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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: House of Stratus
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755107977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755107971
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About the Author

Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was born into a well-to-do Kentish family. His parents, converts to a Calvinistic sect, led an austere life, ill-suited to their dreamy and sensitive son. During adolescence, he became fascinated by hypnotism and the supernatural and, on leaving university, studied Hindu philosophy and occultism. Later, he was to draw on these beliefs and experiences in his writing. Sent away to Canada at the age of twenty, his attempts at making a living were wholly unsuccessful and shortly after his return to England, he began to write. The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories, published in 1906, was followed by a series of psychic detective stories, featuring John Silence, 'physician extraordinary'. His reputation as one of the greatest exponents of supernatural fiction began to grow. Chiefly known for his ghost stories, Blackwood wrote in many different forms within the genre. His most personal works, however, are his 'mystical' novels, for example The Centaur, where he explores man's empathy with the forces of the universe. Blackwood also wrote children's fiction. A Prisoner in Fairyland was adapted into the play (later the musical), Starlight Express. Later in life, Blackwood turned to writing radio plays, and in 1947 he began a new career on BBC TV telling ghost stories. He received a knighthood in 1949. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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HASH(0xa1d1484c) out of 5 stars charming novel that challenges the way we view the world July 19 2013
By Jill M. Heins - Published on Amazon.com
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Algernon Blackwood's tale is about three children growing up in the Old Mill House in the Victorian era. When their Uncle Felix comes to visit, his magical storytelling and patience with the children impacts their lives significantly.

There is a great deal of foreshadowing that a great surprise is coming with a great revelation. For instance, Uncle Felix says, "Time always prevents, doesn't it? If only we could make it stop--get behind time, as it were--we might have a chance. Some day, perhaps, we shall." Uncle Felix challenges the children to talk to the night wind and ask it for answers. He brings an innocent charm to their lives reminiscent of his more famous work "The Centaur" but not quite as epic.

Although this book was not necessarily written for children, it would be a great book to read to kids. It reminds all of us not to miss the wonder in God's creation.


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