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Old 09-24-2017   #11
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Re: Algernon Blackwood

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I just started reading The Education of Uncle Paul. I like the beginning very much. Algernon Blackwood is one of few writers whose stories pleasantly and permanently stay in my emotional memory. He has that genuine dedication, and generosity, to his fellow beings. And depth of intelligence enough to leave a mark.
I agree, and that novel is one of my favourites. Blackwood can be sentimental in things like this, but his sincerity and the intensity of his feeling somehow makes me go along with it. Chapter 10 contains some of his best writing.
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A fine reading.

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I've always felt "The Doll" and "The Decoy" are two of Blackwood's most underrated stories. I love "The Egyptian Hornet" as well.

I really don't greatly care for the John Silence stories with the exceptions of "Ancient Sorceries" and "Secret Worship." I don't see how the other stories are superior to Jules de Grandin. Perhaps even inferior.


Sadly, I suspect most younger readers of this forum don't even read Blackwood.

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What Blackwood stories would you recommend to someone wanting to read his horror-centric work?
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What Blackwood stories would you recommend to someone wanting to read his horror-centric work?

The Insanity of Jones

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JIMBO was once in my top ten novels. Also THE FRUIT STONERS. Still very fine works.

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Re: Algernon Blackwood

Alongside The Centaur I think "Sand" has affected me most strongly, so far. "Sand" was better than the Egyptian tale in Incredible Adventures. It may be that the pleasant and undisturbed conditions under which I read it, did something to enhance my impression. I was completely immersed.

"The Wendigo" can't really be compared to the works above, because it is of a very different character. Horror tale masterpiece, beautifully written. I might perhaps say it is my favorite ...?

I wanted "The Man Whom the Trees Loved" to be my favorite, because of the subject matter. But I don't think it is quite up there among the others. Slightly disappointing, after my high expectations.

To a beginner I would recommend Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories. All the stories in that collection are great, and it has several of his best. Also includes "The Insanity of Jones".
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