Illustration for Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Wendigo’ — Matt Fox


Illustrations by Matt Fox, in Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June 1944.

Thanks to Murray Ewing for introducing me to Matt Fox, clearly a key illustrator of the Weird – I’m sharing his post here.  Murray blogs about SF and related genres in literature and film, so give his site a read.These images depict Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Wendigo’ (1910); here are some excerpts from that story to give you a taste:

“The legend is picturesque enough,” observed the doctor after one of the longer pauses, speaking to break it rather than because he had anything to say, “for the Wendigo is simply the Call of the Wild personified, which some natures hear to their own destruction.”

“The Wendigo,” he added, “is said to burn his feet – owing to the friction, apparently caused by its tremendous velocity – till they drop off, and new ones form exactly like its own.”

“It don’t always keep to the ground neither,” came in Hank’s slow, heavy drawl, “for it goes so high that he thinks the stars have set him all a-fire. An’ it’ll take great thumpin’ jumps sometimes, an’ run along the tops of the trees, carrying its partner with it”

Read The Wendigo in full at Project Gutenberg.

Also, if you’re interested in Weird art, don’t forget to check out Sidney Sime (1986-1941), who is best known for his illustrations of Lord Dunsany’s work.

(Source: Illustration for Algernon Blackwood’s The Wendigo — Matt Fox)