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"…the major products of Mr. Blackwood attain a genuinely classic level, and evoke as does nothing else in literature an awed convinced sense of the imminence of strange spiritual spheres of entities.

The well-nigh endless array of Mr. Blackwood’s fiction includes both novels and shorter tales, the latter sometimes independent and sometimes arrayed in series. Foremost of all must be reckoned The Willows, in which the nameless presences on a desolate Danube island are horribly felt and recognised by a pair of idle voyagers. Here art and restraint in narrative reach their very highest development, and an impression of lasting poignancy is produced without a single strained passage or a single false note." -- Supernatural Horror in Literature, H.P. Lovecraft

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Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (14 March 1869 – 10 December 1951) was an English writer, one of the most prolific writers of ghost stories in the history of the genre. He was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. S. T. Joshi has stated that "his work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer's except Dunsany's" and that his short story collection Incredible Adventures (1914) "may be the premier weird collection of this or any other century".

Contents

Works

Novels

In sequence of first publication:

  • The Empty House and other Ghost Stories (1906)
  • The Listener and Other Stories (1907)
  • John Silence, Physician Extraordinary (1908)
  • Jimbo: A Fantasy (1909a)
  • The Education of Uncle Paul (1909b)
  • The Human Chord (1910)
  • The Centaur (1911)
  • A Prisoner in Fairyland (1913); sequel to The Education of Uncle Paul
  • The Extra Day (1915)
  • Julius LeVallon (1916a)
  • The Wave (1916b)
  • The Promise of Air (1918a)
  • The Garden of Survival (1918b)
  • The Bright Messenger (1921); sequel to Julius LeVallon
  • Dudley & Gilderoy: A Nonsense (1929)

Children's novels:

  • Sambo and Snitch (1927)
  • The Fruit Stoners: Being the Adventures of Maria Among the Fruit Stoners (1934)

Plays

In sequence of first performance:

  • The Starlight Express (1915), coauthored with Violet Pearn; incidental music by Edward Elgar; based on Blackwood's 1913 novel A Prisoner in Fairyland
  • Karma a reincarnation play in prologue epilogue and three acts (1918), coauthored with Violet Pearn;
  • The Crossing (1920a), coauthored with Bertram Forsyth; based on Blackwood's 1913 short story "Transition"
  • Through the Crack (1920b), coauthored with Violet Pearn; based on Blackwood's 1909 novel The Education of Uncle Paul and 1915 novel The Extra Day
  • White Magic (1921a), coauthored with Bertram Forsyth
  • The Halfway House (1921b), coauthored with Elaine Ainley
  • Max Hensig (1929), coauthored with Frederick Kinsey Peile; based on Blackwood's 1907 short story "Max Hensig – Bacteriologist and Murderer"

Short fiction collections

In sequence of first publication:

