Wendigo: A Dark Fantasy Novella (Blood of the Isir Book 0) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : June 22, 2018
- File size : 2505 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Print length : 55 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Publisher : Ratatoskr Publishing (June 22, 2018)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B07DPLQTNJ
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #498,543 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Erik Henry Vick is a writer who has begun publishing in the last year or so and happens to live in my area, Western New York. Much of his work is either set in this area or starts here and moves elsewhere. Handy, in terms of local references for people from here; but readers from elsewhere can easily visualize the setting as any area which contains a few cities of a million or two and well as plenty of smaller cities, towns, villages and rural areas. Any Mixed Use Where, USA...
Erik writes a mixture of two genres. He first captured my attention with a horror collection called Devils which is comparable to Stephen King's work in ambience and, in my humble opinion, quality. It deals with encounters between mortals and demons ranging from pretty nasty to Monarch of Darkness in their level of unpleasantness. Good book, captured my interest. Initially it sounded interesting and I signed up to be a reviewer to get a prerelelease copy of Devils and loved it. Found being a reviewer a bit more deadline ridden than I cared for, so I haven't taken on any other writers - but happening to sign up with Erik led me to a body of work I love, as well as a writer who treats his fans as family - not that him being a nice guy makes any difference. I am a merciless critic who has been reading the best fantasy and science fiction since 1956 - getting a good review out of me is no mean feat, and thus far Erik has consistently managed not to disappoint me.
While I have a reasonable appreciation for well written horror, my main love for many decades has been epic fantasy since i got grabbed by Tolkien's work in 1967. Erik does that too, working in the realm of Norse myths and legends. His first venture into that area really grabbed me as that particular mythos as been a lifelong love of mine - it's hard wired into a fair sized chunk of my DNA!
That first book I mentioned, Devils, contained a novella, Wendigo, which straddles both genres, though that is only hinted at toward the end of the tale.
This story, set early in the Anglo-American settlement of New York's Finger Lakes area, has strong ties to Erik's novel Errant Gods and its successors in the Blood of the Ysir series. The second book of that series, Rooms of Ruin, will be released in mid July. That series is set in the present day.
Wendigo has therefore been republished as a standalone novella prequel to that series.
"Wendigo" or some variation is a term used by the indigenous inhabitants for demonic creatures who eat human flesh and are always ravenous. In indigenous folklore, the wendigo nature is a curse visited as a punishment on human cannibals when they first taste human flesh. In Erik's fictional world, the curse is triggered by the same crime, but there are genetic requirements and the cursed can transform into powerful werebeasts. At one time, these creatures were treated as gods and fed by their neighbors, but the native peoples abandoned this practice and the creatures, who had human intelligence, shape shifting powers and massive strength and could not be killed, turned in anger to preying extensively on humans.
This novella's protagonist is a brave settler with military experience who lives in what became Geneva, NY and has close ties to the neighboring Onondaga via his close friendship with an extremely capable warrior. A settler is found torn to pieces and partly eaten in a fashion the warrior immediately recognizes from decades-old eyewitness accounts as typical wendigo behavior. Presently one of the creatures visits the settler's home and offers him a place among them. The settler finds this notion repulsive, which does not surprise his caller. Hmm. Not ready yet. You will be..
No more details - spoilers. Suffice to say that the confrontations with the Wendigo folk are horrific in the extreme and the ending is considerably less than pleasant. This story fits well with the very nasty Devils collection it was originally included in as well as introducing the Blood of the Ysir series of novels. I heartily recommend it to anyone who likes well written horror as well as well written fantasy!
The white village have several characters with different traits, some have courage, others honor, others have the natural mistrust of what is not familiar but they can change. So far a rich range of personalities in such a short story. Sadly the same cannot be said about the natives: all of them are invariably heroic and noble. If you recall the wendigo myth it actually shows that for themsleves it was also important the daily struggle to not fall into human weaknesses. In this story, without giving spoilers, they are "cleaned" of the myth of the Wendigo and it's transferred to another party. Although that add an interesting turn into the story it also deepens the cartoonishing of the Onondowaga tribe. I don't think I'll get the next books in the series. By experience, the little defects in short stories only get multiplied in longer ones.
Top reviews from other countries
In this fictional world that we enter with Erik,
the curse is triggered by the same crime, but there are genetic requirements and the cursed can transform into powerful werebeasts. At one time, these creatures were treated as gods and fed by their neighbors, but the native peoples abandoned this practice and the creatures, who had human intelligence, shape shifting powers and massive strength and could not be killed, turned in anger to preying extensively on humans.
This book is well wworth the read as a standalone novella if you prefer but if like me it snags from the beginning and you to continue following the journey so remember to check out the Blood of the Ysir saga to continue on the path. Highly anxious for the third in series now!!
Simply put; I love all things Native American Folklore. Their creation stories and their creatures are fascinating and the Wendigo has always struck me as a more terrifying werewolf. A human made evil into a demonic shape shifter. A skinwalker always in disguise.
This tale follows John Black as he tries to help his Native American friend (whose name I will not be able to spell) O. A wendigo has returned to extract vengeance after being banished years ago.
Fantastic writing, great use of suspense and build up really put this over the top for me. Can't wait to dive deeper into this series!