Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century".
|Born||Algernon Henry Blackwood|
14 March 1869
Shooter's Hill, Kent, England
|Died||10 December 1951 (aged 82)|
Bishopsteighton, Kent, England
|Genre||Fantasy, Horror, Weird fiction|
|Notable works||The Centaur, "The Willows", "The Wendigo"|
Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (now part of south-east London, then part of north-west Kent). Between 1871 and 1880, he lived at Crayford Manor House, Crayford and was 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." After he read the work of a Hindu sage left behind at his parents house, he developed a strong interest in Buddhism and other eastern philosophies. Blackwood had a varied career, working as a dairy farmer in Canada, where he also operated a hotel for six months, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, bartender, model, journalist for The New York Times, private secretary, businessman, and violin teacher.
Throughout his adult life, he was 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 successful, writing at least ten original collections of short stories and later telling them on radio and television. 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. To satisfy his interest in the supernatural, he joined The Ghost Club. He never married; according to his friends he was a loner but also cheerful company.
Jack Sullivan stated that "Blackwood's life parallels his work more neatly than perhaps that of any other ghost story writer. Like his lonely but fundamentally optimistic protagonists, he was a combination of mystic and outdoorsman; when he wasn't steeping himself in occultism, including Rosicrucianism and Buddhism, he was likely to be skiing or mountain climbing." Blackwood was a member of one of the factions of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as was his contemporary Arthur Machen. Cabalistic themes influence his novel The Human Chord.
His two best known stories are probably "The Willows" and "The Wendigo". He would also often write stories for newspapers at short notice, with the result that he was unsure exactly how many short stories he had written and there is no sure total. 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 of human consciousness. In correspondence with Peter Penzoldt, Blackwood wrote
My fundamental interest, I suppose, is signs and proofs of other powers that lie hidden in us all; the extension, in other words, of human faculty. 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., and the word "supernatural" seems the best word for treating these in fiction. 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 died after several strokes. Officially his death on 10 December 1951 was from cerebral thrombosis, with arteriosclerosis as a contributing factor. He was cremated at Golders Green crematorium. A few weeks later his nephew took his ashes to Saanenmöser Pass in the Swiss Alps, and scattered them in the mountains that he had loved for more than forty years.
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This list of all Blackwood's known short stories in the Weird Fiction vein is presented in sequence of first publication or, where first publication is not traceable, collection:
|Title||Earliest known date of appearance||Earliest known location of appearance||Earliest known date of collection||Earliest known collection||Summary|
|A Haunted Island||xx/04/1899||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 17 No. 72||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A supernatural vision on an Island, in which a man encounters a group of natives with particularly ill intent.|
|A Case of Eavesdropping||xx/12/1900||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 22 No. 92||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A man residing in a New York apartment hears conversations from the room next door that turn out to be supernatural in origin. Based on Blackwood's time living in New York.|
|The House of the Past||15 April 1904||The Theosophical Review, Vol. 34 No. 200||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A vaguely psychological story expressed in supernatural terms about the relationship between memories, dreams and past lives.|
|The Empty House||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A standard haunted house story involving an adventurous Aunt and her nephew who attempt to spend a single night in a reputedly ill-omened house... The story is likely based on Blackwood's early haunted house investigations with the Psychical Research Society.|
|Keeping His Promise||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||Possibly a re-telling of a tale Blackwood came across during his years as an undergraduate in Edinburgh. An old agreement between two old friends, in effort to prove the existence of the supernatural, is realised in terrible circumstances.|
|With Intent to Steal||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A barn is haunted by a spirit with the power to possess the living. Another tale possibly based on Blackwood's own experiences researching haunted properties.|
|The Wood of the Dead||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A visitor to the West Country comes upon the ghost of an old man, whose appearance is an omen of death, which spells doom for the residents of a small mountain village.|
|Smith: An Episode in a Lodging House||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A man's neighbour in an apartment appears to be dabbling in the black arts. Another story inspired by Blackwood's time in New York. The events depicted are likely based on Blackwood's learning whilst a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.|
|The Strange Adventures of a Private Secretary in New York||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A highly Gothic story of a Butler, a reporter, and a mad would-be chemist, who may also be lycanthropic... One of the more humorous tales in Blackwood's ouvre.|
|The Listener||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||One of Blackwood's few epistolary stories, told solely through diary extracts. A man of nervous temperament, with a history of mental ill-health in his family, may or may not be receiving visits by a previous tenant. A tenant very dead. Another tale most likely inspired by Blackwood's time in New York.|
|The Willows||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A man known only as 'the Swede' (based on Blackwood's friend of many years Wilfred Wilson), and an unnamed narrator journey into the wilderness and become trapped by flood on an island in the Danube. The stay proves to be an exercise in terror for two men who are beset by forces neither of them can fully see or hear, nor even begin to comprehend.|
|The Insanity of Jones||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A tale of revenge in the present, for the wrong's done in a past life. Or is Jones completely out of his mind?|
|The Dance of Death||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A dance with a mysterious lady proves disastrous to one man's health...|
|The Old Man of Visions||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A character study of an old man who is able to see the world that lies beyond the veil. The man is based on one of Blackwood's many acquaintances, as related in his auto-biography Episodes Before Thirty.|
|May Day Eve||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||Visions of the spirit world on May Day eve.|
|Miss Slumbubble—and Claustrophobia||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A woman's apparent hysteria in a train compartment has roots in a macabre haunting.|
|The Woman's Ghost Story||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A spirit is set free from its prison by a woman's love.|
|A Psychical Invasion||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A man's experimentation with drugs opens his mind to an attack by a supernatural force. The tale is based on both Blackwood's own experiments with drugs and his occult learning whilst in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.|
|Ancient Sorceries||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A village in a Cathedral town in France, with an above average population of cats, turns out to have in its midst a number of dabblers in the dark arts.|
|The Nemesis of Fire||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A fire elemental from millennia ago lays siege to a country mansion and only Dr. Silence can stop it.|
