Though Blackwood wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. Good examples are the novels. Blackwood, Algernon, Day and Night Stories (New York: E. P. Blackwood, Algernon, The Lost Valley, and Other Stories (PDF files at. by Algernon Blackwood. I. As Felix Henriot came through the streets that January night the fog was stifling, but when he reached his little flat upon the top floor.
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Though Blackwood wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. Good examples are the novels The Centaur , which climaxes with a traveller's sight of a herd of the mythical creatures; and Julius LeVallon and its sequel The Bright Messenger , which deal with reincarnation and the possibility of a new, mystical evolution in human consciousness.
In correspondence with Peter Penzoldt, Blackwood wrote:. So many of my stories, therefore, deal with extension of consciousness; speculative and imaginative treatment of possibilities outside our normal range of consciousness.
Also, all that happens in our universe is natural; under Law; but an extension of our so limited normal consciousness can reveal new, extra-ordinary powers etc. I believe it possible for our consciousness to change and grow, and that with this change we may become aware of a new universe. A "change" in consciousness, in its type, I mean, is something more than a mere extension of what we already possess and know. Blackwood was a member of one of the factions of the qabalistic Order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as was his contemporary Arthur Machen.
Qabalistic themes are at the heart of his novel The Human Chord. Algernon Blackwood, Biographical note English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre.
In correspondence with Peter Penzoldt, Blackwood wrote: Macmillan and Co. A Nonsense: A Haunted Island. A Case of Eavesdropping.
Keeping His Promise. With Intent to Steal. The Wood of the Dead. An Episode in a Lodging-House.
A Suspicious Gift. Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp.
At one point, the two men see a traveler in his "flat-bottomed boat". However, the man appears to be warning them and ultimately crosses himself before hurtling forward on the river, out of sight. During the night, mysterious forces emerge from within the forest, including dark shapes which seem to trace the narrator's consciousness, tapping sounds outside their tent, shifting gong-like noises, bizarre shadows, and the appearance that the willows have changed location.
In the morning, the two realize that one of their paddles is missing, a slit in the canoe needs repair, and some of their food has disappeared. A hint of distrust arises between them. The howling wind dies down on the second day, and a humming calm ensues.
During the second night, the second man, the Swede, attempts to hurl himself into the river as a "sacrifice". However, he is saved by the narrator. The next morning, the Swede claims that the mysterious forces have found another sacrifice which may save them.
They discover the corpse of a peasant lodged in roots near the shore. When they touch the body, a flurry of living presence seems to rise from it and disappear into the sky. Later, they see the body is pockmarked with funnel shapes similar to the ones viewed across the island's coastline during their experience. These are "Their awful mark!
The body is swept away, resembling an "otter" they thought had seen the previous day, and the story ends. The precise nature of the mysterious entities in "The Willows" is unclear, and they appear at times malevolent or treacherous, while at times simply mystical and almost divine: Overall, the story suggests that the landscape is actually an intersection, a point of contact with a "fourth dimension" — "on the frontier of another world, an alien world, a world tenanted by willows only and the souls of willows.
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