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Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories


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ISBN13: 9780142180150
ISBN10: 0142180157
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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 Willows," which Lovecraft singled out as "the single finest weird tale in literature"; "The Wendigo"; "The Insanity of Jones"; and "Sand."

About the Author

Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) trained as a doctor and took up a special interest in Eastern medicine and religion. He published several short story collections before becoming an undercover agent for Britain during World War I. After the war he became known for his regular appearances reading ghost stories on BBC radio and television.

Table of Contents

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories Introduction 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


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lukas, January 17, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"The one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere."-H.P. Lovecraft
Not exactly horror, not exactly mystery, not exactly sci-fi, the weird tale occupies its own special place in genre fiction, favoring mood, psychology, and strangeness over the bombast and gore sometimes associated with lesser pulp stories. The English writer Algernon Blackwood (a perfect name) would be of interest if only because he was a big influenced on the American master of the weird tale, H.P. Lovecraft, but his tales, which show a strong Romantic love of nature, a mastery of creepy atmosphere, and a pagan sensibility, are excellent. The title story was the inspiration for the film "Cat People," "The Willows" finds nature turning on man, "The Wendigo" is about a Sasquatch like creature terrorizing a hunting party. Edited and with notes by S.T. Joshi, who has also worked on editions of Lovecraft and the anthology "American Supernatural Tales."
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Mandyy0508, July 1, 2008 (view all comments by Mandyy0508)
"Picky" describes me perfectly when it comes to all matters of preference, most particularly, literature. That is why i was caught by delightful surprise after immersing myself in the tales of this small collection after purchasing it on a curious impulse. Regarded as one of the greatest authors in the supernatural horror genre by non-other than H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood does not fail to live up to the claim. Blackwood posesses an uncanny ability to maintain a gripping sense of suspense throughout the entirety of each tale, as well as enhancing the already enthralling sensory experience of the reader through stunning imagery. The stories in this carefully selected anthology will send the reader on a contemplative and surprisingly philosophical adventure spurred by the horrifying and mind-boggling concepts with which they are infused.
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Product Details

Blackwood, Algernon
Penguin Books
Joshi, S. T.
Joshi, S. T.
Del Toro, Guillermo
Toro, Guillermo del
New York, NY
Horror tales, English
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Fantasy fiction, English
Horror - General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.76x5.08x.90 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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