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Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951)

Autor(a) de The Willows

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Obras de Algernon Blackwood

The Willows (1907) 555 cópias
The Wendigo [Novella] (1910) 287 cópias
The Centaur (1911) 100 cópias
A Prisoner in Fairyland (1913) 90 cópias
The Empty House (1906) 85 cópias
Four Weird Tales (2006) 70 cópias
Incredible Adventures (1914) 69 cópias
The Damned (1914) 66 cópias
The Man Whom the Trees Loved (1912) 62 cópias
The Human Chord (1910) 57 cópias
Pan's Garden (1912) 47 cópias
Jimbo (2007) 45 cópias
Three John Silence Stories (2004) 45 cópias
Besuch von Drüben. Gruselgeschichten. (1970) — Autor — 41 cópias
Ancient Sorceries (2022) 39 cópias
The Doll and One Other (1946) 37 cópias
John Silence (1908) 37 cópias
The Garden of Survival (1918) 31 cópias
The Extra Day (1915) 26 cópias
The Promise of Air (1938) 24 cópias
Episodes Before Thirty (1950) 22 cópias
Day and Night Stories (1917) 19 cópias
The Education of Uncle Paul (1909) 17 cópias
Julius LeVallon (1916) 16 cópias
The Bright Messenger (2007) 16 cópias
Shocks (1935) 16 cópias
Ten Minute Stories (1914) 13 cópias
Dudley and Gilderoy (1929) 12 cópias
Strange Stories (1976) 11 cópias
Die gefiederte Seele (1996) 8 cópias
Tales of the Supernatural (1983) 8 cópias
Running Wolf (1920) 7 cópias
A Victim Of Higher Space (1914) 7 cópias
The Man Who Found Out (2013) 7 cópias
John Silence e altri incubi (2010) 6 cópias
The Kit-Bag (1908) 6 cópias
A Haunted Island (1899) 5 cópias
Sand (2005) 4 cópias
The Glamour of the Snow (1911) 4 cópias
Full circle 4 cópias
The Attic [short story] (1912) 3 cópias
The Willows and The Wendigo (2013) 3 cópias
The Dance of Death (1963) 3 cópias
The Transfer (1911) 3 cópias
The House Of The Past (1904) 3 cópias
The Listener 3 cópias
Wayfarers (1912) 2 cópias
Clairvoyance (1911) 2 cópias
The Tryst (1917) 2 cópias
The Terror Of The Twins (1909) 2 cópias
First Hate [short story] (1920) 2 cópias
KARMA (2014) 2 cópias
A Woman's Ghost (2012) 2 cópias
The Other Wing (1915) 2 cópias
Max Hensig (2009) 2 cópias
Antiche magie (1990) 2 cópias
Transition (1913) 2 cópias
Adventures before thirty (1934) 2 cópias
Die Satansschüler (1973) 2 cópias
The Pikestaffe Case (1923) 2 cópias
The Wings of Horus (1914) 2 cópias
Söğütler (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
Werewolf Tales: An Anthology (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
With Intent To Steal (1906) 1 exemplar(es)
Lure of the Unknown 1 exemplar(es)
Tajno štovanje : i druge priče (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Ghost Stories 1 exemplar(es)
Nukke ja muita kauhutarinoita (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Dudley and Gilderoy 1 exemplar(es)
Roman Remains {short story} (1948) 1 exemplar(es)
Ciemne Strony 1 exemplar(es)
Migrations 1 exemplar(es)
A mysterious house (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
Murder Most Foul - on Playaway (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
The Empty Sleeve [Short Story] (1911) 1 exemplar(es)
A Desert Episode (1914) 1 exemplar(es)
Initiation 1 exemplar(es)
The Destruction Of Smith (1912) 1 exemplar(es)
Special Delivery (1910) 1 exemplar(es)
The Golden Fly (1911) 1 exemplar(es)
The Return (1911) 1 exemplar(es)
The Heath Fire (1912) 1 exemplar(es)
The Sea Fit [short story] (1910) 1 exemplar(es)
The Sacrifice (1913) 1 exemplar(es)
The Olive (1921) 1 exemplar(es)
Chinese Magic (1920) 1 exemplar(es)
Violence (1913) 1 exemplar(es)
Entrance and Exit (1909) 1 exemplar(es)
The Touch Of Pan (1917) 1 exemplar(es)
The Tradition (1913) 1 exemplar(es)
The Decoy (1919) 1 exemplar(es)
The Deferred Appointment (1911) 1 exemplar(es)
The Trod (1946) 1 exemplar(es)
The South Wind (1910) 1 exemplar(es)
The Little Beggar (1919) 1 exemplar(es)
The Valley of the Beasts (1921) 1 exemplar(es)
The Man Who Was Milligan (1923) 1 exemplar(es)
A Blackwood Omnibus (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Gothic Tales of Algernon Blackwood (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
Kamer te huur 1 exemplar(es)
Bitelets - The Olive (1922) 1 exemplar(es)
Hayalet Öyküleri (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
John Silence Cases 1, 2 & 3 (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
The Wood of The Dead (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
A Suspicious Gift (2017) 1 exemplar(es)
13 Tales of Terror 1 exemplar(es)
Discesa in Egitto 1 exemplar(es)
Sand & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
The Empty House & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
First Hate & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
The Kit Bag & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Cain's Atonement & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
The Sacrifice & Other Stories (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
The Willows and other Queer Tales (1934) 1 exemplar(es)
Mr. Cupboard 1 exemplar(es)
By Water (1914) 1 exemplar(es)
Fluch der Zwillinge (1973) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (1987) — Contribuinte — 891 cópias
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 831 cópias
The Dark Descent (1987) — Contribuinte — 727 cópias
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) — Contribuinte — 645 cópias
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Contribuinte — 547 cópias
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (1976) — Contribuinte — 524 cópias
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery (1962) — Contribuinte — 369 cópias
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (1981) — Contribuinte — 336 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Contribuinte — 298 cópias
