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Algernon Blackwood


UK (1869 - 1951)

Algernon Blackwood was born into a well-to-do Kentish family. His parents, converts to a Calvinistic sect, led an austere life, ill-suited to their dreamy and sensitive son. During adolescence, he became fascinated by hypnotism and the supernatural and, on leaving university, studied Hindu philosophy and occultism. Later, he was to draw on these beliefs and experiences in his writing.

Sent away to Canada at the age of twenty, his attempts at making a living were wholly unsuccessful and shortly after his return to England, he began to write. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, published in 1906, was followed by a series of psychic detective stories, featuring John Silence, 'physician extraordinary'. His reputation as one of the greatest exponents of supernatural fiction began to grow.Chiefly known for his ghost stories, Blackwood wrote in many different forms within the genre. His most personal works, however, are his 'mystical' novels, for example The Centaur, where he explores man's empathy with the forces of the universe.

Blackwood also wrote children's fiction. A Prisoner in Fairyland was adapted into the play (later the musical), Starlight Express.

Later in life, Blackwood turned to writing radio plays, and in 1947 he began a new career on BBC TV telling ghost stories. He received a knighthood in 1949.
 
Novels
The Education of Uncle PaulJimboThe Human ChordThe Centaur
A Prisoner in FairylandThe Extra DayJulius LevallonThe Wave
The Garden of SurvivalThe Promise of AirThe Bright MessengerDudley and Gilderoy
The Fruit StonersHow the Circus Came to TeaThe Man Whom the Trees LovedThe Wendigo
 
Omnibus
Jimbo / The Education of Uncle Paul
 
Collections
The Empty House: And Other Ghost StoriesThe Listener, and Other StoriesBest Ghost StoriesPan's Garden: A Volume of Nature Stories
Incredible AdventuresThe Lost Valley: And Other StoriesTen Minute StoriesDay and Night Stories
Best Ghost Stories of Algernon BlackwoodThe Wolves of God: And Other Fey StoriesTongues of Fire: And Other SketchesThe Dance of Death: And Other Tales
Full CircleStrange StoriesThe Willows: And Other Queer TalesShocks
Selected Tales of Algernon BlackwoodSelected Short Stories of Algernon BlackwoodThe Doll and One OtherTales of the Uncanny and Supernatural
In the Realm of TerrorTales of the Mysterious and MacabreThe Insanity of Jones: And Other TalesSelected Tales: with Autobiographical Introduction
The Best Supernatural Tales of Algernon BlackwoodTales of Terror and DarknessThe Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery StoriesTales of the Uncanny and Supernatural, Vol. 1
Pan's Garden / Incredible Adventures
 
Chapbooks
The DamnedThe Camp of the DogThe ListenerThe Other Wing
Running WolfA Victim Of Higher Space
 
Non fiction
Episodes Before Thirty
 
Anthologies containing stories by Algernon Blackwood
Fifty Enthralling Stories of the Mysterious East
The Ghost Book (1926)
Shudders (1929)
A Second Century of Creepy Stories (1930)
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 2nd Series (1931)
When Churchyards Yawn (1931)
A Century of Creepy Stories (1934)
A Century of Thrillers: From Poe to Arlen (1934)
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 3rd Series (1934)
The Mystery Book (1934)
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935)
A Century of Ghost Stories (1936)
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936)
And the Darkness Falls (1946)
Night's Yawning Peal (1952)
The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen and Illustrated by Edward Gorey (1959)
Spine Chillers (1961)
The 3rd Pan Book of Horror Stories (1962)
Tales of the Supernatural (1962)
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1964)
Sleep No More (1964)
Everyman's Book of Classic Horror Stories (1965)
The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1966)
Medley Macabre (1966)
The Evil People (1968)
The 4th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1969)
The Satanists (1969)
The Necromancers (1971)
A Century of Horror (1971)
London Tales of Terror (1972)
Beware of the Cat (1972)
The 9th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1973)
The Nightmare Reader Volume 2 (1973)
Summoned from the Tomb (1973)
Great British Short Stories (1974)
Oriental Tales of Terror (1974)
Gooseflesh! (1974)
The Ghost's Companion (1975)
The 11th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1975)
Weird Tales Volume 2 (1976)
Classic Tales of Horror (1976)
More of Christopher Lee's New Chamber of Horrors (1976)
Tales of the Dark 2 (1977)
Sixty-Five Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979)
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984)
Dark Company: The Ten Greatest Ghost Stories (1984)
Horror Stories (1988)
The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels (1988)
Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown (1992)
Doubles, Dummies and Dolls: 21 Terror Tales of Replication (1995)
Supernatural Stories (1995)
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996)
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998)
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000)
The Ghost BookA Second Century of Creepy StoriesThe Mystery BookThe Great Book of Thrillers
A Century of Ghost StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and MysteriesAnd the Darkness FallsNight's Yawning Peal
The Haunted Looking Glass: Ghost Stories Chosen and Illustrated by Edward GoreySpine ChillersThe 3rd Pan Book of Horror StoriesTales of the Supernatural
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost StoriesSleep No MoreEveryman's Book of Classic Horror StoriesThe Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories
Medley MacabreThe Evil PeopleThe 4th Fontana Book of Great Horror StoriesThe Satanists
The NecromancersA Century of HorrorLondon Tales of TerrorBeware of the Cat
The 9th Fontana Book of Great Ghost StoriesThe Nightmare Reader Volume 2Summoned from the TombOriental Tales of Terror
Gooseflesh!The Ghost's CompanionThe 11th Fontana Book of Great Ghost StoriesWeird Tales Volume 2
Classic Tales of HorrorMore of Christopher Lee's New Chamber of HorrorsTales of the Dark 2Sixty-Five Great Tales of the Supernatural
The Penguin Book of Ghost StoriesDark Company: The Ten Greatest Ghost StoriesHorror StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels
Masterpieces of Terror and the UnknownDoubles, Dummies and Dolls: 21 Terror Tales of ReplicationSupernatural StoriesThe Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire FictionThe Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories
 
