The Wendigo is hungry, always hungry. And its hunger is never satisfied. The more it eats the bigger it gets. And the bigger it gets, the hungrier it gets. It can grow as tall as the trees, and still it aches with hunger. And we are hopeless in the face of it. We are devoured.
The Wendigo is a mighty, powerful spirit. It can take on many forms— part wind, part tree, part man, part beast, shapeshifting between them… It can fly at you like a sudden storm, without warning, from nowhere, and devour you, consume you with its ferocious appetite…
This book’s thirteen essays explore the Wendigo in its myriad forms and from various (pop) cultural perspectives. Readers of the book will experience full-color artwork and diversely written essays.
Between Algonquin mythology and field-noted cryptozoological points of view, the Wendigo is portrayed as a ferocious yeti-like monster, a half man-half stag creature, a troll, or even just the wind itself.
Sudden Storm examines the Wendigo’s disturbing true-crime legacy, chronicling documented incidents of grisly cannibalism attributed to “Wendigo Psychosis”. Essays contemplate the broader metaphors proposed by mythology, regarding Western expansionism and the resulting devastation to native peoples and the environment.
This collection features brilliant new artwork by prominent illustrators, bringing various iterations of the elusive creature to the page, implicitly posing the question: How do we conceptualize both the malevolent and benevolent aspects of the half-beast entity?
Sudden Storm is a provocative reading experience for fans of Larry Fessenden’s oeuvre, fans of horror in film and fiction, and anyone intrigued by mythology and folklore.
Larry Fessenden recently saw the release of a box set entitled The Larry Fessenden Collection from the label Shout Factory featuring new transfers of his four most celebrated films, No Telling, Habit (Nominated for three Spirit Awards), Wendigo (Winner Best Film 2001 Woodstock Film Festival) and The Last Winter (Nominated for a 2007 Gotham Award for best ensemble cast). Fessenden directed Skin and Bones for NBC television’s horror anthology Fear Itself and the feature film Beneath for Chiller films. He is the co-writer with Graham Reznick of the Sony Playstation videogame Until Dawn. He is founder and CEO of Glass Eye Pix, a production shingle which celebrated its 30th year in 2015, and he is the producer of revered genre fare such as The House of the Devil, Stake Land, I Sell the Dead and the audio series Tales from Beyond the Pale.
Chris Hibbard is a poet, author and freelance journalist living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He was inspired to study the Wendigo legend while taking Native American folklore classes at the University of Lethbridge, but he admits to being attracted to the “spooky” side of life.
Bernice M. Murphy
Bernice M. Murphy is lecturer in Popular Literature at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She edited the 2005 collection Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy and has published many book chapters and reviews on horror cinema. Her recent publications include The Highway Horror Film (2014) and The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture (2013). She has just completed Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction for Edinburgh University Press, and is currently co-editing (with Elizabeth McCarthy) the collection Lost Souls: Essays on Gothic Horror’s Forgotten Writers, Directors, Actors and Artists for McFarland. She is co-founder and was co-editor (from 2006-12) of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and has directed the Trinity College M.Phil in Popular Literature since 2009.
Alison Nastasi is an artist and journalist from New York City. She is the weekend editor for the arts and culture website Flavorwire. Her work has appeared on Fandango, Moviefone, MTV, Rue Morgue, and more. She is a Chronicle Books author and contributing author in Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s.
Victoria Nelson is working on the third of her Harvard trilogy after The Secret Life of Puppets and Gothicka. She is also the author of two books of short stories, a memoir, and a book on writer’s block and creativity. Victoria teaches in the Goddard College graduate creative writing program and lives in Berkeley, California.
Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. His fiction includes the Anno Dracula series, Life’s Lottery, Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles and An English Ghost Story; his non-fiction includes Nightmare Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People, Doctor Who and Quatermass and the Pit. He co-wrote the comic miniseries Witchfinder: Mysteries of Unland and the plays The Hallowe’en Sessions and The Ghost Train Doesn’t Stop Here Any More. He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines. His latest novel is The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School. His official web-site is at http://www.johnnyalucard.com. He is on Twitter as @AnnoDracula.