Witches & Warlocks: Tales of Black Magic, Old & New (1991) — Contribuinte — 286 cópias
Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old & New (1991) — Contribuinte — 262 cópias
Victorian Tales of Mystery and Detection: An Oxford Anthology (1991) — Contribuinte — 172 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels (1988) — Contribuinte — 137 cópias
Famous Ghost Stories (1944) — Autor — 137 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Shadows of Carcosa: Tales of Cosmic Horror (2014) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Contribuinte — 122 cópias
Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology (2021) — Contribuinte — 114 cópias
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 114 cópias
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias
Cat Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contribuinte — 100 cópias
Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain (2020) — Contribuinte — 95 cópias
Great Ghost Stories (Watermill Classics) (1985) — Contribuinte — 92 cópias
Famous Modern Ghost Stories (1921) — Contribuinte — 87 cópias
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction (1997) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
Famous Ghost Stories (A Watermill Classic) (1980) — Contribuinte — 85 cópias
H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales (2005) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings (2018) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias
The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time (2002) — Contribuinte — 79 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror (2021) — Contribuinte — 78 cópias
The Horror Hall of Fame (1991) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
Classic Ghost Stories (2010) — Contribuinte — 77 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
The Phoenix Tree: An Anthology of Myth Fantasy (1980) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
Chill Tidings: Dark Tales of the Christmas Season (2020) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
A Fabulous Formless Darkness (1991) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
Mysterious Cat Stories (1993) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1964) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
Stories of the Supernatural (1967) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
The Century's Best Horror Fiction Volume 1 (2011) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias
Ghosts for Christmas (1988) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
The Ghost Slayers: Thrilling Tales of Occult Detection (2022) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2014) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
The Third Omnibus of Crime (1935) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1971) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
The Moons at Your Door (2016) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
The Haunted Library: Classic Ghost Stories (2016) — Contribuinte — 42 cópias
Great Tales of Terror (2002) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1966) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
The Television Late-night Horror Omnibus (1993) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Who knocks? (1946) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (2010) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias
The Ghost Book: Sixteen Stories of the Uncanny (1926) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Tales of Terror (1943) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Necromancers (1971) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
The Evil People (1968) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Eight Strange Tales (1972) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
The Best Ghost Stories (1919) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Heavy Weather: Tempestuous Tales of Stranger Climes (2021) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Horror Hunters (1971) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
The Horned God: Weird Tales of the Great God Pan (2022) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Crawling Horror: Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird (2021) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
London Tales of Terror (1972) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Spectral Sounds: Unquiet Tales of Acoustic Weird (2022) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Your Share of Fear (1982) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
More Weird Tales (1976) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
The Ninth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1973) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
In the Shadow of Dracula (2011) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
Best Ghost Stories (1977) — Contribuinte, algumas edições23 cópias
And the Darkness Falls (1946) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
British Weird (2020) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
The Magicians: Occult Stories (1972) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
The Second Omnibus Of Crime: The World's Great Crime Stories (1932) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Horror by Lamplight (1993) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
