Algernon Henry Blackwood|
14 March 1869
Shooter's Hill, Kent, England
10 December 1951 (aged 82)|
Bishopsteighton, Kent, England
|Genre||Fantasy, Horror, Weird fiction|
|Notable works||The Centaur, "The Willows", "The Wendigo"|
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".
Life and workEdit
Blackwood was born in Shooter's Hill (now part of south-east London, then part of north-west Kent). Between 1871 and 1880, he lived at Crayford Manor House, Crayford and was educated at Wellington College. His father was a Post Office administrator, who according to Peter Penzoldt, "though not devoid of genuine good-heartedness, had appallingly narrow religious ideas." Blackwood had a varied career, working as a dairy farmer in Canada, where he also operated a hotel for six months, as a newspaper reporter in New York City, bartender, model, journalist for The New York Times, private secretary, businessman, and violin teacher.
Throughout his adult life, he was an occasional essayist for various periodicals. In his late thirties, he moved back to England and started to write stories of the supernatural. He was successful, writing at least ten original collections of short stories and later telling them on radio and television. He also wrote fourteen novels, several children's books, and a number of plays, most of which were produced but not published. He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, and many of his stories reflect this. To satisfy his interest in the supernatural, he joined The Ghost Club. He never married; according to his friends he was a loner but also cheerful company.
Jack Sullivan stated that "Blackwood's life parallels his work more neatly than perhaps that of any other ghost story writer. Like his lonely but fundamentally optimistic protagonists, he was a combination of mystic and outdoorsman; when he wasn't steeping himself in occultism, including Rosicrucianism and Buddhism, he was likely to be skiing or mountain climbing." Blackwood was a member of one of the factions of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as was his contemporary Arthur Machen. Cabalistic themes influence his novel The Human Chord.
His two best known stories are probably "The Willows" and "The Wendigo". He would also often write stories for newspapers at short notice, with the result that he was unsure exactly how many short stories he had written and there is no sure total. Though Blackwood wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. Good examples are the novels The Centaur, which climaxes with a traveller's sight of a herd of the mythical creatures; and Julius LeVallon and its sequel The Bright Messenger, which deal with reincarnation and the possibility of a new, mystical evolution of human consciousness. In correspondence with Peter Penzoldt, Blackwood wrote
My fundamental interest, I suppose, is signs and proofs of other powers that lie hidden in us all; the extension, in other words, of human faculty. So many of my stories, therefore, deal with extension of consciousness; speculative and imaginative treatment of possibilities outside our normal range of consciousness.... Also, all that happens in our universe is natural; under Law; but an extension of our so limited normal consciousness can reveal new, extra-ordinary powers etc., and the word "supernatural" seems the best word for treating these in fiction. I believe it possible for our consciousness to change and grow, and that with this change we may become aware of a new universe. A "change" in consciousness, in its type, I mean, is something more than a mere extension of what we already possess and know.
Blackwood died after several strokes. Officially his death on 10 December 1951 was from cerebral thrombosis, with arteriosclerosis as a contributing factor. He was cremated at Golders Green crematorium. A few weeks later his nephew took his ashes to Saanenmöser Pass in the Swiss Alps, and scattered them in the mountains that he had loved for more than forty years.
- H. P. Lovecraft included Blackwood as one of the "Modern Masters" in the section of that name in "Supernatural Horror in Literature".
- Authors who have been influenced by Blackwood's work include William Hope Hodgson, George Allan England, H.P. Lovecraft, H. Russell Wakefield, "L. Adams Beck" (Elizabeth Louisa Moresby), Margery Lawrence, Evangeline Walton, Ramsey Campbell  and Graham Joyce.
- J. R. R. Tolkien was also familiar with Blackwood's fiction. In the first draft of his essay "Notes on the Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings", Tolkien stated that he had derived the phrase "crack of doom" from an unnamed story by Algernon Blackwood.
- Frank Belknap Long's 1928 story "The Space-Eaters" alludes to Blackwood's fiction.
- Clark Ashton Smith's story "Genius Loci" (1933) was inspired by Blackwood's story "The Transfer".
- The plot of Caitlin R. Kiernan's novel Threshold (2001) is influenced by Blackwood's work. Kiernan has cited Blackwood as an important influence on her writing.
- In The Books in My Life, Henry Miller chose Blackwood's The Bright Messenger as "the most extraordinary novel on psychoanalysis, one that dwarfs the subject."
- Algernon Blackwood appears as a character in the novel The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey.
- In the PS4 game Until Dawn, the main setting is named Blackwood Pines, as the main antagonist is a Wendigo.
- An early essay on Blackwood's work was "Algernon Blackwood: An Appreciation," by Grace Isabel Colbron (1869–1943), which appeared in The Bookman in February 1915. The essay was reprinted in Jason Colavito's book A Hideous Bit of Morbidity: An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I.
- Peter Penzoldt devotes the final chapter of The Supernatural in Fiction (1952) to an analysis of Blackwood's work, and the book is dedicated "with deep admiration and gratitude, to Algernon Blackwood, the greatest of them all".
- There is an extensive critical analysis of Blackwood's work in Jack Sullivan's book Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story From Le Fanu to Blackwood (1978).
- David Punter has an essay on Blackwood in the book Supernatural Fiction Writers.
- There is a critical essay on Blackwood's work in S. T. Joshi's The Weird Tale (1990).
- Edward Wagenknecht analyses Blackwood's work in his book Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction.
