on said:

      “[A] Little Child, Crying in Mid-Atlantic”Or aware of looming forces of indifference in the dark and yet having no other choice but to go on, like the poor French soldier in Caspar David Friedrich’s painting Chasseur im Walde, this is probably what the individual boils down to when he suddenly finds himself torn out of the everyday web of civilized life, whatever that is, and is confronted with Nature Unmasked.Algernon Blackwood’s novella The Wendigo, published in 1910, seems to have bee [...]

    11. Bandit on said:

      I really enjoy wendigo stories, so it was only a matter of time till finally I read this classic. With many works of classic horror literature, there tends to be a matter of pacing and datedness and language that can detract from sheer reading enjoyment. Not the case here. It took a while to get going, but once it did this story was great, exceptionally well written and eerie. Wendigo here is a fear of the wilderness personified and all the scarier for it. Seems this tale was inspired by author' [...]

    12. Steve on said:

      One of the best horror stories ever written. Man, Wilderness, and Something Else. That IS (IMHO) the ultimate formula for Extreme Horror. I may write some more later, but I will probably revisit Blackwood in a collection that includes this story (novella) along with others. If you want more details about the story, Lady Danielle's review is worth checking out. Also, check out the discussion thread(filled with spoilers) in the Classic Horror Lovers group./topic/show/4

    13. Lou on said:

      A tale of men in the wilderness on the trail of something else."For the panic of the wilderness had called to him in that far voice-the power of untamed distance- the enticement of the desolation that destroys. He knew in that moment all the pains of someone hopelessly and irretrievably lost, suffering the lust and travail of a soul in the final loneliness. A vision of Defago, eternally hunted, driven and pursued across the skiey vastness of those ancient forests fled like a flame across the dar [...]

    14. Coos Burton on said:

      Excelente, de las mejores historias que he leído, descripciones impresionantes que automáticamente te llevan a las profundidades de los bosques, allá por donde la negrura cubre al feroz wendigo.

    15. Heideblume on said:

      Il tetro splendore di queste foreste solitarie e remote lo sopraffaceva, dandogli il senso di tutta la sua piccolezzaMolto sottile, ambiguo ed evocativo.Il Wendigo è l'input esterno, non è il protagonista della novella. È un viaggio psicologico nei meandri della mente. Trama. Quattro cacciatori decidono di addentrarsi nel selvaggio Nord Canada a caccia di alci. Sono lo psicologo Cathcart, suo nipote Simon e 2 guide aborigene (Hank e Defago). Per ottimizzare i tempi e coprire più terreno poss [...]

    16. Michael on said:

      Review from BadelyngeA Dr. Cathcart and his nephew Simpson go hunting for moose in the Canadian wilderness, accompanied by two Canadian guides and a native American cook.On the surface this classic horror story by Algernon Blackwood revisits the sort of set-up that worked so well in The Willows. There are other similarities but they feel quite different; the other worldly eeriness of the Willows is quite different than the overall tone in The Wendigo. The first half of The Wendigo is very powerf [...]

    17. March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room on said:

      Review: THE WENDIGO by Algernon BlackwoodLately much has been made of the bigotry of H. P. Lovecraft: whether it was ingrained, or an externalisation of his rampant fear of the unknown, and whether modern readers should overlook it or eschew his writing entirely. Here in this short piece by Algernon Blackwood, a similar bigotry arises, perhaps even more clearly defined. The omniscient narrator downs African-Americans, North American Indians (the next thing to wild animals, it seems), and even a [...]

    18. Althea Ann on said:

      (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 [...]

    19. Jay Little on said:

      A Chilling Pre-Cursor to Lovecraftian HorrorThis past weekend, I finally found a quiet place to sit down and do something I’ve been putting off for too long. Read.I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft and his unique vision of horror. I have read and studied Lovecraft’s work for decades. In college, I wrote short fiction modeling Lovecraft’s style for Creative Writing, and my senior paper for Honors Lit focused on Lovecraft’s contributions to modern horror fiction, specifically Cosmic Indiffe [...]

