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Blackwood, Algernon: The Fruit Stoners. v1. 23 Jan 2022

The story of a little girl’s adventures in a strange, dreamlike world of her own hyperactive imagination.

“Maria, a motherless, lonely ten-year-old, takes refuge in a fantasy world of playmates created from the prune pits arranged around her father’s breakfast plate each morning … One evening she is forced to enter the part of the house which has been shut up and deserted for months. Here she discovers a world outside of normal time. At first all is delightful, but gradually a sinister note creeps into the adventure …”
(— Classics of Fantastic Literature)

“Algernon Blackwood … has written a tale which instantly courts comparison with those perennial classics of childhood dear to the hearts of adult readers. Indeed The Fruit Stoners itself may conceivably become such a classic — containing as it does some of the fragrance and innocence of youth, and a certain amount of wistful nonsense, and a great deal of excellent and musical prose writing. It is in fact, a kind of solemn Alice Through the Looking-Glass.”
(— New York Times, 02 Jun 1935)

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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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The Fruit Stoners, by Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951), was first published in 1934. This ebook is in the public domain where copyright is “Life+70” or less.
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