Amazon.in:Customer reviews: Algernon Blackwood: The Complete Supernatural Stories (120+ tales of ghosts and mystery: The Willows, The Wendigo, The Listener, The Centaur, The Empty House...) (Halloween Stories)
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AB was a prolific writer of short stories that are all tinged with a touch (or sometimes more) of the supernatural. This collection contains such masterpieces as "The Willows", "The Wendigo", "The Man whom the Trees loved" and "The Occupant of the Room"
His use of language and mastery of form and sentence gives each tale a unique flavour and his descriptions of the landscape his characters find themselves in, is second to none. Some modern authors could learn a lot from his style.
Overall, a great collection of classics and at this price, you can't go wrong. 10 out of 5!!
Where to start here? The best part of 2000 pages and the guy could set a tone, place and mood with a deft, skillful touch. Some fabulous prose evokes some strange places and he takes the reader with him seamlessly and without much to-do.
Where a collection like this falters however is in the repetition of theme and style over the course of a career. There are approx 122 short stories in this collection and read one after the other it soon becomes too much of a good thing. I suspect the experience is altogether better when read in smaller collections but opinions may differ there.
Overall it's a good read but a hefty volume at the same time. Possibly worth going out of your way to find a shorter collection of the greatest hits in this case.
I fully endorse the praise bestowed by other reviewers but though the story 'Jimbo's Longest Day' is present the longer story 'Jimbo' (concerning the experiences of a little boy who has been nearly fatally injured whilst in a state of utter terror) doesn't appear to be here. Please correct me if I'm wrong and tell me where to look.
Now I cannot get into all these stories but I recognise quality when I see it. I particularly like A Victim of Higher Space. It is a short story masterpiece, as is The Return. Now this man could really write.
Blackwood has a real feel for the mystery of nature. He tries to capture the elusive spirit that lies behind reality as we perceive it. Not always successfully but in The Willows for instance he gets chillingly close.