In sequence of first publication:
- The Empty House and other Ghost Stories (1906)
- The Listener and Other Stories (1907)
- John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (1908)
- Jimbo: A Fantasy (1909a)
- The Education of Uncle Paul (1909b)
- The Human Chord (1910)
- The Centaur (1911)
- A Prisoner in Fairyland (1913); sequel to The Education of Uncle Paul
- The Extra Day (1915)
- Julius LeVallon (1916a)
- The Wave (1916b)
- The Promise of Air (1918a)
- The Garden of Survival (1918b)
- The Bright Messenger (1921); sequel to Julius LeVallon
- Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense (1929)
- Sambo and Snitch (1927)
- The Fruit Stoners: Being the Adventures of Maria Among the Fruit Stoners (1934)
In sequence of first performance:
- The Starlight Express (1915), coauthored with Violet Pearn; incidental music by Edward Elgar; based on Blackwood's 1913 novel A Prisoner in Fairyland
- Karma a reincarnation play in prologue epilogue and three acts (1918), coauthored with Violet Pearn;
- The Crossing (1920a), coauthored with Bertram Forsyth; based on Blackwood's 1913 short story "Transition"
- Through the Crack (1920b), coauthored with Violet Pearn; based on Blackwood's 1909 novel The Education of Uncle Paul and 1915 novel The Extra Day
- White Magic (1921a), coauthored with Bertram Forsyth
- The Halfway House (1921b), coauthored with Elaine Ainley
- Max Hensig (1929), coauthored with Frederick Kinsey Peile; based on Blackwood's 1907 short story "Max Hensig – Bacteriologist and Murderer"
Short fiction collectionsEdit
In sequence of first publication:
- The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1906); original collection
- The Listener and Other Stories (1907); original collection
- John Silence (1908); original collection; reprinted with added preface, 1942
- The Lost Valley and Other Stories (1910); original collection
- Pan's Garden: a Volume of Nature Stories (1912); original collection
- Ten Minute Stories (1914a); original collection
- Incredible Adventures (1914b); original collection
- Day and Night Stories (1917); original collection
- Wolves of God, and Other Fey Stories (1921), honorarily coauthored with Wilfred Wilson; original collection
- Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches (1924); original collection
- Ancient Sorceries and Other Tales (1927a); selections from previous Blackwood collections, and pre-publication abridgment of 1932's planned The Willows and Other Queer Tales
- The Dance of Death and Other Tales (1927b); selections from previous Blackwood collections; reprinted as 1963's The Dance of Death and Other Stories
- Strange Stories (1929); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- Short Stories of To-Day & Yesterday (1930); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- The Willows and Other Queer Tales (1932); selected by G. F. Maine from previous Blackwood collections
- Shocks (1935); original collection
- The Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1938); selections from previous Blackwood collections, with a new preface by Blackwood
- Selected Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1942); selections from previous Blackwood collections (not to be mistaken for the identical title to a 1964 Blackwood collection)
- Selected Short Stories of Algernon Blackwood (1945); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- The Doll and One Other (1946); original collection
- Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural (1949); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- In the Realm of Terror (1957); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- The Dance of Death and Other Stories (1963); reprint of 1927's The Dance of Death and Other Tales
- Selected Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1964); selections from previous Blackwood collections (not to be mistaken for the identical title to a 1942 Blackwood collection)
- Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre (1967); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- Ancient Sorceries and Other Stories (1968); selections from previous Blackwood collections
- Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood (1973), selected and introduced by Everett F. Bleiler; selections from previous Blackwood collections; includes Blackwood's own preface to 1938's The Tales of Algernon Blackwood
- The Best Supernatural Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1973); selected and introduced by Felix Morrow; selections from 1929's Strange Stories
- Tales of Terror and Darkness (1977); puts together Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre and Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural.
- Tales of the Supernatural (1983); selected and introduced by Mike Ashley; selections from previous Blackwood collections
- The Magic Mirror (1989); selected, introduced, and notes by Mike Ashley; original collection
- The Complete John Silence Stories (1997); selected and introduced by S. T. Joshi; reprint of 1908's John Silence (without the preface to the 1942 reprint) and the one remaining John Silence story, "A Victim of Higher Space"
- Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories (2002); selected, introduced, and notes by S. T. Joshi; selections from previous Blackwood collections
- Algernon Blackwood's Canadian Tales of Terror (2004); selected, introduced, with notes by John Robert Colombo; eight stories of special Canadian interest plus information on the author's years in Canada
This list of all Blackwood's known short stories in the Weird Fiction vein is presented in sequence of first publication or, where first publication is not traceable, collection:
|Title||Earliest known date of appearance||Earliest known location of appearance||Earliest known date of collection||Earliest known collection||Summary|
|A Haunted Island||xx/04/1899||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 17 No. 72||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A supernatural vision on an Island, in which a man encounters a group of natives with particularly ill intent.|
|A Case of Eavesdropping||xx/12/1900||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 22 No. 92||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A man residing in a New York apartment hears conversations from the room next door that turn out to be supernatural in origin. Based on Blackwood's time living in New York.|
|The House of the Past||15 April 1904||The Theosophical Review, Vol. 34 No. 200||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A vaguely psychological story expressed in supernatural terms about the relationship between memories, dreams and past lives.|
|The Empty House||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A standard haunted house story involving an adventurous Aunt and her nephew who attempt to spend a single night in a reputedly ill-omened house... The story is likely based on Blackwood's early haunted house investigations with the Psychical Research Society.|
|Keeping His Promise||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||Possibly a re-telling of a tale Blackwood came across during his years as an undergraduate in Edinburgh. An old agreement between two old friends, in effort to prove the existence of the supernatural, is realised in terrible circumstances.|
