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Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951)

Autor/a de The Willows

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Obres de Algernon Blackwood

The Willows (1907) 556 exemplars
The Wendigo [Novella] (1910) 287 exemplars
The Complete John Silence Stories (1908) 177 exemplars
The Centaur (1911) 100 exemplars
A Prisoner in Fairyland (1913) 89 exemplars
The Empty House (1906) 85 exemplars
Four Weird Tales (2006) 71 exemplars
Incredible Adventures (1914) 69 exemplars
The Damned (1914) 66 exemplars
The Man Whom the Trees Loved (1912) 63 exemplars
The Human Chord (1910) 57 exemplars
Pan's Garden (1912) 47 exemplars
Tales of Terror and the Unknown (1965) 45 exemplars
Three John Silence Stories (2004) 45 exemplars
Jimbo (2007) 45 exemplars
Besuch von Drüben. Gruselgeschichten. (1970) — Autor — 41 exemplars
Ancient Sorceries (2022) 40 exemplars
John Silence (1908) 37 exemplars
The Doll and One Other (1946) 37 exemplars
The Garden of Survival (1918) 31 exemplars
Three More John Silence Stories (2006) 26 exemplars
The Extra Day (1915) 26 exemplars
Christmas Ghosts: An Anthology (1978) 26 exemplars
The Promise of Air (1938) 24 exemplars
The Wave An Egyptian Aftermath (1916) 23 exemplars
Episodes Before Thirty (1950) 22 exemplars
The listener, and other stories (1907) 20 exemplars
Day and Night Stories (1917) 19 exemplars
The Education of Uncle Paul (1909) 17 exemplars
Julius LeVallon (1916) 16 exemplars
Shocks (1935) 16 exemplars
The Bright Messenger (2007) 16 exemplars
Ten Minute Stories (1914) 13 exemplars
Dudley and Gilderoy (1929) 12 exemplars
Culto secreto y otros relatos (2000) 12 exemplars
Strange Stories (1976) 11 exemplars
Tales of the Supernatural (1983) 8 exemplars
Die gefiederte Seele (1996) 8 exemplars
The Man Who Found Out (2013) 7 exemplars
A Victim Of Higher Space (1914) 7 exemplars
Secret Worship (short story) (1908) 7 exemplars
Running Wolf (1920) 7 exemplars
John Silence e altri incubi (2010) 6 exemplars
The Kit-Bag (1908) 6 exemplars
A Haunted Island (1899) 5 exemplars
Sand (2005) 4 exemplars
The Glamour of the Snow (1911) 4 exemplars
Full circle 4 exemplars
The Dance of Death (1963) 3 exemplars
The Willows and The Wendigo (2013) 3 exemplars
The Transfer (1911) 3 exemplars
The House Of The Past (1904) 3 exemplars
The Attic [short story] (1912) 3 exemplars
The Listener 3 exemplars
The Damned and Other Stories (2009) 3 exemplars
A Woman's Ghost (2012) 2 exemplars
Die Satansschüler (1973) 2 exemplars
John Silence Three More Cases (2013) 2 exemplars
Adventures before thirty (1934) 2 exemplars
Antiche magie (1990) 2 exemplars
The Other Wing (1915) 2 exemplars
Max Hensig (2009) 2 exemplars
The Tryst (1917) 2 exemplars
Clairvoyance (1911) 2 exemplars
The Wings of Horus (1914) 2 exemplars
First Hate [short story] (1920) 2 exemplars
Wayfarers (1912) 2 exemplars
Transition (1913) 2 exemplars
The Terror Of The Twins (1909) 2 exemplars
The Pikestaffe Case (1923) 2 exemplars
KARMA (2014) 2 exemplars
The Singular Death of Morton (1910) 2 exemplars
The South Wind (1910) 1 exemplars
The Valley of the Beasts (1921) 1 exemplars
The Little Beggar (1919) 1 exemplars
The Trod (1946) 1 exemplars
Lure of the Unknown 1 exemplars
The Deferred Appointment (1911) 1 exemplars
The Tradition (1913) 1 exemplars
The Decoy (1919) 1 exemplars
The Man Who Was Milligan (1923) 1 exemplars
Dudley and Gilderoy 1 exemplars
Migrations 1 exemplars
Kamer te huur 1 exemplars
Ciemne Strony 1 exemplars
The Touch Of Pan (1917) 1 exemplars
Ghost Stories 1 exemplars
Nukke ja muita kauhutarinoita (2023) 1 exemplars
A Blackwood Omnibus (2008) 1 exemplars
Roman Remains {short story} (1948) 1 exemplars
Werewolf Tales: An Anthology (2021) 1 exemplars
Söğütler (2022) 1 exemplars
Bitelets - The Olive (1922) 1 exemplars
The Golden Fly (1911) 1 exemplars
The Kit Bag & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplars
The Sacrifice & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplars
Special Delivery (1910) 1 exemplars
The Destruction Of Smith (1912) 1 exemplars
Initiation 1 exemplars
A Desert Episode (1914) 1 exemplars
John Silence Cases 1, 2 & 3 (2013) 1 exemplars
Murder Most Foul - on Playaway (2009) 1 exemplars
Mr. Cupboard 1 exemplars
By Water (1914) 1 exemplars
Fluch der Zwillinge (1973) 1 exemplars
First Hate & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplars
Chinese Magic (1920) 1 exemplars
Entrance and Exit (1909) 1 exemplars
With Intent To Steal (1906) 1 exemplars
A mysterious house (1987) 1 exemplars
Hayalet Öyküleri (2015) 1 exemplars
The Wood of The Dead (2017) 1 exemplars
A Suspicious Gift (2017) 1 exemplars
The Empty Sleeve [Short Story] (1911) 1 exemplars
13 Tales of Terror 1 exemplars
Violence (1913) 1 exemplars
Sand & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplars
The Olive (1921) 1 exemplars
The Sacrifice (1913) 1 exemplars
Discesa in Egitto 1 exemplars
The Sea Fit [short story] (1910) 1 exemplars
The Heath Fire (1912) 1 exemplars
The Return (1911) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (1987) — Col·laborador — 893 exemplars
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Col·laborador — 832 exemplars
The Dark Descent (1987) — Col·laborador — 729 exemplars
The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen by Edward Gorey (1959) — Col·laborador — 681 exemplars
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) — Col·laborador — 647 exemplars
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Col·laborador — 548 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (1976) — Col·laborador — 527 exemplars
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery (1962) — Col·laborador — 369 exemplars
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (1981) — Col·laborador — 338 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Col·laborador — 298 exemplars
Witches & Warlocks: Tales of Black Magic, Old & New (1991) — Col·laborador — 287 exemplars
Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old & New (1991) — Col·laborador — 263 exemplars
