To be published on 14 March 2023.
The Unknown is a new selection of Algernon Blackwood’s nature writing and his reflections on the art of fiction, consisting of essays and supernatural short stories. Each essay speaks to the stories, helping the reader understand more of Blackwood’s thinking about animals and humanity, the furthest peaks and the heavy weight of snow on the boots, and the lure of the impossible when it appears at night, on ice, in the moonlight.
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Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) is one of the great names in Weird writing, and one of the foremost British writers of horror, supernatural and ghost stories. His passion for the outdoors is expressed in this collection with tales of the Canadian backwoods and Alpine mountaineering. His deep interest in extending consciousness beyond human faculties produced short stories to lead the reader into wild and remote settings, to face nature at its most awe-inspiring and terrifying.
‘Skeleton Lake’, ‘The Wolves of God’, ‘The Glamour of the Snow’, ‘The Sacrifice’, ‘The Insanity of Jones’, ‘The Tarn of Sacrifice’, ‘By Water’ and ‘Imagination’.
‘Mid the Haunts of the Moose’, ‘The Winter Alps’, ‘On Reincarnation’ and ‘The Genesis of Ideas’.
Includes an Introduction by Henry Bartholomew of the University of Plymouth, and astonishingly useful Notes on the text, which, for an author as erudite and dictionaraphilic as Blackwood, we feel sure you will find indispensable.
You may also enjoy these supernatural collections:
Women’s Weird: the original anthology edited by Melissa Edmundson. Contains thirteen excellent supernatural stories encompassing the boundaries of Weird by outstanding women authors. Includes stories by Edith Wharton, May Sinclair, Margery Lawrence and E Nesbit.
Women’s Weird 2: our second anthology edited by Melissa Edmundson, this collection of short supernatural fiction from 1893 to 1937 covers new geographical territory with fiction from Canada, Australia, India, the USA and New Zealand.
British Weird: edited by James Machin, this collection of short British supernatural fiction from 1981 to 1937 displays an unsettling mastery of Weird preoccupations.
The Villa and The Vortex, by Elinor Mordaunt: we bring this exceptionally good writer of Weird fiction back into print with this new anthology of her best supernatural writing, first published between 1916 and 1924.
The Outcast and The Rite, by Helen de Guerry Simpson, a forgotten Australian novelist who was a skilful writer of the subtlest of superantural short stories.
From the Abyss, by D K Broster, a spectacularly good collection of the Weird short fiction that this very popular historical novelist wrote alongside her novels of the eighteenth century (to be published 9 August 2022).
Strange Relics, an anthology of classic supernatural stories about archaeological finds, curated by Amara Thornton and Katy Soar (to be published 20 September 2022).