“The Curse of the Wendigo” by Rick Yancey

The Curse of the Wendigo“I have had my fill of fear. I have stared too long into the abyss, and now the abyss stares back at me.”

Halloween was a couple weeks ago and in honor of the unofficial holiday, I decided to read the second novel in Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series, The Curse of the Wendigo. The series follows a teenaged boy called Will Henry, who works as an assistant to one of the greatest monstrumologists of his time, Pellinore Warthrop. Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who studies specimen commonly classified as monsters and he often takes Will with him on his adventures and investigations.

Like the first novel, The Monstrumologist, this second book is a frame tale, the bulk of which is told through Will’s journals. In the present day, Will has died leaving behind his journals, his sole possessions. The director of the retirement home where Will resided asked his writer friend, who we assume is Rick Yancey, not only to try to ascertain the truth of the journals, the contents of which are highly unbelievable, but also to possibly track down any of Will’s remaining relatives. In his attempts to do so, Yancey publishes Will’s journals, which we now read.

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