Many tales have been told about the Wendigo, the man-eating monster of Algonquin legend. But how many times has the Wendigo ever spoken for himself?
Step inside and take a gander at the mind of the top predator in Canada's North Woods.
©2007 Matthew Wallace Quinn (P)2016 Matthew Wallace Quinn
This is a bite-sized morsel of horror with a nice pinch of something akin to justice as a side dish. Quinn's writing is eerily evocative and effective and Collins lends just the right air of gleeful, lurking menace to deliver the goods. A rare story that is well-done. Bon appetit!
I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys hearing their scares as opposed to reading them.
The story itself is well-written and compelling. The narrative offers a unique perspective into the mind and pattern of a monster. It’s driven more by atmosphere than by plot, which perfectly reflects the animalistic nature of the creature being depicted. The description of what’s happening in the moment serves to bring the listener into a vivid and chilling environment.
What I liked best about the piece was how the writing style serves to leave a strong impression of the Wendigo without going into too much detail. A lot of the legends from which Wendigos originate are vague in physical details with a heavier focus in hunting patterns, as was the case here. Quinn has found an excellent balance between imagery and action that honors the roots of these tales.
The one aspect that I found to be lacking was the sound mixing for the clip. The narration itself was not bad, though it was perhaps a bit overstated at times. If you, like me, prefer the more subtle horror then you may find that the reading by Loren Collins a tad dramatic. Although this was something that bothered me initially, I found that a few minutes in it actually added a level of appreciation, as it reminded me of the older horror radio segments. What I did take lasting issue with was actually the sound effects in the background. While the intention was obviously to draw attention to the strong atmosphere presented in the text, I felt like they were a bit too loud and a bit too inconsistent, which actually drew my attention away from the story at a few key points.
Aside from my nitpicking at the sound mixing however, this was something that I enjoyed immensely. I feel incredibly lucky to have received a promotional code from the author himself, and am looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. If you get the chance to check it out, I hope you do.
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