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The Willows

By: Algernon Blackwood
Narrated by: Walter Covell
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Publisher's summary

Algernon Blackwood was an English author who dealt primarily with the supernatural.

The Willows, his most celebrated story, was influenced heavily by Blackwood's own trips down the Danube River. It tells the story of two campers who pick the wrong place to sleep for the night, a place where another dimension impinges on our own.

©1914 Macmillan Co. (P)1978 Jimcin Recordings

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Wonderfully done

Where to begin with this little masterpiece...This short story is apparently a classic that I just happened upon and on a whim decided to purchase. While it’s not exactly a “horror” novel - IMO - it is certainly atmospheric and rife with narrative tension. It’s eerie, slow and steady, foreboding pace is hauntingly beautiful. You can feel the tension and hear the drumming and see the willows swaying throughout the gothic tone of the story. I very much enjoyed this quick (almost too quick) classic suspenseful tale and must look for more by Algernon Blackwood.

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great story, poor recording

This is one of my favorite stories. Blackwood does a great job describing the numinous and how an encounter with powerful and apathetic forces would be. The narration is good, but the recording has a cyclical softening that is annoying (to me; it's not a huge volume difference).

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