  • The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1906); original collection
  • The Listener and Other Stories (1907); original collection
  • John Silence (1908); original collection; reprinted with added preface, 1942
  • The Lost Valley and Other Stories (1910); original collection
  • Pan's Garden: a Volume of Nature Stories (1912); original collection
  • Ten Minute Stories (1914a); original collection
  • Incredible Adventures (1914b); original collection
  • Day and Night Stories (1917); original collection
  • Wolves of God, and Other Fey Stories (1921), honorarily coauthored with Wilfred Wilson; original collection
  • Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches (1924); original collection
  • Ancient Sorceries and Other Tales (1927a); selections from previous Blackwood collections, and pre-publication abridgment of 1932's planned The Willows and Other Queer Tales
  • The Dance of Death and Other Tales (1927b); selections from previous Blackwood collections; reprinted as 1963's The Dance of Death and Other Stories
  • Strange Stories (1929); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • Short Stories of To-Day & Yesterday (1930); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • The Willows and Other Queer Tales (1932); selected by G. F. Maine from previous Blackwood collections
  • Shocks (1935); original collection
  • The Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1938); selections from previous Blackwood collections, with a new preface by Blackwood
  • Selected Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1942); selections from previous Blackwood collections (not to be mistaken for the identical title to a 1964 Blackwood collection)
  • Selected Short Stories of Algernon Blackwood (1945); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • The Doll and One Other (1946); original collection
  • Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural (1949); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • In the Realm of Terror (1957); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • The Dance of Death and Other Stories (1963); reprint of 1927's The Dance of Death and Other Tales
  • Selected Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1964); selections from previous Blackwood collections (not to be mistaken for the identical title to a 1942 Blackwood collection)
  • Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre (1967); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • Ancient Sorceries and Other Stories (1968); selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood (1973), selected and introduced by Everett F. Bleiler; selections from previous Blackwood collections; includes Blackwood's own preface to 1938's The Tales of Algernon Blackwood
  • The Best Supernatural Tales of Algernon Blackwood (1973); selected and introduced by Felix Morrow; selections from 1929's Strange Stories
  • Tales of Terror and Darkness (1977); puts together Tales of the Mysterious and Macabre and Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural.
  • Tales of the Supernatural (1983); selected and introduced by Mike Ashley; selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • The Magic Mirror (1989); selected, introduced, and notes by Mike Ashley; original collection
  • The Complete John Silence Stories (1997); selected and introduced by S. T. Joshi; reprint of 1908's John Silence (without the preface to the 1942 reprint) and the one remaining John Silence story, "A Victim of Higher Space"
  • Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories (2002); selected, introduced, and notes by S. T. Joshi; selections from previous Blackwood collections
  • Algernon Blackwood's Canadian Tales of Terror (2004); selected, introduced, with notes by John Robert Colombo; eight stories of special Canadian interest plus information on the author's years in Canada

Weird fiction

This list of all Blackwood's known short stories in the Weird Fiction vein is presented in sequence of first publication or, where first publication is not traceable, collection:

