Algernon Blackwood

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Algernon Henry Blackwood (March 14, 1869December 10, 1951) was a British writer of horror stories.

Born in Shooter's Hill (today part of south-east London, but then part of north-west Kent), Algernon Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, mining in the Alaskan gold fields, and working as a newspaper reporter in New York City before moving to England and starting to write horror stories. He was very successful, writing 10 books of short stories and appearing on both radio and television to tell them. He was an avid lover of nature, and many of his stories reflect this.

Selected Works

The Willows - Perhaps his most celebrated story, was influenced heavily by Blackwood's own trips down the Danube River. It tells the story of two campers who pick the wrong place to sleep for the night, a place where another dimension impinges on our own. H.P. Lovecraft considered this the finest supernatural tale in English literature.

The Wendigo - Another camper tale, this time set in the Canadian wilderness. A hunting party separates to track moose, and one member is haunted during the night by the Wendigo of legend.

Ancient Sorceries - A tourist returning from a trip becomes too enchanted with a strange French town and its people to leave. He is slowly drawn more and more into their realm of secrets and talk of ancient memories.

The Insanity of Jones - A reincarnation story based around the correcting of past wrongs by revenge.

The Man Who Found Out - A researcher goes on an expedition to find "The Tablets of the Gods" which have plagued his dreams since his boyhood. He finds them, and the horrible truth of humanity's true purpose in the universe.

Smith: An Episode in a Lodging House - A man and his strange neighbor's paths meet more often than he would like in this story of a man delving into secrets he should not know.

The Glamour of the Snow - A traveller meets a strange woman late one night at a ski resort and spends the rest of his vacation searching for her, so that they can have one last moment together. He almost gets his wish...

The Man Whom the Trees Loved - A wife is powerless to save her husband from the nature he loves and its ever growing influence on his life.

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