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Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood was a prolific writer of ghost story fiction in the first half of the 20th century. While writers such as M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft are household names, Blackwood's work is among the most influential.

Creating a sense of unease in the reader through eloquent prose, Blackwood is a more descriptive writer than his contemporaries and so his writing can be more reminiscent of Poe and the gothic romantics than of the 20th century weird fiction authors. That being said, Lovecraft himself considered Blackwood to be one of the modern masters of the genre.

His legacy is far reaching. While Algernon Blackwood's stories are not as famous as those writers who followed him, there is no doubt that without him many of the great 20th century ghost stories would not have been written.

Blackwood wrote an incredible number of short stories as well as several novels and plays. There is much to choose from within his work. A great starting point is "Keeping His Promise", which is a masterclass in building dread and unease without having to terrify the reader.

Algernon Blackwood Stories in the Vault

Blackwood is a constant contributor to our collection, and you can be certain that many of his stories will appear in the future.

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