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Blackwood, Algernon: Ten Minute Stories. v1. 11 Jan 2022

29 short stories, and each does indeed take about ten minutes to read. You will find ghost stories, strange nature tales, weird events, and dark fantasies. Present as well, some humorous slices-of-life, and several vignettes descriptive of the wonders of nature. Perhaps not Blackwood’s best, but entertaining still.

Brief summaries of the stories:
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Accessory Before the Fact
Martin stumbles into a supernatural trap at the crossroads: the young traveler’s encounter with a pair of tramps unfolds into a nightmare where nothing is as it seems.

The Deferred Appointment
A photographer is visited by a very sickly-looking man. Deathly sick…

The Prayer
Two young men who experiment with drugs find themselves able to see other people’s thoughts.

Strange Disappearance of a Baron
A baronet dreams that he has shrunk to the size of a mouse.

The Secret
A conversation between two old friends…

The Lease
Solicitors, leases, and the problems thereof …

Up and Down
Two friends discuss holidays.

Faith Cure on the Channel
Two friends attempt to overcome the evils of sea-sickness.

The Goblin’s Collection
Missing artefacts during an overnight stay at a hotel are attributed to a mischievous little Goblin

Imagination
A case of writer’s block is overcome thanks to the intervention of a supernatural agent.

The Invitation
Two friends attempt to arrange lunch.

The Impulse
An impulsive act might drive Jones to a new pathway in life.

Her Birthday
Finishing a letter to a special lady.

Two in One
A romance about a single soul which appears to be reincarnated into two different people.

Ancient Lights
A surveyor is asked to examine the “Fairy Wood” to prepare to cut it down to improve the view of a nearby resident. But every time he goes in he is evicted again by the spirits that reside therein.

Dream Trespass
A house appears to be the site of a reincarnation.

Let Not the Sun—
The tragedy of a brother and sister whose vacation together never happens …

Entrance and Exit
A man is sucked out of reality into a world that lies beyond that of mortal men.

You May Telephone From Here
A telephone call has supernatural implications.

The Whisperers
A haunted library…

Violence
A vaguely conte-cruel story of madness.

The House of the Past
A psychological story expressed in supernatural terms about the relationship between memories, dreams and past lives.

Jimbo’s Longest Day
A child’s understanding of the longest day of the year.

If the Cap Fits—
The memories contained within and about inanimate objects.

News vs. Nourishment
The story of a gentleman’s odd eating habits

Wind

Pines

The Winter Alps

The Second Generation
A man returning home to visit his wife encounters the supernatural.

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One of the foremost British writers of supernatural tales in the twentieth century, Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951) wrote stories in which the slow accumulation of telling details produced a foreboding atmosphere of almost unendurable tension. Though he wrote a number of horror stories, his most typical work seeks less to frighten than to induce a sense of awe. The literary critic S. T. Joshi stated, “His work is more consistently meritorious than any weird writer’s except Dunsany’s.”

Blackwood’s literary renown began in 1908 with the publication of a highly successful collection of stories, John Silence — Physician Extraordinary, featuring a “psychic doctor.” His two best known stories are probably “The Willows” and “The Wendigo”.

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Ten Minute Stories, by Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951), was first published in 1914. This ebook is in the public domain where copyright is “Life+70” or less, and in the USA.
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