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Day and Night Stories

Algernon Blackwood

Book Overview: 

Fifteen short stories by Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE, an English short story writer and novelist, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's…" - Summary by wikipedia

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .g, as of deep water falling, as of a cornfield swaying to the wind, yet gentle as of a harebell[33] shedding its burden of dew that it has held too long because of love. He passed among them, touching every head. The great hand swept with tenderness each face, lingered a moment on each beating heart. There was sweetness, peace, and loveliness; but above all, there was—life. He sanctioned every natural joy in them and blessed each passion with his power of creation. ... Yet each one saw him differently: some as a wife or maiden desired with fire, some as a youth or stalwart husband, others as a figure veiled with stars or cloaked in luminous mist, hardly attainable; others, again—the fewest these, not more than two or three—as that mysterious wonder which tempts the heart away from known familiar sweetness into a wilderness of undecipherable magic without flesh and blood. ...

To two, in particular, He came so near that they could feel. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Certainly not one of his best collections although, personally, I liked the pathos of A DESERT EPISODE. Anyway, as a Blackwood fan I'd recommend to a newbie that one starts with JOHN SILENCE, PAN'S GARDEN, THE LISTENER, THE LOST VALLEY, INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES, etc.--all of which are superb collect...more

Decent collection of the macabre, ghastly, and psychological horror.

Algernon Blackwood is remembered today primarily for his ghost stories. Previously I had only read one of his novels, The Promise of Air, an Age of Aquarius bird-dream which stretched its insubstantial wings over a tedious distance and would have been better shrunk to short story length.


Some of Blackwood's better, and more well-known works, in this collection. I love his blend of the real-world and the supernatural. His stories lack the more formal traditions of older ghost stories, and while almost all touch on the supernatural, very few of them strictly vilify it. These are tr...more

Another middling collection by Blackwood. Tradition, Tryst, and Transition get 4 stars (despite their total predictability) because they were alright. The rest, no so much.

This volume contains 3 of my favorite Algernon Blackwood stories, "The Egyptian Hornet", "The Occupant of the Room", and "The Wings of Horus".

Blackwood's novels can be daunting to read if you have never read books from his time and are not used to his style. His short story collections are a good...more

A good book and good read. Certainly would have been much better. This is my first read of Algernon Blackwood. As I have read and understood the writings are more on the subject of supernatural and the effects on mind and human psychology to some extent. Taking this as granted and as i have heard...more