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Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories By Algernon Blackwood S.T. Joshi Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories Spine tingling supernatural tales from the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere H P Lovecraft By turns bizarre unsettling spooky and sublime Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird S

  • Title: Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
  • Author: Algernon Blackwood S.T. Joshi
  • ISBN: 9780142180150
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories By Algernon Blackwood S.T. Joshi Spine tingling supernatural tales from the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere H.P Lovecraft By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood s writings all tread the nebuSpine tingling supernatural tales from the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere H.P Lovecraft By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood s writings all tread the nebulous borderland between fantasy, awe, wonder, and horror Here Blackwood displays his best and most disturbing work including the title story, the inspiration for Val Lewton s classic film Cat People The Willows, which Lovecraft singled out as the single finest weird tale in literature The Wendigo The Insanity of Jones and Sand Of the equality of Mr Blackwood s genius there can be no dispute for no one has ever approached the skill, seriousness, and minute fidelity with which he records the overtones of strangeness in ordinary things and experiences H.P Lovecraft
    Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories By Algernon Blackwood S.T. Joshi

    Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood s writings all tread the nebulous borderland between fantasy, awe, wonder, and horror. Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories Jul , Spine tingling supernatural tales from the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere H.P Lovecraft By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Ancient Sorceries And Other Stories Jul , The final two stories are John Silence mysteries the psychic detective who listens, explains and solves mysteries that have a supernatural bent In the first Ancient Sorceries, Silence interviews a repressed forty something man who impulsively gets off a train in order to stay at a strange village in rural France. Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Penguin Random House About Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood s writings all tread the nebulous borderland between fantasy, awe, wonder, and horror. Ancient Sorceries Meet your next favorite book Ancient Sorceries is no different Sometimes I wonder if the sort of atmospheric horror written during this time period is less appreciated by a certain breed of modern horror fan because it is so elusive You won t find blood and guts, but there is a certain creepiness and dread throughout the story. Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories Barnes Noble Up to sh backAug , Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird StoriesIntroduction by S T Joshi Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text Smith An Episode in a Lodging House The Willows The Insanity of Jones Ancient Sorceries The Man Who Found Out The Wendigo The Glamour of the Snow The Man Whom the Trees Loved Sand Explanatory Notes Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by eBay Product Information By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood s writings all tread the nebulous borderland between fantasy, awe, wonder, and horror. Case II Ancient Sorceries Blackwood Stories Short Ancient Sorceries by Algernon Blackwood I There are, it would appear, certain wholly unre markable persons, with none of the characteristics that invite adventure, who yet once or twice in the course of their smooth lives undergo an experience so strange that the world catches its breath and looks the other way And it was cases of this kind,

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      The three masters of the long, atmospheric tale of metaphysical terror Machen, Blackwood, Lovecraft are all accomplished literary magicians Each can conjure an unsettling narrative from a spell of descriptive details rooted in a place, but each of them also possesses distinctive virtues Machen is the superior artisan and the most elegant stylist, Lovecraft is the the greatest world builder and the most terrifying, but Blackwood surpasses them both in his esoteric credibility and the power with w [...]

    2. Lars Jerlach on said:

      Algernon Blackwood is a master story teller His word use and sentence structure keeps a calculated pace that assuredly builds up the tension and preternatural unease in his deliberately slow moving, but exceptionally well constructed narratives More often than not, the tales are centered around the powerful esoteric forces of nature and written with an obvious sense of admiration and awe Blackwood treats nature almost reverently as a supernatural being into which other worldly realm man enters l [...]

    3. Simon on said:

      How did it take me so long to discover Algernon Blackwood I don t know but I m glad I eventually did This collection of stories span the early and apparently the best years of his literary carrer As such it serves as a good introduction to his work and gives you an idea of which other collections and or novels to try next.Blackwood writes beautifully and is a master at the slow building up of tension and creeping unease Obviously in awe of nature himself, he conveys this most expertly in his sto [...]

    4. Dreadlocksmile on said:

      Here we have a collection of six short stories by the English writer of ghost stories and supernatural fiction, Algernon Blackwood 1869 1951 Blackwood was born in Shooter s Hill, and after attending the University of Edinburgh, he enjoyed a varied life of farming in Canada, operating a hotel, mining in the Alaskan goldfields, and working as a newspaper reporter in New York City before moving to England and starting to write ghost stories His tales became very successful, and he went on to write [...]

    5. Tristram on said:

      Atmospheric and Poetic but Sometimes Simply Too LongThis collection consists of the following stories Smith An Episode in a Lodging House , The Willows , The Insanity of Jones , Ancient Sorceries , The Man Who Found Out , The Wendigo , The Glamour of the Snow , The Man Whom the Trees Loved and Sand , and I would say that it shows Algernon Blackwood at his best namely in the stories The Willows , Ancient Sorceries and The Wendigo but also as a narrative organ grinder toiling away on a repetitive [...]