|With Intent to Steal||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A barn is haunted by a spirit with the power to possess the living. Another tale possibly based on Blackwood's own experiences researching haunted properties.|
|The Wood of the Dead||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A visitor to the West Country comes upon the ghost of an old man, whose appearance is an omen of death, which spells doom for the residents of a small mountain village.|
|Smith: An Episode in a Lodging House||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A man's neighbour in an apartment appears to be dabbling in the black arts. Another story inspired by Blackwood's time in New York. The events depicted are likely based on Blackwood's learning whilst a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.|
|The Strange Adventures of a Private Secretary in New York||xx/11/1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A highly Gothic story of a Butler, a reporter, and a mad would-be chemist, who may also be lycanthropic... One of the more humorous tales in Blackwood's ouvre.|
|The Listener||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||One of Blackwood's few epistolary stories, told solely through diary extracts. A man of nervous temperament, with a history of mental ill-health in his family, may or may not be receiving visits by a previous tenant. A tenant very dead. Another tale most likely inspired by Blackwood's time in New York.|
|The Willows||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A man known only as 'the Swede' (based on Blackwood's friend of many years Wilfred Wilson), and an unnamed narrator journey into the wilderness and become trapped by flood on an island in the Danube. The stay proves to be an exercise in terror for two men who are beset by forces neither of them can fully see or hear, nor even begin to comprehend.|
|The Insanity of Jones||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A tale of revenge in the present, for the wrong's done in a past life. Or is Jones completely out of his mind?|
|The Dance of Death||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A dance with a mysterious lady proves disastrous to one man's health...|
|The Old Man of Visions||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A character study of an old man who is able to see the world that lies beyond the veil. The man is based on one of Blackwood's many acquaintances, as related in his auto-biography Episodes Before Thirty.|
|May Day Eve||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||Visions of the spirit world on May Day eve.|
|Miss Slumbubble—and Claustrophobia||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A woman's apparent hysteria in a train compartment has roots in a macabre haunting.|
|The Woman's Ghost Story||xx/11/1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A spirit is set free from its prison by a woman's love.|
|A Psychical Invasion||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A man's experimentation with drugs opens his mind to an attack by a supernatural force. The tale is based on both Blackwood's own experiments with drugs and his occult learning whilst in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.|
|Ancient Sorceries||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A village in a Cathedral town in France, with an above average population of cats, turns out to have in its midst a number of dabblers in the dark arts.|
|The Nemesis of Fire||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A fire elemental from millennia ago lays siege to a country mansion and only Dr. Silence can stop it.|
|Secret Worship||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||Based partially on Blackwood's own boyhood experiences studying in the Black Forest with the Moravian brotherhood, only the Brotherhood in this tale have been corrupted by the dark arts.|
|The Camp of the Dog||16 September 1908||John Silence: Physician Extraordinary||A group's visit to the outback is disturbed by the presence of a werewolf.|
|The Story of Mr. Popkiss Told||24 December 1908||The Westminster Gazette||A haunting vision of the future on a train.|
|The Kit-Bag||xx/12/1908||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 42 No. 188||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A kit-bag proves to be the source of an unusual haunting.|
|Entrance and Exit||13 February 1909||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A man is sucked out of reality into a world that lies beyond that of mortal men.|
|You May Telephone From Here||27 February 1909||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A telephone call has supernatural implications.|
|Carlton's Drive||17 July 1909||The Westminster Gazette||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||A man has a stroke and then dreams that death is coming for him.|
|The Man Who Played upon the Leaf||30 October 1909 and 5 November 1909||Country Life, Vol. 26 No. 669 & Vol. 26 No. 670||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||The tale of one man's encounter with another—the mysterious 'Man who Played Upon the Leaf', hated by adults; loved by children, and the music he plays to his God Pan.|
|The Terror of the Twins||6 November 1909||The Westminster Gazette||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Two young men are scorned by their father in life, and seek the help of a Priest for fear that they are to be equally scorned in death.|
|The Occupant of the Room||xx/12/1909||Nash's Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 9||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories||Feelings of malaise in a mountain location are attributed to the ghost of a suicide.|
|The South Wind||29 January 1910||The Westminster Gazette||1911||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|If the Cap Fits—||12 February 1910||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||The memories contained within and about inanimate objects.|
|Perspective||xx/03/1910||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 203||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Two lovers are saved from separation, thanks to a Priest who receives a pantheistic visitation in the mountains.|
|Special Delivery||xx/05/1910||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 205||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Lost Valley||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Two twin brothers, their lives inseparable, are threatened in their bond by the appearance of a woman who has mysterious ties to a place of local legend, where the souls of the suicidal and lost are free to roam in peace.|
|The Wendigo||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Based on Blackwood's experiences hunting in the backwoods of Canada. A group of men deep in the Northern wilderness are visited by a terrifying creature from Native American legend.|
|Old Clothes||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||The reincarnation in a young girl of a woman whose lover met a terrible fate. Blackwood was an ardent believer in reincarnation and the tale is a heart-warming dramatisation of his own beliefs.|