Title Earliest known date of appearance Earliest known location of appearance Earliest known date of collection Earliest known collection Summary
A Haunted Island xx/04/1899 Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 17 No. 72 xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A supernatural vision on an Island, in which a man encounters a group of natives with particularly ill intent.
A Case of Eavesdropping xx/12/1900 Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 22 No. 92 xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A man residing in a New York apartment hears conversations from the room next door that turn out to be supernatural in origin. Based on Blackwood's time living in New York.
The House of the Past 15 April 1904 The Theosophical Review, Vol. 34 No. 200 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A vaguely psychological story expressed in supernatural terms about the relationship between memories, dreams and past lives.
The Empty House xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A standard haunted house story involving an adventurous Aunt and her nephew who attempt to spend a single night in a reputedly ill-omened house... The story is likely based on Blackwood's early haunted house investigations with the Psychical Research Society.
Keeping His Promise xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories Possibly a re-telling of a tale Blackwood came across during his years as an undergraduate in Edinburgh. An old agreement between two old friends, in effort to prove the existence of the supernatural, is realised in terrible circumstances.
With Intent to Steal xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A barn is haunted by a spirit with the power to possess the living. Another tale possibly based on Blackwood's own experiences researching haunted properties.
The Wood of the Dead xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A visitor to the West Country comes upon the ghost of an old man, whose appearance is an omen of death, which spells doom for the residents of a small mountain village.
Smith: An Episode in a Lodging House xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A man's neighbour in an apartment appears to be dabbling in the black arts. Another story inspired by Blackwood's time in New York. The events depicted are likely based on Blackwood's learning whilst a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The Strange Adventures of a Private Secretary in New York xx/11/1906 The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories A highly Gothic story of a Butler, a reporter, and a mad would-be chemist, who may also be lycanthropic... One of the more humorous tales in Blackwood's ouvre.
The Listener xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories One of Blackwood's few epistolary stories, told solely through diary extracts. A man of nervous temperament, with a history of mental ill-health in his family, may or may not be receiving visits by a previous tenant. A tenant very dead. Another tale most likely inspired by Blackwood's time in New York.
The Willows xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories A man known only as 'the Swede' (based on Blackwood's friend of many years Wilfred Wilson), and an unnamed narrator journey into the wilderness and become trapped by flood on an island in the Danube. The stay proves to be an exercise in terror for two men who are beset by forces neither of them can fully see or hear, nor even begin to comprehend.
The Insanity of Jones xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories A tale of revenge in the present, for the wrong's done in a past life. Or is Jones completely out of his mind?
The Dance of Death xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories A dance with a mysterious lady proves disastrous to one man's health...
The Old Man of Visions xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories A character study of an old man who is able to see the world that lies beyond the veil. The man is based on one of Blackwood's many acquaintances, as related in his auto-biography Episodes Before Thirty.
May Day Eve xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories Visions of the spirit world on May Day eve.
Miss Slumbubble—and Claustrophobia xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories A woman's apparent hysteria in a train compartment has roots in a macabre haunting.
The Woman's Ghost Story xx/11/1907 The Listener and Other Stories A spirit is set free from its prison by a woman's love.
A Psychical Invasion 16 September 1908 John Silence: Physician Extraordinary A man's experimentation with drugs opens his mind to an attack by a supernatural force. The tale is based on both Blackwood's own experiments with drugs and his occult learning whilst in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Ancient Sorceries 16 September 1908 John Silence: Physician Extraordinary A village in a Cathedral town in France, with an above average population of cats, turns out to have in its midst a number of dabblers in the dark arts.
The Nemesis of Fire 16 September 1908 John Silence: Physician Extraordinary A fire elemental from millennia ago lays siege to a country mansion and only Dr. Silence can stop it.
Secret Worship 16 September 1908 John Silence: Physician Extraordinary Based partially on Blackwood's own boyhood experiences studying in the Black Forest with the Moravian brotherhood, only the Brotherhood in this tale have been corrupted by the dark arts.
The Camp of the Dog 16 September 1908 John Silence: Physician Extraordinary A group's visit to the outback is disturbed by the presence of a werewolf.
The Story of Mr. Popkiss Told 24 December 1908 The Westminster Gazette A haunting vision of the future on a train.
The Kit-Bag xx/12/1908 Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 42 No. 188 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories A kit-bag proves to be the source of an unusual haunting.
Entrance and Exit 13 February 1909 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A man is sucked out of reality into a world that lies beyond that of mortal men.
You May Telephone From Here 27 February 1909 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A telephone call has supernatural implications.
Carlton's Drive 17 July 1909 The Westminster Gazette xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories A man has a stroke and then dreams that death is coming for him.
The Man Who Played upon the Leaf 30 October 1909 and 5 November 1909 Country Life, Vol. 26 No. 669 & Vol. 26 No. 670 xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories The tale of one man's encounter with another—the mysterious 'Man who Played Upon the Leaf', hated by adults; loved by children, and the music he plays to his God Pan.
The Terror of the Twins 6 November 1909 The Westminster Gazette xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories Two young men are scorned by their father in life, and seek the help of a Priest for fear that they are to be equally scorned in death.
