: Incredible Adventures (): Algernon Blackwood: Books. The regeneration of Lord Ernie — The sacrifice — The damned — A descent into Egypt — Wayfarers. Hippocampus Press Incredible Adventures By Algernon Blackwood – Introduction by S. T. Joshi June ISBN pages.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Incredible Adventures by Algernon Blackwood. These are stories steeped in the majesty and mystery of nature. You don’t read them–you fall into them, as into a dream.
Lulled into a false sense of security, you discover you are no longer within comfortable boundaries. Your eyes have been opened to a larger world. You are about to embark on an incredible adventure. Paperbackpages. Published July 1st by Hippocampus Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Incredible Adventuresplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Incredible Adventures.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. It’s been just about long enough to allow myself the akgernon of reading another book by the master of numinous horror, Icredible Blackwood.
I picked this book as it is according to S. Joshi Blackwood’s last great collection and also because I hadn’t read any of the stories previously. There’s something about his writing that really uplifts me, and never fails to evoke an unsettling atmosphere and mood. Yes, he is very wordy, and some may feel like he belabours the point but in fact it is his It’s been just about long enough to allow myself the pleasure of reading another book by the master of numinous horror, Algernon Blackwood.
Yes, he is very wordy, and some may feel like he belabours the point but in fact it is his technique for effecting gradual and subtle shifts in the narrative and the protagonist’s state of mind. His prose style reads easily to modern ears though does feel old fashioned. There’s only actually five stories in this collection, four of which I would actually call novellas more than short stories.
They generally share a incrediblee theme that extends throughout his work of spiritual re discovery and Blackwood obviously felt that people of his age had generally lost touch with their more elemental, spiritual natures. Nothing seems to have any impact until they stumble xdventures some strange cult in the mountains of France that incdedible the elemental forces of air and fire.
But my favourite of the collection was definitely “The Damned”. A haunted house story with a twist. Blackwood masterfully builds up tension and atmosphere in this story and is only let down by too forcefully I felt hammering home his world view once again at the end.
Well, that’s my fix done for this year Jul 28, Jim rated it liked it.
These tales have great moments, but they also reveal Blackwood at his most prolix. Blackwood’s thoroughness in viewing a hitherto unknown phenomenon from several different vantage points blafkwood its extreme in this book, and only adventuures Damned” survives what E. Bleiler has referred to as “word-choked development”. This is a pity, because “A Descent into Egypt” has moments of grandeur, wonder, and terror that vlackwood me wish Blackwood had not spent so much time making this reader feel as if the san These tales have great moments, but they also reveal Blackwood at his most prolix.
This is a pity, because “A Descent into Egypt” has moments of grandeur, wonder, and terror that make me wish Blackwood blacowood not spent so much time making this reader feel as if the avdentures of Egypt were passing before his eyes grain by grain by grain. The book has its rewards, but Blackwood requires a good deal of patience from his reader in order to capture them.
LATER – Having reread this collection recently, I imcredible that, although my assessment of the majority of the book’s contents remains unchanged, I now find the first novelette, “The Regeneration of Lord Ernie” to be free of the repetitiveness and sheer longwindedness that marred “A Descent into Egypt” in particular.
What a remarkable work this is. Aug 19, Sandy rated it it was amazing. This collection was first released in book form inand is comprised of three novellas and two short stories. The literary critic and scholar S. Joshi has called this book “perhaps blackwood greatest weird collection of all time,” and while I do not pretend to be well read enough to concur in that evaluation, I will say that the book is beautifully written The five pieces in “Incredible Adventures” are almost impossible to categorize.
They’re n This collection was first released in book form inand is comprised of three novellas and two short stories. They’re not exactly horror or fantasy tales, but they all share one thing in common: Algwrnon all of them, Algernon Blackwood–lover of Nature with a capital “N” and ever one to seek for the ultimate reality behind the surfaces of what we seem to know–gives us characters who are bettered for their glimpses behind “reality’s” curtain.
This is not an easy book to write about, nor are the stories in it by any means light reading.