|The Man From the 'Gods'||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||A story of creative inspiration for a musician who struggles to achieve true greatness, until he receives a special visitation.|
|The Eccentricity of Simon Parnacute||xx/06/1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||Professor Parnacute, a hater of eccentricity, suddenly finds himself compelled to unleash a bird from its cage, and in doing so summons the attention of a mysterious 'world-policeman' who takes him on an incredible journey.|
|The Message of the Clock||xx/06/1910||Nash's Magazine, vol. 2 No. 15||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||The ticking of a clock and the passing of a life appear to have a strange kind of unity.|
|The Sea Fit||25 June 1910||Country Life, Vol. 27 No. 703||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories||A man of Viking descent hears the call of his ancestors from the sea.|
|Imagination||17 December 1910||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A case of writer's block is overcome thanks to the intervention of a supernatural agent.|
|The Singular Death of Morton||xx/12/1910||The Tramp, Vol. 2 No. 10||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||Two men abroad in Switzerland are pursued by a vampire. Blackwood's only traditional vampire tale.|
|The Empty Sleeve||xx/01/1911||The London Magazine, Vol. 25 No. 149||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Deferred Appointment||xx/01/1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A photographer is visited by a very sickly looking man... Deathly sick.|
|The Prayer||17 June 1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two young men who experiment with drugs find themselves able to see other people's thoughts.|
|The Return||22 June 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 1||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|Two in One||20 July 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 5||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A romance about a single soul which appears to be reincarnated into two different people.|
|Accessory Before the Fact||2 September 1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A man has a strange premonition about meeting two German tramps who may not be quite what they seem...|
|Clairvoyance||19 October 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 11||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|Dream Trespass||24 October 1911||The Morning Post||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A house appears to be the site of a reincarnation.|
|The Transfer||9 December 1911||Country Life, Vol. 30 No. 779||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Messenger||9 December 1911||The Westminster Gazette||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Golden Fly||29 December 1911||The Eye-Witness, Vol.2 No. 2||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Glamour of the Snow||xx/12/1911||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 48 No. 224||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories||A man on a skiing holiday in the mountains meets a strangely distant woman and becomes entranced by her.|
|The Heath Fire||20 January 1912||Country Life, Vol. 31 No. 785||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Destruction of Smith||29 February 1912||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 2 No. 11||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Man Whom the Trees Loved||xx/03/1912||The London Magazine, Vol. 28 No. 17||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Attic||20 April 1912||The Westminster Gazette||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Whisperers||23 May 1912||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 2 No. 23||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A library is haunted by books.|
|The Second Generation||6 July 1912||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||A man returning home to visit his wife encounters the supernatural.|
|Ancient Lights||11 July 1912||The Eye-Witness, Vol. 3 No. 4||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories|
|Sand||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Temptation of the Clay||23 July 1912||Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories|
|The Goblin's Collection||5 October 1912||The Westminster Gazette||23 February 1914||Ten Minute Stories||Missing artefacts at an overnight stay at a hotel are attributed to a mischievous little Goblin.|
|La Mauvaise Riche||30 November 1912||The Westminster Gazette||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||The ghost of an evil old woman haunts a cemetery.|
|The Man Who Found Out||xx/12/1912||The Canadian Magazine, Vol. 40 No. 2||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories||A researcher goes on an expedition to find "The Tablets of the Gods" which have plagued his dreams since his boyhood. He finds them, and the horrible truth of humanity's true purpose in the universe.|
|Wayfarers||xx/12/1912||The English Review, Vol. 13 No. 1||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|The Sacrifice||xx/04/1913||The Quest, Vol. 4 No. 3||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|H.S.H.||xx/10/1913||The British Review, Vol. 6 No. 1||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Tradition||29 November 1913||The Westminster Gazette||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|Transition||11 December 1913||The New Witness, Vol. 3 No. 58||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|A Desert Episode||10 January 1914||Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 888||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|By Water||19 April 1914||The Westminster Gazette||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Falling Glass||23 May 1914||Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 907||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Regeneration of Lord Ernie||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|The Damned||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures|
|A Descent into Egypt||6 November 1914||Incredible Adventures||A long, carefully constructed story in which a man's soul is gradually subsumed into eternity.|
|The Wings of Horus||xx/11/1914||Century Magazine, Vol. 89 No. 1||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|A Victim of Higher Space||xx/12/1914||The Occult Review, Vol. 20 No. 6||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Paper Man||9 October 1915||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||Comic fantasy in which a man obsessed with the papers finds himself turning into one.|
|Cain's Atonement||20 November 1915||Land and Water, Vol. 66 #2793||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Other Wing||xx/11/1915||McBride's, Vol. 96 No. 575||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|Initiation||xx/07/1916||The Quest, Vol. 7 No. 4||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Tryst||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|The Touch of Pan||xx/02/1917||Day and Night Stories|
