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Preview — The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
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third time down, the tale is s ...more
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 was completely unknown to me until now. The author can create a good, which in this case means uncomfortable, atmosphere with fairly simple means. Even though I didn’t lie in the corner in foetal position, jittering and trembling, I have to admit that the story struck some nerve with me. Blackwood apparently knows how to expose his protagonists to varying degrees of concrete fear and diffuse an ...more
"The silence of the vast listening forest stole forward and enveloped them....more
". . . 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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
(As an afternote, there is language used in it that may seem offensive to our modern ears, even if it at the time w ...more
Five men go hunting in a Canadian forest. Dr. Cathcart and his nephew, Simpson, were hunting moose with Hank Davis and Joseph Défago as guides, and Punk as cook. They split up after setting up a main camp.
Simpson and Défago head out to a nearby ...more
Written in 1910, so I'm giving this story writing some slack. But it really is interesting to read something old to get a feel of the mindset back then. I would really like to see a present day author re-write this and make it horrific and frightening.
The Wendigo! The name its...more
What happens is both suspenseful and perplexing. I won't say more, except to say that this short story is very much worth the read. ...more
"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 ...more
Still, a star gets dropped due to unnecessary padding and all the prejudicial comments about non-whites. Apart f ...more
A 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 ...more
This 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 Indifferentiali ...more