The Occupant of the Room xx/12/1909 Nash's Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 9 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories Feelings of malaise in a mountain location are attributed to the ghost of a suicide.
The South Wind 29 January 1910 The Westminster Gazette 1911 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
If the Cap Fits— 12 February 1910 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories The memories contained within and about inanimate objects.
Perspective xx/03/1910 Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 203 xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories Two lovers are saved from separation, thanks to a Priest who receives a pantheistic visitation in the mountains.
Special Delivery xx/05/1910 Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 45 No. 205 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Lost Valley xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories Two twin brothers, their lives inseparable, are threatened in their bond by the appearance of a woman who has mysterious ties to a place of local legend, where the souls of the suicidal and lost are free to roam in peace.
The Wendigo xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories Based on Blackwood's experiences hunting in the backwoods of Canada. A group of men deep in the Northern wilderness are visited by a terrifying creature from Native American legend.
Old Clothes xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories The reincarnation in a young girl of a woman whose lover met a terrible fate. Blackwood was an ardent believer in reincarnation and the tale is a heart-warming dramatisation of his own beliefs.
The Man From the 'Gods' xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories A story of creative inspiration for a musician who struggles to achieve true greatness, until he receives a special visitation.
The Eccentricity of Simon Parnacute xx/06/1910 The Lost Valley and Other Stories Professor Parnacute, a hater of eccentricity, suddenly finds himself compelled to unleash a bird from its cage, and in doing so summons the attention of a mysterious 'world-policeman' who takes him on an incredible journey.
The Message of the Clock xx/06/1910 Nash's Magazine, vol. 2 No. 15 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories The ticking of a clock and the passing of a life appear to have a strange kind of unity.
The Sea Fit 25 June 1910 Country Life, Vol. 27 No. 703 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories A man of Viking descent hears the call of his ancestors from the sea.
Imagination 17 December 1910 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A case of writer's block is overcome thanks to the intervention of a supernatural agent.
The Singular Death of Morton xx/12/1910 The Tramp, Vol. 2 No. 10 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories Two men abroad in Switzerland are pursued by a vampire. Blackwood's only traditional vampire tale.
The Empty Sleeve xx/01/1911 The London Magazine, Vol. 25 No. 149 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Deferred Appointment xx/01/1911 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A photographer is visited by a very sickly looking man... Deathly sick.
The Prayer 17 June 1911 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories Two young men who experiment with drugs find themselves able to see other people's thoughts.
The Return 22 June 1911 The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 1 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
Two in One 20 July 1911 The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 5 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A romance about a single soul which appears to be reincarnated into two different people.
Accessory Before the Fact 2 September 1911 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A man has a strange premonition about meeting two German tramps who may not be quite what they seem...
Clairvoyance 19 October 1911 The Eye-Witness, Vol. 1 No. 11 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
Dream Trespass 24 October 1911 The Morning Post 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A house appears to be the site of a reincarnation.
The Transfer 9 December 1911 Country Life, Vol. 30 No. 779 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Messenger 9 December 1911 The Westminster Gazette 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Golden Fly 29 December 1911 The Eye-Witness, Vol.2 No. 2 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Glamour of the Snow xx/12/1911 Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 48 No. 224 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories A man on a skiing holiday in the mountains meets a strangely distant woman and becomes entranced by her.
The Heath Fire 20 January 1912 Country Life, Vol. 31 No. 785 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Destruction of Smith 29 February 1912 The Eye-Witness, Vol. 2 No. 11 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Man Whom the Trees Loved xx/03/1912 The London Magazine, Vol. 28 No. 17 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Attic 20 April 1912 The Westminster Gazette 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Whisperers 23 May 1912 The Eye-Witness, Vol. 2 No. 23 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A library is haunted by books.
The Second Generation 6 July 1912 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories A man returning home to visit his wife encounters the supernatural.
Ancient Lights 11 July 1912 The Eye-Witness, Vol. 3 No. 4 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories
Sand 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Temptation of the Clay 23 July 1912 Pan's Garden, A Volume of Nature Stories
The Goblin's Collection 5 October 1912 The Westminster Gazette 23 February 1914 Ten Minute Stories Missing artefacts at an overnight stay at a hotel are attributed to a mischievous little Goblin.
La Mauvaise Riche 30 November 1912 The Westminster Gazette xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories The ghost of an evil old woman haunts a cemetery.
The Man Who Found Out xx/12/1912 The Canadian Magazine, Vol. 40 No. 2 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories A researcher goes on an expedition to find "The Tablets of the Gods" which have plagued his dreams since his boyhood. He finds them, and the horrible truth of humanity's true purpose in the universe.
Wayfarers xx/12/1912 The English Review, Vol. 13 No. 1 6 November 1914 Incredible Adventures
The Sacrifice xx/04/1913 The Quest, Vol. 4 No. 3 6 November 1914 Incredible Adventures
H.S.H. xx/10/1913 The British Review, Vol. 6 No. 1 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
The Tradition 29 November 1913 The Westminster Gazette xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
Transition 11 December 1913 The New Witness, Vol. 3 No. 58 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
