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Day and Night Stories

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1917 Excerpt: ... IV INITIATION A Few years ago, on a Black Sea steamer heading for the Caucasus, I fell into conversation with an American. He mentioned that he was on his way to the ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by General Books (first published July 1st 1917)
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Michael Adams
Some of Blackwood's better, and more well-known works, in this collection. I love his blend of the real-world and the supernatural. His stories lack the more formal traditions of older ghost stories, and while almost all touch on the supernatural, very few of them strictly vilify it. These are transformative encounters, touchstones of the beauty and power of the otherworldly. A strong recommendation for those exploring the roots of the supernatural and weird fiction traditions in literature.
makken123
Mar 19, 2014 makken123 rated it liked it
Certainly not one of his best collections although, personally, I liked the pathos of A DESERT EPISODE. Anyway, as a Blackwood fan I'd recommend to a newbie that one starts with JOHN SILENCE, PAN'S GARDEN, THE LISTENER, THE LOST VALLEY, INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES, etc.--all of which are superb collections of unusual/spiritual/weird literature.

“Toys in the world are plentiful, Sire, and you may
have them for your masterpiece of play. But you must
seek them where they still survive; in the churches,
an
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Jien
Dec 20, 2016 Jien rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another middling collection by Blackwood. Tradition, Tryst, and Transition get 4 stars (despite their total predictability) because they were alright. The rest, no so much.
Perry Whitford
Algernon Blackwood is remembered today primarily for his ghost stories. Previously I had only read one of his novels, The Promise of Air, an Age of Aquarius bird-dream which stretched its insubstantial wings over a tedious distance and would have been better shrunk to short story length.

Because of that disappointing experience I had to think twice before bothering to read Blackwood again, but why not give him a chance with what he was best known for? I'm glad I did.

Blackwood's ghosts reside in
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Santanu Dutta
Feb 23, 2015 Santanu Dutta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book and good read. Certainly would have been much better. This is my first read of Algernon Blackwood. As I have read and understood the writings are more on the subject of supernatural and the effects on mind and human psychology to some extent. Taking this as granted and as i have heard a lot about the author expected something more as thoroughly enjoyable jerk free read throughout the reading. Taking that way it's a bit negative.
The book however started with "The Tryst" with excellen
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Harv
May 02, 2015 Harv rated it really liked it
This volume contains 3 of my favorite Algernon Blackwood stories, "The Egyptian Hornet", "The Occupant of the Room", and "The Wings of Horus".

Blackwood's novels can be daunting to read if you have never read books from his time and are not used to his style. His short story collections are a good place to get exposure to his work.
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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 ...more
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