Algernon Blackwood

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1869 - 1951

Algernon Henry BlackwoodCBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, and was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. Blackwood was one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. His works include: The Haunted Island (1906), The Willows (1907), John Silence (1908), The Human Chord (1910), The Wendigo (1910), and A Prisoner in Fairyland (1913), along with many others.

In tales such as “The Willows” (1908) unease is generated by ambiguity that mixes the weird with a talent for writing about wild or rural places—a break with the past and the classic haunted house. Although Lovecraft thought Blackwood a master of the ghost story, Blackwood famously was not as impressed with Lovecraft. Noted critic S. T. Joshi has stated that Blackwood’s short story collection Incredible Adventures“may be the premier weird collection” of the twentieth century. Along with Alfred Kubin and F. Marion Crawford, among others, Blackwood helped usher in the modern era of weird fiction. [Weird Fiction Review]


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