    6. Andrew Walter on said:

      Algernon Blackwood is one of the authors that many who have dabbled in weird fiction may only have heard of, and it seems he is yet to experience a Lovecraft like resurgence, but after reading these short stories I can t really see why I think Lovecraft is obviously excellent, but two stories in particular the most famous examples of his writing, The Willows andThe Wendigo in this volume had me on the edge of my seat in a way entirely different to anything Howard Phillips ever did.These examples [...]

    7. Andrew on said:

      I think I d read some of these years back, I mean like middle school back, but this was my first large scale exposure to Algernon Blackwood Please, go out and read Sand and The Willows immediately These are masterworks of weird fiction, and I don t use that word lightly Just the best, eeriest shit about the unknown and fundamentally unknowable things that lurk in odd corners of the world, seemingly not motivated by malevolence at all, but by an almost incidental drive to fuck shit up While a lot [...]

    8. Jennifer on said:

      I can t help but wonder if the reason Algernon Blackwood lacks the kind of name recognition H.P Lovecraft has today is due to the difference in where they root their horror Both were clearly masters of the weird tale, but Lovecraft when he wasn t cultivating terror based on personal degeneration located his bleak and cosmic horrors at great distances of either time or space Blackwood, on the other hand, sees the same impersonal force as something that constantly surrounds us in Nature, which man [...]

    9. Mark R. on said:

      As a whole, I enjoyed this book, though some stories much than others Blackwood is often noted in a category also containing H.P Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, and for good reason That s not to say his writing style is overly similar, but all three authors wrote intriguing horror fantasy stories, often written in the first person, with one wondering individual relating a recent, usually terrifying discovery to his audience.Blackwood was interested in reincarnation, and that is the subject of a nu [...]

    10. Chris on said:

      I got this off some really keen recommendations at , the majority of which I m sure were penned by social pariahs living in their folks basements, which they ve befouled with gallons of spilled ginger ale, near beer, and aqua lube And seeing as I bought the book based on their sound praises, I obviously have faith in their judgment how the hell can you question the literary tastes of faceless, ostracized fiends relentlessly choking their chocobos to ridiculously proportioned female action figure [...]

    11. Patrick.G.P on said:

      Algernon Blackwood s tales are filled with a sense of wonder and awe at the mysticism that is nature, and the elemental forces around us Coupled with a strong anti materialistic view, Blackwood treats nature as an almost supernatural being, capable of stirring great emotions of beauty but also of horror and doom The Willows and the Wendigo were both tales that treat mankind s venture into nature without respect and reverence as a trespassing into a world where the line between the real and unrea [...]

    12. Shawn on said:

      This is only in regards to Ancient Sorceries , as I was reading it in another edition not found in the search engine.As John Silence s participation in the framing story is small at best, and he serves only to pontificate an explanation at the end, it s best to just read this as a solid weird tale.This is, like a lot of Blackwood, an extended exercise in atmosphere and a meditation on the idea of past lives and the inescapable ties that humanity still has to its dark past hence H.P Lovecraft s a [...]

    13. Jillian on said:

      At least in this collection, Algernon Blackwood has only two themes the danger of occult knowledge and the danger of untamed nature and two kinds of female characters cunning conduits of deadly power or frivolous, frightened idiots But Lovecraft was right when he called Blackwood the master of weird atmosphere, because he handles his chosen material well and always establishes pitch perfect mood and description I don t, however, agree with Lovecraft s observation that The Willows is the single f [...]

    14. Ian Casey on said:

      Decent and widely available collections of Algernon Blackwood s works are unfortunately thin on the ground in physical format The Delphi Classics ebook is excellent, as one would expect The extensive Centipede Press edition of his tales sounds great, though it s anything but cheap or common to come by I also took a chance on a paperback collection which turned out to be a sloppily copy pasted print on demand monstrosity with zero care or attention to editing.Thankfully, then, we at least have th [...]

    15. TOM on said:

      Often lumped together with similar writers such as Machen, this small collection of stories by Blackwood 6 in total explores the scope of his own brand of psychological horror I particularly enjoyed The Willows , in which two explorers are haunted by the strange spectral landscape of shifting islands amid willow bushes on the banks of the Danube and Ancient Sorceries , in which the protagonist is isolated in a strange town inhabited entirely by shape shifting witches, who prowl around after dark [...]

    16. Jeremy on said:

      Algernon Blackwood is like H.P Lovecraft s adventurous, cooler uncle.You get a lot of the same ambiance of supernatural spookiness and of cosmic forces beyond man s knowledge understanding here as you do in Lovecraft But without the claustrophobic misanthropy that bogs down so much of the latter s work or elevates it, depending on how you like your creepy fiction.Not every story in here is a shiner, but the ones that are strongest all have to do with discovering some chaotic, mystical force, us [...]

