An abandoned house whose horrific past is reenacted for those who dare visit; a terrifying trip down the Danube River; a malevolent half-beast creature who abducts a member of a hunting party; and a tale of paranoia, mental deterioration, and all-consuming feelings of doom: Here are four feverish, spine-tingling tales that will chill the blood and make the flesh creep. The collection includes "The Empty House," "The Willows," "The Listener", and "The Wendigo".
"The Willows" was the personal favorite story of H. P. Lovecraft, who called it the finest supernatural tale in English literature. Distinguished actor Hugh Ross perfectly captures the chilling atmosphere of Blackwood's writing and the moods of dread and suspense.
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I have listened to a lot of horror books from classical horror tales such as h.p. lovecraft and frankenstein to more modern books such as the exorcist. Sadly I really struggled with the works of Algernon Blackwood, I found them to be neither scary or even compelling. I can not understand why i have been led to belive how they are so highly rated as most of the titles contained within this collection are entirely uneventful. As it stands i can not recommend purchasing these books unless you are already familiar with the authors work, in which case the performance by the narrator was quite good, his speech was clear throughout and used enough variation in accent and tone to differentiate between characters by voice alone.
These are old-fashioned (19th or early 20th century stories) expertly narrated by Hugh Ross, evoking a bygone world of hunters, explorers and mythical creatures. The first story, the Empty House, created an atmosphere of terror but ended rather abruptly, and the explanation had already been given away.
From there on in, though, the ante was upped, and the final story, the Wendigo, was spine-chilling, dealing with the legend of the Wendigo, a spirit or mythical creature of the North American and Canadian wilderness. The Willows, although very long, creates a similar atmosphere of terror, dealing with purely supernatural events that have no rational explanation.
Summary: If you like old-world ghost stories and haven't come across Algernon Balckwood before, give this a go. You won't regret it, though you might not sleep afterwards!
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