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. You can read a full version of The Wendigo here. Algernon Blackwood’s The Wendigo is one of the best known “ghost stories.” Chances are, if. The Wendigo [Algernon Blackwood] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Wendigo is a short novel that describes the terror of irrational.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood. Algernon Blackwood’s classic tale, The Wendigo. An influential novella by one of the most best-known writers blackwpod fantasy and horror, blackqood in a place and time Blackwood knew well. Paperback48 pages. Published November 3rd by Hard Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers wendjgo about The Wendigoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. View all 5 comments. Blackwood clearly loves the natural world. My feet of fire! My burning feet of fire! This height and fiery speed!
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Nov 27, Lyn rated it really liked it. 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 Dendigo and started to write stories, using his many personal experiences for inspiration and combining them with his vivid imagination.
First published in The Wendigo is one of Blackwood’s early stories, and also one of his most famous. In the Algernon Blackwood had an interesting life – before he began to write weird stories he taught the violin, was a algeenon, reported for the New York Times, operated a hotel and worked as a farmer in Canada; wrndigo 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.
In the length of a short novella, Blackwood managed to craft a story which not only is eerie atmospheric to this day, but continues to influence contemporary writers of horror and weird fiction. A Wendigo is mostly associated with the vast and cold spaces of the North, where it hunted down those unlucky to stumble on its path.
Feasting on flesh, a Wendigo would give off an odor of decay and corruption. The tribes believed that humans could be possessed by the spirit of a Wendigo while dreaming, and become obsessed with eating human flesh, or be turned into Wendigos when they resorted to cannibalism on their own, even when they were forced to do so to survive a particularly harsh winter or a famine.
Blackwood employs the legend of the Wendigo to create a mother of all horror stories which feature a group of people lost in the woods. He sets his story in the Canadian Far North, and its vast unexplored wilderness where enormous, wemdigo forests stretch seemingly without end. Two Scotsmen – a Dr.
Simpson, his nephew – travel there to hunt moose, accompanied by a Native cook named Punk and two guides: Eendigo really excells at setting the mood and atmosphere in the few pages of bllackwood novella: The setting and its utter indifference to human life is a wendugo part in building up fear, where the festival of strange noises and scents and the oppressive feeling of endless lonely forests and their unrelenting cold can drive one mad.
In this story, the land itself is a force acting upon those who tread it; and it’s neither kind nor unkind, merely indifferent, which is perhaps the most horrifying thing of all. This is a classic and influential story which can be easily read in one sitting, and since it’s in public domain it’s also available as a legal, free download from many sources. Both can be downloaded here: View all 18 comments. 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. Blackwood apparently knows how to expose his protagonists to varying degrees of concrete fear and diffuse anxiety that somehow transfer to algenron reader, in my case even overcome the language barrier that normally protects me from such things. View all 9 comments. Even better this time. 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.
The way nature is depicted only confirms that I could never be a scou Even better this time. The way nature is depicted only confirms that I could never be a scout.
While it is breathtakingly beautiful, it is alfernon than scary. dendigo
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Add a supernatural element of a creature that can take a shape of your companion and you get a terrifying combination. Don’t expect to ‘see’ the Wendigo in its actual form. Its presence, or a wfndigo of it, is used to terrify the men because the Wendigo is the unknown. Das Setting hat mich bei dieser Mystery-Geschichte besonders angesprochen. Die unfassbare Weite der kanadischen Wildnis, angesichts der sich der einzelne Mensch seiner ganzen Verletzlichkeit und Verlorenheit bewusst wird.
View all 6 comments. Sep 16, Scarlet Cameo rated it liked it. Aug 22, J. This ‘horror classic’ was such a strange mixture of psychological terror and late-night campfire yarn that it never really came agernon. He starts setting the mood in classic Blackwood fashion–slow, deliberate, and philosophical: The same line gets repeated several times over, which is what reminded me of a blacjwood tale–that there is a sort of repetitive motif that ties the thing together.
Yet it really seemed to be in conflict blackwpod the general tone of the piece. Other than that, and as usual for Blackwood, there were some quite disturbing and effective images, and some unpleasant implications.
It really is a thoughtful and well-constructed story, I only wish he had found a voice for the victim’s terror that wasn’t so oddly specific in observing and reporting on the details of his predicament. View all 3 comments. I have to admit, that I had never heard anything from blacmwood author before our group reading. Odors and blcakwood play an important role in this little story. The algerrnon language is full of sensory impressions that you get in a dark forest.
Dark forests have al I have to admit, that I had never heard anything from the author before our group reading. Dark forests have always awakened primeval fears in humans and have become a subject in legends, fairy tales and nowadays in horror novels. The plot itself is rather unspectacular for our time. The writing style and the language make the book something special. One of my favorite classic horror shorts. Perfect story to read around a campfire on a cold winter night.
Into the Woods: “The Wendigo” by Algernon Blackwood
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wendiho I have read his biography on Wikipedia. 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 Lovers group voted on reading this short story as a group. For, I found it to be a very good story.
The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood
Nature fascinates as much as it terrifies. I’m a nature girl. But, let’s face it, I’d be almost helpless were I stranded in the wild.
I like to watch “Man V.
Wild” and “Survivorman”, and I collect my survival guides to prepare for the coming apocalypse, the ‘what if’ scenario in which I have to live on the land. But, this surburban girl would be in for it, were she in the shoes of these men in this story, which is why I stay blackwodo butt at home. Intrepid fellows or nowadays gals, as well who venture into the wilderness may face a wendigp crisis in which they lose their reason when faced with the powerful force of the uninhibited, unclaimed isolation of the wild.
They may start to go crazy, and think they algernln things, which cannot be real. But, why, I ask, did it happen to a seasoned woodsman first, and not the naive, inexperienced young Scottish student who had accompanied him? The reason is, there is a force that lurks in the wild. The natives know to fear it. It is the Wendigo. I admit I laughed at a few parts. Not because the writing was bad or because it was cheesy.