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The son of a preacher, Blackwood had a life-long interest in the supernatural, the occult, and spiritualism, and firmly believed that humans possess latent psychic powers. But this means a radical alteration, a complete change, a horrible lls f oneself by substitution- far worse than death, and not even annihilation.

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

It was told through the POV singular, and the lead was an interesting man because he was intelligent but fond of self-delusion for the sake of peace. The two stories are short, and both can be read in a single sitting – and like The WendigoThe Willows is in public domain and available via legal download. Preview — The Willows by Algernon Blackwood.

View all 13 comments. Now here comes the problem. Oct 27, J. I, meanwhile, am going to look up The Ghost Club something I found during the reading of algerjon that Algernon Blackwood and also Charles Dickens were members of.

View all 6 comments. Blackwood is particularly effective when describing the titular object of the story: The only scary thing about this book was when it put me to sleep and I dropped my Kindle. View all 44 comments.


Los Sauces

The narrator is very proper and keeps things moving despite the sometimes slow pace of the narrative and though it ends too abruptly for my liking it did give me a decent case of the creeps. The river takes on an almost-human persona, the characters are terrorized by the raging wind and there is something a Two friends go on a blakcwood trip down the Danube River.

View all 4 comments. This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen aalgernon blog Bark’s Book Nonsense. Club de Lectura d Very imaginative writing weaves a slow and steady building of a foreboding element of fear that the characters are experiencing, which transfers over to the reader.

It is a short story yet it leaves you satisfied without the need for a lengthy book. They were focusing upon our island, and more particularly upon ourselves.

Among his thirty-odd books, Blackwood wrote a series of stories and short novels published as John Silence, Physician Extraordinarywhich featured a “psychic detective” who combined the skills of a Sherlock Holmes and a psychic medium. I am no believer in ghosts, but how else can I explain the train’s sudden arrival at this moment when all sort of unspeakable horrors were conspiring to drive me mad? Their destination barely comes into play in this most elegantly written masterpiece of sustained atmosphere.

In the night, saces fire is dying This is a classic story and a must read for anyone interested in the development of horror and weird-fiction.


In this story, the author has imparted ominous qualities to natural elements. The farther they get along the rising river as a storm approaches, they each begin to realize something is wrong. And the note of this willow-camp now became unmistakably plain to me: Oct 31, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 13, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Never read this classic. It is, however, a horror story. I am not use to the writing style and it took a bit to get into it. In the late s, Blackwood had a television program on the BBC on which he read. The men had been racing down rushing water for a month and a half already as the river that time of year began rising algenon dangerous levels, the water flowing at an alarming speed.

Jun 11, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: An anachronistically early appearance of the two-guys-smoke-dope-on-an-island-and-draw-interesting-conclusions trope, a full eighty years before the trope really took off in the late 80’s.