Victorian Tales of Mystery and Detection: An Oxford Anthology (1991) — Col·laborador — 172 exemplars
Famous Ghost Stories (1944) — Autor — 138 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels (1988) — Col·laborador — 137 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Col·laborador — 136 exemplars
Shadows of Carcosa: Tales of Cosmic Horror (2014) — Col·laborador — 130 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology (2021) — Col·laborador — 117 exemplars
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (1990) — Col·laborador — 114 exemplars
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Col·laborador — 111 exemplars
Cat Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Col·laborador — 101 exemplars
Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain (2020) — Col·laborador — 94 exemplars
Great Ghost Stories (Watermill Classics) (1985) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Famous Modern Ghost Stories (1921) — Col·laborador — 89 exemplars
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction (1997) — Col·laborador — 86 exemplars
Famous Ghost Stories (A Watermill Classic) (1980) — Col·laborador — 85 exemplars
H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales (2005) — Col·laborador — 84 exemplars
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Col·laborador — 82 exemplars
Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings (2018) — Col·laborador — 81 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror (2021) — Col·laborador — 80 exemplars
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Col·laborador — 80 exemplars
The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time (2002) — Col·laborador — 79 exemplars
The Horror Hall of Fame (1991) — Col·laborador — 77 exemplars
Classic Ghost Stories (2010) — Col·laborador — 77 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Col·laborador — 76 exemplars
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Col·laborador — 76 exemplars
The Phoenix Tree: An Anthology of Myth Fantasy (1980) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
Chill Tidings: Dark Tales of the Christmas Season (2020) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
A Fabulous Formless Darkness (1991) — Col·laborador — 66 exemplars
Mysterious Cat Stories (1993) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1964) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Stories of the Supernatural (1967) — Col·laborador — 55 exemplars
The Century's Best Horror Fiction Volume 1 (2011) — Col·laborador — 51 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Col·laborador — 47 exemplars
Ghosts for Christmas (1988) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
The Ghost Slayers: Thrilling Tales of Occult Detection (2022) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2014) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
The Third Omnibus of Crime (1935) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1971) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars
The Moons at Your Door (2016) — Col·laborador — 43 exemplars
The Haunted Library: Classic Ghost Stories (2016) — Col·laborador — 42 exemplars
Our Haunted Shores: Tales from the Coasts of the British Isles (2022) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Great Tales of Terror (2002) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1966) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars
The Television Late-night Horror Omnibus (1993) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Who knocks? (1946) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Great Horror Stories: Tales by Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft and Others (2008) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (2010) — Col·laborador — 37 exemplars
The Ghost Book: Sixteen Stories of the Uncanny (1926) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
Tales of Terror (1943) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
The Necromancers (1971) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
The Evil People (1968) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
Eight Strange Tales (1972) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
The Best Ghost Stories (1919) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Dangerous Dimensions: Mind-Bending Tales of the Mathematical Weird (2021) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes (2021) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
The Horned God: Weird Tales of the Great God Pan (2022) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Horror Hunters (1971) — Col·laborador — 30 exemplars
The Mystery Book (1934) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Crawling Horror: Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird (2021) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
London Tales of Terror (1972) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
Your Share of Fear (1982) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
Spectral Sounds: Unquiet Tales of Acoustic Weird (2022) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
More Weird Tales (1976) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
The Ninth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1973) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
In the Shadow of Dracula (2011) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
Best Ghost Stories (1977) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions23 exemplars
British Weird (2020) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
And the Darkness Falls (1946) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
The Magicians: Occult Stories (1972) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
The Second Omnibus Of Crime: The World's Great Crime Stories (1932) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Horror by Lamplight (1993) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
