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Four Weird Tales

Algernon Blackwood

Book Overview: 

Four stories: The Insanity of Jones, The Man Who Found Out, The Glamour of the Snow, and Sand. Tales by one the greatest practitioners of supernatural literature. Reincarnation, the Occult, and mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .reat end we are destined in the ultimate fullness of things?"

Dr. Laidlaw sat speechless. These outbursts of mystical enthusiasm he had witnessed before. With any other man he would not have listened to a single sentence, but to Professor Ebor, man of knowledge and profound investigator, he listened with respect, because he regarded this condition as temporary and pathological, and in some sense a reaction from the intense strain of the prolonged mental concentration of many days.

He smiled, with something between sympathy and resignation as he met the other's rapt gaze.

"But you have said, sir, at other times, that you consider the ultimate secrets to be screened from all possible—"

"The ultimate secrets, yes," came the unperturbed reply; "but that there lies buried somewhere an indestructible record of the secret meaning of life, originally known to men in the days of their pristine innocence, I am convinced. And, by this stra. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Insanity of Jones - its theme is either mental illness or revenge and reincarnation. Either way a good story. Whatever you chose to think, you'll still get an interesting story of obsession. (3)

The Man Who Found Out ends abruptly. A scholar has to watch his long time friend and mentor's life...more

Such efforts have been put in the first three of the stories to pull us into their substance(at some times only). But SAND that is the largest, driest and overwritten of all neutralizes the other three stories by making the book dull as a whole.
And I had to try my hard best to complete it.
THE IN...more

The Glamour of Snow is a great ghost story written well and prob the best of the four. 3/5
The Man who Found Out is a great philosophical short story that about how the meaning of life and what that information can do to a man. 3/5
The Insanity of Jones is a decent story that got me hooked to read...more

The Insanity of Jones - 4/5
The Man Who Found Out - 3/5
The Glamour of the Snow - 3.5/5
Sand - 1.5/5

Se è vero che Algernon Blackwood è il mio autore horror preferito e uno dei miei autori preferiti in generale, è vero pure che non consiglierei affatto questo libro per iniziare a conoscere questo aut...more

It was pretty good. I keep trying to find Blackwood stories as good as The Wendigo and The Willows, and I don't think these quite reach that level. The last one, "Sand" probably comes the closest, but it is overly slow and long. It seems like Blackwood does the best when he has a nice environment...more

Unsurprisingly this collection features four short stories. This is the first Blackwood I have read and I found his writing style overly verbose, getting carried away with lengthy and unnecessary description that kills any pace the story may have had. There are some good ideas in the stories, and...more

A very talented master of weird, with an uncanny gift for bringing landcapes to life. The novella about Egypt is on a par with The Willows, if a little wordy at times.

The best of all writing, to me, is the sort that makes you lose track of the words and begin to experience the story with your senses. Even better still, when those sensual experiences trigger half buried memories and wake parts of the mind that have long been sleeping and ask them to think, real...more

Classic horror (and by classic I mean old, which oddly enough seems to be the main criteria for such things) for the most part fails to wow me. This book was no exception. I've read Wendigo by Blackwood before, so I had a fairly decent idea of what to expect (mainly exhaustive abundantly verbose...more

I have officially fallen in love with Blackwoods writing. I listened to the audiobook and I was amazed with the pictures he could paint with his words. Blackwood's tales of the weird make you awe at nature and a spark for the unknown. It is obvious through his writing that the author had a deep l...more

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