A Desert Episode 10 January 1914 Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 888 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
By Water 19 April 1914 The Westminster Gazette xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
The Falling Glass 23 May 1914 Country Life, Vol. 35 No. 907 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Regeneration of Lord Ernie 6 November 1914 Incredible Adventures
The Damned 6 November 1914 Incredible Adventures
A Descent into Egypt 6 November 1914 Incredible Adventures A long, carefully constructed story in which a man's soul is gradually subsumed into eternity.
The Wings of Horus xx/11/1914 Century Magazine, Vol. 89 No. 1 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
A Victim of Higher Space xx/12/1914 The Occult Review, Vol. 20 No. 6 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
The Paper Man 9 October 1915 The Saturday Westminster Gazette Comic fantasy in which a man obsessed with the papers finds himself turning into one.
Cain's Atonement 20 November 1915 Land and Water, Vol. 66 #2793 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
The Other Wing xx/11/1915 McBride's, Vol. 96 No. 575 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
Initiation xx/07/1916 The Quest, Vol. 7 No. 4 xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
The Tryst xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
The Touch of Pan xx/02/1917 Day and Night Stories
S.O.S. xx/03/1918 The Story-Teller 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Garden of Survival xx/03/1918 The Garden of Survival 1918 The Garden of Survival A short novella of the sentimental variety concerning reincarnation and mysticism. One of Blackwood's most personal tales.
The Little Beggar 10 May 1919 The Saturday Westminster Gazette 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The World-Dream of McCallister xx/09/1919 Vision, Vol. 1 No. 5 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Alexander Alexander 6 September 1919 The Saturday Westminster Gazette 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Wireless Confusion xx/10/1919 The Quest, Vol. 11 No. 1 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Other Woman 8 November 1919 The Saturday Westminster Gazette 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Decoy xx/12/1919 Lloyd's Magazine, Vol. 32 No. 385 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Call 6 December 1919 Nash's Illustrated Weekly, Vol. 2 No. 13 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
First Hate xx/02/1920 McClure's Magazine 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
Chinese Magic xx/06/1920 Romance, Vol. 2 No. 2 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
Running Wolf 4 August 1920 Century Magazine, Vol. 100 No. 4 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
Confession xx/03/1921 Century Magazine, Vol. 101 No. 5 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Valley of the Beasts xx/03/1921 Romance Magazine 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Wolves of God 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Tarn of Sacrifice 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
Egyptian Sorcery 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
Vengeance Is Mine 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
The Olive xx/07/1921 Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 52 No. 307 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Lane That Ran East and West xx/09/1921 McCall's, Vol. 48 No. 12 26 May 1921 The Wolves of God and Other Fey Stories
Nephelé xx/12/1921 Pears Annual 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Lost! 14 October 1922 Living Age 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Tongues of Fire xx/04/1923 The English Review, Vol. 36 No. 4 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Man Who Was Milligan xx/11/1923 Pearson's Magazine, Vol. 56 No. 335 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Malahide and Forden 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Playing Catch 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Pikestaffe Case 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
A Continuous Performance 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
The Open Window 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Petershin and Mr. Snide 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
A Man of Earth 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Laughter of Courage 23 November 1924 Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches
Full Circle xx/05/1925 The English Review, No. 198 xx/10/1935 Shocks
Hands of Death xx/12/1925 The Bolton Evening News xx/10/1935 Shocks
Chemical xx/xx/1926 The Ghost Book (ed. Cynthia Asquith) xx/10/1935 Shocks
The Stranger xx/06/1927 The Fortnightly Review, Vol. 121 No. 6 xx/10/1935 Shocks
The Land of Green Ginger 23 December 1927 The Radio Times xx/10/1935 Shocks
Dr. Feldman xx/05/1928 The Strand Magazine, Vol. 72 No. 449 xx/10/1935 Shocks
Shocks xx/09/1930 The Strand Magazine, Vol. 80 No. 477 xx/10/1935 Shocks
The Survivors xx/12/1930 The Occult Review, Vol. 52 No. 6 xx/10/1935 Shocks
The Man Who Lived Backwards 12 December 1930 World Radio, Vol. 11 No. 281 xx/10/1935 Shocks
Revenge 19 December 1930 The Radio Times xx/10/1935 Shocks
The Fire Body xx/09/1931 The North American Review, Vol. 232 No. 3 A woman is convinced she has met the protagonist before on an astral plane in his 'Fire Body'.
A Threefold Cord... xx/xx/1931 When Churchyards Yawn (ed. Cynthia Asquith) xx/10/1935 Shocks
Elsewhere and Otherwise xx/10/1935 Shocks
Adventures of Miss de Fontenay xx/10/1935 Shocks
The Blackmailers xx/10/1935 My Grimmest Nightmare xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories
At a Mayfair Luncheon xx/03/1936 Windsor Magazine, No. 495 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories A man receives a rare kind of divine meeting in the most uninspiring of social gatherings...
The Man-Eater xx/03/1937 Thrilling Mystery, Vol. 6 No. 2 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories A variation on the were-wolf story.
The Magic Mirror 16 March 1938 The Bystander, Vol. 137 #1787 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories
King's Evidence 9 January 1941 London Calling, No. 70 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories A re-write of the earlier story 'Confession', done originally for radio, but also published in the BBC's journal London Calling.
The Doll xx/04/1946 The Doll and One Other The gift of a doll to a little girl is actually a malignant supernatural entity that has macabre designs upon her Father. One of the few of Blackwood's tales to feature a female protagonist, in this case a Governess (in the Turn of the Screw mould).
The Trod xx/04/1946 The Doll and One Other An unusual love-triangle involving a man, a woman, and a call from the Fairy world. Eternal life comes at a high price—the loss of one's soul and of mortal love.
Roman Remains xx/03/1948 Weird Tales, Vol. 40 No. 3 xx/xx/1989 The Magic Mirror: Lost Supernatural and Mystery Stories