|S.O.S.||xx/03/1918||The Story-Teller||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Garden of Survival||xx/03/1918||The Garden of Survival||1918||The Garden of Survival||A short novella of the sentimental variety concerning reincarnation and mysticism. One of Blackwood's most personal tales.|
|The Little Beggar||10 May 1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The World-Dream of McCallister||xx/09/1919||Vision, Vol. 1 No. 5||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Alexander Alexander||6 September 1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Wireless Confusion||xx/10/1919||The Quest, Vol. 11 No. 1||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Other Woman||8 November 1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Decoy||xx/12/1919||Lloyd's Magazine, Vol. 32 No. 385||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Call||6 December 1919||Nash's Illustrated Weekly, Vol. 2 No. 13||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|First Hate||xx/02/1920||McClure's Magazine||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Chinese Magic||xx/06/1920||Romance, Vol. 2 No. 2||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Running Wolf||4 August 1920||Century Magazine, Vol. 100 No. 4||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Confession||xx/03/1921||Century Magazine, Vol. 101 No. 5||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Valley of the Beasts||xx/03/1921||Romance Magazine||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Wolves of God||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Tarn of Sacrifice||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Egyptian Sorcery||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Vengeance Is Mine||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|The Olive||xx/07/1921||Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 52 No. 307||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Lane That Ran East and West||xx/09/1921||McCall's, Vol. 48 No. 12||26 May 1921||The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories|
|Nephelé||xx/12/1921||Pears Annual||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Lost!||14 October 1922||Living Age||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Tongues of Fire||xx/04/1923||The English Review, Vol. 36 No. 4||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Man Who Was Milligan||xx/11/1923||Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 56 No. 335||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Malahide and Forden||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Playing Catch||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Pikestaffe Case||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|A Continuous Performance||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|The Open Window||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Petershin and Mr. Snide||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|A Man of Earth||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Laughter of Courage||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Full Circle||xx/05/1925||The English Review, No. 198||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Hands of Death||xx/12/1925||The Bolton Evening News||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Chemical||xx/xx/1926||The Ghost Book (ed. Cynthia Asquith)||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Stranger||xx/06/1927||The Fortnightly Review, Vol. 121 No. 6||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Land of Green Ginger||23 December 1927||The Radio Times||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Dr. Feldman||xx/05/1928||The Strand Magazine, Vol. 72 No. 449||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Shocks||xx/09/1930||The Strand Magazine, Vol. 80 No. 477||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Survivors||xx/12/1930||The Occult Review, Vol. 52 No. 6||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Man Who Lived Backwards||12 December 1930||World Radio, Vol. 11 No. 281||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Revenge||19 December 1930||The Radio Times||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Fire Body||xx/09/1931||The North American Review, Vol. 232 No. 3||A woman is convinced she has met the protagonist before on an astral plane in his 'Fire Body'.|
|A Threefold Cord...||xx/xx/1931||When Churchyards Yawn (ed. Cynthia Asquith)||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Elsewhere and Otherwise||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|Adventures of Miss de Fontenay||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Blackmailers||xx/10/1935||My Grimmest Nightmare||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
|At a Mayfair Luncheon||xx/03/1936||Windsor Magazine, No. 495||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A man receives a rare kind of divine meeting in the most uninspiring of social gatherings...|
|The Man-Eater||xx/03/1937||Thrilling Mystery, Vol. 6 No. 2||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A variation on the were-wolf story.|
|The Magic Mirror||16 March 1938||The Bystander, Vol. 137 #1787||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
|King's Evidence||9 January 1941||London Calling, No. 70||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A re-write of the earlier story 'Confession', done originally for radio, but also published in the BBC's journal London Calling.|
|The Doll||xx/04/1946||The Doll and One Other||The gift of a doll to a little girl is actually a malignant supernatural entity that has macabre designs upon her Father. One of the few of Blackwood's tales to feature a female protagonist, in this case a Governess (in the Turn of the Screw mould).|
|The Trod||xx/04/1946||The Doll and One Other||An unusual love-triangle involving a man, a woman, and a call from the Fairy world. Eternal life comes at a high price—the loss of one's soul and of mortal love.|
|Roman Remains||xx/03/1948||Weird Tales, Vol. 40 No. 3||xx/xx/1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
Children's stories and non-Weird talesEdit
As well as his supernatural tales for adults, Blackwood also wrote a considerable number of children's tales, some supernatural and some not, as well as other pieces for an adult readership that were not in the weird fiction genre. These included love stories and, at the height of the first world war, propaganda pieces.
|Title||Earliest known date of appearance||Earliest known location of appearance||Earliest known date of collection||Earliest known collection||Summary|
|The Story of Karl Ott||xx/10/1896||Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 10 No. 42||A tragic love story of typical Victorian sentimentalism.|
|A Mysterious House||xx/07/1889||The Belgravia, Vol. 69, No. 203||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A story of faux supernaturalism.|
|The Last Egg in the Nest||23 August 1902||The Boy's Own Paper, Vol. 24 #1232|
|Testing His Courage – The Story of a Quaint Device||xx/09/1904||Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 18 No. 105||A love story in which a ritual of facade is performed that a man might prove his true love's worth.|
