By Algernon Blackwood
By way of turns extraordinary, unsettling, spooky, and elegant, old Sorceries and different bizarre tales showcases 9 incomparable tales from grasp magican Algernon Blackwood. Evoking the uncanny religious forces of Nature, Blackwood's writings all tread the nebulous borderland among fable, awe, ask yourself, and horror. right here Blackwood screens his top and most annoying work-including "The Willows," which Lovecraft singled out as "the unmarried most interesting bizarre story in literature"; "The Wendigo"; "The madness of Jones"; and "Sand."
"Of the standard of Mr Blackwood''s genius there might be no dispute; for nobody has ever approached the ability, seriousness, and minute constancy whith which he documents the overtones of strangeness in usual issues and experiences."—H.P. Lovecraft
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It was only a miracle which kept us afloat. Our little dory rode the waves like a cork, but she still rode them. "With the breaking of the sullen dawn, the wind died. The rain settled to a steady downpour, and the waves, as the day wore on, subsided to the long, low rollers that last for hours after such a gale. The gray sea was a vast, unbroken stretch without a trace of life; perhaps the miracle that had saved our frail boat had not held for those heavier dories... "Anyway, to cut it short, we drifted that day without sight of a single vessel.
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