The Willows

The Willows Algernon Blackwood was one of the all time great supernatural writers and The Willows is his masterpiece praised as one of the greatest horror stories ever written This edition adds a new

  • Title: The Willows
  • Author: Algernon Blackwood
  • ISBN: 9781557425379
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Algernon Blackwood 1869 1951 was one of the all time great supernatural writers, and The Willows is his masterpiece, praised as one of the greatest horror stories ever written This edition adds a new introduction by John Gregory Betancourt H P Lovecraft, in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, wrote Less intense than Machen in delineating the extremes oAlgernon Blackwood 1869 1951 was one of the all time great supernatural writers, and The Willows is his masterpiece, praised as one of the greatest horror stories ever written This edition adds a new introduction by John Gregory Betancourt H P Lovecraft, in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, wrote Less intense than Machen in delineating the extremes of stark fear, yet infinitely closely wedded to the idea of an unreal world constantly pressing upon ours is the inspired and prolific Algernon Blackwood, amidst whose voluminous and uneven work may be found some of the finest spectral literature of this or any age Of the quality of Mr Blackwood s genius there can be no dispute for no one has even approached the skill, seriousness, and minute fidelity with which he records the overtones of strangeness in ordinary things and experiences, or the preternatural insight with which he builds up detail by detail the complete sensations and perceptions leading from reality into supernormal life or vision Without notable command of the poetic witchery of mere words, he is the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere and can evoke what amounts almost to a story from a simple fragment of humourless psychological description Above all others he understands how fully some sensitive minds dwell forever on the borderland of dream, and how relatively slight is the distinction betwixt those images formed from actual objects and those excited by the play of the imagination.

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    1. I am a big fan of Horror, including the classics, but I feel like massive POSER having just now experienced for the first time Algernon Blackwood’s inspiring novella of otherworldly dread. This is simply such a superbly crafted tale that it is not hard to see why H.P. Lovecraft (whose work I love) called this the best supernatural tale in the English language. As HPL himself put it:Here art and restraint in narrative reach their very highest development, and an impression of lasting poignancy [...]

    2. Published in the early 1900s as part of a collection of stories, H.P. Lovecraft felt that Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows was simply the greatest tale of the supernatural in English literature. It is a novella, and has a bare minimum of dialog between the narrator and his good friend, the Swede. It lacks the blood and gore and violence so endemic of horror today, and yet despite what some would consider handicaps, The Willows is one of the most atmospheric books in the genre you will ever rea [...]

    3. mething so big and yet immaterial, out of reach and yet reaching for you; two men on a canoe trip down the Danube - what wonders! what beauty! what bliss! - find there are worlds and things beyond us, terrible and awe-inspiring things, inexplicable things, things that rise from the willows, things that bore spiraled holes in sand and flesh; Blackwood an author who embraces nature, its wonders and beauty, its terrible terrors; Blackwood an author who searches for new dimensions, places beyond rea [...]

    4. H. P. Lovecraft, called "The Willows", by Algernon Blackwood, a great name by the way, the "best weird tale of all time", you be the judge In the early part of the Twentieth Century, two experienced young adventurers, decided to take a canoe trip, down the famous Danube River, during the summer, how glorious. Starting from its beginning, in the Black Forest, to the end, when the river reaches the Black Sea (a distant 2,000 miles away). The "Swede", and the narrator, remain anonymous throughout [...]

    5. This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blogBark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.Reading for HA's December Group Read. Actually, I'll be listening. The book was free @ and the audio add-on only $2.99. Bargain!I decided to read this on audio since it was cheap and I have too many Netgalley books that I should be reading. If you follow my reviews, you probably know I have very little patience for slow starters and this is most definitely a slow starter. Fortunately whe [...]

    6. Blackwood was a master of setting and intimate characterization. Using a minimalistic approach to casting and dialogue, he nonetheless was able to create a scene of almost photographic understanding and omniscience. Like The Wendigo, The Willows personifies elements of nature to create a chilling, supernatural tale of gothic, psychological horror. This story delved more deeply into weird fiction and readers of H.P. Lovecraft will recognize themes present. This is a very good story by itself and [...]