A Century of Thrillers from Poe to Arlen (First Series) (1934) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Nightmare Reader: v. 2 (1973) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Monster Mix (1968) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Monster Festival: Classic Tales of the Macabre (1965) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Ghosts and Marvels (1924) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Nightfrights (1972) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
The Best British Short Stories of 1922 (2004) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
The Horror Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Horror Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Beware of the Cat (1972) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Tales of the Occult (1975) — Autor, algumas edições16 cópias
Prince of Darkness (1978) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Ghost's Companion (1975) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Fifty Enthralling Stories of the Mysterious East (1930) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Paha vieras (1996) 15 cópias
The Uncanny Gastronomic: Strange Tales of the Edible Weird (2023) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Graphic Classics: Canine/Feline Classics (2014) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Cat Encounters: A Cat-Lover's Anthology (1979) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
The Eleventh Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1975) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Beware the Beasts (1970) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Favourite Scary Stories from Graveside Al (1996) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Ghastly, Ghoulish, Gripping Tales (1983) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Doubles, Dummies and Dolls: 21 Terror Tales of Replication (1995) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
M Is for Monster: A Modern Bestiary of Classic Monsters (2011) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Uncanny Tales 3 (1975) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Terrors, Torments, and Traumas: An Anthology (1978) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Klassieke griezelverhalen (1980) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Haunted Dolls (1980) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Other Canadas: An Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Thin Air: An Anthology of Ghost Stories (1966) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
More ghosts and marvels (1934) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Armchair Horror Collection (1994) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Shudders (1929) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Eerie, Weird and Wicked (1977) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
When Churchyards Yawn (1963) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Great Tales Of The Supernatural (1978) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
A Tide of Terror; An Anthology of Rare Horror Stories. (1972) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
More Voices from the Radium Age (MIT Press / Radium Age) (2023) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Great Classic Ghost Stories (2011) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Kuollut koskettaa keveästi (2011) 5 cópias
Ancient Egyptian Supernatural Tales (2016) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
The Sleeping and the Dead (1963) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
The Golden Gift Book (1938) 4 cópias
The great weird stories (1977) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Number Six Joy Street (1928) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
The Little Monsters (1969) — Contribuinte, algumas edições4 cópias
Number Eleven Joy Street (1933) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Wendigo: Based on Algernon Blackwood's Short Novel (2023) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Contribuinte, algumas edições3 cópias
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden — Contribuinte, algumas edições3 cópias
Number Nine Joy Street (1931) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The Zaffre Book of Occult Fiction (2023) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Georgian Stories 1924 — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Weird Tales Volume 32 Number 3, September 1938 — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Horrifying and Hideous Hauntings (1986) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Evil Tales of Evil Things (Scare Your Socks Off) (1993) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Number Seven Joy Street (1929) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Nightmare Reader (1973) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Number Twelve Joy Street (1934) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Number Eight Joy Street (1930) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Number Five Joy Street (1927) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
イギリス怪談集 (河出文庫) (1990) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Number 12a Joy Street — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Xmas Thrillers: The Greatest Holiday Mysteries in One Volume (2017) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Tchnienie Grozy — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Best Crime Stories 3 (1968) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
The tramp, January 1911 (1911) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Stories of the Macabre (1976) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Gespenster — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
小説幻妖 壱 (1) 新春 妖女コレクシオン — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)