|Secret Worship||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||Based partially on Blackwood's own boyhood experiences studying in the Black Forest with the Moravian brotherhood, only the Brotherhood in this tale have been corrupted by the dark arts.|
|The Camp of the Dog||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A group's visit to the outback is disturbed by the presence of a werewolf.|
|The Story of Mr. Popkiss Told||24 December 1908||The Westminster Gazette||A haunting vision of the future on a train.|
|The Kit-Bag||xx/12/1908||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 42 No. 188||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A kit-bag proves to be the source of an unusual haunting.|
|Entrance and Exit||13 February 1909||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A man is sucked out of reality into a world that lies beyond that of mortal men.|
|You May Telephone From Here||27 February 1909||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A telephone call has supernatural implications.|
|Carlton's Drive||17 July 1909||The Westminster Gazette||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||A man has a stroke and then dreams that death is coming for him.|
|The Man Who Played upon the Leaf||30 October 1909 and 5 November 1909||Country Life, Vol. 26 No. 669 & Vol. 26 No. 670||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||The tale of one man's encounter with another—the mysterious 'Man who Played Upon the Leaf', hated by adults; loved by children, and the music he plays to his God Pan.|
|The Terror of the Twins||6 November 1909||The Westminster Gazette||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Two young men are scorned by their father in life, and seek the help of a Priest for fear that they are to be equally scorned in death.|
|The Occupant of the Room||xx/12/1909||Nash's Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 9||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories||Feelings of malaise in a mountain location are attributed to the ghost of a suicide.|
|The South Wind||29 January 1910||The Westminster Gazette||1911||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|If the Cap Fits—||12 February 1910||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||The memories contained within and about inanimate objects.|
|Perspective||xx/03/1910||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 203||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Two lovers are saved from separation, thanks to a Priest who receives a pantheistic visitation in the mountains.|
|Special Delivery||xx/05/1910||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 205||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Lost Valley||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Two twin brothers, their lives inseparable, are threatened in their bond by the appearance of a woman who has mysterious ties to a place of local legend, where the souls of the suicidal and lost are free to roam in peace.|
|The Wendigo||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Based on Blackwood's experiences hunting in the backwoods of Canada. A group of men deep in the Northern wilderness are visited by a terrifying creature from Native American legend.|
|Old Clothes||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||The reincarnation in a young girl of a woman whose lover met a terrible fate. Blackwood was an ardent believer in reincarnation and the tale is a heart-warming dramatisation of his own beliefs.|
|The Man From the 'Gods'||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||A story of creative inspiration for a musician who struggles to achieve true greatness, until he receives a special visitation.|
|The Eccentricity of Simon Parnacute||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Professor Parnacute, a hater of eccentricity, suddenly finds himself compelled to unleash a bird from its cage, and in doing so summons the attention of a mysterious 'world-policeman' who takes him on an incredible journey.|
|The Message of the Clock||xx/06/1910||Nash's Magazine, vol. 2 No. 15||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||The ticking of a clock and the passing of a life appear to have a strange kind of unity.|
|The Sea Fit||25 June 1910||Country Life, Vol. 27 No. 703||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories||A man of Viking descent hears the call of his ancestors from the sea.|
|Imagination||17 December 1910||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A case of writer's block is overcome thanks to the intervention of a supernatural agent.|
|The Singular Death of Morton||xx/12/1910||The Tramp, Vol. 2 No. 10||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||Two men abroad in Switzerland are pursued by a vampire. Blackwood's only traditional vampire tale.|
|The Empty Sleeve||xx/01/1911||The London Magazine, Vol. 25 No. 149||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Deferred Appointment||xx/01/1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A photographer is visited by a very sickly looking man... Deathly sick.|
|The Prayer||17 June 1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two young men who experiment with drugs find themselves able to see other people's thoughts.|
|The Return||22 June 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 1||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|Two in One||20 July 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 5||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A romance about a single soul which appears to be reincarnated into two different people.|
|Accessory Before the Fact||2 September 1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A man has a strange premonition about meeting two German tramps who may not be quite what they seem...|
|Clairvoyance||19 October 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 11||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|Dream Trespass||24 October 1911||The Morning Post||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A house appears to be the site of a reincarnation.|
|The Transfer||9 December 1911||Country Life, Vol. 30 No. 779||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Messenger||9 December 1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Golden Fly||29 December 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol.2 No. 2||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Glamour of the Snow||xx/12/1911||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 48 No. 224||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories||A man on a skiing holiday in the mountains meets a strangely distant woman and becomes entranced by her.|
|The Heath Fire||20 January 1912||Country Life, Vol. 31 No. 785||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Destruction of Smith||29 February 1912||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 2 No. 11||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Man Whom the Trees Loved||xx/03/1912||The London Magazine, Vol. 28 No. 17||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Attic||20 April 1912||The Westminster Gazette||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Whisperers||23 May 1912||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 2 No. 23||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A library is haunted by books.|
|The Second Generation||6 July 1912||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A man returning home to visit his wife encounters the supernatural.|
|Ancient Lights||11 July 1912||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 3 No. 4||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories|
|Sand||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Temptation of the Clay||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Goblin's Collection||5 October 1912||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||Missing artefacts at an overnight stay at a hotel are attributed to a mischievous little Goblin.|
|La Mauvaise Riche||30 November 1912||The Westminster Gazette||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||The ghost of an evil old woman haunts a cemetery.|
|The Man Who Found Out||xx/12/1912||The Canadian Magazine, Vol. 40 No. 2||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories||A researcher goes on an expedition to find "The Tablets of the Gods" which have plagued his dreams since his boyhood. He finds them, and the horrible truth of humanity's true purpose in the universe.|
