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Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood By Algernon Blackwood E.F. Bleiler Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood A woman of snow a midnight caller keeping his promise forests where Nature is deliberate and malefic enchanted houses these are the beings and ideas that flood through this collection of ghost stories

  • Title: Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
  • Author: Algernon Blackwood E.F. Bleiler
  • ISBN: 9780486229775
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood By Algernon Blackwood E.F. Bleiler A woman of snow a midnight caller keeping his promise forests where Nature is deliberate and malefic enchanted houses these are the beings and ideas that flood through this collection of ghost stories by Algernon Blackwood 1869 1951 Altogether l3 stories, gathered from the entire corpus of Blackwood s work, are included stories of such sheer power and iA woman of snow a midnight caller keeping his promise forests where Nature is deliberate and malefic enchanted houses these are the beings and ideas that flood through this collection of ghost stories by Algernon Blackwood 1869 1951 Altogether l3 stories, gathered from the entire corpus of Blackwood s work, are included stories of such sheer power and imagination that it is easy to see why he has been considered the foremost British supernaturalist of the twentieth century.Blackwood s ability to create an atmosphere of unrelieved horror and sustain it to the end of the story is almost unsurpassed The Willows which has been called by H.P Lovecraft the finest supernatural story is a typical example of Blackwood s art slowly and surely Blackwood draws the reader into a world of shadows, nuances and unearthly terror.Blackwood was also a master at evoking feelings of mysticism and cosmic experience dealing with such ideas as interpenetrating levels of existence and pantheistic elemental powers, he expanded the content of supernatural literature enormously But even the traditional elements of horror stories such as ghosts and haunted houses are handled with such energy and feeling that they rise far above their predecessors.Drawing on serious Oriental thought, modern psychology and philosophy, Algernon Blackwood introduced a sophistication to the horror story that with a few exceptions it was devoid of before The results are st
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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      This is an excellent collection of tales, the best of which defy the limiting label of ghost story Blackwood is an excellent, old fashioned stylist, and although his leisurely development may frustrate a few contemporary readers, I advise them to keep their patience, for the slow build up leads to cumulative horror.The first five stories than half the book are major works, essential reading for any lover of the Weird Tale Two of them Secret Worship, Ancient Sorceries feature obscure locations w [...]

    2. Agnieszka on said:

      It s an interesting collection containing the most famous horror stories by Algernon Blackwood Written nearly a century ago tales, to contemporary reader may seem a bit old fashioned, because they don t shock us with pictures of bloody monsters and hideous specters, don t dazzle us with cheap tricks but try to capture something in fact elusive Blackwood masterfully builds an strange atmosphere, unfolding sinister aura gradually creates a mood of growing horror.The stories can be divided into two [...]

    3. Kay on said:

      Terrific collection of Blackwood s best known tales, including The Willows and The Wendigo Calling these thirteen tales ghost stories may be something of a misnomer, as Blackwood is hard to classify perhaps supernatural tale would be appropriate In his most effective tales, he slowly draws the reader into a downward spiral of dread and terror, creating a palpable sense of a malevolent unknowable or unspeakable something This ability to arouse and sustain terror is what is truly remarkable about [...]

    4. Pam Baddeley on said:

      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, wi [...]

    5. Quentin Wallace on said:

      This was my first exposure to Blackwood s writing, and it won t be my last Really good ghost stories in the literary vein My favorites were The Willows and The Wendigo, mainly because of the settings Blackwood can take the ghost story out of the haunted house although he does those too and put them right in the middle of the forest and make them so very unsettling.As with any collection of this sort, some stories are better than others, but there was really nothing that I disliked It was all rea [...]

    6. Scott Rhee on said:

      It s my favorite time of year, and I m not talking about election season Actually, I m a huge fan of Halloween, for a lot of reasons It s my favorite holiday, not just because I m a pagan, but because it falls in one of the most beautiful seasons of the northern hemisphere this time of year, when leaves start to turn colors and litter the yard and a crisp coolness is in the air There s also the whole candy and costumes thing, too, which I love, but what I really love is that this is the perfect [...]

    7. Uncle on said:

      My interest in psychic matters has always been the interest in questions of extended or expanded consciousness Algernon Blackwood, 1938 Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood, a selection of some of his most famous tales, was originally published in 1973, though the stories themselves first appeared in the early 1900s The avuncular, Edwardian tone of Blackwood s writing suggests stories told by firelight by an elderly bachelor uncle His wordiness, seemingly quaint and old fashioned, actually p [...]

    8. Daniel on said:

      I picked up this book because I had read, than once, that The Willows is considered by many to be the best ghost story ever written I m not sure that I would agree A well written tale that had me feeling a little edgy at times, it didn t really sustain itself for me I realize that many might confuse the ghost story with a horror story, and they are not necessarily the same though they can be , but a ghostly presence ought to run a shivver up my spine, and this didn t, though perhaps it came clo [...]