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THE DEEP ONES: "Roman Remains" by Algernon Blackwood em The Weird Tradition (Segunda-feira 6:31am)
THE DEEP ONES: "The Heath Fire" by Algernon Blackwood em The Weird Tradition (Janeiro 15)
THE DEEP ONES: "The Wolves of God" by Algernon Blackwood em The Weird Tradition (Janeiro 2023)
THE DEEP ONES: "A Touch of Pan" by Algernon Blackwood em The Weird Tradition (Dezembro 2021)
THE DEEP ONES: "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood em The Weird Tradition (Março 2021)
Opinions on Algernon Blackwood em Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night (Janeiro 2012)

Resenhas

This novella is available for free on Project Gutenberg.

I only downloaded this story because I had the misfortune to read a bad graphic novel adaptation of it by Nicolás Lepka called Wendigo. I was curious to see if the problem lay with the source material or the adapter, and it seems to be Lepka.

This version is a mediocre horror story that relies more on atmosphere than in-your-face horror as the presence of the monstrous Wendigo is more felt than seen. Lepka, meanwhile, turns it into a literal monster story with the Wendigo appearing on page after page flitting about.

If you are tempted to try one or the other, I'd go with this one, but keep in mind it is steeped in racism against Black and Indigenous people. That's more unpleasant than any of its intended horrors.
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villemezbrown | outras 16 resenhas | May 12, 2024 |
ghosts, wendigo, insanity, faerie
 
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ritaer | May 10, 2024 |
*Spoilers ahead*

I'm sure it's due to some obscure perverseness that I can't consciously pinpoint, but I've never quite warmed up to "The Willows." Despite its esteemed reputation, despite the fact that I've reread it many times during the past thirty-five years in hopes that I would appreciate some nuance which previously had eluded me, I'm left essentially unmoved by the story. With just two characters in a single setting, and action that remains almost entirely ambiguous to the end, it's too spare to justify its length (a little over fifty pages). Not much happens: two outdoorsmen, one of them the story's narrator, are paddling a canoe up the Danube; they make camp on one of the river's numerous small islands, where the willow bushes seem to take on a threatening aspect. Are the willows really occupied/manipulated by some intelligent lifeform from another plane of existence, or are the men so overwhelmed by the loneliness and remoteness of the island that they (one of them, in particular) suffer a psychotic break? It's never made clear. The missing oar, the damage to the canoe and the loss of provisions arguably can be blamed on the narrator's eccentric traveling companion. Even the ghastly corpse that turns up at the end may have been a victim of the Swede.

Here emerges an inescapable parallel with the age-old critical debate over Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw" (which Blackwood greatly admired): is it really a ghost story, or isn't it? But "The Willows" is even less plainly a tale of the supernatural. Read it carefully and you'll realize how consistent the psychological interpretation is. With a single exception (a visual phenomenon which the narrator witnesses alone, and is easily attributable to imagination), all the strange events of the story could have been wrought by human hands. What "The Willows" is actually about, in my view, is the narrator's dawning realization that his traveling companion is not the stable, unimaginative, trustworthy type he had appeared to be.