Nonfiction

Aside from well over a hundred published articles, essays, prefaces, and book reviews which remain to be collected, Blackwood authored only one nonfiction book, a memoir of his youth:

  • Episodes Before Thirty (1923); reissued in 1950 with newly incorporated photographic plates and a brief prefatory "Author's Note".

Adaptations

Film and Television

Blackwood appeared in two 1949 film shorts in which he told stories to camera, "The Reformation of St Jules" and "Lock Your Door". Again as himself, he also appeared in an early television series Saturday Night Story (1948-1951) with John Slater. An anthology series based on his work was broadcast on ITV in 1961-63, Tales of Mystery with John Laurie playing Blackwood. Several of his stories were subsequently used in television anthology series such as Suspense and Night Gallery.

Radio

A radio adaption by Roy Winsor of a Blackwood short story was broadcast as "In The Fog" by the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in August 1977. Introduced by E. G. Marshall, the radio play featured Gordon Gould, Martha Greenhouse, William Griffis, and Ian Martin.

Blackwood was a regular contributor to BBC Radio from the 1930s to the early 1950s in which he talked about scary subjects. He also read a number of his own short stories during this time, in particular: Algernon Blackwood Tells a Strange Story.

To mark Blackwood's 80th birthday, an appreciation was broadcast on The Third Programme in March 1949.

A radio adaptation of Blackwood's novella, The Willows was recorded for the BBC and first broadcast in 2005. It was repeated in 2016. The adaptation featured Roger Allam as the narrator.

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