Strange thoughts like these, bizarre fancies, borne I know not whence, found lodgment in my mind as I stood listening. What, I thought, if, after all, these crouching willows proved to be alive; if suddenly they should rise up, like a swarm of living creatures, marshaled by the gods whose territory we had invaded, sweep towards us off the vast swamps, booming overhead in the night—and then settle down! As I looked it was so easy to imagine they actually moved, crept nearer, retreated a little, huddled together in masses, hostile, waiting for the great wind that should finally start them a-running. I could have sworn their aspect changed a little, and their ranks deepened and pressed more closely together.
The melancholy shrill cry of a night-bird sounded overhead, and suddenly I nearly lost my balance as the piece of bank I stood upon fell with a great splash into the river, undermined by the flood. I stepped back just in time, and went on hunting for firewood again, half laughing at the odd fancies that crowded so thickly into my mind and cast their spell upon me. I recalled the Swede's remark about moving on next day, and I was just thinking that I fully agreed with him, when I turned with a start and saw the subject of my thoughts standing immediately in front of me. He was quite close. The roar of the elements had covered his approach....
"Wind's shifted!" cried Hank vigorously, watching Simpson and his guide already loading the small canoe. "It's across the lake—dead right for you fellers. And the snow'll make bully trails! If there's any moose mussing around up thar, they'll not get so much as a tail-end scent of you with the wind as it is. Good luck, Monsieur Défago!" he added, facetiously giving the name its French pronunciation for once, "bonne chance!"
Défago returned the good wishes, apparently in the best of spirits, the silent mood gone. Before eight o'clock old Punk had the camp to himself, Cathcart and Hank were far along the trail that led westwards, while the canoe that carried Défago and Simpson, with silk tent and grub for two days, was already a dark speck bobbing on the bosom of the lake, going due east.
The wintry sharpness of the air was tempered now by a sun that topped the wooded ridges and blazed with a luxurious warmth upon the world of lake and forest below; loons flew skimming through the sparkling spray that the wind lifted; divers shook their dripping heads to the sun and popped smartly out of sight again; and as far as eye could reach rose the leagues of endless, crowding Bush, desolate in its lonely sweep and grandeur, untrodden by foot of man, and stretching its mighty and unbroken carpet right up to the frozen shores of Hudson Bay....
SMITH: AN EPISODE IN A LODGING-HOUSE
A SUSPICIOUS GIFT
THE EMPTY HOUSE
MAY DAY EVE
IF THE CAP FITS—
THE MAN WHO PLAYED UPON THE LEAF
THE ECCENTRICITY OF SIMON PARNACUTE
THE GOLDEN FLY
THE GLAMOUR OF THE SNOW
A DESERT EPISODE
THE GOBLIN'S COLLECTION
A BIT OF WOOD
AN EGYPTIAN HORNET
THE OTHER WING
THE DANCE OF DEATH
THE GARDEN OF SURVIVAL
A CASE OF EAVESDROPPING
And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!
Also included in this volume are ten original pictures from the Cemetery Photography gallery of Osie Turner. They all appear beautifully on both color and grayscale readers.
The Dead Valley by Ralph Adams Cram
August Heat by William Fryer Harvey
The Altar of the Dead by Henry James
The Highwaymen by Lord Dunsany
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe
They by Rudyard Kipling
From the Dead by Edith Nesbit
The Satyr by Alma Newton
The Wood of the Dead by Algernon Blackwood
The Return by Walter de la Mare
Horror books have been part of the literary world for years, but it seems like horror in all its mediums has been on the upswing in recent times. Maybe people are realizing just how satisfying it is to settle into a scary story, feel the rush of adrenaline, and then close the book, turn off the movie, or walk away from that haunted house at the end. To help you on your own hair-raising journey, we’ve put together a list of the best horror classics books of all time.
The following works were included in the collection of 25 stories: Edgar Allan Poe - The Fall of the House of Usher, H.P. Lovecraft - The call of chtulhu, Algernon Blackwood - The Willows, Ambrose Bierce - The Death of Halpin Frayser, Chickamauga, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, E.F. Benson - Mrs Amworth, Naboth's Vineyard, At the Farmhouse, Negotium Perambulans, The Wishing Well, The Terror by Night, The Thing in the Hall, The Cat, The Sanctuary, Robert W. Chambers - The Repairer of Reputations, The Mask, In the Court of the Dragon, The Yellow Sign, W. W. Jacobs - The Monkey's Paw, Francis Marion Crawford - The Upper Berth, For the Blood Is the Life, The Screaming Skull, The Doll's Ghost, Man Overboard!
"The Willows" is a novella by English author Algernon Blackwood, originally published as part of his 1907 collection The Listener and Other Stories. It is one of Blackwood's best known works and has been influential on a number of later writers. Horror author H.P. Lovecraft considered it to be the finest supernatural tale in English literature. "The Willows" is an example of early modern horror and is connected within the literary tradition of weird fiction.
Two friends are midway on a canoe trip down the River Danube. Throughout the story, Blackwood personifies the surrounding environment —river, sun, wind— with powerful and ultimately threatening characteristics. Most ominous are the masses of dense, desultory, menacing willows, which "moved of their own will as though alive, and they touched, by some incalculable method, my own keen sense of the horrible."
Among the most significant works Algernon Blackwood: The Empty House, Jimbo: A Fantasy, The Wave, The Promise of Air, The Garden of Survival, The Bright Messenger, Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense, The Doll and One Other, Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre, The Centaur, The Wendigo.
First published in 1917 by Alfred A. Knopf, this collection of Blackwood's short stories and novelettes includes some of his most loved classics, including "The Willows"; "Max Hensig, Bacteriologist and Murderer"; "The Dance of Death"; "May Day Eve"; and, of course, "The Listener."
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