    7. I began the long journey from my computer desk to my futon/couch/bed in order to partake in reading the next story from the devilish collection of unspeakable horrors that some have dared call The Weird, but which I will not even give name to in fear of invoking the ire of the those powers beyond the imagination of man. I dreaded the walk. The dirty clothes on the floor screamed out in soundless horror at me, and even though I knew it was just my Spazz t-shirt and some dirty socks, and I told my [...]

    8. The Willows is Algernon Blackwood's most famous story, and one which H.P. Lovecraft listed as his personal favorite of all weird tales. Two men - the unnamed narrator and his friend, known only as "The Swede" - travel on a canoe across the Danube. The river begins somewhere in the German Black Forest and stretches across the continent, before finally emptying into the Black Sea. The two adventurous men plan to traverse through its whole length, following the steps of the ancient Roman emperors, [...]

    9. Um. This one is hard to decide on rating-wise.Pros:Loved the writing style - it was beautiful, clever, haunting and heady stuff. He writes so well I'll definitely check out more of his work.Atmosphere - So thick you could cut a knife with it. Outstanding tension, creepy tone, I can hear the humming and picture the swaying willowsAtmosphere is the top redeeming quality for this story. If you think of 'The Willows', this is what a reader will probably remember first.Characters - I enjoyed the two [...]

    10. Review Orfelinovog izdanja:Vendigo - 4*Priča koja otvara zbirku vodi nas u divljine Kanade i služi se motivom iz folklora severnoameričkih indijanaca (pardon, starosedelaca). Budući da se Vendigo posebno povezuje s kanibalizmom, očekivao sam da će priča krenuti u tom pravcu i donekle sam se razočarao što se to nije desilo, ali Blekvud je takav majstor laganog građenja atmosfere da sam ubrzo zaboravio na sopstvena očekivanja i prepustio se mračnoj magiji njegove proze. Doduše, kada j [...]

    11. Strange. Dreamy. Chilling. Vivid imagination. Creepy at times. 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 sound that you heard just now was real or part of your imagination. Excellent!

    12. 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. Like many such stories, it starts somewhat slowly, establishing first that picture of normal life from which we must soon, and by gradations, deviate beyond recall. I grew to feel it may have been a bit too slow--though it is always difficult to strike such a balance. So much of the story wa [...]

    13. Algernon really knows how to write well and places you into a truly haunting atmosphere in this story. Two men venture during their expeditions in territory that is not the norm which encompass huge daunting malevolent Willow trees. I must read more stories of his."The psychology of places, for some imaginations at least, is very vivid; for the wanderer, especially, camps have their "note" either of welcome or rejection. At first it may not always be apparent, because the busy preparations of te [...]

    14. This is one that I make a point of reading every year. In MHO, truly one of the best horror stories every written. PERIOD.**Another Re-read! Still 5 stars, and I'm still noticing "little details" that I don't remember from previous readings. :)**

    15. One day, not so long ago, two stoners went camping and smoked one bowl too many. They forgot that in the wilderness what seems idyllic during the daywill look differently at night.Every sound a dreadful otherworldly whisper, every bush a demon: oh yes, they are tripping hard. But manfully they attempt to ignore it by talking about other things. Too bad one friend chooses this moment to confess his psychic ability to sense trans dimensional demons. What the hell do you say to that? Clearly late n [...]

    16. Shiverlicious! Thanks Henry. I loved it. You all everybody read Henry's spot on review right here: /review/show

    17. I chose this short story for my annual Halloween read, hoping it would give me a few chills which it did. And even though the ending wasn't all that I hoped it would be, I enjoyed the journey in getting there much more than the characters in this story enjoyed theirs. This story is told by an unnamed man who, along with his unnamed traveling companion, referred to only as the Swede, travels down the Danube River by canoe on what was supposed to be an exhilarating adventure. The men had been raci [...]