|Wayfarers||xx/12/1912||The English Review, Vol. 13 No. 1||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|The Sacrifice||xx/04/1913||The Quest, Vol. 4 No. 3||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|H.S.H.||xx/10/1913||The British Review, Vol. 6 No. 1||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Tradition||29 November 1913||The Westminster Gazette||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|Transition||11 December 1913||The New Witness, Vol. 3 No. 58||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|A Desert Episode||10 January 1914||Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 888||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|By Water||19 April 1914||The Westminster Gazette||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Falling Glass||23 May 1914||Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 907||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Regeneration of Lord Ernie||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|The Damned||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|A Descent into Egypt||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures||A long, carefully constructed story in which a man's soul is gradually subsumed into eternity.|
|The Wings of Horus||xx/11/1914||Century Magazine, Vol. 89 No. 1||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|A Victim of Higher Space||xx/12/1914||The Occult Review, Vol. 20 No. 6||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Paper Man||9 October 1915||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||Comic fantasy in which a man obsessed with the papers finds himself turning into one.|
|Cain's Atonement||20 November 1915||Land and Water, Vol. 66 #2793||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Other Wing||xx/11/1915||McBride's, Vol. 96 No. 575||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|Initiation||xx/07/1916||The Quest, Vol. 7 No. 4||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Tryst||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Touch of Pan||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|S.O.S.||xx/03/1918||The Story-Teller||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Garden of Survival||xx/03/1918||The Garden of Survival||1918||The Garden of Survival||A short novella of the sentimental variety concerning reincarnation and mysticism. One of Blackwood's most personal tales.|
|The Little Beggar||10 May 1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The World-Dream of McCallister||xx/09/1919||Vision, Vol. 1 No. 5||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Alexander Alexander||6 September 1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Wireless Confusion||xx/10/1919||The Quest, Vol. 11 No. 1||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Other Woman||8 November 1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Decoy||xx/12/1919||Lloyd's Magazine, Vol. 32 No. 385||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Call||6 December 1919||Nash's Illustrated Weekly, Vol. 2 No. 13||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|First Hate||xx/02/1920||McClure's Magazine||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Chinese Magic||xx/06/1920||Romance, Vol. 2 No. 2||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Running Wolf||4 August 1920||Century Magazine, Vol. 100 No. 4||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Confession||xx/03/1921||Century Magazine, Vol. 101 No. 5||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Valley of the Beasts||xx/03/1921||Romance Magazine||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Wolves of God||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Tarn of Sacrifice||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Egyptian Sorcery||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Vengeance Is Mine||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Olive||xx/07/1921||Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 52 No. 307||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Lane That Ran East and West||xx/09/1921||McCall's, Vol. 48 No. 12||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Nephelé||xx/12/1921||Pears Annual||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Lost!||14 October 1922||Living Age||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Tongues of Fire||xx/04/1923||The English Review, Vol. 36 No. 4||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Man Who Was Milligan||xx/11/1923||Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 56 No. 335||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Malahide and Forden||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Playing Catch||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Pikestaffe Case||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|A Continuous Performance||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Open Window||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Petershin and Mr. Snide||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|A Man of Earth||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Laughter of Courage||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Full Circle||xx/05/1925||The English Review, No. 198||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Hands of Death||xx/12/1925||The Bolton Evening News||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Chemical||xx/xx/1926||The Ghost Book (ed. Cynthia Asquith)||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Stranger||xx/06/1927||The Fortnightly Review, Vol. 121 No. 6||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Land of Green Ginger||23 December 1927||The Radio Times||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Dr. Feldman||xx/05/1928||The Strand Magazine, Vol. 72 No. 449||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Shocks||xx/09/1930||The Strand Magazine, Vol. 80 No. 477||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Survivors||xx/12/1930||The Occult Review, Vol. 52 No. 6||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Man Who Lived Backwards||12 December 1930||World Radio, Vol. 11 No. 281||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Revenge||19 December 1930||The Radio Times||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Fire Body||xx/09/1931||The North American Review, Vol. 232 No. 3||A woman is convinced she has met the protagonist before on an astral plane in his 'Fire Body'.|
|A Threefold Cord...||xx/xx/1931||When Churchyards Yawn (ed. Cynthia Asquith)||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Elsewhere and Otherwise||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Adventures of Miss de Fontenay||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Blackmailers||xx/10/1935||My Grimmest Nightmare||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
|At a Mayfair Luncheon||xx/03/1936||Windsor Magazine, No. 495||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A man receives a rare kind of divine meeting in the most uninspiring of social gatherings...|
|The Man-Eater||xx/03/1937||Thrilling Mystery, Vol. 6 No. 2||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A variation on the were-wolf story.|
|The Magic Mirror||16 March 1938||The Bystander, Vol. 137 #1787||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
|King's Evidence||9 January 1941||London Calling, No. 70||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A re-write of the earlier story 'Confession', done originally for radio, but also published in the BBC's journal London Calling.|
|The Doll||xx/04/1946||The Doll and One Other||The gift of a doll to a little girl is actually a malignant supernatural entity that has macabre designs upon her Father. One of the few of Blackwood's tales to feature a female protagonist, in this case a Governess (in the Turn of the Screw mould).|
|The Trod||xx/04/1946||The Doll and One Other||An unusual love-triangle involving a man, a woman, and a call from the Fairy world. Eternal life comes at a high price—the loss of one's soul and of mortal love.|
|Roman Remains||xx/03/1948||Weird Tales, Vol. 40 No. 3||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
As well as his supernatural tales for adults, Blackwood also wrote a considerable number of children's tales, some supernatural and some not, as well as other pieces for an adult readership that were not in the weird fiction genre. These included love stories and, at the height of the first world war, propaganda pieces.
