My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Wendigo

October 26, 2012 at 1:17 am (dark fantasy, The Snowy Barrens trilogy, writing) (, , , , , , , )

Possibly my favourite monster of all, the wendigo originated from North American native legends.

It has two primary variations in mythology – one is a physical monster who lurks in the wilderness, forever hungry. It is malevolent and cannibalistic, sometimes wearing human form and preying upon the people it mimics.

The second form was a spiritual or psychic version of the monster that could possess a human in order to attack and kill others.

The monster lies at the core of the plot in my Snowy Barrens trilogy. It brings with it great chaos and death:

The trees before Rabbit began to tremble and shake, and the little boy scrabbled backwards, the rough dirt and dry twigs biting into his soft palms. He didn’t notice the pain. It did not surpass the terrible throbbing at his throat.

It was at that point that the soul-devourer exploded into view, obliterating the greenery that blocked its pathway to the frantic child. This was the best type of fear, from the tastiest kind of prey. If it had had lips, the monster would have licked at them with its shrivelled gray worm of a tongue. As it lunged forward, Rabbit twisted onto his knees and lurched to his feet. The beast’s claws passed so close to the boy’s ear that they brushed the downy hairs there, and shaved a few orange strands from his head. Wracked by his mother’s screams, Rabbit plunged through the bushes and raced off again in the same direction from which he had originally come.

Above is my sketch of the wendigo chasing poor Rabbit.

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2 Comments

  1. cherylmoore said,

    I also looooove the wendigo!!! 😀

  2. chantellyb said,

    🙂

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