Movies about the Wendigo have met with mixed success so now it’s time to use a new medium to explore the legend. Filmmaker/actor Larry Fessenden, who wrote and directed 2001’s Wendigo, can now add “curator” to his long list of accomplishments with the publication of Sudden Storm: A Wendigo Reader from Fiddleblack.
The book’s thirteen essays explore Wendigo mythology from a cryptozoological point of view, where the being has been portrayed as a ferocious yeti-like monster, a half-man/half-stag creature, a troll, or the wind itself. Sudden Storm features full-color artwork by prominent illustrators, bringing many iterations of the elusive creature to the page, implicitly posing the question: How do we conceptualize both the malevolent and benevolent aspects of the Wendigo?
Along with Fessenden, the authors include Victoria Nelson, Carter Meland, Kim Newman, Bernice M. Murphy, Samuel Zimmerman, Sheldon Lee Compton, Chris Hibbard, and Nathan Carlson.
It’s a fun read for monster and horror fans, Larry Fessenden fans, and people who like pop culture. In fact, there’s probably not another cool book dedicated to the subject.