Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird StoriesIntroduction by S. T.
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Smith: An Episode in a Lodging-House
The Insanity of Jones
The Man Who Found Out
The Glamour of the Snow
The Man Whom the Trees Loved
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood's Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale (1990), Lord Dunsany- Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft- A Life (1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.
"Of the quality of Mr Blackwood's genius there can be no dispute;
for no one has ever approached the skill, seriousness, and minute
fidelity whith which he records the overtones of strangeness in
ordinary things and experiences."
"To many, including H.P. Lovecraft, 'The Willows' is the finest story in the canon of supernatural fiction. (...) Blackwood himself is, arguably, the central figure in the British supernatural literature of the twentieth century."
-Michael Dirda, New York Review of Books