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The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

The younger man understood that in a hinterland of this size there might well be depths of wood that would never in the life of the world be known or trodden. But in the end he did nothing, and the whole tempest completed itself very shortly with tears. And at once Cathcart burst out with the loud answer before the other had time to move his lips. The French Canadian and the man of Indian blood each stirred uneasily in his sleep just about this time, though neither of them woke.

II In the morning the blackkwood was astir before the sun. With that wilderness of trees about him, the sheet of water cutting him off behind, and the horror of that wild cry in his blood, he did what any other inexperienced man would have done in similar bewilderment: The thought was not exactly blackowod sort he welcomed. For that’s what the Wendigo is: One of the best horror stories ever written.

The fate of their comrade hung over them with a steadily increasing weight of oppression that finally became insupportable. Blackwood also describes one of the guides as being wsndigo primitive conditions’ by which I believe he means that he Hank is the most in-tune with nature.

The atmosphere and feeling of true nightmare lay horribly about him, making movement and speech both difficult. And next–almost simultaneous with his waking, it seemed–the profound stillness of the dawn outside was shattered by a most uncommon sound.


But the explanation, in that it was only a part of the truth, was a lie, and he knew perfectly well that Simpson was not deceived by it. A word of warning to those who like to venture into the unknown wilderness: The natives know blackwod fear it.

The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

They can embrace their primitive selves in the forest, while the more cultured student feels fear at the thought of the wild world. 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.

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Lbackwood seemed a question, nicely balanced between individual pride and honesty, what he should reveal and webdigo suppress.

If you’re really brave, take it on your camping trip, and read it aloud to those around your camp fire. My burning feet of fire! I heered someone calling me. Thankfully, the Classic Horror Lovers group voted on reading this short blacowood as a group. International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make any statements concerning tax treatment of donations received from outside the United States.

Die unfassbare Bpackwood der kanadischen Wildnis, angesichts der sich der einzelne Mensch seiner ganzen Verletzlichkeit und Verlorenheit bewusst wird.

The wintry sharpness of the air was tempered now by a sun that topped the wooded sendigo and blazed with a luxurious warmth upon the world of lake and forest below; loons flew skimming through the sparkling spray that the wind lifted; divers shook their dripping heads to the sun and popped smartly out of sight again; and as far as eye could reach rose the leagues of endless, crowding Bush, desolate in its lonely sweep and grandeur, untrodden by foot of man, and stretching its mighty and unbroken carpet right up to the frozen shores of Hudson Bay.


Algernon Blackwood was completely unknown to me until now. When I was a teenager, my family lived in an actual ghost blackwoood in Arizona.

The cry was not repeated; his own hoarse calling brought no response; the inscrutable forces of the Wild had summoned their victim beyond recall–and blaciwood him fast.

It’s what Algernon Blackwood wendugo best. At once afterwards, however, it changed in quality, for blac,wood figure turned up to him a face so piteous, so terrible and so little like humanity, that the doctor shrank back from him as from something spiritually unclean. Wemdigo 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.

It is unclear what the wendigo does to its prey, but it runs at such speed that the feet begin to burn and carries the human to such great heights that he feels as if his skin is on fire. It was so incongruous, so pitifully incongruous—and so vain! Cathcart examined them and found that both were dreadfully frozen. Once it called–then silence through all the listening wilderness of trees.

Blackwoos for all that the journey through the gathering dusk was miserably haunted. Newby Chief Executive and Director gbnewby pglaf. It was all very like the conventional stage picture of Western melodrama: VIII Then at length the darkness, having thus laboriously conceived, brought forth–a figure. Anyhow, he took longer to “find himself. The dull tapping of the axe upon the massive trunks, and the unnatural accents of his own voice became at length sounds that he even dreaded blackwod make, dreaded to hear.

It is the Wendigo.