The Unknown: Algernon Blackwood Weird Writings, 1900-1937 edited by Henry Bartholomew
Paperback – Handheld Press – Mar 2023 219 pages
Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) is one of the foremost British writers of horror, supernatural and ghost stories. His talent for expressing unknown fears comes through strongly in these tales of the Canadian backwoods, Alpine mountaineering and desert loneliness. His deep interest in extending consciousness beyond human faculties produced fiction to lead the reader into wild and remote settings, to face nature at its most awe-inspiring and terrifying, and to sense, if only briefly, the immensity of the unknown forces beyond.
Twelve strories and essays showcase Blackwood’s writing for the newcomer, and suggest new resonance for those who know his work well.
Stories include ‘Skeleton Lake’, ‘The Wolves of God’, ‘The Glamour of the Snow’, ‘The Sacrifice’, ‘The insanity of Jones’, ‘The Tarn of Sacrifice’, ‘By Water’, and ‘Imagination’.
Essays include ‘Mid the Haunts of the Moose’, ‘The Winter Alps’, ‘On Reincarnation’ and ‘The Genesis of Ideas’.