Wendigo comes from the Indian word 'cree' meaning evil that devours. In Algonquian folklore it is a cannibal monster or evil spirit. It is connected to murder, greed, cannibalism, starvation and it is said that if a human is overpowered by greed, or spend too much time with a Wendigo, they may turn into one.
It is a gaunt and thin monster, often grey in colour with sunken eyes and with an odour of decay. In some legends these monsters are giants and grow each time they feed, in proportion to whatever their meal was. They are always on the hunt for a new victim.
The Wendigo features in TV shows like Supernatural, and horror films due to it's evil nature and taste for murdering humans. Here are a few of the films you can check out. I haven't actually seen any of them.
Dark was the Night
Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo (1995)
Wendigo: Bound by Blood (2010)
There are also a lot of Wendigo books out there. I haven't read any of these books, so this is just a list of what I've found so far.
Rick Yancey-The Curse of the Wendigo
Algernon Blackwood-The Wendigo
William Meikle-Night of the Wendigo
Scott R Welvaert-The Curse of the Wendigo
Dale T Phillips-Shadow of the Wendigo
Robin Hardy-Call of the Wendigo
CE Murphy-Demon Hunts
Priscilla U McDaniel-Wendigo Moon
Vaughn C Hardacker-Wendigo
Jennifer Rivkin-Searching for the Wendigo
Kevin Hardman-Wendigo Fever
Graham Masterton-Edgewise aka Wendigo
There are a lot more to find including monsterporn for those interested...just put Wendigo into the Goodreads search. I have Demon Hunts which is book #5 in the Urban Shaman series so I have that to look forward to and Kevin Hardman's Wendigo Fever was a decent YA monster read. I'll be adding some of these books to my wishlist though! The Wendigo has always fascinated me!
Have you read any of these books? Are any of them good horror reads? Have you read good books or seen good Wendigo films? Recommendations welcomed!