Friday 9 January 2015

Algernon Blackwood - The Willows

The Willows
Two friends are midway on a canoe trip down the Danube River. Throughout the story Blackwood personifies the surrounding environment — river, sun, wind — and imbues them with a powerful and ultimately threatening character. Most ominous are the masses of dense, desultory, menacing willows, which "moved of their own will as though alive, and they touched, by some incalculable method, my own keen sense of the horrible."

"The Willows" is one of Algernon Blackwood's best known novellas or novelettes. American 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.

And seven other novellas or novelettes, including the famous “The Wendigo”.

Pages: 508
ISBN: 9781312184909

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Friday 2 January 2015

H P Lovecraft - Randolph Carter

Carter is a quiet and melancholy dreamer with a sensitive disposition, prone to fainting during times of emotional stress. But he can also be courageous, with enough strength of mind and character to face and foil the horrific creatures of the Dreamlands. Randolph Carter is an antiquarian and one-time student of the Miskatonic University. Based on clues from various stories, he was probably born around 1874 and grew up in and around Boston. At the age of nine, he underwent a mysterious experience at his great-uncle Christopher's farm and thereafter exhibited a gift of prophecy. He is the descendant of Sir Randolph Carter, who had studied magic during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Sir Randolph had then emigrated to America and his son Edmund Carter later had to flee the Salem witch-trials. Carter also had an ancestor involved in one of the Crusades, who was captured by the Muslims and learned "wild secrets" from them. 

This volume contains all of H P Lovecraft’s stories about Randolph Carter.

Pages: 348
ISBN: 9781312184930

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