Monday, December 16, 2013

Cry for the Indians, Die for the Indians

Unlike darker Native American spirits the manitou and the wendigo, Malsum apparently only made an appearance in horror fiction via this 1981 title, by unknown author Gerald John O'Hara. Malsum sounds like a pretty nasty guy, so I can see how he'd have his own horror novel. Except "malsum" is a tribal word for "wolf," (it is also of course the name of a Swedish black metal band) so I don't know why the publisher decided to go with this utterly freaky portrait of a rabid, mutilated, blank-eyed deer. Nice work though.

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