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The wind blows hard, an inhuman sound arrives, gets closer, above and around the friends the island is sinking, as the river rises.

Lovecraft considered it to be the finest supernatural tale in English literature. View all 13 comments.

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Trivia About The Willows. 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 blackwwood powers.

View all 9 comments. Review from Badelynge As someone who has had a lifetime fascination with ghost stories and mythology I could hardly ignore the works of Algernon Blackwood. Return to Book Page.

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Stop by and say hey. The men had been racing down rushing water for a month and a half already as the river that time of year began rising to dangerous levels, the water flowing at an alarming speed.

Nice style of writing though. One of the many things Blackwood does so very effectively is his infusion of almost human-like qualities into his description of the environmental features existing in the story. A long quote that shows the feel of this book. Instead, he personifies Nature as a true opponent though maybe only within the characters’ minds.


Oct 03, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: As he told Peter Penzoldt, he found “spiritual terror” missing in his young admirer’s writing, something he considered all-important in his own.

Want to Read saving…. The story works on many different levels and is ambiguous enough for the reader to draw his own conclusions or speculate on the nature of reality and whether knowledge of something is something to be feared more than the unknown.

Blackwood am no believer in ghosts, but how else can Wlgernon explain the train’s sudden arrival at this moment when all sort of unspeakable horrors were conspiring to drive me mad?

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

Kind of story that would make you keep looking over your shoulder from time to time to check if there was someone looking at you from distance or the blaackwood that you heard just now was real or part of your imagination. There’s not much of anything on this little island these two men end up on while canoeing down the Danube river, there are a lot of willows though, and an otter, and sand, and wind.

Josh rated it it was ok Oct 31, And, I must admit now when I’m outside letting the dog out at night algednon hear the trees blowing in the wind, I think of the book. He’s glad his companion is level-headed and unaffected by lox has the narrator’s imagination running wild.

So much of the story wa This most famous work of Blackwood’s is one of those classic short stories of weird horror mentioned alongside pieces by Lovecraft, Howard, Machen, Bierce, and Chambers as worthy of even a discerning reader. Lists with This Book.


Los sauces by Algernon Blackwood (2 star ratings)

He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, and many of his stories reflect this. In his late thirties, he moved back to England and started to write stories of the supernatural. His father was a Post Office administrator who, according to Peter Penzoldt, “though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas.

They were focusing upon our island, and more particularly upon ourselves. hlackwood

Strangely, they have a hard time landing the canoe on the island, and must algernn grasp at the willows to draw themselves ashore. Lovecraft would use this method later in his writing. The men had been raci I chose this short story for my annual Halloween read, hoping it would give me a few chills which it did.

Two men are attempting to canoe the entire course of the Danube as Blackwood himself had done until they are forced by high flood waters to take refuge on a tiny, crumbling, willow infested island.

There’s nothing and no one to be seen anywhere, except for acres and acres of willow bushes – the sheer amount of which strikes the narrator as sinister.