|Title||Earliest known date of appearance||Earliest known location of appearance||Earliest known date of collection||Earliest known collection||Summary|
|The Story of Karl Ott||xx/10/1896||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 10 No. 42||A tragic love story of typical Victorian sentimentalism.|
|A Mysterious House||xx/07/1889||The Belgravia, Vol. 69, No. 203||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A story of faux supernaturalism.|
|The Last Egg in the Nest||23 August 1902||The Boy's Own Paper, Vol. 24 #1232|
|Testing His Courage – The Story of a Quaint Device||xx/09/1904||Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 18 No. 105||A love story in which a ritual of facade is performed that a man might prove his true love's worth.|
|How Garnier Broke the Log-Jam||31 December 1904||The Boy's Own Paper, Vol. 27 #1355|
|A Suspicious Gift||1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A crime story in which the gift of an immense sum of money turns out to be not as beneficent as hoped.|
|Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp||1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A crime story set in the Canadian outback.|
|Max Hensig – Bacteriologist and Murderer||1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A suspense tale of the non-supernatural variety in which a reporter is pursued by the murderer he wrote about.|
|The Secret||7 November 1908||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A conversation between two old friends.|
|Stodgman's Opportunity||5 December 1908||The Westminster Gazette||A nightmare encounter on a train inspires a spark of creativity|
|The Invitation||3 April 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two friends attempt to arrange lunch.|
|The Lease||22 May 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Solicitors, leases, and the problems therein...|
|Faith Cure on the Channel||19 June 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two friends attempt to overcome the evils of sea-sickness.|
|The Laying of a Red-Haired Ghost||xx/09/1909||The Lady's Realm||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A tale of faux supernaturalism and pseudo-seances.|
|Up and Down||9 October 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two friends discuss holidays.|
|The Strange Disappearance of a Baronet||27 November 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A baronet dreams that he has shrunk to the size of a mouse.|
|The Price of Wiggins's Orgy||1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||A man in need of a meal, a mysterious waiter in a mysterious restaurant, and a room full of cannibals. One of Blackwood's more humorous tales.|
|The Impulse||8 April 1911||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||An impulsive act of non-materialism makes a man feel better.|
|News vs Nourishment||4 November 1911||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||The story of a gentleman's odd eating habits|
|In A Jura Village||26 December 1911||The Morning Post||A man reminisces about the characters and experiences associated with a small country village.|
|The Bitter Bit||17 February 1912||The Saturday Westminster Gazette|
|Egyptian Antiquities||9 April 1912||The Morning Post||A man struggles to make his way in life as a dealer of Egyptian antiquities.|
|Let Not the Sun –||19 November 1912||The Morning Post||1914||Ten Minute Stories||The tragedy of a couple whose vacation together never comes...|
|Her Birthday||3 May 1913||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||The finishing of a letter to a special lady.|
|Violence||22 May 1913||The New Witness, Vol. 2 No. 29||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A vaguely conte-cruel story of madness.|
|Who Was She?||26 June 1913, 17 July 1913, and 28 August 1913||The New Witness, Vol. 2 No. 34, Vol. 2 No. 37, & Vol. 2 No. 43||A philosophical story about a man's realisation of who he is.|
|The Barmecide Feast||19 July 1913||Country Life, Vol. 34 No. 863||A suspenseful but ultimately comic tale in which disturbances in the house are not what they seem...|
|The Kiss of a Psychologist||13 September 1913||Country Life, Vol. 34 No. 871||A love story about a man who gets 'caught in the act' of kissing another woman.|
|The Story Hour||18 November 1913||The Morning Post||Children's fantasy, reprinted in part in The Extra day.|
|What Nobody Understands||17 February 1914||The Morning Post||Children's fantasy, reprinted in part in The Extra day.|
|Maria||28 March 1914||The Morning Post||Children's fantasy concerning the plotting of a train crash. Reprinted as Chapter III of The Extra Day|
|A Bit of Wood||29 April 1914||The Morning Post||1917||Day and Night Stories||The fateful role a piece of wood plays in the lives of human beings.|
|The Night Wind||9 May 1914||Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 905||Children's fantasy in which an Uncle and his nieces and nephews encounter the mysterious nightly wonder that is 'the Night-Wind'. Reprinted as Chapter VII of The Extra Day.|
|Breakfast Honey||9 June 1914||The Morning Post||A gentleman in a Hotel is most displeased at the apparent lack of quality honey.|
|The Philosopher||13 June 1914||The Westminster Gazette||A dog looks after his master, proving himself to be a most astute and loyal companion in the process.|
|Jimbo's Longest Day||24 June 1913||The Morning Post||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A child's understanding of the longest day of the year.|
|The Daisy World||xx/07/1914||The Quest, Vol. 5 No. 4||An uncle and his niece experience life among the daisies.|
|Non-Human||10 December 1914||The New Witness, Vol. 5 No. 110||Two men are stalked by a night predator.|