    20. Ahmed Mahdi on said:

      يعد الكاتب الإنجليزي ألجرنون هنري بلاكوود (14 مارس 1869 – 10 ديسمبر 1951) الذي عاش في أواخر العصر الفيكتوري، واحد من آباء أدب الرعب أو الخيال الغريب أو الماورائيات بأعماله التي كتبها على مدار مسيرته الأدبية التي استمرت لأكثر من أربعة عقود نشر خلالها مئات القصص القصيرة وعشرات الرو [...]

    21. Marvin on said:

      The Wendigo is an excellent example of how a writer can prolong tension and build the story up to a horrific climax. It's what Algernon Blackwood does best. Add to this Blackwood's gift in communicating a sense of mystery and awe regarding nature and the wilderness and you have one of his best tales. A classic of horror literature.

    22. Cphe on said:

      A novella length slice of horror that reads surprisingly quickly. A well written, atmospheric and spooky tale. I haven't read this author before but this would be a great story to read around the campfire.

    23. Marts(Thinker) on said:

      An absolutely strange force lurks in the wilderness, a force that can alter, a force stealing sanity And four companions decide to go hunting

    24. Glenn Winkelmann on said:

      Like many others before me, I discovered this author after reading H.P Lovecraft's glowing review in his horror essay. And so, I sat down with the decidedly favorite stories of his, and spent a good number of hours in a thorough sense of unease that is often quite hard to achieve in me.Blackwood blends what seems to be a stoic, almost Pantheist adoration for all things Nature in the germ of a horror story. On an aside, it seems to be the exact opposite in the way that Arthur Machen achieves it. [...]

    25. Cathy on said:

      This was my first experience with Algernon Blackwood. I just got a Kindle, and it was one of the many free books that I downloaded. I selected it because the "wendigo" is a type of supernatural force/creature that is a legend of my native tribe (Chippewa) and nearby tribes. The wendigo of Blackwood's story didn't conform to the things I'd read about in literature connected with my tribe, but I haven't read a lot about it. It's a taboo topic. Whether Blackwood's interpretation deviates entirely f [...]

    26. Anna Burnett on said:

      Really loved this short story! Absolutely fantastic horror mystery; reading this as research for a design project I'm currently doing and very glad I did!

    27. Franky on said:

      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 [...]

    28. Омаира on said:

      3.5"Pero el sueño, a la larga, siempre acaba por imponerse a cualquier emoción. Pronto se desvanecieron sus pensamientos"No soy una experta en el género del terror, ni siquiera en el de la fantasía ni el de la ciencia ficción, simplemente soy una lectora, que lee lo que se le antoja y critica lo que se le antoja. Pero creo que no hay autor que cree historias tan únicas y poco trilladas como Algernon Blackwood. Este hombre no pretende escribir novelas donde el horror sea el protagonista de [...]

    29. Sienna on said:

      "It was so easy to be wise in the explanation of an experience one has not personally witnessed."Once I got past the overwhelming outrage of the of-its-time, really-I-ought-to-have-expected-this racism, I appreciated The Wendigo's shivering, shuddering, claustrophobic descent into madness. For all its flights of fancy, the writing doesn't quite reach the magnificent heights of the other two Blackwood novellas I read this weekend, but I'd still recommend it unreservedly to anyone interested in my [...]

    30. Juan Hidalgo on said:

      Relato de terror suave o más bien de suspense, muy breve y de fácil y amena lectura.En algún sitio leí que está considerado uno de los mejores diez relatos de terror de la literatura inglesa, aunque eso debió de ser en 1910, año en que se escribió y en el que las grandes regiones inexploradas y el temor por lo desconocido eran mucho mayores que hoy, así que debo disentir de esa opinión. Personalmente me ha causado cierta decepción y una leve actitud de burla hacia el supuesto horror q [...]

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