|How Garnier Broke the Log-Jam||31 December 1904||The Boy's Own Paper, Vol. 27 #1355|
|A Suspicious Gift||1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A crime story in which the gift of an immense sum of money turns out to be not as beneficent as hoped.|
|Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp||1906||The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories||A crime story set in the Canadian outback.|
|Max Hensig – Bacteriologist and Murderer||1907||The Listener and Other Stories||A suspense tale of the non-supernatural variety in which a reporter is pursued by the murderer he wrote about.|
|The Secret||7 November 1908||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A conversation between two old friends.|
|Stodgman's Opportunity||5 December 1908||The Westminster Gazette||A nightmare encounter on a train inspires a spark of creativity|
|The Invitation||3 April 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two friends attempt to arrange lunch.|
|The Lease||22 May 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Solicitors, leases, and the problems therein...|
|Faith Cure on the Channel||19 June 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two friends attempt to overcome the evils of sea-sickness.|
|The Laying of a Red-Haired Ghost||xx/09/1909||The Lady's Realm||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A tale of faux supernaturalism and pseudo-seances.|
|Up and Down||9 October 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||Two friends discuss holidays.|
|The Strange Disappearance of a Baronet||27 November 1909||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A baronet dreams that he has shrunk to the size of a mouse.|
|The Price of Wiggins's Orgy||1910||The Lost Valley and Other Stories||A man in need of a meal, a mysterious waiter in a mysterious restaurant, and a room full of cannibals. One of Blackwood's more humorous tales.|
|The Impulse||8 April 1911||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||An impulsive act of non-materialism makes a man feel better.|
|News vs Nourishment||4 November 1911||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||The story of a gentleman's odd eating habits|
|In A Jura Village||26 December 1911||The Morning Post||A man reminisces about the characters and experiences associated with a small country village.|
|The Bitter Bit||17 February 1912||The Saturday Westminster Gazette|
|Egyptian Antiquities||9 April 1912||The Morning Post||A man struggles to make his way in life as a dealer of Egyptian antiquities.|
|Let Not the Sun –||19 November 1912||The Morning Post||1914||Ten Minute Stories||The tragedy of a couple whose vacation together never comes...|
|Her Birthday||3 May 1913||The Westminster Gazette||1914||Ten Minute Stories||The finishing of a letter to a special lady.|
|Violence||22 May 1913||The New Witness, Vol. 2 No. 29||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A vaguely conte-cruel story of madness.|
|Who Was She?||26 June 1913, 17 July 1913, and 28 August 1913||The New Witness, Vol. 2 No. 34, Vol. 2 No. 37, & Vol. 2 No. 43||A philosophical story about a man's realisation of who he is.|
|The Barmecide Feast||19 July 1913||Country Life, Vol. 34 No. 863||A suspenseful but ultimately comic tale in which disturbances in the house are not what they seem...|
|The Kiss of a Psychologist||13 September 1913||Country Life, Vol. 34 No. 871||A love story about a man who gets 'caught in the act' of kissing another woman.|
|The Story Hour||18 November 1913||The Morning Post||Children's fantasy, reprinted in part in The Extra day.|
|What Nobody Understands||17 February 1914||The Morning Post||Children's fantasy, reprinted in part in The Extra day.|
|Maria||28 March 1914||The Morning Post||Children's fantasy concerning the plotting of a train crash. Reprinted as Chapter III of The Extra Day|
|A Bit of Wood||29 April 1914||The Morning Post||1917||Day and Night Stories||The fateful role a piece of wood plays in the lives of human beings.|
|The Night Wind||9 May 1914||Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 905||Children's fantasy in which an Uncle and his nieces and nephews encounter the mysterious nightly wonder that is 'the Night-Wind'. Reprinted as Chapter VII of The Extra Day.|
|Breakfast Honey||9 June 1914||The Morning Post||A gentleman in a Hotel is most displeased at the apparent lack of quality honey.|
|The Philosopher||13 June 1914||The Westminster Gazette||A dog looks after his master, proving himself to be a most astute and loyal companion in the process.|
|Jimbo's Longest Day||24 June 1913||The Morning Post||1914||Ten Minute Stories||A child's understanding of the longest day of the year.|
|The Daisy World||xx/07/1914||The Quest, Vol. 5 No. 4||An uncle and his niece experience life among the daisies.|
|Non-Human||10 December 1914||The New Witness, Vol. 5 No. 110||Two men are stalked by a night predator.|
|An Egyptian Hornet||xx/03/1915||Reedy's Mirror||1917||Day and Night Stories||An encounter between a man and a very large Egyptian buzzing insect of malignant potency...|
|The God||7 August 1915||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||A propaganda piece.|
|The Soldier's Visitor||9 October 1915||Land and Water, Vol. 65 #2787||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A war story about a man in a hospital bed who receives a very special visit.|
|The Celestial Motorbus||18 December 1915||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||A propaganda piece on jobs during the war.|
|The Snake||18 March 1916||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||Two gentlemen discuss snakes.|
|Proportion||5 August 1916||The Saturday Westminster Gazette||Two gentlemen discuss astronomy and the wonders of the modern telescope.|
|Camping Out||xx/xx/1916||Blackie's Children's Annual 1916|
|The Memory of Beauty||3 January 1918||Land and Water, Vol. 70 #2904||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories|
|The Perfect Poseur||xx/07/1919||The Saturday Westminster Gazette|
|Picking Fir-Cones||xx/07/1919||The English Review, Vol. 29 No. 1||23 November 1924||Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches|
|Onanonanon||xx/03/1921||The English Review, Vol. 32 No. 3||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A gruesome dream story of psychological doubling about a dog whose bark drives a man to distraction. One of Blackwood's rare non-supernatural horror tales.|
|Changing 'Ats||16 December 1921||Time and Tide, Vol. 2 No. 50||A study of different personalities in a social setting.|
|Genius||15 July 1922||The Weekly Westminster Gazette||Two men's creative inspirations from a forest. One receives a kind of spiritual awakening, the other sees only darkness.|
|The Impulse||6 December 1924||T.P.'s & Cassell's Weekly, Vol. 3 No. 59|
|Toby's Birthday Presents||xx/xx/1926||The Treasure Ship (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Cross-word Alien||7 January 1927||Time and Tide, Vol. 8 No. 1||The wonders of language emerge between two friends, with the aid of a cross-word.|
|Mr. Cupboard, or The Furniture's Holiday||xx/09/1927||Number Five Joy Street|