Samuel Zimmerman is a curator at horror streaming site Shudder, and has previously worked as managing editor at Fangoria and editor-in-chief at Shock Till You Drop. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
Donald is a Montreal based illustrator who grew up in the suburbs, drawing and watching movies. He has worked as a commercial illustrator for Fantasia Film Festival and Spasm, as well as for the films Crawler, End of the Line, Under the Scares, and the video games Far Cry (3 & 4), Assassin’s Creed, and Splinter Cell. He has also worked on the comic series Vampirella and Heavy Metal. His website is http://donaldcaron.daportfolio.com.
After serving in the U.S. Marines, Trevor enrolled at the Ringling College of Art & Design. Upon graduation, he found work in various horror magazines and thankfully fell in with Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, where he illustrated 4 posters for the Tales from Beyond the Pale radio series. He has created storyboards, pre-production film art, and comic books. Currently, he draws covers for Spacegoat’s Evil Dead 2 comic series and is getting fat eating lots of gumbo in Mobile, Alabama, where he lives with his beautiful wife, dog, and three cats.
Michael Kellermeyer is the editor and illustrator for Oldstyle Tales Press, a craft publisher which specializes in annotated and illustrated anthologies of classic horror authors ranging from Blackwood, Stoker, M. R. James, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. Kellermeyer is an English professor who lives and teaches in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife, Kierstin, and a cozy library of 500 books.
A horror fan since he could stick a tape into a VCR, “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin has grown into a monster-making machine. As Rue Morgue magazine’s original art director, the London, Ontario-born artist created the famous look of the publication, which currently hosts his art column, “The Fright Gallery.” Now a full time creature creator, his colourful signature style has graced numerous magazines, books and home video covers for Anchor Bay, MGM, Arrow Video and Scream Factory. He’s had his work featured in galleries across North America, created highly sought-after screen-prints for Mondo and created vinyl designs for Death Waltz Recording Co. and Waxwork Records. Gary’s created key art for various recent films, including The Babadook, Grabbers and Birth of the Living Dead. Both Gary and his art will be seen in the upcoming documentaries Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six and Why Horror?. Visit his website at http://www.ghoulishgary.com.
Brahm Revel has spent the first half of his life in San Francisco and the second half in New York City. As a result, he has no idea what a moderately priced apartment is. In that time he’s worked extensively in the film and animation industries, most notably sharing storyboarding duties for a time on The Venture Bros. In recent years he’s turned his attention squarely to comics, recently writing and drawing the Marvel Knights: X-Men mini for Marvel Comics. He’s probably best known (hopefully) for his creator owned series, Guerillas, from Oni Press, and he promises that “the new volumes are almost done and will be well worth the wait!” Currently, Brahm is en résidence at La Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France, eating baguettes and reminding everyone that his middle name is Jacques.
Known for lush and meticulously painted riffs on Old Masters that feature pop culture icons of the past, Isabel Samaras’ ribald images are woven with references to classic horror movies, ancient mythology, cherished TV characters, tribal societies, and childhood fairy tales. Magical realism and the forbidden fantasies of fabled characters frolic in a world where elusive desires become reality, re-imagining ill-fated journeys that turn into enchanted honeymoons. Her painted narratives, classical in technique and pop in content, often revolve around issues of making things end the way we wish they would. Exploring “What if?” and “Why not?” she brings human desires and foibles to fictional characters, studying the human condition through the eyes of popular culture by jamming old and new together in the visual equivalent of a mash-up song. Samaras’ work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, The New York Times, as well as several books including her own On Tender Hooks, and the documentary films The Lowdown on Lowbrow and Newbrow: Contemporary Underground Art.
Brett Weldele is an Eisner-nominated comic book painter and New York Times Bestselling Author. He has been published by nearly every major comic book publisher in the US, and is available in several languages around the world. Probably best known for co-creating the hit comic book The Surrogates, which was adapted into the 2009 film starring Bruce Willis. Brett enjoys working on his own projects like Spontaneous and The Light as well as commercial gigs like Halloween, Se7en, 28 Days Later and Southland Tales. His recent projects include working with Shrek producer Aron Warner on Pariah for Dark Horse Comics and Vampirella 1969 for Dynamite.