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Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural Hardcover – 1 Aug 1968

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; New impression edition (Aug. 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600038505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600038504
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 15 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a master at evoking feelings of mysticism and cosmic experience' --E F Bleiler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was born into a well-to-do Kentish family. His parents, converts to a Calvinistic sect, led an austere life, ill-suited to their dreamy and sensitive son. During adolescence, he became fascinated by hypnotism and the supernatural and, on leaving university, studied Hindu philosophy and occultism. Later, he was to draw on these beliefs and experiences in his writing. Sent away to Canada at the age of twenty, his attempts at making a living were wholly unsuccessful and shortly after his return to England, he began to write. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, published in 1906, was followed by a series of psychic detective stories, featuring John Silence, 'physician extraordinary'. His reputation as one of the greatest exponents of supernatural fiction began to grow. Chiefly known for his ghost stories, Blackwood wrote in many different forms within the genre. His most personal works, however, are his 'mystical' novels, for example The Centaur, where he explores man's empathy with the forces of the universe. Blackwood also wrote children's fiction. A Prisoner in Fairyland was adapted into the play (later the musical), Starlight Express. Later in life, Blackwood turned to writing radio plays, and in 1947 he began a new career on BBC TV telling ghost stories. He received a knighthood in 1949. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
As with all Blackwood writings this is a joy of perfect prose and dark atmospheres. However, as there is no title list in Amazon's description of this book, I copy it from the contents page of my version for other Blackwood fans to cross-reference with what they already have. As you can see, this is a large collection running to around 400 pages in total, marvellous value and plenty of room to lose yourself in the genius of this man's imagination!

The Doll
Running Wolf
The Little Beggar
The Occupant of the Room
The Man Whom the Trees Loved
The Valley of the Beasts
The South Wind
The Man Who Was Milligan
The Trod
The Terror of the Twins
The Deferred Appointment
Accessory Before the Fact
The Glamour of the Snow
The House of the Past
The Decoy
The Tradition
The Touch of Pan
Entrance and Exit
The Pikestaffe Case
The Empty Sleeve
Violence
The Lost Valley
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This book contains several short stories by Algernon Blackwood, which are more based in the weird, fantastical style than the horrific (as exemplified in the Willows). A lot of is based in the Christian and Pagan traditions of Britain.

The stories included are:
The Doll
Running Wolf
The Little Beggar
The Occupant of the Room
The Man Whom the Trees Loved
The Valley of the Beasts
The South Wind
The Man who was Milligan
The Trod
The Terror of the Twins
The Deferred Appointment
Accessory Before the Fact
The Glamour of the Snow
The House of the Past
The Decoy
The Tradition
The Touch of Pan
Entrance and Exit
The Pikestaffe Case
The Empty Sleeve
Violence
The Lost Valley
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By Ken Raus VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read this anthology as a young teen and never forgot it, especially as a misprint spoilt one tale,missing several pages,the which tale was The Trod but the stories in this wonderful book will bewitch any imaginative reader of weird tales...Perhaps naturally,it won't really compete with mass-media film promotional series like Barry Topper but is far more variable in setting than that thematic cycle or indeed,than genius Tolkiens Hobbit epic.

Blackwoods stories would make fantastic films but the cumulative atmosphere of reading such a collection is perhaps almost like entertaining a home kinema in your head,if you have the fervent imagination for it-there are many classic tales herein.

Who could I recommend this to,on the strength of my early strong impressions? To any imaginative reader of the occult but also to any lover of the metaphysical tale where keen speculation wanders from the supernatural to the scientifically transcendental,as Blackwood does being a member of a famous magical circle as was,in his day thus the theoretical underpinnings of his tales might show through,here and there,adding much to the fictional intrigue of the plot-Algernon Blackwood is due for a revival and this huge absorptive book is a great start.
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