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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.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by Hard Press (first published 1910)
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mark monday
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 latter.

third time down, the tale is s
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

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 ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, classics
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 scou
J.G. Keely
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 th
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
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 llega
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Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nickolas the Kid
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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...
“[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 been inspir
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Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (today part of south-east London, but then part of northwest Kent) and educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, "though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas".Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter in ...more
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“the Wendigo is simply the Call of the Wild personified, which some natures hear to their own destruction.” 2 likes
“And soon after he slept, the change of wind he had divined stirred gently the reflection of the stars within the lake.” 1 likes
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