    9. Fred on said:

      the willows is so scary i was reading it aloud to my wife and she made me stop before i finished then i walked the dog and the dog kept looking over his shoulder and stopping, he was petrifiedso, Blackwood has a tremendous vocabulary, it s fun to look up words like rosacrutian.

    10. Ann Schwader on said:

      An excellent introduction to Blackwood for those who like me either haven t read this notable British writer much, or possibly haven t read him at all Most of the stories here other than Max Hensig, a crime tale with psychic overtones were written before 1916, and combine traditional slow burn horror with some of the finest atmospherics around Two of the longer tales The Willows and The Wendigo are weird fiction classics, and worth the very reasonable price of this collection all by themselves T [...]

    11. Mike Yell on said:

      Calling Blackwood s tales ghost stories, it has been written, is like calling Melville s Moby Dick a fish story One of my favorite shot stories anthologies to pick up between novels, the imaginative journey these stories take you on is amazing The Willows, The Glamour of the Snow, and The Windigo are standouts, but all of these 13 stories are incredible

    12. Nomadman on said:

      An excellent collection of some of Blackwood s best short stories, and a fine companion piece to Penguin Classic s Ancient Sorceries though a couple of the stories overlap Only a weaker second half prevents me from rating this five stars, but it s a minor quibble, and if you re looking to sample Blackwood for the first time, or acquire a nice if non comprehensive best of collection, then you can t really go wrong.

    13. Michael Brown on said:

      Went thru a period where I tried to catch all the old masters of the macabre and found most very tame as compared to Lovecraft and some of his followers But after reading it was obvious that where HPL was of one sort, the writers like Blackwood were subtle and in the end terrifying and frightening.

    14. Richard on said:

      The Willows is one of the great masterpiece of horror, and many of the other stories in this collection are well worth reading, although Blackwood relies a bit much on concepts of the occult rather than pure horror Well worth reading and a required text of the genre.

    15. Robert on said:

      Some of these tales simply didn t age well, but that is not the case with Blackwood s two classics, The Willows and The Wendigo, both of which have lost none of their fearful, imaginative power.

    16. Jess on said:

      Stunning and completely underrated storyteller I highly recommend this collection to anyone who s a fan of horror, suspense, and well written literature.

    17. Colleen on said:

      I don t think I ve ever read anything by Algernon Blackwood before, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of ghost stories.To start with, he has one of the coolest names ever, especially for a ghost story writer I thought at first that it must be a pen name, but it was apparently his real name.This was a collection of assorted ghost stories In a forward written by Blackwood for a previous edition, he makes the distinction that these are ghost stories not horror stories There are no ma [...]

    18. Jeff on said:

      Thanks to my son in law for loaning me this book These are some delightfully chilling ghost stories, written in a style that you just don t see much, any I love a good ghost story, and am quite fond of the short story genre, so this is a doubly good offering These stories were written between 1906 and 1938.The Willows relates the tale of a couple of friends on a boating trip on the Danube, and their encounter with an other worldly presence in middle of a desolate area of small islands populated [...]

    19. Jon on said:

      I find it quite strange that I ve never actually read any of Algernon Blackwood s stories until now he was, after all, one of the most prominent ghost story weird fiction writers of the Edwardian period Also, he has the coolest name ever I think anyone with a name like Algernon Blackwood is probably born to write spine tingling tales.I decided to treat my first encounter with Blackwood s fiction with the respect that I felt it deserved reading one story by lamplight just before bed every night, [...]

    20. John W. on said:

      An excellent group of stories of the supernatural These stories seem than just ghost stories although there are unexplained elements in each of the stories The first story, The Willows, manages to create a supernatural atmosphere based on a trip on to an island on a fast flowing river Other stories such as The Other Wing, and Ancient Lights are shorter and somewhat intense.

    21. Liliana Pinto on said:

      Tenho de admitir n o sou grande f de terror.Quando me decidi a ler este livro foi na nsia de uma nova experi ncia Mas, infelizmente, o terror n o para mim Mesmo que seja terror psicol gico.Dei um pouco a escrever esta opini o porque n o sei o que hei de escrever Infelizmente s gostei de um conto e s tinha 9 p ginas e mesmo nesse dei por mim a bocejar diversas vezes Penso que este seja um livro que tenha de ser lido numa certa altura e com um certo estado de esp rito.Claro que consigo entender o [...]

    22. Michelle on said:

      a few of the stories were standout great, but mostly I skimmed it.

    23. Brandon Sawyer on said:

      Five stars for The Willows and The Wendigo, docked one star because I can t remember a single thing about any of the other stories five years after reading them.

    24. Takipsilim on said:

      A hit and miss collection, but when Blackwood was at his best few authors could thrill the reader to the height of suspense like he did Read Max Hensig and agree.

    25. Ezra Heilman on said:

      I think this was the most I have ever enjoyed reading short stories.

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