|An Egyptian Hornet||xx/03/1915||Reedy's Mirror||1917||Day and Night Stories||An encounter between a man and a very large Egyptian buzzing insect of malignant potency...|
|The God||7 August 1915||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||A propaganda piece.|
|The Soldier's Visitor||9 October 1915||Land and Water, Vol. 65 #2787||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A war story about a man in a hospital bed who receives a very special visit.|
|The Celestial Motorbus||18 December 1915||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||A propaganda piece on jobs during the war.|
|The Snake||18 March 1916||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||Two gentlemen discuss snakes.|
|Proportion||5 August 1916||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||Two gentlemen discuss astronomy and the wonders of the modern telescope.|
|Camping Out||xx/xx/1916||Blackie's Children's Annual 1916|
|The Memory of Beauty||3 January 1918||Land and Water, Vol. 70 #2904||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
|The Perfect Poseur||xx/07/1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette|
|Picking Fir-Cones||xx/07/1919||The English Review, Vol. 29 No. 1||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Onanonanon||xx/03/1921||The English Review, Vol. 32 No. 3||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A gruesome dream story of psychological doubling about a dog whose bark drives a man to distraction. One of Blackwood's rare non-supernatural horror tales.|
|Changing 'Ats||16 December 1921||Time and Tide, Vol. 2 No. 50||A study of different personalities in a social setting.|
|Genius||15 July 1922||The Weekly Westminster Gazette||Two men's creative inspirations from a forest. One receives a kind of spiritual awakening, the other sees only darkness.|
|The Impulse||6 December 1924||T.P.'s & Cassell's Weekly, Vol. 3 No. 59|
|Toby's Birthday Presents||xx/xx/1926||The Treasure Ship (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Cross-word Alien||7 January 1927||Time and Tide, Vol. 8 No. 1||The wonders of language emerge between two friends, with the aid of a cross-word.|
|Mr. Cupboard, or The Furniture's Holiday||xx/09/1927||Number Five Joy Street|
|The Water Performance||xx/xx/1927||Sails of Gold (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|By Underground||xx/09/1928||Number Seven Joy Street|
|When Nick Dressed Up||xx/xx/1928||The Treasure Cave (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Chocolate Cigarettes||xx/xx/1928||Number Six Joy Street|
|The Adventure of Tornado Smith||7 December 1929||Country Life, Vol. 66 #1716||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Graceless Pair – The Saving of Colonelsirarthur||23 April 1930||The Sketch #1943|
|The Graceless Pair – French and Italian||30 April 1930||The Sketch #1944|
|The Graceless Pair – Burglars||7 May 1930||The Sketch #1945|
|The Graceless Pair – 'Anyopedoctor? Abaslesboches! Etc.'||14 May 1930||The Sketch #1946|
|The Graceless Pair – The Fish Pond||21 May 1930||The Sketch #1947|
|The Graceless Pair – The Afternoon Call||28 May 1930||The Sketch #1948|
|Mr. Bunciman at the Zoo||xx/xx/1930||The Children's Cargo: Lady Cynthia Asquith's Annual (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Parrot and the – Cat!||xx/08/1930||Number Eight Joy Street||Prequel to Blackwood's 1929 novel Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense and to his 1930 serial The Graceless Pair.|
|The Colonel's Ring||31 December 1931||The Morning Post||1935||Shocks|
|The Italian Conjuror||xx/xx/1931||Number Nine Joy Street (ed. Michael Lynn)|
|Maria (of England) in the Rain||xx/09/1932||Number Ten Joy Street|
|Sergeant Poppett and Policeman James||xx/xx/1933||Number Eleven Joy Street|
|What the Black Chow Saw||xx/xx/1933||The Princess Elizabeth Gift Book (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Fruit Stoners||xx/xx/1934||Number Eleven Joy Street||Linked to, but not part of, Blackwood's 1934 novel The Fruit Stoners: Being the Adventures of Maria Among the Fruit Stoners.|
|Journey to London||xx/xx/1934||Just Cats (ed. Richard Miller)||A cat and parrot get along far better than their owners perceive and plan escape. A reprint of Chapter 5 of Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense.|
|Dudley & Gilderoy||1936||My Best Animal Story (ed. Anon)||A reprint of chapters 1 & 2 of Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense.|
|How the Circus Came to Tea||xx/xx/1935||Number Twelve Joy Street|
|That Mrs. Winslow||xx/10/1936||Pearsons' Magazine, Vol. 82 No. 490||A love story about a lawyer, a will, and a widow would-be Egyptologist.|
|By Proxy||17 November 1937||The Bystander, Vol. 136 #1770||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A crime story about a thief after some jewels, and the cruel trick he plays on a young boy in obtaining them.|
|The Reformation of St. Jules||29 December 1937||The Bystander, Vol. 136 #1776||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||An apparent practical joke on a small rural community.|
|Eliza Among the Chimney Sweeps||xx/xx/1950||The Children's Ship (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
Aside from well over a hundred published articles, essays, prefaces, and book reviews which remain to be collected, Blackwood authored only one nonfiction book, a memoir of his youth:
Blackwood appeared in two 1949 film shorts in which he told stories to camera, "The Reformation of St Jules" and "Lock Your Door". Again as himself, he also appeared in an early television series Saturday Night Story (1948-1951) with John Slater. An anthology series based on his work was broadcast on ITV in 1961-63, Tales of Mystery with John Laurie playing Blackwood. Several of his stories were subsequently used in television anthology series such as Suspense and Night Gallery.