Short stories
The South Wind
The Strange Adventures of a Private Secretary in New York
Violence
A Mysterious House [short story] (1889)
A Haunted Island (1899)
A Case of Eavesdropping (1906)
The Empty House [short story] (1906)
Keeping His Promise (1906)
Smith: An Episode in a Lodging House (1906)
The Dance of Death [short story] (1907)
The Insanity of Jones [short story] (1907)
The Listener [short story] (1907)
Max Hensig [short story] (1907)
May Day Eve (1907)
Miss Slumbubble (1907)
The Old Man of Visions (1907)
The Willows [short story] (1907)
The Woman's Ghost Story (1907)
Ancient Sorceries [short story] (1908)
The Camp of the Dog [short story] (1908)
The Kit-Bag (1908)
The Nemesis of Fire [short story] (1908)
A Psychical Invasion [short story] (1908)
Secret Worship [short story] (1908)
The Education of Uncle Paul (extract) (1909)
Jimbo (extract) (1909)
The Laying of a Red-Haired Ghost (1909)
The Terror of the Twins (1909)
The Lost Valley [short story] (1910)
The Message of the Clock (1910)
The Singular Death of Morton (1910)
The Wendigo [short story] (1910)
The Centaur (extract) (1911)
The Transfer (1911)
The Attic (1912)
Clairvoyance (1912)
The Destruction of Smith (1912)
The Glamour of the Snow (1912)
The Golden Fly (1912)
The Heath Fire (1912)
La Mauvaise Riche (1912)
The Man Whom the Trees Loved [short story] (1912)
The Return (1912)
The Sea Fit (1912)
Special Delivery (1912)
Transition (1913)
Accessory Before the Fact (1914)
Ancient Lights (1914)
The Damned [short story] (1914)
The Deferred Appointment (1914)
A Descent into Egypt (1914)
Entrance and Exit (1914)
The Goblin's Collection (1914)
The House of the Past (1914)
The Regeneration of Lord Ernie (1914)
The Sacrifice (1914)
A Victim of Higher Space [short story] (1914)
Wayfarers [short story] (1914)
The Soldier's Visitor (1915)
Julius LeVallon (extract) (1916)
By Water (1917)
A Desert Episode (1917)
Initiation (1917)
The Occupant of the Room (1917)
The Other Wing [short story] (1917)
The Touch of Pan (1917)
The Tradition (1917)
The Tryst (1917)
The Wings of Horus (1917)
The Memory of Beauty (1918)
Chinese Magic (1921)
Confession (1921)
The Decoy (1921)
The Empty Sleeve (1921)
First Hate (1921)
Onanonanon (1921)
Running Wolf [short story] (1921)
The Tarn of Sacrifice (1921)
The Valley of the Beasts (1921)
Vengeance Is Mine (1921)
The Little Beggar (1924)
The Man Who Was Milligan (1924)
The Olive (1924)
The Pikestaffe Case (1924)
Chemical (1926)
The Stranger (1929)
A Threefold Cord... (1931)
The Blackmailers (1934)
The Holy Man (1934)
Lock Your Door (1934)
Pistol Against a Ghost (1934)
The Curate and the Stockbroker (1935)
The Wig (1935)
At a Mayfair Luncheon (1936)
King's Evidence (1936)
By Proxy (1937)
The Man-Eater (1937)
The Voice (1937)
The Magic Mirror [short story] (1938)
The Doll (1946)
The Texas Farm Disappearance (1946)
The Trod (1946)
Japanese Literary Cocktail (1948)
Roman Remains (1948)
Along Came a Spider (1952)
Wishful Thinking (1989)


Books about Algernon Blackwood
Algernon Blackwood: A Bio-Bibliography, Vol. 1The Weird TaleAlgernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary LifeStarlight Man: The Extraordinary Life of Algernon Blackwood
 

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