I understand the effect that Blackwood was aiming for, but the execution is labored. Again and again, the narrator describes the uncanny atmosphere of the island, the rustling of the willows, the anxiety that overtakes him as escape begins to look impossible...and the more he describes it, the less I'm able to feel it. Blackwood is too insistent, and because the story is so long yet so lacking in substance, he has no choice but to go on insisting. All that the narrator can do is sit around and wait for something bad to happen. It just doesn't work for me. I'm not sure how "The Willows" came to be regarded as the greatest horror story in the English language; I'll take Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan" (which is, unambiguously and unapologetically, a horror story) any day of the week. And this, I assure you, is coming from someone who admires much of Algernon Blackwood's work. He conveyed an atmosphere of supernatural wonder far more effectively in "Ancient Sorceries," and of creeping dread and horror in "The Occupant of the Room."
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½
 
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Jonathan_M | outras 29 resenhas | Dec 24, 2023 |
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, with forces from another dimension. The setting is a remote marshy area covered in stunted willow bushes, and in the course of the story, the willows take on something of the nature of the inimical force which threatens the two men. I found it a bit slow, and its chief interest lay in my conviction that it must have influenced H P Lovecraft, a well-read man, because it is surely the earliest example (the 1907 credit is of its first collection in another anthology, so it is earlier than that) of a story about the intrusion into our dimension of hostile forces alien to humankind - a theme which became Lovecraft's entire oeuvre.

Other stories, such as 'Ancient Sorceries' and 'Secret Worship' concern those who worship traditional sources of evil, such as the devil Asmodeus. A hapless protagonist is drawn into a situation where he feels an irrestible attraction to a place or person, sometimes both - in 'Ancient Sorceries' and 'Glamour of the Snow' the person in question is a femme fatale who exercises an almost literally fatal attraction. The portrayal of witchcraft is always traditionally satanic in nature; far from the nature worship of the modern Wiccan religion which antedated Blackwood's stories.

Other tales are more varied - 'The Listener' concerns an impoverished magazine article writer who takes rooms because they are cheap and finds out why, and 'He Kept His Promise' is about a student who is cramming for his exams when an old friend arrives, sadly transformed. In 'Ancient Lights' a staid officeworker is pixie-lead in an old wood, and an equally unadventurous character on a walking holiday is brought face to face with a moral dilemma in 'Accessory Before the Fact'. 'The Empty House' is the most traditional ghost story in the collection, in which the protagonist is asked to accompany his plucky but elderly aunt who wants support when she spends the night in a local haunted house.

'The Transfer' is unusual in that it is the only story with a female protagonist: a governess who witnesses the visit of her employer's brother, a psychic vampire who leaches vitality from all around him, but who finally meets his match in a rather mystical fashion. And 'The Other Wing' is from the viewpoint of a young boy, although it is rather confusing at first, implying that the boy is an invalid - he isn't - and then that he is much younger than eight or nine; but it does capture well the attempt by a child to make sense of strange phenomena by inventing his own story about it to tell himself.

Some of the stories fall a bit flat with non-conclusive endings: 'Ancient Sorceries', already mentioned, is one of a series Blackwood apparently wrote where someone tells their tale to a "psychic doctor" called John Silence, and trails off rather flatly. However, even where they strike a modern reader as a bit slow or predictable, or lacking an impactful ending, they nevertheless are usually good at evoking an atmosphere of creepy awareness of the supernatural.

Not the final story in the book, but the one I most enjoyed was the first Blackwood story I ever read, 'The Wendigo'. Despite last reading this as a child, I still remembered certain striking details. The story holds a strange power and tellingly, is set in the great outdoors of remote Canada. Blackwood was a great explorer of wildernesses which still existed in the early Twentieth Century, Canada being one, and in 'The Wendigo' he evokes the remote loneliness and power of the forests and the strangeness of its denizens. Loosely based on a Native American mythological character, this story still creates shivers, though it is necessary to overlook the stereotypes of the era, including the somewhat condescending portrayal of the Native American cook and general dogsbody.

Given the mixture of stories and their varying success for me, my overall rating for the collection is 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | outras 8 resenhas | Nov 23, 2023 |

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