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Willows (version 2)

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In Algernon Blackwood's "Willows (version 2)," the author expertly weaves a tale of eerie unease and supernatural mystery. Set in a desolate and foreboding landscape, the story follows two friends on a canoeing trip down a remote river, where they encounter strange and inexplicable occurrences.

Blackwood's skillful use of atmosphere and suspense creates a palpable sense of dread that lingers throughout the narrative. The willows themselves are beautifully described as malevolent forces, adding to the overall sense of impending danger.

The interactions between the two friends are well-written, with their differing personalities and reactions to the strange events adding depth to the story. As the tension mounts and the protagonists struggle to survive in the face of an unknown and formidable adversary, readers will find themselves on the edge of their seats.

Overall, "Willows (version 2)" is a masterful work of psychological horror that will leave readers both intrigued and unsettled. Algernon Blackwood's storytelling prowess shines through in this gripping and unforgettable tale.

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"The Willows" is one of Algernon Blackwood's best known creepy stories. American horror author H.P. Lovecraft considered it to be the finest supernatural tale in English literature. He wrote in his treatise "Supernatural Horror in Literature", "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." "The Willows" is an example of early modern horror and is connected within the literary tradition of weird fiction.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 30, 2017
Subject: The Willows
A classic. And like a number of other great tales by Blackwood-- "The Wendigo", "The Man Whom the Trees Loved"-- difficult to categorize neatly... this must be read all at one sitting for maximum effect, as the tension and weirdness build cumulatively. An indispensable element in any serious collection of weird literature.

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