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Old 04-14-2015   #1
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Algernon Blackwood

A new compilation of previously uncollected Blackwood stories and essays called The Face Of The Earth has recently been published:
http://starkhousepress.com/blackwood.php
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Re: Algernon Blackwood

Bumping this -

The two Blackwoods I reread from time to time are the older Spring House editions from the 60s:
Tales Of The Uncanny and Supernatural
Tales Of The Mysterious and Macabre
Both show up USED all the time, and generally affordable.
In fact, most Blackwood collections are good buys.

No idea how he "reads" to modern sensibilities.
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Re: Algernon Blackwood

Whenever I feel the urge to read his tales I'll do a quick 'best of' marathon of The Willows, The Wendigo, The Man Whom the Trees Loved and the entire Incredible Adventures collection.

Once you go Blackwood, you never go backwood.

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Re: Algernon Blackwood

I like very much some of his lesser known works. "The Wolves of God" and "An Egyptian Hornet" are two tales that never made it into the pages of the several American collections I own. The former tale, while not Blackwood at his best, is good enough to remind you this was the gentleman who wrote "The Willows" and "The Wendigo."
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Re: Algernon Blackwood

I just read Blackwood's "The Goblin Collection," which I found hilarious. I find pretty much anything having to do with diminutive creatures funny, especially when they terrorize elderly people for no apparent reason. The last segment of King's The Cat's Eye has me rolling on he ground each time I watch it. Even some parts of Machen's "little people" mythos makes me chuckle.

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Re: Algernon Blackwood


How had I never seen this before!?

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Re: Algernon Blackwood

I always wondered where these were and occasionally I looked for them. I once saw a clip of one of his tv appearances in a documentary.

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Re: Algernon Blackwood

I mentioned these on an earlier thread, though I don't think they were on YouTube at that time.
Algernon Blackwood on film - Page 2 - THE NIGHTMARE NETWORK
I see the other one, Lock Your Door, is also on there:
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Re: Algernon Blackwood

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.
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Re: Algernon Blackwood

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... Even some parts of Machen's "little people" mythos makes me chuckle.
They send shivers down my spine. And when I walk in the dark through unpopulated rural areas, the memory of those stories make me break out in cold sweat, and panicky fear of the "little people" jumping out from the bush. Honestly, Arthur Machen has managed to convince me, at least on a subconscious level. The "little people" are extremely creepy, and somehow very real.
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