    18. Maybe it says something about me, but the older classic horror novels I am always shocked at how quaint they seem in comparison to works like "It." "It" gave me nightmares for weeks on end as a kid, this book, though scary in tone, is more mental than anything, your brain can turn what the unnamed narrator is describing into something worse. The main plot of "The Willows" is about two long time friends who are taking a canoe trip down the Danube River. We have the narrator and his friend called [...]

    19. Review from BadelyngeAs someone who has had a lifetime fascination with ghost stories and mythology I could hardly ignore the works of Algernon Blackwood. If you have ever picked up one of the multitude of anthologies that profess to contain the best ghost stories it is a good bet that one, if not more, of Blackwood's tales will be included. The Willows was first published in 1907 and is not a ghost story. It is, however, a horror story. Blackwood was a great lover of the natural world and it sh [...]

    20. The Delaware river is right outside my front window and I've experienced true terror many times in the past several years. We lived here peacefully for 15 years before the monster arrived. Some people don't believe in the monster, but all of us that live here know first hand that it is very real. The monster turned what used to be a somewhat predictable 50 year flood cycle into a very real and unpredictable threat that always lurks in the background. The monster's name is Climate Change. We've e [...]

    21. "Bio sam neobično ali veoma jasno svjestan postojanja jednog drugačijeg svijeta - na neki način ne toliko udaljenog od našeg, ali ipak načelno potpuno različitog - gdje se čudesne stvari neprestano dešavaju, gdje beskrajna i jezovita bića užurbano hode, obuzeta svojim neizmjernim ciljevima spram kojih su sve ovozemaljske stvari, usponi i padovi civilizacija, propasti carstava, sudbine armija i kontinenata, sve samo prašina u poređenju".Divnoća. Blekvudovi likovi ne pričaju mnogo, a [...]

    22. At this point in my reading career, I don't believe I've read better building and rendering of fear than The Willows by Blackwood. The writing--word choice, dialogue--everything around those moments of terror were so evocative, I felt them, all while lying safely beneath a roof, on the sofa. The plot is simple--two men rowing a boat along the Danube River. They camp in an area overgrown with Willows. From that point, the mix of terror in the imagination, and subtle hints in the environment, is s [...]

    23. The Willows is the most suspenseful 50 pages I have ever read. This ghost story about two men canoeing down the Danube River really struck a nerve in me because it really hits upon the heart of man’s fear. It conveys the same sense of dread and distress that every person has experienced at some point in their lives. Whether it is taking a wrong turn into a bad neighborhood, a noise in your house that wakes you in the middle of the night, or that strange shadow you see when you are alone in a p [...]

    24. At first I didn't know what to think of this story, but after reading it, I'm really glad I decided to because it was incredible and creative, with unforgettable characters and a very original plot. Definitely worth reading, this book is a fantastic and interesting story with a lot of unexpected events.

    25. I just finished reading The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. It was originally published as part of his 1907 collection The Listener and Other Stories. My problem with the "story" has nothing to do with it, it has to do with what it is. It's been on one of my to read lists for some time and I always thought - when I thought of it at all - as a novel. I assumed some day while wandering through a used book store I would come across this 300 or so page book and finally own a copy. However, that never [...]

    26. 5 Short Stars  This is classic horror at it's finest. It truly amazes me that this was written over 100 years ago. Written by a man that lived in a very different time from us today. Yet, amazingly, even if we take away all  the advancements in science, strip away all of our technologies, and rid ourselves of all our modern conveniences, we will find that we have not changed much as a people.  This story is still relevant today. It is easy for us to relate with the two men as they go through [...]

    27. "After leaving Vienna, and long before you come to Budapest, the Danube enters a region of singular loneliness and desolation, where its waters spread away on all sides regardless of a main channel, and the country becomes a swamp for miles upon miles, covered by a vast sea of low willow-bushes. On the big maps this deserted area is painted in a fluffy blue, growing fainter in color as it leaves the banks, and across it may be seen in large straggling letters the word Sumpfe, meaning marches.In [...]

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