Item description for The Lost Valley / The Wolves of God by Algernon Blackwood & Simon Clark...
Supernatural fiction--a reprint of two of Blackwood's original story collections, from 1914 and 1921.
From The Book Jacket The Lost Valley Algernon Blackwood spent the first half of 1909 traveling around Switzerland. When he returned to England, he produced around twenty stories, most of which formed the basis for his next collection, The Lost Valley, published by Eveleigh Nash in June, 1910. Here are supernatural nature mysteries, ghost stories and visions galore-tales of loss and redemption, and the horror of the unknown-taking the reader from the stark terror of "The Wendigo" and "Old Clothes" to the light of hope in "Carlton's Drive" and the spiritual finale, "The Eccentricity of Simon Parnacute." The Wolves of God By 1920, Blackwood had recovered from the depression of the First World War, and began writing again with a renewed zest, inspired to some degree by his explorer friend, Wilfrid Wilson, to whom he gave co-credit for the 1921 collection, The Wolves of God, though all the stories were by Blackwood. Many of these tales are wilderness stories, like the title story, "Running Wolf," "First Hate" and "The Valley of the Beasts." But The Wolves of God also features some fine supernatural romances like "The Call" and "The Lane That Ran East and West;" ghostly retribution in "The Decoy;" mystery and murder in "Confession;" and the strange call of the past in "The Tarn of Sacrifice." These are strange stories of retribution and mystical intervention, of horror and hope-of the magic and mystery of life. In all, twenty-four stories by the master supernatural writer of the 20th century-Algernon Blackwood!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 13, 2006
Publisher Stark House Press
ISBN 1933586044 ISBN13 9781933586045
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More About Algernon Blackwood & Simon Clark
Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 - 10 December 1951) was 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" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century."
Algernon Blackwood was born in 1869 and died in 1951.
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Incredible Dec 6, 2007
This collection is, in a word, incredible. I can only hope that Stark House will continue to issue more of his harder to find work.
In my opinion Algernon Blackwood was the greatest practicioner of supernatural literature, he has no equal; and the stories in these two volumes will not disappoint. Blackwood has such command of narrative, that he sweeps you into his tales and leaves you quite breathless at the end. More than being frightening, the majority of these pieces will fill you with a sense of wonder and awe.
Overall, the Lost Valley is probably my favorite in the collection. It is a very emotional and tragic story, differing in style a bit from some of his other works. Most surprising to me was The Eccentricity of Simon Parnacute. Just the title is humorous, and sure enough, what ensues is a very comical and unusual tale......but then all of a sudden, he hits you with a powerful ending.
Ghosts are few and far between in this one, and that is actually a good thing. Once again, his stories are more mystical in nature.
Anybody who enjoys authors like Arthur Machen, M.R. James, Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft, or even Neil Gaiman should read this book, and anything else you can find of his.
A tantalizingly mysterious collection May 8, 2006
The Lost Valley / The Wolves of God reprints two hard-to-find anthologies of fantasy, horror, and occult short stories in a single volume. Written by Algernon Blackwood, who forsook his Catholic upbringing to explore Oriental religion and the occult, the stories were created during the end of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, and reflect the changing world of that tumultuous era. A tantalizingly mysterious collection, especially recommended for fans of gaslight horror and occult tales by more widely publicized authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.
Two rare and fantastic collections in one volume! Apr 16, 2006
The tales in "The Lost Valley and Other Stories" (back in print for the first time in God knows how many years) are by turns mystifying, horrifying, intensely moving, funny, incredibly beautiful... and sometimes all of them at once! Algernon Blackwood is mostly remembered as a great writer of ghost stories, but he was SO much more than that - a writer of (mostly) supernatural tales with a truly unique vision. There's hardly a ghost to be found in "The Lost Valley and Other Stories", but it is chock full of other kinds of weird manifestations that are so original they are very hard to describe. Blackwood was one of a kind, and deserves to be much more widely read than he is.
As a great bonus, "The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories" is also included in this volume. This rare collection contains a number of excellent and memorable stories, although it is from Blackwood's later, post-World War I period, when his work had lost some of the wild visionary quality that makes his early work so special. But he was still a master story-teller, and no true fan of supernatural fiction will want to be without this. The collection also includes at least a couple of stories from Blackwood's "golden period" which never found their way into the earlier collections (such as "The Man Who Found Out" and "The Empty Sleeve").
Contained in this volume:
"The Lost Valley and Other Stories": ------------------------------------ The Lost Valley The Wendigo Old Clothes Perspective The Terror of the Twins The Man From the "Gods" The Man Who Played Upon the Leaf The Price of Wiggins' Orgy Carlton's Drive The Eccentricity of Simon Parnacute
"The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories": ------------------------------------------ The Wolves of God Chinese Magic Running Wolf First Hate The Tarn of Sacrifice The Valley of the Beasts The Call Egyptian Sorcery The Decoy The Man Who Found Out The Empty Sleeve Wireless Confusion Confession The Lane That Ran East and West "Vengeance is Mine"