A radio adaption by Roy Winsor of a Blackwood short story was broadcast as "In The Fog" by the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in August 1977. Introduced by E. G. Marshall, the radio play featured Gordon Gould, Martha Greenhouse, William Griffis, and Ian Martin.
Blackwood was a regular contributor to BBC Radio from the 1930s to the early 1950s in which he talked about scary subjects. He also read a number of his own short stories during this time, in particular: Algernon Blackwood Tells a Strange Story.
To mark Blackwood's 80th birthday, an appreciation was broadcast on The Third Programme in March 1949.
A radio adaptation of Blackwood's novella, The Willows was recorded for the BBC and first broadcast in 2005. It was repeated in 2016. The adaptation featured Roger Allam as the narrator.
After these adventures in the New World...
During the First World War...
"An Egyptian Hornet" is a short story written by Algernon Blackwood. The story has first appeared in 1915 in Reedy's Mirror.Ernest Bramah
Ernest Bramah (20 March 1868 – 27 June 1942), whose name was recorded after his birth as Ernest Brammah Smith, was an English author. He published 21 books and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works were ranked with Jerome K. Jerome and W. W. Jacobs, his detective stories with Conan Doyle, his politico-science fiction with H. G. Wells and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood. George Orwell acknowledged that Bramah's book, What Might Have Been, influenced his Nineteen Eighty-Four. Bramah created the characters Kai Lung and Max Carrados.
Bramah was a very private man who chose not to make public any details of his personal life. He died at the age of 73 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.Forgotten Fantasy
Forgotten Fantasy: Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy was a short-lived American fantasy and science fiction magazine published by Nectar Press. Douglas Menville served as editor, and Robert Reginald as associate editor. The magazine was digest-sized in format and specialized in reprinting neglected classics of speculative fiction from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, along with occasional earlier pieces. It appeared in five bimonthly issues from October, 1970 through June, 1971, which were reprinted by the Borgo Press imprint of Wildside Press in 2007.
The primary significance of Forgotten Fantasy is as the precursor to the Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library, a book reprint series to which its editors eventually turned their energies after the magazine's demise, and which continued its mission of reviving fantasy classics.
During its short life, Forgotten Fantasy published short stories by F. Marion Crawford, Lord Dunsany, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Voltaire, H. G. Wells, Nathaniel Hawthorne, E. Nesbit, Algernon Blackwood and Tudor Jenks, novelettes by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Morris, and poems by Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Goethe (translated by Matthew Gregory Lewis) and Richard Le Gallienne, as well as serializing such longer works as The Goddess of Atvatabar by William R. Bradshaw and Hartmann the Anarchist by E. Douglas Fawcett (of the latter only the first part of a projected two appeared before the magazine ceased). Regular non-fiction features were Menville's "Excavations" and "Calibrations", of which the first appeared in every issue and the second all but the first. Cover artists included Bill Hughes, whose work appeared on three of the issues, George Barr, and Tim Kirk.Ghost Story Society
The Ghost Story Society was a not-for-profit literary society whose members shared an interest in supernatural fiction. Founded in Britain in 1988 by Rosemary Pardoe, Jeffrey Dempsey, David Cowperthwaite and Mark Valentine, it had an international membership and was later administered by joint organizers Christopher Roden and Barbara Roden, owners of Ash-Tree Press, with the assistance of David G. Rowlands, Richard Dalby, Jan Arter, and Roger Dobson. It has not been active since 2007.
The society produced the journal All Hallows, which featured new ghostly fiction, along with studies of the works and lives of such authors of classic ghost stories as M. R. James, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Algernon Blackwood, H. Russell Wakefield, E. F. Benson, A. N. L. Munby, and R. R. Ryan, as well as more recent authors such as Robert Aickman, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Terry Lamsley, and Jonathan Aycliffe. It also included detailed reviews and notices of recent ghostly publications and films, letters from members, and a column by Ramsey Campbell. All Hallows received the 2003 International Horror Guild Award for best periodical.Incredible Adventures
Incredible Adventures is a collection by Algernon Blackwood, comprising three novellas and two short stories. It was originally published by Macmillan in 1914 and reprinted in 2004 by Hippocampus Press. H. P. Lovecraft wrote that:
In the volume titled Incredible Adventures occur some of the finest tales which the author has yet produced, leading the fancy to wild rites on nocturnal hills, to secret and terrible aspects lurking behind stolid scenes, and to unimaginable vaults of mystery below the sands and pyramids of Egypt; all with a serious finesse and delicacy that convince where a cruder or lighter treatment would merely amuse. Some of these accounts are hardly stories at all, but rather studies in elusive impressions and half-remembered snatches of dream. Plot is everywhere negligible, and atmosphere reigns untrammelled.
More recently, S. T. Joshi has acclaimed Incredible Adventures as possibly "the premier weird collection of this or any other century".The book contains the following stories, all novella-length except for "The Sacrifice" and "Wayfarers":
"The Regeneration of Lord Ernie"
"A Descent into Egypt"
"Wayfarers"Mike Ashley (writer)
Michael Raymond Donald Ashley (born 1948) is a British bibliographer, author and editor of science fiction, mystery, and fantasy.