    17. Jason on said:

      The lesson is this if you find yourself drawn towards reading a book, read it immediately Do not savour it by waiting months on end to indulge The reasons for this are if it s bad, then at least you won t have spent futile weeks or months in anticipation, and if it s good then you can quickly mark it down for a reread somewhere in the future Unfortunately, I suffered badly I ve been glowering at this book on my shelf for months, telling myself to hold back because I was invariably going to worsh [...]

    18. Hans Wigman on said:

      Algernon Blackwood s stories of the supernatural invoke a sense of alienation and confusion of the fragile human in a vast and strange world, but without presenting too much hard evidence , thus suggesting that a lot of what happens may actually just happen in the mind This holds, for example, for both The Wendigo and The Willows , where the evidence of supernatural beings is circumstantial footprints, visions, strange sounds, sensory experiences, etc Most of the stories take off quite slow, usu [...]

    19. Jack on said:

      If you have read any of my Algernon Blackwood reviews in the past, you know I am a fan Although he isn t as well known to modern readers, Blackwood was one of the predominant writers of weird fiction at the beginning of the 20th century and was popular in his time than H.P Lovecraft, who called The Willows which is in this collection the finest work of weird literature ever written.Blackwood writes in an era when great advances are being made in science and social issues Blackwood imagines that [...]

    20. Ken on said:

      I was introduced to Algernon Blackwood through the story The Willows reprinted in the collection Great Ghost Stories, and I decided to read a collection of just his stuff The first 7 stories Smith An Episode in a Lodging House , The Willows , The Insanity of Jones , Ancient Sorceries , The Man Who Found Out , The Wendigo , and Glamour of the Snow are fantastic The last 2 stories Man Whom the Trees Loved and Sand were overwrought, mostly atmospheric, and repetitive of some of the earlier themes s [...]

    21. Mitch on said:

      Some books make you wonder why you found them to be so muchless than what most others did.Generally, I like what I d call supernatural fiction basically, loads of wild imagination encroaching into our world from ordinary settings I even like the darker material, butAlgernon takes forever to get where he s going He has a terrific mastery of evocative language which is great but he seriously over uses it He also wrote in a lot of redundancies Granted these were phrased differently each time, but t [...]

    22. Bettie☯ on said:

      Ancient Sorceries is arguably the finest tale in Algernon Blackwood s 1908 collection John Silence Physician Extraordinary.Arthur Vezin is a quiet, unassuming man with an incredible story While on a train in northern France headed home from a vacation, Vezin has the sudden, uncontrollable urge to get off the train As he is disembarking, another passenger warns him in French something about sleeping and cats Vezin disregards the advice and continues on towards a quiet little hill town to find an [...]

    23. Aaron Records on said:

      I really enjoyed this collection Blackwood is definitely one of the top notch weird fiction writers and I can see his influence on Lovecraft when I read him The two best stories are without a doubt The Willows and The Wendigo, though I also enjoyed The Glamour of Snow If you have read and enjoyed any Lovecraft, Machen, Poe, or Lord Dunsany and some other writers, like Clark Ashton Smith then I would recommend this collection to you S T Joshi is the man when it come to weird fiction and his editi [...]

    24. James on said:

      Algernon Blackwood is a very atmospheric writer, but perhaps a bit too long winded for my tastes Perhaps the issue is simply that I m not an outdoorsy person, so his almost constant rapturous odes to Nature, after awhile, begin to seem like excess to me Of course, the classic reputation of The Willows and Ancient Sorceries are well deserved, and The Wendigo seems very contemporary to me indeed, it seems to set the blueprint that Laird Barron would eventually follow many years later The Man Who F [...]

    25. Sean on said:

      In the modern world of high fantasy, the importance of elementals has been lost Look at your average Monster Manual an air elemental is just a dude made of wispy paint, with no context to imply why an air elemental might be threatening or imposing That, I believe, is because too few people have read Blackwood He manages to impart weight and menace to sand and trees, implying alien intelligences behind the simple rustle of wind through leaves.

    26. Coyle on said:

      Blackwood s not the greatest writer in the world, especially if you read him by himself Certainly the stories Sand, the Willows, and The Man the Trees Loved are decent enough, but they lack the depths and pace of a good short story But, if you read him in the context of the Pantheist who followed Poe s loose Deism and preceeded Lovecraft s deep Nihilism, he s a bit interesting.

    27. Eddie Watkins on said:

      The Willows is the creepiest shiver inducing weird story that contains nothing supernatural, only hinting at it through the hallucinatory play of the protaganists minds as they cower in fear while camping, terrified by the vegetation.The other stories are great too Blackwood is one of the greats.

    28. Dfordoom on said:

      One of the most underrated of early 20th century gothic writers.

    29. Nabil on said:

      While at times dry and verbose, Blackwood really is the master of weird atmosphere, and is brilliant at bringing horror to the natural His personal interest in the occult is evident in many of his stories but it is in the horror of pure nature or the spirits of nature as in The Willows and The Man Whom the Trees Loved that he really excels.

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