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Books by Algernon Blackwood. Fear of a great, uncontrollable, unknowable force that the character is hopeless against.

I really enjoyed The Wendigo as both the story and the literary structure. It is the Wendigo. Eerie book that rides the rails between myth wendigi madness.

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My feet of fire! It was gone before he could properly seize or name it. This demonstrates the narrative power of a short story. Some of the language required a brief re-read to make sure it was understood, especially when some of the idioms or curses were written phonetically.

This approach is something Lovecraft used frequently with great effect, and is something I consider a signature element in some of my favorite Lovecraft pieces. Blackwood also describes one of the guides as being ‘nearest primitive conditions’ by which I believe he means that he Hank is the most in-tune with nature.

He starts setting the mood in classic Blackwood fashion–slow, deliberate, and philosophical: Blackwood does not give the reader too clear an idea of what the Wendigo actually is; instead it is both intrusive and elusive, its most conspicuous quality being a particular smell: The Bush in capital letter!


A vision of Defago, eternally hunted, driven and pursued across the skiey vastness of those ancient forests fled like a flame across the dar A tale of men in the wilderness on the trail of something else. 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.

For fiction that’s over a hundred years old, this one has kept remarkably well. A pause followed in which neither of them said anything.

The author can create a good, which in this case means uncomfortable, atmosphere with fairly simple means. I think I needed the release of a pressure fl.

The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

Blackwood does an excellent job of conjuring up the vastness and mystery of the untamed North American wilderness.

Blackwood really excells at setting the mood and atmosphere in algetnon few pages of this novella: The other intangible fear is what I see as the pre-cursor to Lovecraftian horror. Das Setting hat mich bei dieser Mystery-Geschichte besonders angesprochen.

He paints a clear picture of wdndigo beauty of the wild, and the sinister creature that lurks within. Dec 24, Althea Ann rated it liked it.

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Horror Elements The story plays on horror and fear in a number of ways. Cathcart and his nephew Simpson go hunting for moose blackwooc the Canadian wilderness, accompanied by two Canadian guides and a native American cook. Sometimes the unknown is far scarier than what is right in front of us.


This height and fiery speed! Then he notices something amiss, then realizes that Defago seems to have moved during the night — wejdigo legs are outside the tent and the flap pulled back The son of a preacher, Blackwood had a life-long interest in the supernatural, the occult, and spiritualism, and firmly believed that humans possess latent psychic powers.

The Wendigo

The Wendigo is presented in algetnon first person perspective. It does indeed evoke “savage and formidable potencies lurking behind the souls of men, not evil perhaps in themselves, yet instinctively hostile to humanity as it exists Okay, it makes me shudder just writing that. Combination of horror and mystery!! Author knows how to raise your hair on end with passages like “His voice grew fainter – dropped to a hush – then ceased altogether””Far overhead, muted by great height and distance, strangely thinned and wailing, he heard the crying voice The force has no regard, acknowledgement or care as it pursues its cosmic schemes.

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