|The Water Performance||xx/xx/1927||Sails of Gold (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|By Underground||xx/09/1928||Number Seven Joy Street|
|When Nick Dressed Up||xx/xx/1928||The Treasure Cave (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Chocolate Cigarettes||xx/xx/1928||Number Six Joy Street|
|The Adventure of Tornado Smith||7 December 1929||Country Life, Vol. 66 #1716||xx/10/1935||Shocks|
|The Graceless Pair – The Saving of Colonelsirarthur||23 April 1930||The Sketch #1943|
|The Graceless Pair – French and Italian||30 April 1930||The Sketch #1944|
|The Graceless Pair – Burglars||7 May 1930||The Sketch #1945|
|The Graceless Pair – 'Anyopedoctor? Abaslesboches! Etc.'||14 May 1930||The Sketch #1946|
|The Graceless Pair – The Fish Pond||21 May 1930||The Sketch #1947|
|The Graceless Pair – The Afternoon Call||28 May 1930||The Sketch #1948|
|Mr. Bunciman at the Zoo||xx/xx/1930||The Children's Cargo: Lady Cynthia Asquith's Annual (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Parrot and the – Cat!||xx/08/1930||Number Eight Joy Street||Prequel to Blackwood's 1929 novel Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense and to his 1930 serial The Graceless Pair.|
|The Colonel's Ring||31 December 1931||The Morning Post||1935||Shocks|
|The Italian Conjuror||xx/xx/1931||Number Nine Joy Street (ed. Michael Lynn)|
|Maria (of England) in the Rain||xx/09/1932||Number Ten Joy Street|
|Sergeant Poppett and Policeman James||xx/xx/1933||Number Eleven Joy Street|
|What the Black Chow Saw||xx/xx/1933||The Princess Elizabeth Gift Book (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
|The Fruit Stoners||xx/xx/1934||Number Eleven Joy Street||Linked to, but not part of, Blackwood's 1934 novel The Fruit Stoners: Being the Adventures of Maria Among the Fruit Stoners.|
|Journey to London||xx/xx/1934||Just Cats (ed. Richard Miller)||A cat and parrot get along far better than their owners perceive and plan escape. A reprint of Chapter 5 of Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense.|
|Dudley & Gilderoy||1936||My Best Animal Story (ed. Anon)||A reprint of chapters 1 & 2 of Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense.|
|How the Circus Came to Tea||xx/xx/1935||Number Twelve Joy Street|
|That Mrs. Winslow||xx/10/1936||Pearsons' Magazine, Vol. 82 No. 490||A love story about a lawyer, a will, and a widow would-be Egyptologist.|
|By Proxy||17 November 1937||The Bystander, Vol. 136 #1770||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||A crime story about a thief after some jewels, and the cruel trick he plays on a young boy in obtaining them.|
|The Reformation of St. Jules||29 December 1937||The Bystander, Vol. 136 #1776||1989||The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories||An apparent practical joke on a small rural community.|
|Eliza Among the Chimney Sweeps||xx/xx/1950||The Children's Ship (ed. Cynthia Asquith)|
Aside from well over a hundred published articles, essays, prefaces, and book reviews which remain to be collected, Blackwood authored only one nonfiction book, a memoir of his youth:
- Episodes Before Thirty (1923); reissued in 1950 with newly incorporated photographic plates and a brief prefatory "Author's Note".
Film and TelevisionEdit
Blackwood appeared in two 1949 film shorts in which he told stories to camera, "The Reformation of St Jules" and "Lock Your Door". Again as himself, he also appeared in an early television series Saturday Night Story (1948-1951) with John Slater. An anthology series based on his work was broadcast on ITV in 1961-63, Tales of Mystery with John Laurie playing Blackwood. Several of his stories were subsequently used in television anthology series such as Suspense and Night Gallery.
A radio adaption by Roy Winsor of a Blackwood short story was broadcast as "In The Fog" by the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in August 1977. Introduced by E. G. Marshall, the radio play featured Gordon Gould, Martha Greenhouse, William Griffis, and Ian Martin.
Blackwood was a regular contributor to BBC Radio from the 1930s to the early 1950s in which he talked about scary subjects. He also read a number of his own short stories during this time, in particular: Algernon Blackwood Tells a Strange Story.
To mark Blackwood's 80th birthday, an appreciation was broadcast on The Third Programme in March 1949.
A radio adaptation of Blackwood's novella, The Willows was recorded for the BBC and first broadcast in 2005. It was repeated in 2016. The adaptation featured Roger Allam as the narrator.
- S. T. Joshi, The Weird Tale (University of Texas Press, 1990), p.132.
- S. T. Joshi, The Weird Tale (University of Texas Press, 1990), p.131.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016. Historic England report on Crayford Manor House] accessed 7 February 2016
- Peter Penzoldt, The Supernatural in Fiction (1952), Part II, Chapter 7.
- Jack Sullivan, ed. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (1986), p. 38
- Jack Sullivan, ed. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (1986), p. 39
- Regardie, Israel. (1982). The Golden Dawn. Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 0-87542-664-6. Page ix.
- "Shadowplay Pagan and Magick webzine – HERMETIC HORRORS". Shadowplayzine.com. 16 September 1904. Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- Dirda, Michael (2005). Bound to please. W.W. Norton & Co. p. 221. ISBN 0-393-05757-7.
After these adventures in the New World...
- Quoted in Peter Penzoldt, The Supernatural in Fiction (1952), Part II, Chapter 7.
- David Stuart Davies, "Introduction" to William Hope Hodgson, The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost-Finder. Wordsworth Editions, 2006. ISBN 1-84022-529-7 (p.8)
- Richard A. Lupoff, "England, George Allan" in Twentieth-Century Science-Fiction Writers by Curtis C. Smith. St. James Press, 1986, ISBN 0-912289-27-9 (p.230-1).
- Chris Morgan, "H. Russell Wakefield", in E. F. Bleiler, ed., Supernatural Fiction Writers (pp.617–622). New York: Scribner's, 1985. ISBN 0-684-17808-7
- John Grant and John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, "Beck, L(ily) Adams", pp. 99–100, ISBN 0-312-19869-8
- Stefan Dziemianowicz, "Lawrence, Margery (Harriet)", in S. T. Joshi and Dziemianowicz, (ed.) Supernatural Literature of the World : an encyclopedia. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005. ISBN 0313327742 (p. 698-700).
- Cosette Kies, "Walton, Evangeline" in St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, edited by David Pringle. St. James Press, 1996, (p. 586-7)
- "Ramsey Campbell's fiction is considerably more than an engagement with the Lovecraftian; the awe and unease of M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood...need to be taken into account". Andy Sawyer,"That Ill-Rumoured and Evil-Shadowed Seaport" in Gary William Crawford ed.,Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror. Scarecrow Press, 2013. ISBN 0810892979 (p.2)
- "Graham Joyce is an English writer, who describes his work as "Old Peculiar" akin to Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood, and other English masters of the weird tale..." Darrell Schweitzer, Speaking of Horror II: More Interviews with Modern Horror Writers. Rockville, Md., Wildside Press, 2015, ISBN 1479404748 (p. 171).