Blackwood was trying to elucidate important points with these tales; to help readers understand their true relation to Nature, and time and space. Sounds like heavy going, I know, but for all lovers of finely crafted albeit unusual blackkwood, this book will be a godsend. The collection starts off with a bang with one of the novellas, “The Regeneration of Lord Ernie. But things get a little out of control in this very atmospheric tale. Next up is “The Sacrifice,” one of the shorter pieces, in which a mountaineer who has just undergone some severe life setbacks goes climbing.
This story is the most symbolic, surrealistic and ambiguous of the bunch. I don’t want to ruin the tale for any prospective readers, so just let me say that I have never read a story quite like it. At first glance a traditional haunted-house story, the tale is soon revealed to go much deeper blackdood that. As the author tells us repeatedly, “nothing happens” in this tale per se; atmosphere is everything, and nobody conveys atmosphere better than Blackwood as a reading of his classic tale “The Willows” will surely demonstrate.
But it really is remarkable how Blackwood maintains and magnifies this ominous atmosphere over the length of this novella; a really bravura performance. The last of the three long tales, “A Descent Into Egypt,” immediately follows. In this tale, a group of men in modern-day Egypt find themselves being helplessly drawn back in time spiritually, at least by the glamour of that ancient land.
This tale just keeps getting weirder and weirder. It is hallucinatory in the extreme; so much so that it makes me wonder why Blackwood was never championed in the s by the same hippie college kids who took so wholeheartedly to Carlos Castaneda and P. Like Dick, Blackwood was very concerned with the reality incrediblle underlies our so-called reality. In this Egyptian tale, the land and time of the ancients is the reality; the present day is only the skin on the surface.
This really is some amazing work.
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The blackwlod ends on a lovely note with the advenutres story entitled “Wayfarers. It is a tale of eternal love and reincarnation; the type of tale that H. Rider Haggard would probably have loved, and another beautifully written winner. I should add here that these stories are probably best read and savored slowly, both for their exquisite atmospheres as well as for their deeper meanings.
Savor the language that Blackwood commands, and lines such as this one: I should also mention that, while I am grateful to Stark House for making this classic, blackwpod collection available again, I deplore the sloppiness with which this edition has been put together. I have never read a book with more typographical errors of every description. Besides the run-of-the-mill typos, hyphens and M dashes are routinely intermixed throughout; margins are fouled up; words are omitted from sentences; changes in font blackwoid occur; British pound symbols are substituted for the letter “f”; words are repeated; boldface words appear for no reason; accent marks are at times used for apostrophes; and on and on.
I myself am a copy editor and proofreader, and find it amazing that this edition was proofed at all. And yet, uncommonly enough, a credit for the proofreader is given at the front of the book!!! If it were me, I would have had my name deleted, out of professional pride!
A,gernon, the book IS a collection of wonders, and Blackwood’s vision does shine through. Aglernon potential readers would be well advised to do themselves a favor and splurge for an older copy! The Damned gets four stars, but everything else was two. It was mostly just the same themes the Blackwood usually uses to fill in his plots’ gaps. Not disappointing, because I am at the point where I am expecting his stories to be dull and repetitive.
This met my low expectations.
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Jul 16, Tim rated it liked it. I don’t generally mind slow but parts were just kinda rough. If it were just bblackwood first three stories The Regeneration of Lord Ernie, The Sacrifice, incredibke The DamnedI’d be giving it 5 stars, but “A Descent into Egypt” derailed it for me and that one was apparently lauded by none less than Lovecraft himself!
The last story, “Wayfarers”, was pretty good but also took off into almost dreamscape territory which I hmm kinda wanted to give it 4 stars but some of the stories were just way too slow. The last story, “Wayfarers”, was pretty good but also took off into almost dreamscape territory which I’ve never been able to get into. I really like some of the other Blackwood stories I’ve read, too, so I’ll definitely recommend him!
Jan 05, Harv rated it liked it. Lovecraft considered Algernon Blackwood one of the four modern masters of weird fiction.
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Algernon’s writing is usually very descriptive and leaves you full of awe. This collection is not his best work, but it was worth the read. If you aren’t used to literature from the early s, you might find it a hard read. Jan 15, Timothy Boyd rated it did not like it. Blackwood was highly regarded by H.