Popular The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories Author Algernon Blackwood Viral Ebook Blackwood was born in Shooter s Hill today part of south east London but then part of north
Popular The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories Author Algernon Blackwood Viral Ebook Blackwood was born in Shooter s Hill today part of south east London, but then part of northwest Kent and educated at Wellington College His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, though not devoid of genuine good heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas Blackwood had a varied career, farming in Canada, operating a hotel, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, and, throughout his adult life, an occasional essayist for various periodicals In his late thirties, he moved back to England and started to write stories of the supernatural He was very successful, writing at least ten original collections of short stories and eventually appearing on both radio and television to tell them He also wrote fourteen novels, several children s books, and a number of plays, most of which were produced but not published He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, and many of his stories reflect this.English writer of ghost stories and supernatural fiction, of whom Lovecraft wrote He is the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere His powerful story The Willows, which effectively describes another dimension impinging upon our own, was reckoned by Lovecraft to be not only foremost of all Blackwood s tales but the best weird tale of all time Unfortunately, Blackwood, who was familiar with Lovecraft s work, failed to return the compliment As he told Peter Penzoldt, he found spiritual terror missing in his young admirer s writing, something he considered all important in his own Among his thirty odd books, Blackwood wrote a series of stories and short novels published as John Silence, Physician Extraordinary 1908 , which featured a psychic detective who combined the skills of a Sherlock Holmes and a psychic medium Blackwood also wrote light fantasy and juvenile books The son of a preacher, Blackwood had a life long interest in the supernatural, the occult, and spiritualism, and firmly believed that humans possess latent psychic powers The autobiography Episodes Before Thirty 1923 tells of his lean years as a journalist in New York In the late 1940s, Blackwood had a television program on the BBC on which he read ghost stories. This is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally importanThis is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.. Bestseller Books The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories Horror fiction. A genre that does not nearly get all the credit that it deserves. A genre dominated by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. A genre that has so much to offer but much of it is marginalized by these two famous authors. Granted, King and Koontz have written some pretty frightening and powerful stories that are beloved by millions of readers. But outside of the works of these two bestselling authors, not much is known to mainstream readers. This is unfortunate. There was, in fact, a time when The Shining or Carrie didn’t exist. What spine chilling stories did readers devour before they read about haunted hotels and child killing clowns? Even Stephen King would admit that his stories probably would not exist if it were not for horror fiction pioneers such as this man, Algernon Blackwood. This book, The Empty House and other stories, is a collection of 10 ghost stories that was first published in the early 1900s and is now in the public domain. Out of the 10 I would say that at least 7 are very good stories. One of the interesting characteristics is that a particular character, a man by the name of Shorthouse, is featured as the main character but in vastly different settings. Whether the story unfolds in a remote cottage in the wilderness of Quebec, or a haunted house in Long Island, Algernon Blackwood, like Lovecraft, is a master of descriptive writing conveying moods of dread and suspense. It is unfortunate that this collection is not more well-known. Blackwood’s short story, The Willows, seems to be the only story from this author that really gets any attention. It is absent here but I believe that the 10 stories featured in the collection are equally worth reading. Give this book a shot. After the second story, The Haunted Island, I just could not put it down. Maybe you will too.