A Century of Thrillers from Poe to Arlen (First Series) (1934) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Nightmare Reader: v. 2 (1973) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Monster Mix (1968) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Monster Festival: Classic Tales of the Macabre (1965) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Ghosts and Marvels (1924) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Nightfrights (1972) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
The Best British Short Stories of 1922 (2004) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
The Horror Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Horror Stories (2011) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Beware of the Cat (1972) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Tales of the Occult (1975) — Autor, algunes edicions16 exemplars
Prince of Darkness (1978) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
The Ghost's Companion (1975) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Fifty Enthralling Stories of the Mysterious East (1930) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Homefront Horrors: Frights Away from the Front Lines, 1914-1918 (2016) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Paha vieras (1996) 15 exemplars
The Uncanny Gastronomic: Strange Tales of the Edible Weird (2023) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Graphic Classics: Canine/Feline Classics (2014) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
Cat Encounters: A Cat-Lover's Anthology (1979) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
The Eleventh Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1975) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Beware the Beasts (1970) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Favourite Scary Stories from Graveside Al (1996) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Ghastly, Ghoulish, Gripping Tales (1983) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Doubles, Dummies and Dolls: 21 Terror Tales of Replication (1995) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
M Is for Monster: A Modern Bestiary of Classic Monsters (2011) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Uncanny Tales 3 (1975) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Terrors, Torments, and Traumas: An Anthology (1978) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
Klassieke griezelverhalen (1980) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
The Haunted Dolls (1980) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Other Canadas: An Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Thin Air: An Anthology of Ghost Stories (1966) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
More ghosts and marvels (1934) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Great Tales Of The Supernatural (1978) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Armchair Horror Collection (1994) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Shudders (1929) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Eerie, Weird and Wicked (1977) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
When Churchyards Yawn (1963) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
A Tide of Terror; An Anthology of Rare Horror Stories. (1972) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
More Voices from the Radium Age (MIT Press / Radium Age) (2023) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Great Classic Ghost Stories (2011) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Kuollut koskettaa keveästi (2011) 5 exemplars
Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Tales (2016) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
The Sleeping and the Dead (1963) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
The Golden Gift Book (1938) 4 exemplars
The great weird stories (1977) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Number Six Joy Street (1928) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
The Little Monsters (1969) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions4 exemplars
Number Eleven Joy Street (1933) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Wendigo: Based on Algernon Blackwood's Short Novel (2023) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions3 exemplars
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden — Col·laborador, algunes edicions3 exemplars
Number Nine Joy Street (1931) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Zaffre Book of Occult Fiction (2023) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Black Book of the Werewolf: 32 Stories of Bestial Terror (2010) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Georgian Stories 1924 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Weird Tales Volume 32 Number 3, September 1938 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Horrifying and Hideous Hauntings (1986) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Evil Tales of Evil Things (Scare Your Socks Off) (1993) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Number Seven Joy Street (1929) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Nightmare Reader (1973) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Number Twelve Joy Street (1934) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Number Eight Joy Street (1930) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Number Five Joy Street (1927) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
イギリス怪談集 (河出文庫) (1990) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Number 12a Joy Street — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Xmas Thrillers: The Greatest Holiday Mysteries in One Volume (2017) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Tchnienie Grozy — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Best Crime Stories 3 (1968) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
The tramp, January 1911 (1911) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Stories of the Macabre (1976) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Gespenster — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
小説幻妖 壱 (1) 新春 妖女コレクシオン — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars

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THE DEEP ONES: "A Touch of Pan" by Algernon Blackwood a The Weird Tradition (desembre 2021)
THE DEEP ONES: "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood a The Weird Tradition (març 2021)
Opinions on Algernon Blackwood a Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night (gener 2012)

Ressenyes

This novella is available for free on Project Gutenberg.

I only downloaded this story because I had the misfortune to read a bad graphic novel adaptation of it by Nicolás Lepka called Wendigo. I was curious to see if the problem lay with the source material or the adapter, and it seems to be Lepka.

This version is a mediocre horror story that relies more on atmosphere than in-your-face horror as the presence of the monstrous Wendigo is more felt than seen. Lepka, meanwhile, turns it into a literal monster story with the Wendigo appearing on page after page flitting about.

If you are tempted to try one or the other, I'd go with this one, but keep in mind it is steeped in racism against Black and Indigenous people. That's more unpleasant than any of its intended horrors.
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villemezbrown | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | May 12, 2024 |
ghosts, wendigo, insanity, faerie
 
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ritaer | May 10, 2024 |
*Spoilers ahead*

I'm sure it's due to some obscure perverseness that I can't consciously pinpoint, but I've never quite warmed up to "The Willows." Despite its esteemed reputation, despite the fact that I've reread it many times during the past thirty-five years in hopes that I would appreciate some nuance which previously had eluded me, I'm left essentially unmoved by the story. With just two characters in a single setting, and action that remains almost entirely ambiguous to the end, it's too spare to justify its length (a little over fifty pages). Not much happens: two outdoorsmen, one of them the story's narrator, are paddling a canoe up the Danube; they make camp on one of the river's numerous small islands, where the willow bushes seem to take on a threatening aspect. Are the willows really occupied/manipulated by some intelligent lifeform from another plane of existence, or are the men so overwhelmed by the loneliness and remoteness of the island that they (one of them, in particular) suffer a psychotic break? It's never made clear. The missing oar, the damage to the canoe and the loss of provisions arguably can be blamed on the narrator's eccentric traveling companion. Even the ghastly corpse that turns up at the end may have been a victim of the Swede.

Here emerges an inescapable parallel with the age-old critical debate over Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw" (which Blackwood greatly admired): is it really a ghost story, or isn't it? But "The Willows" is even less plainly a tale of the supernatural. Read it carefully and you'll realize how consistent the psychological interpretation is. With a single exception (a visual phenomenon which the narrator witnesses alone, and is easily attributable to imagination), all the strange events of the story could have been wrought by human hands. What "The Willows" is actually about, in my view, is the narrator's dawning realization that his traveling companion is not the stable, unimaginative, trustworthy type he had appeared to be.

