Published October 2013
232 pages, Hardback
Blackwood was a writer of great distinction – his narratives were not so much ghost stories as psychic adventures, his characters standing on the brink of alternative, sometimes frightening worlds: two campers find themselves staying in an eerie locale, impinged on by another dimension; a tourist returning from a trip becomes too enchanted with a strange French town and its people to leave; a member of a hunting party is abducted in the Canadian wilderness.
Mysterious and unsettling, his stories have the capacity to invoke genuine fear in the reader. Collected here are seven of his best, including The Willows - perhaps Blackwood’s most celebrated story, and considered to be one of the finest supernatural tales in English literature – and The Wendigo another undisputed masterpiece. This collection confirms Algernon Blackwood as one of the modern geniuses of supernatural fiction.
Algernon Blackwood - Born in Shooter’s Hill (now London, then Kent) Blackwood had a varied career, working as a milk farmer in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, bartender, model, journalist for the New York Times, private secretary, businessman, and violin teacher. He combined a profound interest in mystical disciplines including Rosicrucianism and Buddhism, with a love of robust physical exercise. He was born in 1869 and died in 1951.
Anthony Lejeune - Award winning broadcaster, journalist and author, read classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner in Greek.