He edits the long-running Mammoth Book series of short story anthologies, each arranged around a particular theme in mystery, fantasy, or science fiction. He has a special interest in fiction magazines and has written a multi-volume History of the Science Fiction Magazine and a study of British fiction magazines, The Age of the Storytellers. He won the Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction. In addition to the books listed below he edited and prepared for publication the novel The Enchantresses (1997) by Vera Chapman. He has contributed to many reference works including The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (as Contributing Editor) and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (as Contributing Editor of the third edition). He wrote the books to accompany the British Library's exhibitions, Taking Liberties in 2008 and Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It in 2011.
He lives in Chatham, Kent, England.Peter Penzoldt
Peter Penzoldt (18 January 1925 in Munich – 21 August 1969 in Geneva) was the author of The Supernatural in Fiction (1952), a major critical study of the weird tale.
The Supernatural in Fiction is an expansion of Penzoldt's doctoral thesis, which was submitted to the University of Geneva when he was twenty-four. Published on the recommendation of Algernon Blackwood, whom Penzoldt met in 1949, it contains chapters on the structure of supernatural tales, on various motifs such as the ghost, the vampire, the werewolf, the witch, on the relationship of the supernatural tale to science fiction, and on the "psychological ghost story".
There are also individual chapters on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Rudyard Kipling, M. R. James, Walter de la Mare, and Algernon Blackwood, to whom the book is dedicated.
Penzoldt was the son of Sigrid Onegin from her second marriage with Fritz Penzoldt.Poseidonis
Poseidonis is an imagined last remnant of the lost continent of Atlantis, mentioned by Algernon Blackwood in his short story, Sand (published in 1912), in his story collection, Four Weird Tales, and is also detailed in a series of short stories by Clark Ashton Smith. Smith based Poseidonis on Theosophical scriptures about Atlantis, (such as Secret Doctrine by Helena Blavatsky) and his concept of "the last isle of foundering Atlantis" is echoed by the Isle of Númenor in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium.S. T. Joshi
Sunand Tryambak Joshi (born 22 June 1958), known as S. T. Joshi, is an American literary critic, novelist, and a leading figure in the study of H. P. Lovecraft and other authors of weird and fantastic fiction. Besides having written what critics such as Harold Bloom and Joyce Carol Oates consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft, I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (Hippocampus Press, 2 vols., 2010 [originally published in one volume as H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, 1996]), Joshi has prepared (with David E. Schultz) several annotated editions of works by Ambrose Bierce. He has also written on crime novelist John Dickson Carr and on Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood and M. R. James, and has edited collections of their works, as well as collections of the best work of numerous other weird writers.
He has compiled bibliographies of Lovecraft, Bierce, Dunsany, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Bradbury and Clark Ashton Smith. He has been general editor of the Horror Classics series for Dover Publications.
Joshi is known for his acerbic style, and has been described by editor Ellen Datlow as 'the nastiest reviewer in the field'. Most recently he has turned his attention to collecting and editing the works of H. L. Mencken. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.Saturday-Night Story
Saturday-Night Story was a British television programme which aired on the BBC from 1948 to 1953. In the series, a person would read a story. These people included Algernon Blackwood and John Slater. During 1948, the series was typically the last programme on the schedule for the day apart from a newsreel. It aired in a 15-minute time-slot. None of the episodes still exist, as the BBC very rarely telerecorded series at the time.Supernatural Horror in Literature
"Supernatural Horror in Literature" is a long essay by American writer H. P. Lovecraft, surveying the topic of horror fiction. It was written between November 1925 and May 1927 and revised during 1933–1934. It was first published in 1927 in the one-issue magazine The Recluse. More recently, it was included in the collection Dagon and Other Macabre Tales (1965).
Lovecraft examines the beginnings of weird fiction in the gothic novel (relying greatly on Edith Birkhead's 1921 survey The Tale of Terror) and traces its development through such writers as Ambrose Bierce, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe (who merits his own chapter). Lovecraft names as the four "modern masters" of horror: Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, M. R. James, and Arthur Machen.
An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia terms the work "HPL's most significant literary essay and one of the finest historical analyses of horror literature." Upon reading the essay, M. R. James proclaimed Lovecraft's style "most offensive". However,
Edmund Wilson, who was not an admirer of Lovecraft's fiction, praised the essay as a "really able piece of
work...he had read comprehensively in this field—he was strong on the Gothic novelists—and
writes about it with much intelligence". David G. Hartwell has called "Supernatural Horror in Literature", "the most important essay on horror literature".Tales of Mystery
Tales of Mystery was a British supernatural television drama anthology series based on the short stories of Algernon Blackwood. It was broadcast by ITV (Associated-Rediffusion) and ran over three seasons from 1961-1963. Produced by Peter Graham Scott, each episode was 25 minutes long and introduced by John Laurie (as the author himself). None of the 29 episodes broadcast survive in any television archive, however.The Doll and One Other
The Doll and One Other is a collection of two fantasy and horror novelettes by author Algernon Blackwood. It was released in 1946 and was the first publication of either novelette. It was published by Arkham House in an edition of 3,490 copies.
The first novelette, "The Doll," was adapted for an episode of the television show Night Gallery.
James Agate Jr adapted the story for CBS Radio Mystery Theatre (ep. 1224 - July 22, 1981) under the title Toy Death starring Kristoffer Tabori and Patricia Elliott.The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural
The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural is a reference work on horror fiction in the arts, edited by Jack Sullivan. The book was published in 1986 by Viking Press.
