Ships after February 16, 2016
‘SUDDEN STORM: A WENDIGO READER’
Illustrated paperbound book
New collection features nonfiction and artwork in the vein of Fessenden’s ‘Wendigo’ cycle.
Indie publisher Fiddleblack is announcing the release of SUDDEN STORM, a paperback volume of essays and art curated by filmmaker and horror aficionado Larry Fessenden, centering on his longtime fascination with the Wendigo of Algonquian lore, which he depicted in his 2001 feature film WENDIGO and several subsequent projects up to the 2015 Sony Playstation video game release UNTIL DAWN, which he co-authored with Graham Reznick.
Fessenden and the contributing writers and artists to SUDDEN STORM examine the Wendigo from several perspectives. The book’s thirteen essays explore the mythology from a crypto-zoological point of view, where it’s been portrayed as a ferocious yeti-like monster, a half man-half stag creature, a troll, or even just the wind itself. The book will also examine the Wendigo’s disturbing true-crime legacy, chronicling historically documented incidents of grizzly cannibalism attributed to the “Wendigo Psychosis”. The concluding essays contemplate the broader metaphors proposed by the mythology about Western expansionism and the resulting devastation to native peoples and the environment.
The collection features artwork by prominent illustrators who bring 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.
Readers of the book will experience full-color artwork and thoughtful and diverse essays. SUDDEN STORM is a provocative reading experience for fans of Fessenden’s oeuvre, fans of horror in film and fiction, and anyone intrigued with mythology and folklore.
LIST OF AUTHORS
Sheldon Lee Compton
Theodore Roosevelt (historical reprint) Chris Hibbard
Bernice M. Murphy
LIST OF ARTISTS
M. Grant Kellermeyer
Fiddleblack is an experimental production company. They release text, audio and video, and focus on atmosphere in art. Fiddleblack began in 2010 as a literary journal, quickly moving into the book publishing world and expanding from there to cover art across all medias. Fiddleblack has worked in the horror genre with many creators, including Thomas Ligotti and Clive Barker.
Visit their website at fiddleblack.org.