Algernon Blackwood | First Editions
1869 - 1951Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (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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New York: E.P. Dutton and Co., 1917. [Strange tales] FIRST US EDITION, one of 1500 copies. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.; 228; . Publisher's brown cloth, black titles to upper and spine. Interior mostly clean, although thumbed and/or spotted in a few places. Small bookseller's sticker to rear paste-down. Top.....
London: William Heinemann, 1929. [Short Stories] FIRST THUS. Octavo (20 x 13cm), pp. 745 . Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Toning to textblock edges, pencil ownership inscription, light spotting to preliminaries, else internally clean. Wearing to edges, more so spine and board corners, shaken in binding, light.....