Tales Of The Uncanny And Supernatural
Tales include The Doll, Running Wolf, The Little Beggar, The Occupant of the Room, The Man Whom the Trees Loved, The Valley of the Beasts, The South Wind, The Man Who Was Milligan, The Trod, The Terror of the Twins, The Deferred Appointment, Accessory Before the Fact, The Glamour of the Snow, The House of the Past, The Decoy, The Tradition, The Touch of Pan, Entrance and E...more
Published August 1st 1968 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
(first published January 1st 1950)
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Algernon Blackwood is one of the best writers of weird fiction around, and if you've read "The Willows", you know that's true. This may be one of the best single collections of Blackwood's writings that I've run across, short of an actual "Complete Works", which I don't believe anyone has attempted yet (as stories keep being discovered) - and it doesn't have "The Willows" in it! Which is to say, some writers get typecast by their best stories and all it takes is digging below the surface a littl...more
Some of the stories were excellent ("The Glamour of the Snow", "The Touch of Pan", "The Pikestaffe Case", to name a few), some just pretty good supernatural stories, a few were awful (unfortunately, the long opener, "The Doll" was really bad). But well worth a read. The only trouble was that this edition (from The House of Stratus) was rife with typos (or whatever the word for scanning-and-spellcheck errors is): hyphens instead of long dashes, "Her" instead of "for", "ox" instead of "or", and ma...more
Algernon rarely disappoints. This is a good mix of his stories, with some extremely well done, and others simple in their execution. For the audience of today, some of the simple stories may seem like short tv episodes they've seen before, but the excellent stories make up for the lot.
Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (today part of south-east London, but then part of northwest Kent) and educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, "though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas".Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter in...moreMore about Algernon Blackwood...
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“Mrs. Bittarcy rustled ominously, holding her peace meanwhile. She feared long words she did not understand. Beelzebub lay hid among too many syllables.”
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