I understand the effect that Blackwood was aiming for, but the execution is labored. Again and again, the narrator describes the uncanny atmosphere of the island, the rustling of the willows, the anxiety that overtakes him as escape begins to look impossible...and the more he describes it, the less I'm able to feel it. Blackwood is too insistent, and because the story is so long yet so lacking in substance, he has no choice but to go on insisting. All that the narrator can do is sit around and wait for something bad to happen. It just doesn't work for me. I'm not sure how "The Willows" came to be regarded as the greatest horror story in the English language; I'll take Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan" (which is, unambiguously and unapologetically, a horror story) any day of the week. And this, I assure you, is coming from someone who admires much of Algernon Blackwood's work. He conveyed an atmosphere of supernatural wonder far more effectively in "Ancient Sorceries," and of creeping dread and horror in "The Occupant of the Room."
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Jonathan_M | Hi ha 29 ressenyes més | Dec 24, 2023 |
This is a collection of the most famous of Algernon Blackwood's spooky stories, plus a concluding one, 'Max Hensig' which is non-supernatural and deals with a reporter's brush with the psychopathic killer of the title, quite interesting in its own right.

The book opens with 'The Willows', a long story which some have stated is the best ghost story in the English language. I wouldn't agree; for a start, it isn't about ghosts but about the encounter of two men, travelling to the source of the Danube, with forces from another dimension. The setting is a remote marshy area covered in stunted willow bushes, and in the course of the story, the willows take on something of the nature of the inimical force which threatens the two men. I found it a bit slow, and its chief interest lay in my conviction that it must have influenced H P Lovecraft, a well-read man, because it is surely the earliest example (the 1907 credit is of its first collection in another anthology, so it is earlier than that) of a story about the intrusion into our dimension of hostile forces alien to humankind - a theme which became Lovecraft's entire oeuvre.

Other stories, such as 'Ancient Sorceries' and 'Secret Worship' concern those who worship traditional sources of evil, such as the devil Asmodeus. A hapless protagonist is drawn into a situation where he feels an irrestible attraction to a place or person, sometimes both - in 'Ancient Sorceries' and 'Glamour of the Snow' the person in question is a femme fatale who exercises an almost literally fatal attraction. The portrayal of witchcraft is always traditionally satanic in nature; far from the nature worship of the modern Wiccan religion which antedated Blackwood's stories.

Other tales are more varied - 'The Listener' concerns an impoverished magazine article writer who takes rooms because they are cheap and finds out why, and 'He Kept His Promise' is about a student who is cramming for his exams when an old friend arrives, sadly transformed. In 'Ancient Lights' a staid officeworker is pixie-lead in an old wood, and an equally unadventurous character on a walking holiday is brought face to face with a moral dilemma in 'Accessory Before the Fact'. 'The Empty House' is the most traditional ghost story in the collection, in which the protagonist is asked to accompany his plucky but elderly aunt who wants support when she spends the night in a local haunted house.

'The Transfer' is unusual in that it is the only story with a female protagonist: a governess who witnesses the visit of her employer's brother, a psychic vampire who leaches vitality from all around him, but who finally meets his match in a rather mystical fashion. And 'The Other Wing' is from the viewpoint of a young boy, although it is rather confusing at first, implying that the boy is an invalid - he isn't - and then that he is much younger than eight or nine; but it does capture well the attempt by a child to make sense of strange phenomena by inventing his own story about it to tell himself.

Some of the stories fall a bit flat with non-conclusive endings: 'Ancient Sorceries', already mentioned, is one of a series Blackwood apparently wrote where someone tells their tale to a "psychic doctor" called John Silence, and trails off rather flatly. However, even where they strike a modern reader as a bit slow or predictable, or lacking an impactful ending, they nevertheless are usually good at evoking an atmosphere of creepy awareness of the supernatural.

Not the final story in the book, but the one I most enjoyed was the first Blackwood story I ever read, 'The Wendigo'. Despite last reading this as a child, I still remembered certain striking details. The story holds a strange power and tellingly, is set in the great outdoors of remote Canada. Blackwood was a great explorer of wildernesses which still existed in the early Twentieth Century, Canada being one, and in 'The Wendigo' he evokes the remote loneliness and power of the forests and the strangeness of its denizens. Loosely based on a Native American mythological character, this story still creates shivers, though it is necessary to overlook the stereotypes of the era, including the somewhat condescending portrayal of the Native American cook and general dogsbody.

Given the mixture of stories and their varying success for me, my overall rating for the collection is 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |

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