Editor Sullivan’s stated purpose in compiling the volume, as noted in his foreword to the book, was to serve as a “bringing together in one volume of the genre’s many practitioners and their contributions to the arts.” In addition to literature and the art of storytelling, the book includes many entries on film, music, illustration, architecture, radio, and television. The book contains over fifty major essays and six hundred shorter entries covering authors, composers, film directors, and actors, among other categories.
The book provides about 650 entries written by 65 contributors including Ramsey Campbell, Gary William Crawford, John Crowley, Thomas M. Disch, Ron Goulart, S. T. Joshi, T. E. D. Klein, Kim Newman, Darrell Schweitzer, Whitley Strieber, Timothy Sullivan, Colin Wilson, and Douglas E. Winter. Jacques Barzun provided the lengthy introduction, "The Art and Appeal of the Ghostly and Ghastly".
In order to provide as broad as possible a study of fear, terror, and horror throughout the centuries, the book features numerous entries on "mainstream" artists who Sullivan notes "have dabbled in or plunged into horror", such as Charles Baudelaire, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Edith Wharton, Sergei Prokofiev, Charles Dickens, Heinrich von Kleist, Herman Melville, Joyce Carol Oates, Franz Liszt, Arnold Schönberg, William Butler Yeats, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, among others.
Hundreds of genre author entries are provided, including "William Beckford" by E. F. Bleiler, "Ambrose Bierce" and "Algernon Blackwood" by Jack Sullivan, "Ramsey Campbell" by Robert Hadji, "Robert W. Chambers" by T. E. D. Klein, "James Herbert" by Ramsey Campbell, "Shirley Jackson" by Sullivan, "Stephen King" by Don Herron, "Arthur Machen" by Klein, "Ann Radcliffe" by Devendra P. Varma, and "Peter Straub" by Patricia Skarda.
Theme essays include "Arkham House" by T. E. D. Klein, "The Continental Tradition" by Helen Searing, "English Romantic Poets" by John Calhoun, "Golden Age of the Ghost Story" by Jack Sullivan, "Illustration" by Robert Weinberg, "Opera" by Arthur Paxton, "The Pits of Terror" by Ramsey Campbell, "The Pulps" by Ron Goulart, "Shakespeare's Ghosts" by John Crowley, "Urban and Pastoral Horror" by Douglas E. Winter, and "Zombies" by Hugh Lamb.
Film and television related entries include "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", "Tod Browning", "Brian De Palma", "Eraserhead", "Inferno", "Boris Karloff", "Night of the Living Dead", "Roman Polanski", "Suspiria", "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom", and "The Wolf Man".
The book was reprinted in 1989 by Random House.The Sketch
The Sketch was a British illustrated weekly journal, which focused on high society and the aristocracy. It ran for 2,989 issues between 1 February 1893 and 17 June 1959. It was published by the Illustrated London News Company and was primarily a society magazine with regular features on royalty and the aristocracy, theatre, cinema and art studies. It had a high photographic content with many studies of society ladies and their children as well as regular layouts of point to point racing meetings and similar events.
Clement Shorter and William Ingram started The Sketch in 1893. Shorter was the first editor, from 1893 to 1900, succeeded by John Latey (until 1902) and then Keble Howard. Bruce Ingram was editor from 1905 to 1946.
The magazine is chiefly remembered for first publishing the illustrations of Bonzo the dog by George E. Studdy (from 1921). It also published series of short stories within its pages, one per issue, with authors such as Walter de la Mare and Algernon Blackwood. Under the editorship of Bruce Ingram, it was also the first magazine to publish short stories by Agatha Christie, starting with The Affair at the Victory Ball in issue 1571, dated 7 March 1923. Altogether, Christie wrote 49 stories for The Sketch between 1923 and 1924 (just under a third of her total output of short stories) which were later collected into some or all of the contents of the volumes Poirot Investigates (1924), The Big Four (1927), Partners in Crime (1929), Poirot's Early Cases (1974), and While the Light Lasts and Other Stories (1997). Christie dedicated the 1953 novel A Pocket Full of Rye to Ingram.
The Sketch printed photographs by Howard Coster, and illustrations by H. M. Bateman, Max Beerbohm, Edmund Blampied, Percy Venner Bradshaw (1877–1965), Thomas Arthur Browne, Hilda Cowham, Annie Fish, John Hargrave, John Hassall, Phil May, Bernard Partridge, Melton Prior, W. Heath Robinson, Sidney Sime, Josep Segrelles and Bert Thomas.
Writers included Carleton Allen, Lucie Armstrong, Nora Hopper, William Robertson Nicoll, and John Courtenay Trewin.The British Library holds a complete run of The Sketch.The Wendigo (novella)
The Wendigo is a novella by Algernon Blackwood, first published in The Lost Valley and Other Stories (Eveleigh Nash, 1910).The Willows (album)
The Willows is an album by Jim Jupp, under the pseudonym of Belbury Poly. The album was released in 2004 on the Ghost Box Music label. It is named after a short story by Algernon Blackwood.The Willows (story)
"The Willows" is a novella by English author Algernon Blackwood, originally published as part of his 1907 collection The Listener and Other Stories. It is one of Blackwood's best known works and has been influential on a number of later writers. Horror author H.P. Lovecraft considered it to be the finest supernatural tale in English literature. "The Willows" is an example of early modern horror and is connected within the literary tradition of weird fiction.