Saturday, 10 December 2016

Algernon Blackwood reads

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the death of one of the finest writers of the ghostly and the weird,  Algernon Blackwood.

Born in Kent in 1869 Blackwood spent much of his early adulthood travelling through Europe, Canada and the US before returning to the UK in his thirties where he began a prolific writing career that was to spawn over a dozen novels, a number of plays and short stories by the score.

Happily for us Blackwood also had a small sideline in radio where he would read his stories.  It seems likely that most of these broadcasts are lost to us forever but happily one remains.  It's far from being one of his best stories and he's not a great reader but the opportunity to hear the man himself is too good an opportunity to pass up.


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