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Wednesday 16 March 2011

The Willows

Algernon Blackwood
The MP3 audiobook presents a full reading of "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood. This story written in 1907 has stood the test of time. It is today, just as creepy and unnerving as it was in its own time. Algernon Blackwood is probably best known for this story and another classic "The Wendigo". Although his writings do not focus on horror, he has in this case created an outstanding work in that genre. It's not blood and gore based horror, but rather a story that works on the mind.

The story follows two friends who are on a simple, relaxing canoe trip down the Danube. Stopping in towns they pass to pick up and food, and pitching a tent wherever they choose to stop for the night.  It's supposed to be a relaxing holiday.Alas for them it does not remain that way.

After the river floods, the pair find themselves riding along on a raging torrent and have to draw up the canoe on an island in mid stream. It's at this point that the author brings his real talents to bear. Through the first person narrative we are not only told the story but an unease sets in. You'll question if the narrator is reliable or perhaps under some other world influence. It's this clever technique that hooks the audience and makes this a story just as good today, as the day it was written.

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