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Algernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary Life

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Not only one of the twentieth century's most inventive writers of supernatural fiction and author of such masterpieces as The Willows and The Wendigo, Algernon Blackwood was also an indefatigable traveler, an extremely popular storyteller on radio and television (he appeared on the first British television program ever), and a secret agent during the First World War. Added ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 10th 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published January 9th 1987)
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Barry Hammond
Aug 21, 2014 Barry Hammond rated it really liked it
I can't even pretend to be objective about this one. Algernon Blackwood was indirectly responsible for the writing of my first novel, Cold Front, since an illustration in Eerie magazine (the companion magazine to Creepy) of The Wendigo is what inspired that novel and their illustration was based on his story of the same name. I have an intense interest in anything to do with Blackwood. This is one of the first major studies of his life since he is notoriously hard to research: he didn't believe ...more
J.R.
Jan 27, 2008 J.R. rated it liked it
In his day, Algernon Blackwood was among the best known writers in the horror field. Today he’s less known except to devotees of that genre.

But Blackwood didn’t consider himself a horror writer. He said all his stories were based on personal experiences or those of close friends and, though he found the strange in the most ordinary of those experiences, he was most concerned with expanding consciousness for a greater understanding of life and nature.

Ashley's writing is rather pedestrian but he h
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Michael Raymond Donald Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Chatham, Kent.
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