Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951), most renowned for his supernatural fiction, was born on this date (March 14) in 1869 in Shooter’s Hill, Kent, England.
H. P. Lovecraft wrote of Mr. Blackwood:
Of the quality of Mr. Blackwood’s genius there can be no dispute; for no one has even approached the skill, seriousness, and minute fidelity with which he records the overtones of strangeness in ordinary things and experiences.
Indeed, Lovecraft considered Blackwood’s The Willows to be the best supernatural tale in English literature. The Willows is the tale of two men on a canoe trip down the Danube River who encounter mysterious entities from a fourth dimension.
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