Literary Birthday – 14 March – Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood was born 14 March 1869, and died 10 December 1951.


  1. Invention has ever imagination and poetry at its heart.
  2. And if thought and emotion can persist in this way so long after the brain that sent them forth has crumpled into dust, how vitally important it must be to control their very birth in the heart, and guard them with the keenest possible restraint.
  3. It was so easy to be wise in the explanation of an experience one has not personally witnessed.
  4. Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil.
  5. But the wicked passions of men’s hearts alone seem strong enough to leave pictures that persist; the good are ever too lukewarm.
  6. No man can describe to another convincingly wherein lies the magic of the woman who ensnares him.

Algernon Blackwood was an English short story writer and novelist. He was one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. His two best known stories are The Willows and The Wendigo.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th March 2015