Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood  (1869 – 1951)

by Dave Felton. “British writer Algernon Blackwood, at one time a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn, created the adventures of his psychic detective John Silence, stories that were widely popular in his day, but he remains most-known for his short stories of the supernatural such as “The Willows” and “The Wendigo.” In his seventies, Blackwood read ghost stories on the BBC radio throughout World War II despite a near-death experience when his London home was bombed during The Battle of Britain. He was knighted two years before his death at the age of 82. His amazing face is almost as weird as his stories… 5” x 5” scratchboard portrait”
An illustration by Sidney Stanley for Algernon Blackwood’s tale, ”Ancient Sorceries”
Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows by M. Grant Kellermeyer (mgkellermeyer)

“And something born of the snowy desolation, born of the midnight and the silent grandeur, born of the great listening hollows of the night, something that lay ‘twixt terror and wonder, dropped from the vast wintry spaces down into his heart—and called him.”
Algernon Blackwood, from The Glamour of the Snow


“The Empty House Algernon Blackwood. London, Eveliegh Nash Publ., 1906. First Edition. In Starlight Man Ashley maintained that the first printing was 750 copies that sold out quickly and the book was actually released for the 1906-07 holiday gifting season. All noted later impressions/printings are clearly dated and/or marked as such and none have reprised the original decorative binding of the first printing.” (via Book Aesthete)
Brian K. Ward

Sidney Stanley’s artwork for Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows and Other Queer Tales, 1932 (via Lesser-Known Writers)

God of the Forest by Yvanduque (x)
Matt Fox‘s Illustration from Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June 1944
Matt Fox‘s illustration from The Wendigo, depicting DeFago’s return
Virgil Finlay’s illustration for The Magic Mirror by Algernon Blackwood, Weird Tales, September, 1938
  • “The Man Whom the Trees Loved” by Algernon Blackwood; available in various download formats here
  • Cover for the 1912 edition of Pan’s Garden, with illustrations by W. Graham Robertson

“The Night transfigures all things in a way […] but nothing so searchingly as trees. From behind a veil that sunlight hangs before them in the day, they emerge and show themselves. Even buildings do that in a measure, but trees particularly. In the daytime they sleep; at night they wake, they manifest, turn active, live.”
                  – Algernon Blackwood, from The Man Whom the Trees Loved (Pan’s Garden, 1912)

Masters of Weird Literature by Stegosaurus (Oli Rogers)


The Wendigo: Défago’s Return by Will Martinez
John Dunn’s Wendigo