- Dale Nelson, “Literary Influences: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" in Michael D. C. Drout, J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. New York, Taylor & Francis, 2007 ISBN 0415969425 (p. 373).
- "Parodic treatment of horror motifs from various classics-"The Wendigo" and "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood, "The Yellow Sign" by Robert W. Chambers, etc." "The Space-Eaters" in E. F. Bleiler and Richard Bleiler. Science-Fiction: The Early Years. Kent State University Press, 1990. (p. 452). ISBN 9780873384162.
- "Genius Loci...is a rare Smith story with a contemporary setting near Smith's own home that drew upon both Algernon Blackwood and Montague Summers for inspiration." Scott Connors, "Smith, Clark Ashton", in S T Joshi (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Vampire : the living dead in myth, legend, and popular culture.Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, 2011. ISBN 9780313378331 (p.302)
- "Caitlin Kiernan pays tribute to the influence of Algernon Blackwood and H.P. Lovecraft in her second novel, Threshold"..." Neil Barron, What Do I Read Next? Gale Research Inc. 2001, (p. 224). ISBN 0-7876-3391-7.
- VanderMeer, Jeff. "Interview: Caitlín R. Kiernan on Weird Fiction". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
- Dirda, Michael (2005). Bound to please. W.W. Norton & Co. p. 222. ISBN 0-393-05757-7.
During the First World War...
- Grace I. Colbron,,"Algernon Blackwood: An Appreciation", in Jason Colavito, ed. A Hideous Bit of Morbidity: An Anthology of Horror Criticism from the Enlightenment to World War I. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7864-3968-3 (pp. 303–307).
- David Punter, "Algernon Blackwood" in: , ed. Supernatural Fiction Writers. New York: Scribner's, 1985. ISBN 0-684-17808-7 (pp.463–470).
- "Algernon Blackwood" in: Wagenknecht, Edward. Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction. New York: Greenwood, 1991. ISBN 0-313-27960-8 (pp.69–94).
- Ashley, Mike (1987). Algernon Blackwood: A Bio-Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-25158-4.
- Ashley, Mike (2001). Algernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary Life. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0928-6. US edition of Starlight Man: The Extraordinary Life of Algernon Blackwood.
- Ashley, Mike (2001). Starlight Man: The Extraordinary Life of Algernon Blackwood. London: Constable & Robinson Ltd. ISBN 1-84119-417-4. UK edition of Algernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary Life.
- Blackwood, Algernon (2002). Episodes Before Thirty. New York: Turtle Point Press. ISBN 1-885586-83-3. Modern reissue of subject's memoir; originally published in 1923 (London: Cassell & Co.).
- Burleson, Donald. "Algernon Blackwood's "The Listener: A Hearing"". Studies in Weird Fiction 5 (Spring 1989), 15–19.
- Colombo, John Robert. "Blackwood's Books: A Bibliography Devoted to Algernon Blackwood" Toronto Hounslow Press 1981 ISBN 0-88882-055-0
- Colombo, John Robert. (ed) Algernon Blackwood's Canadian Tales of Terror Lake Eugenia, Ontario Battered Silicon Dispatch Box 2004 ISBN 1-55246-605-1
- Goddin, Jeffrey. "Subtle Perceptions: The Fantasy Novels of Algernon Blackwood" in Darrell Schweitzer (ed) Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction, Gillette NJ: Wildside Press, 1986, pp. 94–103.
- Johnson, George M. “Algernon Blackwood.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series. Ed. George M. Johnson. Detroit: Gale, 1995.
- Johnson, George M. “Algernon Blackwood.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. British Short-Fiction Writers, 1880–1914. Ed. William F. Naufftus. Detroit: Gale, 1995.
- Johnson, George M. “Algernon Blackwood.” New Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. Brian Harrison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Johnson, George M. “Algernon Blackwood’s Modernist Experiments in Psychical Detection.” Formal Investigations: Aesthetic Style in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Detective Fiction. Stuttgart: Ibidem Press, 2007. pp. 29–51.
- Johnson, George M. “The Other Side of Edwardian Fiction: Two Forgotten Fantasy Novels of 1911.” Wormwood: Literature of the fantastic, supernatural and decadent. UK, No. 16 (Spring 2011) 3–15.
- Joshi, S. T. (1990). The Weird Tale. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. pp. 87–132, 236–38, 246–48, 266–69. ISBN 0-292-79057-0.
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. pp. 47–49. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.
- Goddin, Jeffrey. "Subtle Perceptions: The Fantasy Novels of Algernon Blackwood" in Darrell Schweitzer, ed. Discovering Classic Fantasy Fiction. Gillette, NJ: Wildside Press, 1996, 94-103.
- Gilbert, Stuart. "Algernon Blackwood, Novelist and Mystic". Transition No 35 (July 1935).
- Letson, Russell Francis J. "The Approaches to Mystery: The Fantasies of Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood." Dissertation Abstracts International, 36 (1976): 8047A (Southern Illinois University).
- Sullivan, Jack. Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from Le Fanu to Blackwood.'Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1978.
- Wagenknecht, Edward. Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991, Chapter Four.
|Wikisource has original works written by or about:|
- Works by Algernon Blackwood at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Algernon Blackwood at Internet Archive
- Works by Algernon Blackwood at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Fantastic Fiction Algernon Blackwood page
- Spitzer Interview: Adapting The Willows
- Collection of Blackwood Stories
- Algernon Blackwood Quotes
- Algernon Blackwood at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database